Charles B. Fannin
Charles Bryant Fannin, 77, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Charles graduated from Nuttall High School in Lookout, West Virginia in 1954. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and served three years, primarily in Korea. After returning from Korea, Charles earned degrees in physics, chemistry, and mathematics at West Virginia Technical College. He taught high school physics and chemistry for three years at St. Albans High School near Charleston, WV. In 1965, Charles reenlisted in the Air Force and attended Officers' Training School in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. He then attended Penn State University
where he earned a degree in meteorology. As an Air Force meteorologist, he served as commander of the Air Weather Station in Dover, Delaware, but served most of his military career at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, DC. He served a tour of duty in the Aleutian Islands and also in Nurnberg, Germany. Charles served at the Pentagon and as a meteorologist with the Strategic Air Command on Air Force 2. He retired from the Air Force on July 8 1988. After retirement, Charles continued working at various jobs and was still working the day before he entered the hospital on Thursday, May 9.
Charles was born in Clearco, West Virginia, on May 16, 1936, as the second son of Lida Malcolm Blume Fannin and Clarence Carlton Fannin. He was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend who valued his family as the most important of his life's achievements. In 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy. Charles is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Nancy Jane Horrocks Fannin, of Longs, South Carolina, and brother, Kenneth Ray Fannin, of West Virginia. He leaves his children, Tamera Lynn Fannin of Kensington, Maryland; Debra Jane Tucker and husband Andre of Dalzell, South Carolina; Charles David Fannin and wife Michelle of Muscoutah, Illnois; John Patrick Fannin and wife Dawn of Little River, South Carolina; and grandchildren Jason Paul Ross, Jessica Lynne Fannin, Jonathan Patrick Fannin, Ashley Nicole Fannin, Charles Brian Fannin, Tommy Walls, and Michael Walls. Charles had many friends who loved and admired him for his kind spirit and always-present humor. All, family and friends alike, referred to him affectionately as "Pops"
A private family service will be held in his honor on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. His final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home.
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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.