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Charles Getman


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Charles Getman

Germantown, TN

Charles Getman passed away on September 6, 2017 at home in Germantown, TN. He died of natural causes and went peacefully, in his sleep, surrounded by family. He leaves behind his two sons, Stephen and Chris, his daughter, Courtney, the memory of his deceased daughter, Laurie, his two younger brothers, Denis and Guy and all their assorted families whom he loved and who miss him. Peggy, his wife of 60 years, passed earlier this year.

Dad was born February 19, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA. His mother was told he wouldn't survive childhood because of a severe allergy that he eventually grew out of. After being run over by a car as a child, a brain aneurysm in his 40's, a triple heart bypass, two horrific car crashes, a couple of total joint replacements, and Parkinson's disease that developed in his 70's, he proved that doctor wrong by dying peacefully of old age at 81.

Dad was an athlete, a singer, an avid student, a lifeguard, a lover of music, a shipwright, a sailor, a huge Bama fan, and of course, he was an electrical engineer. With a degree from the University of Alabama, he gave 27 years of service to his country, working at the Naval Oceanographic Office at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. He was the Director of the Engineering Department there for many years and later became the Director of the Platform Modernization Division where he managed the creation of the first purpose-built ocean-going research vessels for the Navy. When he retired, the Navy gave him the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in recognition of his many accomplishments.

He was also a good dad. Having only a distant relationship with his father who died when Dad was still a teenager, he chose to be a different kind of father. He chose to love openly and asked for nothing in return. Dad was stern but fair, strong but gentle, highly accomplished but quietly humble, demanding but loving. He was a great man and a loving father. He is missed.

The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. until his memorial service at 2 p.m. at Highland Heights Presbyterian Church in Cordova. Memorials can be made through the church or through Bartlett Funeral Home.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 13, 2017
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