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1948 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
CHARLES, Darrell Darrell Charles, 69, passed away on October 6, 2017, at Pruitt Health of Brookhaven after a long and valiant fight against diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Born May 6, 1948, in Seattle, Washington to Elizabeth Charles, he grew up in Seattle and in Craig, Alaska. He was an Alaska Native, member of the Haida Tribe. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Wallingford, Seattle in 1966. After high school, he joined the Army where he served honorably in Vietnam, 1967-69, with The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment ("Blackhorse Regiment").Upon his return from Vietnam, he was employed by Campus Crusade for Christ, San Bernardino, CA. There he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, met his future wife and made many lifelong friends. He attended Seattle Community College and the University of Washington before relocating to Atlanta where he worked in the commercial printing industry until his retirement. He is a member of Druid Hills Baptist Church (The Church at Ponce and Highland).Darrell is survived by his wife, Sarah "Sally" Allen Charles, and his children, Carey Robert Charles (Kimberly), Atlanta, GA and Jane Charles Gingrich (Stephan), Marietta, GA; siblings, Sharon Coe, Klawock, AK and Robert Kennedy, Jr., Sacramento, CA; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta on October 12, 2017, at 11:00am with the family receiving friends at 10:00am. Interment with military honors will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Friday, October 13 at 11:30am.Remembrances may be made in the form desired by friends and family. Memorial contributions can be made to The Blackhorse Association or any charity which benefits disabled veterans.(the link for The Blackhorse Association) A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home & Crematory.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2017
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