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Charles Way was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Lorraine Ward Way. Beginning their romance as pen pals, the couple fell in love during their three year correspondence, and on the day they first met in person, an eager Charles proposed to Lorraine on the front porch of her Dayton, Texas, home. They were married Oct. 5, 1950, until her death Oct. 13, 2002. Charles and Lorraine were stationed in various military bases from Rhode Island, North Carolina, Key West, and Corpus Christi, as they grew their family of five children, eventually settling in Baytown, Texas, after Charles retired from the Navy. Charles continued his medical career as a medical technologist for Tidelands Hospital in Channelview, and Gulf Cost Hospital for many years. He joined other physicians in founding Medi Plex, where he served as director of the laboratory until his retirement.
Charles is remembered by granddaughter Kathryn as “the man who taught me how to tie my shoes while singing me Hank Williams Jr. songs” and the same cool grandpa who “had a ton of tattoos. A huge battleship on his chest, sparrows holding a bannerthe face of a woman who was decidedly not my grandmother on his bicep with her name simply crossed out with a single line, and my grandmother’s name lovingly scripted directly below it.” Charles made every theater performance, football game, softball game, and dance recital he could while also regaling his loved ones with stories of his family life in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Pappaw, as his grandchildren called him, could also tell a great ghost story.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death his siblings, Geneva, Pauline, Sarah Clay, Frederick Ray, and James; and a grandson, Kaelen Way.
He leaves behind many to cherish his memory, his children, Patrick and wife Anne, Jefferson and wife June, Kenneth, Kathy, Russell and wife Tina; his grandchildren, Kristen Way, Kathryn Way, Madelyn Way, Tiffany Lockett, Tim Mahaffey, and Taylor Mahaffey; great grandchildren, Kennedy, Holden, Griffen, Landon, Logan, and RJ. Charles has two sisters who also survive, Mary Katherine and Anna Rose; and his sister in law, Georgia, all of Tennessee.