Charles Sidney Killebrew Jr.

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Charles Sidney Killebrew Jr. Charles "Charlie" Sidney Killebrew Jr., 87, passed away Friday, May 1, 2009. He was born August 29, 1921, in Edgecombe County, son of the late Charles Sidney Killebrew Senior and his wife, Lillie Mae McAllister Killebrew . He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Sidney Killebrew Sr., mother, Lillie Mae, brother, William McAllister Killebrew, sister-in-law, Frances Killebrew Henderson,  and former wife, nee Katherine Penn Bunn. Charlie is survived by a daughter, Penn Bunn Stallard; granddaughter, Cecily and husband, Todd Zagoroli; grandson, Orion Stallard and wife, Dr. Amy Harper-Stallard; grandchildren, Ellie, Peter, and Charlotte Zagoroli; and Aubrey and Adam Stallard; nieces Mary Holly Bigelow, Margaret Henderson and Fran Henderson; three grand-nieces; and two grand-nephews. Charlie graduated in 1938 from Tarboro High School and went on to enlist in the Army Air Corps. After completing his military service, Charlie went to work in 1946 as a photographer for the Evening & Sunday Telegram.  He opened Killebrew Photography Studio in 1952 and later established and operated Carolina Aerial Mapping in the building next door to his Howard Street studio.  He was one of the first aerial mapping photographers in North Carolina and operated generally out of the Rocky Mount airport.  He was a regular at the Airport Luncheonette. During his many decades working at the Telegram, his photography studio, and aerial mapping business, Charlie documented life in the region through the lens of his cameras – creating a photographic record of more than half a million images of the area's people, events, ceremonies, wildlife and landscape over the course of more than half a century. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Tarboro. A short gathering to celebrate his life will be held at 5:30 pm. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Stonewall Manor in Rocky Mount.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the N.C. Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, 1722 Mail Service  Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722.  To make contributions online, please go to
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on May 8, 2009
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