Charles Heartsill, 78, of Morehead City, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020, at the New Bern Hebrew Cemetery adjacent to the New Bern National Cemetery at 1711 National Avenue, New Bern, NC officiated by Lay Leader Carla Byrnes. For those attending the interment please be there at 1:30 p.m., the live stream will begin at 2 p.m. (EST).
A memorial service, with his many friends, will honor his Marine service and his Mason affiliation. It will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Munden Funeral Home located at 2112 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC.
Friends are welcome to attend either or both services. Those who are ill or at risk may prefer to stay home and view the web casting of the services through Charles's obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website (see below). For those attending in person, please observe the CDC coronavirus guidelines. Bring and wear a protective mask.
Charles William Heartsill was born August 17, 1942, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the late Dustin Heartsill and Emma Bray Heartsill. He was a skydiving instructor as a young man, hitchhiked through Europe, lived on a Kibbutz in Israel for a period of time, then returned to the United States. He enlisted in the Marines serving two tours of duty. He became an aircraft mechanic and skilled metalsmith. Charles received many honors and awards including the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Expert Badge and Pistol Expert Badge. After his Honorable Discharge he continued serving his country as a civil servant for Cherry Point Marine base. Charles retired in the early 90's and eventually took a position with Boeing in Al Assad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom doing aircraft re-work.
After several years he returned to the States and continued his work with Boeing in Abilene, TX and Fort Campbell, KY and then retired back to Morehead City, NC where he eventually began working again delivery driving for several car dealers. Charles was actively enjoying that driving position when he passed.
Charles was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He loved music, traveling, adventure, and collecting cars.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Jean Long; son, Craig Allen Heartsill Sr. (Patricia) of Grand Junction, Colorado; grandson, Craig Allen Heartsill Jr. of Barstow, California; great grandsons, Craig Allen Heartsill III and Blake Heartsill, both of Barstow, California; great granddaughters, Renee Heartsill, Stevie Heartsill and Jazmine Heartsill all of Barstow, California; step-son, Dr. Jay Brenman (Julie); two step-daughters, Janice Brenman Dahan (Lionel) and Jami Castel (Dr. Alan); step-grandchildren, Gabi, Callie, Sarah Lea, Eden, Claire and Theodore; brother, Tony Heartsill (Susie); brother-in-law, Roger Long (Elsa); and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dustin Heartsill and Damon Heartsill; and his sister, Claudine Heartsill.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607 or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 399, Morehead City NC 28557.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online memories on the TRIBUTE WALL at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
The family is grateful to Chuck Caldwell and Weston Porter and Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, NC for the arrangements.
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Shriners Children's Hospital
2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607
PO Box 399, Morehead City NC 28557