Charles Curtis Sterling

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GLOUCESTER - Charles Curtis "Sid" Sterling, 81, departed this life on Saturday, April 26, 2014, surrounded by loving family, after a three year long battle with Leukemia. Known to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Pappy, he made a friend of every stranger. He will be most remembered for his tender heart, his notoriously happy disposition and his unforgettable mustache. Sterling was born and died in the family home in Naxera, VA. Born December 20, 1932 to Capt. Noah Franklin Sterling Sr. and Lillie Ruth Hall and married December 20, 1953 to Sylvia Lee "Mickey" Suttler of Powhatan, VA, he served for 22 years in the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller where he reached the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. Sterling served in the Korean War and Vietnam, where he served two tours on the USS Intrepid, retiring in 1971. He joined the Tidewater Telephone Company in 1972 as a Field Engineer, retiring after 20 years of service. He served for several years on the Gloucester County Board of Zoning Appeals, with the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Colonial Virginia Chapter of the Holly Society of America, and was a Gloucester County Literacy Volunteer. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and nine sisters. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, brother, Bernard Eugene Sterling, son, Michael Lee Sterling (Faye), daughter, Ruth Sterling-Bradley (Kit), seven grandchildren, Valorie Sterling Cook (Adam), Justin Harrell, John M.L. Sterling (Leigh), Allyson Harrell, Kaitlyn Sterling, Kendall Sterling, and Sterling Bradley, two great-grandchildren, Olivea Cook and Aiden Cook, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 pm at Hogg Funeral Home and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 am at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Sterling's grandson-in-law, Rev. Adam M. Cook, along with Rev. Bill West, will officiate. In Sterling's memory the family requests that donations be made to Bread for Life Community Food Pantry, 6262 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061, Gloucester Fire and Rescue, P. O. Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061 or Abingdon Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 9, Bena, VA 23018.
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Hogg Funeral Home & Crematory
3098 George Washington Memorial Highway
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
(804) 642-2136
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 30, 2014
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