Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Charles E. Ward, Jr.
Gulf Breeze - Charles (Chuck) Edward Ward, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, age 89, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, July 12th, 2021.
Chuck, a longtime resident of Gulf Breeze, Florida was born November 27th, 1931, in Oxford Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by his father Dr. Charles E. Ward Sr., pediatrician, his mother, Eugenia Campbell Ward, sister, Betty (Mike) Weber, and brother, Thomas Eugene (Fran) Ward.
He is survived by Diane, his devoted wife of 37 years, and his faithful companion dog Sophie. Chuck is also survived by his children Suzy Ward Cheney of Birmingham, AL, Charles E. (Vickie) Ward III of Gulf Breeze, FL; his stepchildren Shelly (Phil) Cowley, Marynell Sutton, John (Connie) Sutton; grandchildren, Forrest (Aracely) Cheney, Leah (Dakota) Coffelt, Candice Law, Devin (John) Nix, Whitney (Bryce) Long, Marcus (Claire) Morgan, Paige Sutton, Tyler Grubb, Kayla Sutton; great-grandchildren Audrey, Julia, Cameron, Grace, Madyson, John, Hudson, Evelyn, Eloise, Blake, and Madison; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Chuck was lovingly known as Papa Chuck to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
After graduating from LSU, Chuck was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. In Vietnam he served as a company commander. Chuck was highly proficient in flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, received many awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star Medal. He retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. After retirement, Chuck became a helicopter instructor for Bell Helicopter in Iran. Later he flew for Air Logistics, shuttling crew and supplies offshore and as a Life Flight pilot in New Orleans. He assisted with the startup of the Life Flight Program for the University of South Alabama and was a pilot there.
Chuck loved hunting with his nephew David Weber with whom he had an incredibly special relationship, fishing, tennis, golf, jogging, gardening, all wildlife, and traveling, especially to Ireland.
Chuck will be remembered for his faithful devotion to God, family, country and, of course, his LSU Tigers. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. He lived his faith and was a man of his word. Chuck was a member of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, volunteered for the Big Brother Program and was a Guardian Ad Litem sponsor. He actively supported law enforcement.
The family would like to give special thanks to all the staff of Covenant Care, the Beacon staff, and Dr. Jolita Klementaviciene and staff.
Services July 23, 2021--Service at Barrancas NAS--Pensacola Police Department to meet us at the Warrington Olive Baptist Church, 103 W Winthrop Ave, Pensacola, FL, 32507 at 10:30am Friday. Lunch and celebration of life to follow—12 noon, Gulf Breeze Methodist Church reception hall, 75 Fairpoint Dr. Gulf Breeze, FL
Donations may be made to:
ALS/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or go to stjude.org
Covenant Care Pensacola, 5041 N. 12th Avenue Pensacola FL 32504
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 75 Fairpoint Dr., Gulf Breeze, FL 32561.
Online condolences and memories may be made at www.BayviewFisherPouChapel.com
Published by the Pensacola News Journal from Jul. 16 to Jul. 18, 2021.