HAMPTON - Mr. Charles Thomas Schrum, "CT", went home with the Lord on April 30, 2012.
He was born in Lawndale, N.C., in 1919. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1938 and married Merle Arlene Kessler originally of Lynchburg in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Yuma, Ariz., along with his wife, where he repaired WWII war planes. Upon return to the Virginia Peninsula he was employed by NASA, in the full scale wind tunnel and part of the NASA space program.
"CT" retired from NASA after 39 years. He was in 'semi-retirement' at Craft Machine Works for 10 years at his brother's business. He played and enjoyed baseball into young adult life and regularly played golf into his 80's at Hampton course, and was a regular 'walker' at the local malls.
"CT" was a devoted and committed member of West Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, Va. Through the years he served as a deacon, chairman of deacons, Sunday school teacher, Training Union director and dedicated 43 years as the church Treasurer. He served a term as Trustee of Midwestern Theological Seminary in Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; and his two brothers, William F. Schrum and Jake Z. Schrum.
Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter in North Carolina and Mrs. Dorothy Bratten and her husband in Newport News; daughter, Mrs. Susan Norris and husband Fred, of Seaford; and son, the Rev. T. Kevin Schrum and wife Vicki, of Yorktown; grandchildren, David Norris, of Newport News, Jennifer Erin Proffitt, of Hampton, Suzanne Nester, of Hampton and Amber Schrum, of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Guinevere Norris, Roger Proffitt Jr., and Leila, Anthony and Jocelynn Nester.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Westhampton Baptist Church, 631 Aberdeen Road, in Hampton. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com
to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.