Charles Elmer Whitehead

Published 4:08 pm Friday, January 21, 2022

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Charles Elmer Whitehead, 82, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at his residence. He was born December 20, 1939 in Hampton, Tenn., to the late Elmer and Effie Holtzsclaw Whitehead.
Charles was a graduate of Hampton High School and East Tennessee State University. He retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of service and was retired as Environmental Services Director of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. He had lived in Florida since 2003.
Charles was a member of the Fil-Am. He was a member of Little Doe Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet McCorkle.
Survivors include his wife, Gracita Awa-Ao Whitehead; one daughter, Gracita (Sharli) Williams and husband Fred, Pensacola, Fla.; two grandchildren, Chelsea Melber and Charles “Chase” Melber and wife Gaby; one great-grandson, Martin Melber; two sisters, Phyllis Vines and Joyce Matherly; and one brother, Harold Leslie Whitehead.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 24, in the Whitehead Cemetery, Hampton, with the Rev. Gary Edwards officiating. Interment will follow the service. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website,
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Whitehead family.

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