Charles Edmond Hurd, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was born in Dunbar, Va., June 27, 1928, and relocated to Norfolk in 1944. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lake and Myrtle Cole Hurd; brother, Billie Ray Hurd; and sisters, Marian Kessler and Eunice Lund.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ramona; children, Martha Wickre (Barry), Susan Mitchell (Chris) and Dr. Charles C. Hurd (Cindy); grandchildren, Bennett Wickre (Becky), Chris Swanson (Kathryn), Caleb Swanson, Mary Katherine Wickre and Wesley Hurd; great-grandchildren Sawyer and Beatrice Wickre and Rachel and Joseph Swanson; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Charles attended East Stone Gap High School. He transferred to Broad Creek Village High School in Norfolk. He is a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant of the 75th Fighter Squadron, of the 23rd Fighter Group, 20th Air Force serving in Guam. He later served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After the service, he graduated from the Deptartment of the Navy Apprentice School as a Metalsmith, Aviation. Charles retired after 37 years at the Naval Air Rework Facility, where he supervised the overhaul of F-14 engines and airframes. After retirement, he owned his own metalworking and welding business.
He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 371 from 1975 to 1988. He received leadership recognitions including the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. He was responsible for seven Eagle Scouts, including his son. He attended the national Boy Scout Jamboree at AP Hill as an assistant Scout Master. He attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. He belonged to Bayside Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #218 and became a Master Mason.
He was a member of Broad Creek Village Baptist Church in Norfolk, then he joined Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, becoming a charter member in 1957. He taught 7th grade Sunday School, worked in the nursery and sang bass in the choir. He served on staff as director of facilities. Charles served as a deacon being ordained in 1971 and was awarded deacon emeritus in 2010. Charles enjoyed boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. He was a fine craftsman in both wood and metal building furniture and cabinetry.
The family will receive friends from 2-6:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the church with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Thalia Lynn Baptist Church Building/Renovation Fund in his memory.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the Sentara medical team and nurses.
You may offer condolences to the family at kellumfuneralhome.com.