Charles Julian Peery, 91, first flight attendant to complete 40 years of service with US Airways

Charles Julian Peery
Charles Julian Peery

Charles Julian Peery, 91, a longtime resident of Virginia Beach and member of Bayside Baptist Church, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 17, 1927, to Carl A. Peery and Aimmie Laura Gates Peery in Hot Springs. When he was 10 years old, a scrawny brown-haired girl would save him a seat on the bus to school. He wouldn’t sit with her because she was only 5 years old. When she turned 16, he started dating that girl and married her when she turned 21. He celebrated 57 years of marriage with his wife, Watson C. Peery, before the Lord took her home six years ago.

He graduated from Valley High School and then Lynchburg Business College. Shortly after school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He continued his love for flying when he joined the ranks of all male pursers at Piedmont Airlines on Dec. 29, 1953. He became the first flight attendant to complete 30 years of service with Piedmont Airlines and the first flight attendant to complete 40 years of service with US Airways. In August 1993, he took off on his last flight with his wife, Watson, by his side and a CNN crew who celebrated his accomplishments with a segment on the career of Charlie Peery.

He was preceded by his parents and three brothers, Richard, Buck and Ralph; wife, Watson; and son, Markham.

He leaves to cherish his memory with his daughter, April C.P. Baer, and her husband, Tony; grandson, Mitchell A. Baer; great-grandson, Mitchell A. Baer II; granddaughters, Virginia Peery and Rebecca Tippett, and her husband, Jason; the Sivils family; along with his extended family and caretakers at The Gardens of Virginia Beach.

The family will greet friends to celebrate his life from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11, at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, 3445 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach at the Chapel of Liberty Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster-Canterbury Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association or Bayside Baptist Church.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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