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Celebrating the life of
Charles Norman Baisden
March 30, 1920 - February 21, 2017
United States Air Force Retired
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:00 p.m. - Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church
  • 450 N. Cromwell Rd (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-352-7200
  • Inurnment will follow
  • Joanne H. Roberts Memorial Garden
  • 450 North Cromwell Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. No matter how long one has lived, death is always so painful. At times like these I find comfort in two scriptures in particular. The first assures us of a resurrection - John 5:28. The second comforts me because of God's promise to do away with death and sorrow forever - Revelation 21:4. I truly hope these scriptures give you a measure of comfort.

L taylor, Bogalusa, La

So sorry for your great loss, Jenny and family. His obituary revealed a great deal about this wonderful man and truly demonstrated his zest for life. Your fond memories will give you great comfort. Our hearts are with you.

Senters, Rincon, GA

So sorry to hear of your loss, he seems to have had a very full life! Remember the comfort of John 5 twenty eight and twenty ninth verse.

Teresa and Ed Preve, Brooklet, Ga

Our deepest sympathy to the wonderful Baisden Family. May you be Comforted and find Peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Harriett and John Blazer, Savannah, Ga.

Dear Willa, Both Cathy and I share in your loss of such a great man. I doubt we will ever stop telling folks about the weekend we spent down there. Spent much of the weekend talking to Chuck on the couch while you and Cathy looked at your quilts. Like you, I couldn't contain myself when I found I could meet a real "Flying Tiger." He was a wonderful, generous man and I am richer for having known him. Joe

Joe & Cathy Haymore, Sanford, NC, 27332

My condences to the Baisden Family on the passing of your loved one. May Jehovah God grant you his peace while you await his promise at Revelation 21: 3,4 [He will wipe out death, pain , tears and sorrow]. May fonf memories linger in your heart and bring some peace on the days ahead. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

I was so sorry to learn of Chuck's passing. He had been a great email pal over the years. I had the opportunity to spend time with Chuck and Willa at a couple of the Flying Tiger Reunions and witness the moving medal ceremony in Dallas, Texas in 1996. He was a real American hero. You are all in my thoughts. Sincerely, John Copeland

John Copeland, Santa Ynez, CA

Barb and I offer our condolences on your Dad's passing and wanted to share this prayer. "Discover to me, O my God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time and the length of eternity." May your Dad rest in eternal joy.

Barb and Dale Pughsley, Millbrook, Al

Jerry, I was so sorry to hear about your father. I know he will be greatly missed by you, your Mothers, brothers, grandchildren and all who knew him. Our prayers are with each of you. Let me know what I can do for you and Al. We love you.

Mary Ann & Jimmie Allen, Richmond Hill, GA

Jerry and family, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your father/husband! I have so many fond memories of our childhood, playing, going to Dixon's corner store and being with your family! Your dad had a remarkable life and a beautiful family! Please know my warm thoughts and prayers are with all of you for peace and comfort during this time of sorrow!

Julie Lewis, Savannah, Ga

Charles Norman Baisden, 96, died on Tuesday evening, February 21, 2017 at Magnolia Manor under the care of Hospice Savannah, Inc. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on March 30, 1920.  At 18, he joined the Army Air Corp, but seeking new adventures, soon found himself on a ship going to China after joining the American Volunteer Group later to be forever known as the Flying Tigers.  Chuck served as an armorer on the P-40 Tomahawk until the US Army Air Corp disbanded the volunteer group. In 1943, he rejoined the Army Air Corp.  Prior to being called back into WWII, Chuck met the love of his life Willa Prell, and in just 3 short months, married her, packed her off to PA and rejoined comrades in arms flying as a gunner on the B25. As was the case with so many veterans, Chuck was also called to serve in the Korean War, as a gunner on the B29.  Transitioning into the regular US Air Force, he served as a boom operator on the KC-97 and retired in 1964 at which time he, Willa and family moved back to Savannah.

Chuck and Willa lived on Wilmington Island for 46 years.  During that time, he worked at American Cryogenics, followed by practicing jewelry design and repair at Aladdin's Cave on River St.  He loved to go “bugging” for artifacts with his metal detector and was equally fond of target shooting.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Willa, a daughter, Jerry Rae B. Quinn (Al), sons, Daniel R. Baisden (Nancy) and William Charles Baisden (Judy) as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial will be celebrated at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church on February 25th at 2:00 p.m. with inurnment following in the Joanne H. Roberts Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Flying Tiger Association for Scholarship Fund, c/o Mike Richardson, 326 Julia St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520; Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church, 450 N. Cromwell Rd., Savannah, GA 31410; Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

 

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Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. No matter how long one has lived, death is always so painful. At times like these I find comfort in two scriptures in particular. The first assures us of a resurrection - John 5:28. The second comforts me because of God's promise to do away with death and sorrow forever - Revelation 21:4. I truly hope these scriptures give you a measure of comfort.

L taylor, Bogalusa, La

So sorry for your great loss, Jenny and family. His obituary revealed a great deal about this wonderful man and truly demonstrated his zest for life. Your fond memories will give you great comfort. Our hearts are with you.

Senters, Rincon, GA

Candle tribute lit by Paul and Linda Senter — Georgia

So sorry to hear of your loss, he seems to have had a very full life! Remember the comfort of John 5 twenty eight and twenty ninth verse.

Teresa and Ed Preve, Brooklet, Ga

Our deepest sympathy to the wonderful Baisden Family. May you be Comforted and find Peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Harriett and John Blazer, Savannah, Ga.

Dear Willa, Both Cathy and I share in your loss of such a great man. I doubt we will ever stop telling folks about the weekend we spent down there. Spent much of the weekend talking to Chuck on the couch while you and Cathy looked at your quilts. Like you, I couldn't contain myself when I found I could meet a real "Flying Tiger." He was a wonderful, generous man and I am richer for having known him. Joe

Joe & Cathy Haymore, Sanford, NC, 27332

My condences to the Baisden Family on the passing of your loved one. May Jehovah God grant you his peace while you await his promise at Revelation 21: 3,4 [He will wipe out death, pain , tears and sorrow]. May fonf memories linger in your heart and bring some peace on the days ahead. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

I was so sorry to learn of Chuck's passing. He had been a great email pal over the years. I had the opportunity to spend time with Chuck and Willa at a couple of the Flying Tiger Reunions and witness the moving medal ceremony in Dallas, Texas in 1996. He was a real American hero. You are all in my thoughts. Sincerely, John Copeland

John Copeland, Santa Ynez, CA

Barb and I offer our condolences on your Dad's passing and wanted to share this prayer. "Discover to me, O my God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time and the length of eternity." May your Dad rest in eternal joy.

Barb and Dale Pughsley, Millbrook, Al

Jerry, I was so sorry to hear about your father. I know he will be greatly missed by you, your Mothers, brothers, grandchildren and all who knew him. Our prayers are with each of you. Let me know what I can do for you and Al. We love you.

Mary Ann & Jimmie Allen, Richmond Hill, GA

Jerry and family, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your father/husband! I have so many fond memories of our childhood, playing, going to Dixon's corner store and being with your family! Your dad had a remarkable life and a beautiful family! Please know my warm thoughts and prayers are with all of you for peace and comfort during this time of sorrow!

Julie Lewis, Savannah, Ga


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