Charles "Charlie" Andrew Barrett Jr. passed away on March 15, 2013, at the age of 80. Charlie was born in Lowell, Mass., to Charles Andrew Barrett Sr. and Alice Scanlon Barrett.
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He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Joan Shields and Elizabeth Oswald; grandson, Matthew Barrett; and nephews, Bill Shields, Bruce McHugh, and Matthew Kelley. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara Barrett of Shalimar, Fla.; sons, Charles Barrett III (wife Susan) of Charleston, S.C., Walter Barrett (wife Lori) of Plantation, Fla., Nancy Turner (husband Wally) of Debary, Fla., Kelly Barrett of Arlington, Va.; and grandchildren, Michael Barrett, Hayden Barrett, Lauren Barrett, Emily Barrett and Bryan Turner.
Charlie graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, after which time he served in the Army, then attended Cornell University for graduate studies. He began his business career with General Mills in South Carolina, and moved on to the Office Products division of the IBM Corporation. He served as Branch Manager in IBM's Tallahassee and Washington D.C. offices. In his last assignment with IBM, he managed and taught for the company's Executive Education Program, which took him around the United States, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. Following retirement, Charlie returned to IBM in Tallahassee in their Loaned Executive Program working for Gov. Bob Martinez's office. Charlie ended his career working as an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida, where he was thrice voted Outstanding Instructor for the College of Business.
Charlie was an avid Florida State fan and 40 year season ticket holder to their football games. He loved nothing better than having neighbors and friends drop by to enjoy a screwdriver on his dock overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay.
A service to honor Charlie will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 8 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL with complementary valet parking. Friends and family are also invited to visit with the family immediately following, at their home in Shalimar.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2013