Charles-Wyatt IV-Obituary

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Charles Handfield Wyatt IV

Feb 26, 1937 - Sep 20, 2018 (Age 81)

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Bill and I send our deepest sympathy to you, Jan, and your family. What fun we had with you two in Cashiers and then in Lafayette. I have tried to phone you but to no avail. Hopefully, we will talk and perhaps see each other. Love, Genie

Jan, so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Liz & Robert Gilbert (Oakbourne Estates, Lafayette, LA)

Jan, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Charlie. What a fantastic gentleman he was. I am so grateful for the opportunity he gave me to chair the BVPD Symposium and get to know all the wonderful people involved. I have always been amazed how the two of you have been able to settle into a community and quickly have such an impact. Truly gracious, kind, generous and loving people. I am honored to have know Charlie (and you) even though it was a short time. My condolences to you and your...

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Will always remember and appreciate Charlies gift of friendship and hard work to all of us here in Oakbourne, Lafayettte, La. Love to you Jan from The Geramis

We cannot imagine the pain your dear family must be experiencing now. Our prayers will include you all. May God give you the ability to cope with your loss. Psalms 94:18-19 *

We have not seen Charlie for a while but he was always a great guy. Jan - so sorry to hear!

Hard to know where to start in expressing all the ways Cashiers and the Cashiers Historical Society benefited from the many contributions and innovations Charlies and Jan were behind. He leaves a rich legacy here.

I'm truly sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. We met when I was a specialist at the Bayou Vermilion District, and he and I had countless conversations about the River, Local ecology, and anything else our shared interests brought up. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be well acquainted with him during his time in Lafayette, and I will always think fondly of him. May his lovely wife and his family find peace and solace in this difficult time.
Clair C Coussan, Lafayette, La

I was at Northwestern as a fraternity brother of Charlie's. He was always so low key, polite, smiling. I remember that he was playing second base with me at shortstop in an intramural softball game when I completely screwed up a play. The other team had a runner on first base, and a ball was hit to Charlie. He fielded the ball cleanly and pivoted to throw it to me at second base, thinking that I would be there for the force play and hopefully a timely throw to first base for the double...


Charles's Obituaries

Charles Handfield ‘Charlie’ Wyatt, IV passed away peacefully on the 20th of September 2018 after a brief illness in Pensacola, Florida, surrounded by his wife, Jan and their three children, as well as his brother-in-law and clergy.

Charlie was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 26, 1937 to Lieutenant Colonel Charles H. Wyatt, III and his wife, Margaret Miller (Jones) Wyatt. He is descended from the Rev. Edward Winslow and Rev. Dr. William Edward Wyatt, early leaders of the Episcopal Church in America. Charlie attended Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

While growing up in Cincinnati, he met and married the love of his life, Jan (Janet Louise Blair). They married on June 27, 1959 and had three children: Dr. Charles Handfield Wyatt, V (Noemi) of Pensacola, Florida; Mrs. Julia McCormick Wyatt James (Commissioner William F. James, Jr) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Mrs. Lisa Blair Wyatt Miller (Mr. Kenneth Miller) of Dallas, Texas.

In addition, Charlie is survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Dr. Lt. William F. James, III (Katherine) San Diego, California; Morgan James Washington, DC; Sarah James Columbia, South Carolina; Rebekah James, Wilmington, North Carolina; Andrew Miller and Julia Miller Dallas, Texas; Catherine Miller, Knoxville, Tennessee; Charles ‘Chad’ Wyatt, VI, Miami, Florida; Matthew Wyatt, Atlanta, Georgia; and Laura and William James IV.

Charlie will be remembered as a loving and giving person, whether it be in his personal or professional life. No matter where he lived, he never missed a beat to give back. His legacy will be his gift for blending his servant heart with trailblazing new ideas. He masterfully connected people and new ideas that made a difference in this world. The impact of his work will be felt for generations to come.

During his professional career, Charlie’s accomplishments were many. He created innovative solutions and provided leadership for 40+ years in the corrosion control industry. He founded an environmental air treatment company and co-held two U.S. Patents, authored numerous papers in trade publications and gave training and educational speeches at world-wide industry conferences. Charlie was a natural leader, holding numerous leadership positions throughout the industry – President of the International Steel Structure Painting Council (SSPC), National Association of Corrosive Engineers (NACE), President, Houston Chemical Club, and 35 years of service in the Houston Coating Society.

In 2002, Charlie and Jan retired to the beautiful mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina and immediately became part of the community. Throughout his retirement, his overwhelming theme was to “give back to others”.   He was often seen on the links of High Hampton, where he served on the Board of High Hampton Colony Club and was an active member of The Church of the Good Shepherd and Rotary International and served as Secretary of Cashiers Community Fund.  

In 2007, seeking to be closer to family and grandchildren, Charlie and Jan moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. To no surprise, they immediately became involved, pledging their hearts and souls to make Lafayette a better place. He was President of the Oakbourne Homeowners Association and a director of the PGA Chitamacha Golf Tournament. He trailblazed new environmental initiatives - founding the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association and created the first Bayou Vermilion Water Symposium. Not only did Charlie work on his projects, he helped Jan with her projects like bringing a Farmers Market to the new Moncus Park. These initiatives will benefit generations to come.

His final stop in life’s journey was to live on the water. Charlie and Jan moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2016, where they found their dream opportunity to own a beautiful waterfront condominium and watch from their balcony the USNA Blue Angels practice. Once again, Charlie quickly began giving back, serving as a National Naval Aviation Museum volunteer and on the board of the Bayshore Condominium Association.

Charlie’s passions included photography and sports. He enjoyed life to its fullest, was a true movie buff, enjoyed live music and was committed to “leaving the campsite better than you found it.”

A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held October 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 18 W. Wright St., Pensacola, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Pensacola, Florida and Moncus Park Lafayette, Louisiana.

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