Elon – Charles Roland Renegar, 98, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Randolph County Hospice Home. He was the
Husband of 66 years to the late Mary Haugh Renegar who died in March 0f 2019.
He was Born in 1922 in Statesville, NC, Chuck, as he was known, grew up on the family farm. He was a 1939 graduate of Celeste Hinkle High School in Statesville. Chuck was a 22-year veteran of the Army Air Corp/United States Air Force, having joined the service following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in Greenland during World War II, helping ensure the safety of the convoys moving through the North Atlantic.
A navigator and security officer, he also had postings in Nevada, Hawaii, Washington DC, Texas and Florida, where he met his late wife, Mary Haugh Renegar. At the time of her passing in March 2019, they had been married 67 years.
The couple spent their retirement traveling, enjoying bus trips with Christian Tours and several cruises. Between their travels, they lived in Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Mr. Renegar and his five brothers are listed in the Congressional Record for having the longest service of a single family to the United States military. They contributed more than 140 years of combined service as all five of his brothers are also retired military.
He is survived by his son, Michael (Catherine O’Donnell) Renegar of Burlington; his daughter, Cindy (Daren) Melson of York, SC; four grandsons, James (Lori) Renegar of Wayne, PA, Patrick (Lauren) Renegar of Edgewater, MD, and Philip and Charles Melson of York, SC and a granddaughter, Shaunessey Renegar (Bill) Finnie of Suwanee, GA. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Ben, Max, Matt, Maddie, Claire, and Charlotte Renegar and Reagan Finnie. He is also survived by his brother, Jack (Viola) Renegar of Wilmington, NC.
In addition to his wife, Mary Haugh Renegar, he was pre-deceased by his son, Charles Roland Renegar, Jr., his grandson, Eric Michael Renegar, his parents, Edgar and Daisy Renegar, two sisters, Hazel Smith and Lois Johnson, and four brothers, Garland, Gerald, Ray and Eugene Renegar.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Bryan Crotts. Burial will be in the Western North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. The service will be live streamed and available for viewing after noon on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Black Mountain Veterans Home, 62 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711