Charles was raised in New Canaan, Ct., and spent time in California, before coming to New Bern, and settling in River Bend. His business, Fortis Fidele provided handyman services to many in the area. Over the years he participated in several local theatrical groups, as both actor and technician for many productions. Some of his best performances onstage were those which showcased his personality and great humor.
He was an accomplished photographer and world traveler, loved science, the out-of-doors, meteorology, and history. As a descendant of several founding families of the United States of America, he took great pride in his heritage and his patriotism.
He attended Connecticut schools, including the St. Luke's School and the Cherry Lawn Academy. He attended college in Southern California.
He is predeceased by his parents Charles C. Cookman of Carlsbad, Calif., and Elizabeth Westaway of River Bend, NC.
He is survived by his siblings James DeW. Cookman (Adelita) of Milford, Ct.; Elizabeth W. Pletcher (Steven) of River Bend, NC; and Mildred C. Frick (William), of Stonington, Ct.; and by his stepsisters, Janet Patterson (James) of Dallas, Texas, Susan Bussey (Thomas) of Oceanside, Calif., Megan Standing, of Oceanside, Calif., and Martha Hardebeck (Thomas) of Encinitas, Calif.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 9 at Christ Church Episcopal Church in downtown New Bern.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Rhems Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad, and to Christ Episcopal Church of New Bern.
Arrangements are by Cotton Funeral Home.