Charles Edward "Mac" McKerley

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  • "Charles was one of the smartest and nicest people I have..."
    - Larry Curvin
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Charles Edward "Mac" McKerley, formerly of Wellington, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at his home in Houston, just three weeks shy of his 69th birthday. One of six children, Charles was born in Ohatchee, on July 3, 1946 to Eula Mae and Howard McKerley. He graduated from Alexandria High School and Jacksonville State University. He paid his way through college on a ROTC scholarship and also by working as a line cook at the student cafeteria, where he developed a refined taste in breakfast foods. He certainly was not one to let others ruin pancakes by cooking them incorrectly. He moved to Texas in 1968 to work at NASA's Johnson Space Center where he helped design telemetry, life support and landing systems for a number of missions, including the Apollo Program, the Apollo-Soyuz Project, SkyLab, and the early Space Shuttle Program. He loved sports of all kinds and had a wicked skyhook, which he employed mercilessly against his sons during their beloved games of backyard basketball. His true sports love, though, was baseball. As a child, he would sneak out to the family truck to listen to the St. Louis Cardinals' broadcast on KMOX AM. He spent countless hours with his children and grandchildren playing catch and shagging fly balls. He attended baseball games across the U.S., often with one or more grandchildren in tow, and was a regular at Houston's Minute Maid Park. In his later years, he enjoyed games at Fenway and Wrigley Field with his sons. They had plans to visit Dodger Stadium this summer. He was ambivalent about the Astros' move to the American League. He still didn't believe in the designated hitter. As a friend, father, father-in-law and grandfather, he was all in. He played Legos, dominoes, catch, touch football, dolls and monsters with equal abandon. In the last eight years, he travelled frequently with his sons and their families, and had been to Vancouver, Canada, Cancun, Mexico, and numerous national parks. Just last August he hiked miles through the trails of Kings Canyon and Sequoia. He is preceded in death by his wife of over twenty-five years, Joan Bowers McKerley; his parents, and his sister, Shirley McKerley. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Matthew McKerley, their wives Erin Geier and Karla McKerley, and six grandchildren, Nadja Mae, Raphael, Luca Edward, Ione, Isabella and Colm. He is also survived by three sisters, Ruth, Frances and Sarah McKerley; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Bonnie McKerley; his niece, Karla McKerley Battles; his former spouse and mother of his children, Jan Taylor, and his fiancée, Lucy Gonzalez. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m., August 23, 2015, at Mt. View Baptist Church in Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the ( If you're reading this, and you have a father who's alive today, call him. Ask him if the game is on. If it is, ask him to turn it up a little so you can both hear it, and listen to the sounds of life together.
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Gray Brown-Service Mortuary
1329 Wilmer Ave
Anniston, AL 362014651
(256) 236-3441
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Published in The Anniston Star on Aug. 16, 2015
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