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Charles C. Lee passed away in his home in Jonesboro, Georgia on Friday, December 19th, 2020. Charles was born November 22,1953 in Beaufort, South Carolina to Mr. P. C. and Mrs. A. H. Lee.

Charles graduated Cum Laude in 1976 with a BA in Aviation from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He then began his career with Wheeler Airlines in Raleigh, NC. He later joined the faculty of Florence Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC and Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC before beginning his career at the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in Los Angeles, California in 1991.

During his career with the FAA, Charles represented the agency on each of the 7 continents and retired in 2014 with the rank of GS-14 in the Office of Safety Analysis Evaluation in Atlanta, Georgia. Charles was an instrument rated licensed pilot and owned and enjoyed piloting several aircraft during his lifetime. He was also a certified airplane mechanic and performed all of the maintenance on each of his aircraft.

In addition to flying his aircraft, Charles enjoyed music and was an accomplished musician. During high school and college, he played the guitar professionally with various bands. He later enjoyed playing the guitar as a hobby. His other hobbies included international travel and reading. Charles was a voracious and eclectic reader. He also wrote and published an entertaining novel entitled, “Thrift Jet”, which is available via Amazon. Charles enjoyed people, had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around. He had a love of adventure and often on a whim made spontaneous trips to visit friends or relatives or return to favorite places. Charles liked to be busy. After retirement, he earned certification as a Rolex repair technician and repaired watches as a hobby. He also earned certification as an avionics inspector and repair technician and owned and operated an avionics repair facility.

Charles leaves to mourn his passing, his sister, Dr. Carla Lee Daniels of Hopkins, SC; nephew, Matthew Daniels (Sara Nell) of West Columbia, SC and niece, A. Michelle Daniels of Charlotte, NC; aunt, Jerusha Lee of St. Stephen, SC and many dear friends and extended family members.

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  1. Bernadette Keitt says:

    My sincere condolences to the Lee family on your loss. May God and all of the memories you, and those connected to Charles, built together provide the peace and comfort needed as you mourn. God Bless each of you during this difficult time.

  2. Mary Ann Evans Johnson says:

    Our Deepest Condolences To The Lee Family. “HOLD TO GOD’S UNCHANGING HANDS FOR COMFORT & STRENGTH!”
    Mary Ann( Evans) Johnson & The Beaufort High School Class Of 1972

  3. Liesa Johnson says:

    Sending my condolences to the Lee family on the loss of your beloved Charles. I worked with Charles for several years and found him to be a man of integrity with a great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.

  4. Lovonna Joseph says:

    My dear friend will truly be missed. Charles was always a good time and a multi-disciplined asset. LOL! He fixed my broken heels, my broken glasses, my broken watches and my appetite–to name a few things. This news broke my heart. His spirit will live on in our conversations about him and in our hearts. Rest now, friend.

    May God comfort and keep each of you. He loved his family very much.

  5. Tamara Harper says:

    OH Charles!!! My buddy! I’m saddened by your passing and I pray comfort for your family. You were a joy and beacon of light at work. You will be missed my friend!!!!!! We had some good days at the FAA, and I’ll cherish the time we spent at work. Who am I going to pick on at work and make them laugh the way you did. Probably no one, but I definitely will miss you Charles.

  6. Bob Hessler says:

    It is with sadness, and a heavy heart that I am aware of Charles’s passing. Having worked together at the FAA, and I will always remember the great times we shared both personally and professionally. If there was EVER a person that could tell a good (maybe?) joke with enthusiasm and humor it was Charles. Having served with and for him as an Ops Inspector, he was always well prepared and patient.
    My deepest sympathy to the Lee family, and please remember that Charles was one of the best, and leaves this world with an empty place. Rest in peace my good friend.

  7. Latonia Hardnett says:

    My condolences to you Carla and the entire family. Charles will truly be missed. He could make you laugh and give you sound advise at the same time. I will miss those jokes and stories that he told all so well. Rest in Paradise my Friend.

  8. Wendi Huff says:

    Carla and Family,

    We extend our heartfelt condolences to you for the loss of Charles. You’ve demonstrated unyielding love and support to your family. Praying for your strength as you experience this transition of loss and that the embrace of family and friends, will give you comfort and peace.

    With Love,

    Wendi & Ray Huff

  9. Melissa Emerson says:

    My condolences to the family. Charles was a good person and friend. He always made me smile. I will miss him.

  10. Linda Matthews says:

    Carla, I extend my condolences to your family from Germany. You do not grieve alone.
    I will miss Charles and am blessed for the years of joy, laughter, advice and love he gave to me. He will always be remembered and loved.

    God Bless you

  11. Dan Bennett says:

    It breaks my heart loosing such a good and long time friend. Charles and I worked together for many years, traveled all the southern region and most of Europe during out time with the FAA. We encountered all kinds of situations, resolving problems keeping the flying public safe. All the while having the time of our lives. Charles always made us laugh. He has such a good spirit and such a blessing to have known and loved like a brother. I will miss him.

  12. Jun Han says:

    My dear friend. Thank you for everything you taught me and showed me what I was missing from my life. You are the best friend and teacher I could ever hope for. I miss you my brother.

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