In Loving Memory

Charles Columbus Etheridge, d. June 6, 2015



In Loving Memory

June 27, 1933 – June 6, 2015

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Mr. Charles Columbus Etheridge, 81, of Daphne, AL, died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at home.  

Born June 27, 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Charles proudly served during the Korean War as a cryptographic analyst and radio operator in the United States Air Force.  After twelve and a half years, through tours in Alaska, Germany and Libya, Staff Sergeant Etheridge was honorably discharged and began a lifelong career with the United States Postal Service.  Charles was an avid sports enthusiast and a member of the West Alabama Softball Hall of Fame.  He enjoyed being outdoors with his family, camping, fishing and hunting. Charles was curious about history and loved learning someone’s family story.  He especially loved his own family, by whom Charles’ quick wit and loyal heart will be sorely missed.

Preceded in death by his son, Doug Etheridge, Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue; one son, Craig Etheridge; Mrs. Doug Etheridge (Patty) and two grandsons, the Deacon Christopher Bragg Etheridge and Cody Etheridge.

Interment will be Friday, June 12th, 2:30 pm, at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Charles’ memory be made to Covenant Hospice.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.


  1. Jackie Hart

    This man was like my father. He was a picker, love to make you laugh. I will miss him saying, when he would call me, is this the doctor lovely wife. I have known Charles around 25 years and his lovely wife Mrs.Sue. Charles will be in my heart forever. Rest in peace, Charles

  2. Lauren King McGraw

    Just heard this sad news tonight. Charles or “Chuck” as some lovingly referred to him, was such a special man. I met him when I was 18 years old and he was a loving, comical character with a big heart ( if he liked you) (ha ha) very opinionated and strong views were his nature. He could make me laugh and I mean really laugh with some of his stories and opinions! Although there was a 20 plus year lapse in our friendship , he welcomed me and loved me and he never lapsed in his good humor and memories of me and soo many others when we reacquainted, a good man, he loved his family and he loved Miss Sue and the world was a better place with him in it. Love and prayers to his sweet family and especially Miss Sue, who,is just as special!

  3. Judy carter

    Charles and his wife Sue have been my neighbors, and dearest friends, since 2006. Charles was an honorable southern gent, a people person, and loved to make you laugh. He was interested in local and world events and could converse on any level. I will miss both his advice and humor. He doted on Sue and his family! I feel blessed to have known this Christian man.

  4. Sherm Gronlund

    What a great guy he was! Met him for the first time when we were in Alaska in the Air Force together in 1953, and have kept in touch with him and Sue ever since. How we shall miss our weekly telephone discussions about Tide (and he was a true ‘Bama fan) and Wisconsin football teams and games. All our best to Sue and all the Etheridge family from a Wisconsin Badger who will never forget him.


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