Next to family and friends, Chuck’s first love was flying. He first soloed in 1945 in a Cub Cruiser in Nevada City, Calif., where he was raised. He went through Air Force Pilot Training, earning his wings in 1950.
His first assignment as a military pilot was in MATS flying E54s. During the Korean War, he was assigned to the 36th Squadrion of the 8th Fighters Bombing Group where he flew 100 missions over Korea as an F-80 pilot. After military service, he flew for Trans Texas Airlines before going to work for Eastern Airlines in 1955. Chuck flew for Eastern for 33 years, retiring as a Captain on the DC10 on the International Routes.
He remained active in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard flying both fighter and transports retiring as a Command Pilot with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He remained active in aviation working as a CF11 at the West Georgia Regional Airport, where he was a partner in a fixed base operation known as the Possum Works. He was an active member of the EAA Chapter 276 at West Georgia Regional Airport, where he served as an instructor and advisor. He was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on May 30, 2006. He has been a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Richard; sister, Rebecca; his first wife, Lillian; and an infant daughter, Anne.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Wood Pease; natural children, Elizabeth Evans of Lovettesville, Va., Charles Pease and wife, Judy of Greenville, S.C., Mary Virginia Pease of Suwanee, Ga., and Charlotte Cook of Douglasville, Ga.; step-children, Nancie Murray of Alpharetta, Ga., Scott Sullivan and wife, Lee of Natick, Mass.., Susan Goodwin and husband, Henry of Akin, S.C., Mary Jo Sullivan of Decatur, Ga., Elizabeth Sullivan of Carrollton, Ga.; sister, Virginia Eden and husband, Don of Yorba Linda, Calif.; also nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A Mass will be conducted at noon Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Father Rafael Carabello officiating. In accordance with Mr. Pease’s wishes, the body was cremated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 210 Old Centerpoint Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117; Doctors without Borders, PO Box 5022, Hagerstown, MD., 21741-5022 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS., 66675. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com.
Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel, Carrollton.