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Charles Ray Crary

July 4, 1941 — January 6, 2023

Charles Ray Crary passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 5 at his home in McKenzie, TN. A memorial service for Mr. Crary is Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00a.m. in the chapel of Brummitt McKenzie Funeral home. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Mr. Charles was born on July 4, 1941 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He graduated from Gerstmeyer High School in 1958 as a member of the National Honor Society. He attended Lincoln Bible Institute in Lincoln, IL and Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis, MN. While there, he worked at Gray’s Drug store in Dinkytown and met his future wife, Kathleen Atchison, who worked across the street at Bridgeman’s Ice Cream shop. Charles enlisted in the Air Force in July 1965 and was stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana. He married Kathleen September 3, 1966 in LaCrosse WI. Charles’ last two years of duty were at Alconbury Airforce base in Alconbury England. After discharge he attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Ok. Charles and Kathleen lived in several places including Wausau, WI and Minneapolis, MN where he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Aviation Safety Inspector until he retired. His marriage ended in 2003 and he moved to Camden, TN. He later moved to McKenzie, TN and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He loved dogs especially his current dog Rusty who he spoke to like a good friend. He was very handy and could fix anything and enjoyed flying his drone. He loved anything related to airplanes and astronomy and was always learning something new. He recently spent many hours studying for and passing his test to receive his Ham Radio license. Charles is survived by his sister Wilma Hastings (Larry), his ex-wife Kathleen Crary, his three children Karen Smith (Daniel), Kevin Crary (Amy) and Margaret Collins (Jeffery) and grandchildren: Kayleigh Woller (Josiah), Aaron Smith, Cassandra Smith, Alyssa Smith, Julia Crary, Victoria Crary, Emily DeBoer (Ben), Maquanet Collins, Joshua Collins (Christina), Mitike Collins, Bete Collins, Tyler Collins, Paige Collins, Silas Collins, great-grandchildren Zohrah Woller and Elianah Woller and several nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his sister Rhonda Harrison (Charlie), brother Gil Crary (Nancy) and his parents Lucile and William Crary.
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Saturday, January 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home

1740 Cedar St, McKenzie, TN 38201

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home

1740 Cedar St, McKenzie, TN 38201

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