Charles W. ‘Charlie’ Wagoner

October 21, 2016

Charles W. ‘Charlie’ Wagoner
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

CHARLES W. WAGONER- in Woburn, October 21st, 86 years of age. Devoted husband of the late Sarah (MacDonald) Wagoner. Beloved son of the late Roy and Nettie (Stanfield)Wagoner. Proud father of Robert Wagoner of Woburn, Charlene Sellars, her husband Michael of Mashpee. Dear brother of Shirley Huffines, her late husband Donald, Betty Busick, her husband Glenn, the late Leon, his wife Frances, the late J. Adolphus, his wife Dorothy, the late Paul, his wife Mildred, the late Lillian Jones, her husband Ernest, all of No. Carolina. Special “Papa Charlie” of Christopher Lorusso and Danielle Lorusso, both of Sandwich. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington, on Wednesday October 26th at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours on Tuesday, October 25th from 5-7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Charlie’s memory to Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Charles Wagoner passed away at his home amongst his beloved family Friday, October 21st, at the age of eighty six. Charlie was the devoted husband of the late Sarah (MacDonald) Wagoner.

Born in Browns Summit, North Carolina, Charlie was one of seven children born to the late Roy and Nettie (Stanfield) Wagoner. Raised and educated in Browns Summit, Charlie attended Monticello High School. While in high school Charlie worked on his family’s tobacco farm also in the same town and had left high school in order to assist his family on the farm. In 1952, he enlisted into the United States Navy where he served his country proudly on the USS Worcester during the Korean War.

While in the Navy, Charlie was introduced to Sarah MacDonald at a function in Boston. She had come all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada and was residing in Boston at the time. After some time and nine days after his honorable discharge in 1953, they married, and spent the over the next fifty years together.

They first settled together in Cambridge where they nestled in, made their home and brought two wonderful children into the world, Robert and Charlene. In 1964, they all moved to Somerville, then once the children grew older, Charlie and Sarah moved to Arlington in 1983. After the passing of Sarah in 1996, Charlie moved to his final residence in Woburn the following year. There was never a time when Charlie did not work two jobs, so needless to say he was always quite busy in providing for his family. Throughout his working career, he served as a machinist at Reese in Waltham and Palmer as a General Electric machinist in Malden. He retired from Palmer in 1997. As the years progressed and the family grew, “Papa Charlie” began to share his life with two loving grandchildren. He loved his grandchildren unconditionally and enjoyed spending endless amounts of time with them. Whenever he could, Charlie would take trips down to the Cape to see his grandson Chris play little league baseball.

NASCAR was a sport that he was thoroughly taken with while he was growing up in the South and remained a follower throughout his life. In addition, he also was an avid lover of baseball, basketball and hockey, always a devoted follower throughout their seasons. Charlie was a very compassionate, loving and outgoing gentleman. A hardworking man all his life, Charlie strongly believed in education and going above and beyond to succeed.

Sadly, Charlie was predeceased by his parents, his wife Sarah, siblings, Leon Wagoner, J. Adolphus Wagoner, Paul Wagoner, and Lillian Jones, his in laws Donald Huffiness and Frances Wagoner.

Charlie is lovingly survived by his children Robert Wagoner of Woburn and Charlene Sellars, her husband Michael of Mashpee. Dear brother of Shirley Huffines, Betty Busick, her husband Glenn and in laws Dorothy Wagoner, Mildred Wagoner and Ernest Jones all of No. Carolina. Special “Papa Charlie” of Christopher Lorusso and Danielle Lorusso, both of Sandwich. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington, on Wednesday October 26th at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours on Tuesday, October 25th from 5-7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Charlie’s memory to Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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