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Charles Hall "Chuck" Daffin II, 71, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully Jan. 18, 2013, at his home, surrounded by family.
Charles was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Petersburg, Va., to the late Dr. Charles Hall Daffin and Dorothy LaRue Daffin. He also was predeceased by his step-father, William Stacey Randall.
Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Inocencia Lezama Daffin; a daughter, Wendy Eichenberger and husband, Stephen, along with their children, Hannah and Jacob of Keller, Texas. He also leaves behind to cherish his memory two sisters, Anne Daffin Harris (Carl) of Panama City, Fla., and Melinda Daffin Henningfield (Wayne) of Medford, Ore.; an aunt and uncle, Dr. Sidney E. and Sara Daffin; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
Charles moved to Panama City at the age of 4 and was a graduate of Bay High School, Class of 1959. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 through 1967 as a submariner. He graduated from Mississippi State University and worked for GE as a nuclear engineer until his retirement.
Following his retirement, Charles became very active in his astronomy club, Carolina Amateur Astronomy Club (CAAC), serving in many capacities in the organization. He and his wife attended many outings but especially loved the Winter Party in Key West.
His greatest love was his photography and he was very active in the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA), where he won many awards for his photography. He spent many weeks on outings at Wildacres, N.C., in the mountains, taking pictures and helping people get started in the art of photography. Over and over the people who would gather at Wildacres for many other organizations, such as the Quilters, music, dance, etc., stated that Charles would live on in the pictures he spent hours taking and mounting of the different groups as they worked. He also devoted a lot of time and effort volunteering at the local regional VA outpatient clinic in Charlotte, N.C., taking pictures of veterans and a "Wall of Honor" was started with the pictures he would take one week and then bring back the next week mounted and ready for hanging.
And there always would be copies of the pictures for the veteran and his family.
As a deacon of Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, he was instrumental in bringing about many new avenues of community service for the church. He started a school for Hispanic children ages 2-4 to be taught English so that when they started school they would not be handicapped for not being able to speak and understand English. At the time of his death, the school had a one- to two-year waiting list for children and also had started classes for adults. He worked with the Presbyterian Bishop of Brazil, South America, to bring bilingual ministers to work and start a Hispanic church. The church's annual barbecue fundraiser, where thousands of pounds of barbecue, coleslaw and Brunswick stew was made and sold, was another of the projects that he enjoyed every year, the proceeds going to help fund the church's "Room At The Inn" project for homeless people, a project he spent many nights working with over the years. He left the church with a pictorial directory of the life of the church for the 17 years he was a member.
Charles will be sorely missed by the hundreds of people whose life he touched in so many ways.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, followed by burial with full military honors in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, 1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28262; or Holy Nativity Episcopal School, 205 Hamilton Ave., Panama City, FL 32401.
Published in Panama City News Herald from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2013