Charles Marion Whitten
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Charles Marion Whitten
  • September 30, 1936 - October 26, 2017
  • Yorktown, Virginia

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Charles "Chuck" Whitten, passed away on October 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Ethel Whitten; brother, Bobby Ray; and son, David Whitten. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, the love of his life and soul mate for 59 years; brother, Ron (Nancy) Whitten; daughters, Suzanne Hayes (Shanon) and Leah Norris (Trey); five grandsons, Taylor and Brayden Hayes, CJ Whitten, Christian and Brady Norris; several nieces and nephews and other close family members.

Chuck was a native of Alabama and moved to Virginia in 1985. His career was in the research, development, and marketing of coal. He retired as President of the Pier IX Coal Terminal in 2009. Chuck was a man of deep faith, integrity and unrelenting dedication and love for his family. He was a longtime member and elder of Northside Christian Church.

In his retirement, he dedicated his time, efforts and talents to rebuilding Northside Christian Church, which was destroyed by fire in 1999. He loved his five grandsons and enjoyed being their cheerleader at all sporting and academic events. He and "his" boys shared their love of Alabama football.

A memorial service to celebrate Chuck's life will be held 4:00 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Northside Christian Church with Senior Minister Larry Jones officiating. The family will receive friends one-hour prior to service in the church. A reception will be held following the service at the church Student Center. A private burial will be held later in Williamsburg Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northside Christian Church Student Center, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.