Charles Henry Fairchild

Published 12:01 am Thursday, June 22, 2017

WOODVILLE — Services for Charles Henry “Red” Fairchild, 79, of Woodville, who died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Field Health Systems Hospital in Centreville with family members by his side, will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Corinth Church of Christ on Buffalo Road in Woodville.

Burial will follow at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Newman Funeral Home in Centreville.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

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Mr. Fairchild was retired from the military. He first joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957, where he served for four years aboard the USS Absecon, the USS Winnebago and the Coast Guard Lifeboat Station in Grand Isle, La. After his resignation from the USCG, Charles Fairchild enlisted in the U.S. Army where his duty stations included Germany, Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Wolters, Texas, and Fort Rucker, Ala. Upon completion of flight school, he served two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea. During his first tour, he was a dustoff pilot — flying Medivac missions with the 498th MED BN in Pleiku. During his second tour, he was stationed with the 243rd AVN BN. The Korean tour was with the 19th AVN BN at Camp Humphreys. His final duty station was at Fort Polk, La. After 20 years of service and having achieved the rank of major, Charles Fairchild retired.

He was a member of Port Hudson Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Bubba” and Celeste Sibley Fairchild.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Peggy Hammack Fairchild; two sons, David and wife, Leslie, and Steven and wife, Angela; one daughter, Janice Farr and husband, Steve; three sisters, Maudell Hill and husband, Jamie, Abigail Weaver and husband, Richard, and Sharon Fairchild; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Beard, Louis Boggs, Wilton Borskey, Norman Carter, Wesley Coltrane, Elliott Hammack, Wade Hammack, Jamie Hill, Robert Johnston, Gene Lofton, David Sherbarth and Richard Weaver.

Memorials may be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, 7200 Desiard St., Monroe, LA 71203 or Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.