Charles Louis Blanchard, 77 returned to his Heavenly home on June 2, 2018. He died of accidental heart failure, though he did not have a heart condition. Some could say he died of a broken heart after his lifelong sweetheart Peggy died three years ago. Theirs was a love story of romantic novels and movies. He died true to his faith in God. Charles was the first-born son of Charles Willis Blanchard and Margaret Ann (Thomas) Blanchard. He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa July 31, 1940 and went to school there. He went into the Navy at 17 and served from 1957 to 1978. He was a Chief Aviation Structures Mechanic and a Hydraulic Specialist. He received several Awards including a Navy Accommodation and Good Conduct with four stars. He retired from the Navy Air and Alabama Power with 22 years in each.
Charles was a charter member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was a dedicated and humble follower of the faith. He was known as Mr. Inside on the original maintenance committee for the church for many years, keeping the grounds beautiful and helped wherever asked. He was adoor greeter at the church and greeted all with a smile and a hug. Charles was a member of Council 10567 of the Knights of Columbus and a 4thDegree Knight of Columbus. He also was a volunteer for Adamsville Elementary School and helped whenever he could, including helping Gerald and Kathy (who was like another daughter to him) build the stairs from the road to keep the children safe from sliding down the hill. He was a good neighbor and active in his community. You could name a million things Charles did for his church and community and many more people he helped but he would not want to be known like that because he did it quietly and humbly without recognition even though his wall in his private office is full of awards and recognition collecting dust.
Charles was married to Peggy Sue Higgins from Porter, Alabama on October 20, 1960 in Folkston, GA. They were a love complete and supported each other through thick and thin and a Navy career that helped them meet and took them across the country. He was a humble man and would not say all this about himself. Most would know him as a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin and friend, quick with a smile and a joke or a quote from a movie. He loved to watch movies. He loved to talk to his friends on Facebook and checked it every morning after breakfast to tell people happy birthday and see what his family and friends were doing. If you got an email from him, it was forwarded to all including who might have sent it to him. The emails were a joke he was forwarding or sometimes political in his conservative views or might be about abortion in which he was a staunch pro-life supporter. He had a bunch of friends that he loved playing cards with all for fun and charity.
Charles is preceded in death by his wife Peggy, their daughter Darlene Marie Blanchard, his parents Charles and Margaret and brother Barry and several in-laws and preceding generations of family. Charles is survived by his children David(Sheila)of Leland, NC, Dale(Jane) of Adamsville, Al and Debbie of Adamsville, Al; his grandchildren Charlene(Buddy), Douglas, Bobby, Michael, Jay(Paige), Jeremy(Millissa), Jason, Donna(Josh), Peter, Jeffrey, Emily, Anna and Noelle; his great grandchildren Hannah, Jacob, Skyler, Peighton, Sam, Draghein, Bailey, Caleigh, William and Elijah; his sisters Nancy Galloway of Lynchburg, S.C., Toni Cole of Clinton, Lenore (Don) Schlimmer of Iowa City, Margaret (Keith) Miles of Muscatine, and Teresa Blanchard of Wilton; his brothers, Tom of Greeley, Colo., Paul (Teresa) of Lone Tree, Iowa, Mike (Annie) of Muscatine, and Bob of Davenport and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Adamsville Alabama. Visitation is at 6:00-8:00 Tuesday June 5th, 2018 and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM June 6th, 2018
Burial will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery Williamsburg, Al. next to his beloved Peggy.
Instead of flowers donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Capital Fund 301 Shamrock Trial Adamsville, Al 35005.
Charles wanted some special thanks given to his brother Knights and the 4th Degree for all they have done and all they will do. In his own words “Ithas been a pleasure and humbling experience to be part of this great group”
I know he will miss all of us and his great life here on earth, but he knew where he was going, and he will lead the way for us all. Charles left a verse for us to find that said ‘for my funeral’ It was Ezekiel 18: 21-22. He knew we as mortals had to leave our wickedness and become a better person to be with God. He was that kind of person getting better every day, being kinder, more loving and helpful in every way that he might meet God and hug him and tell him a joke.