John “Jack” Baker Charlton

September 7, 2016

A celebration of life for John “Jack” Baker Charlton, 89, was at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Decatur Sun., Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Evan Garner officiating.

Inurnment will follow the service in the McKimmon Columbarium on the south side of St. John’s.

Mr. Charlton died Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, at Decatur Morgan Hospital in Decatur. He was born on Oct. 23, 1926, in Autaugaville. He was the born Oct. 23, 1926, to Richard Edmund Charlton and Lida Jones Charlton.

Mr. Charlton felt proud and fortunate to have spent his early years in rural Autaugaville, population 500. His parents owned and operated the town’s general store. He graduated Valedictorian at Hick’s Memorial School and was accepted to follow his sibling’s paths to Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn in 1945 where he majored in Chemical Engineering and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Mr. Charlton enlisted in the U.S. Air Force toward the end of World War II. After the war, he resumed his studies in Auburn and met Vennette Cox, a beautiful ADPi co ed. With their families’ blessings they eloped to Columbus, Miss. on Dec. 31, 1948, and remained happily married for nearly 68 years.

In 1973, Mr. Charlton went to work in Brussels, then London and the north of England. In 1978, he moved back to the States and lived and worked in Houston, Pensacola and Decatur. He retired from Monsanto in 1986, and accepted a job as Senior Vice President for the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce for ten years and was briefly Chairman of the Huntsville Botanical Garden as it emerged from the fields and woods. He was then hired as interim President of the Huntsville Museum of Art for one year. Mr. Charlton was a valued member of the Huntsville Civic Center Board and served two terms as Senior Warden at The Church of the Nativity in Huntsville.

When he finally retired he and Mrs. Charlton moved back home to Decatur. He served on the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Smith of Atlanta; and a brother, Richard Edmund II of Fairfax.

Mr. Charlton is survived by his beloved wife, Vennette; daughter, Carol Hancock (Gary); three grandchildren, Noel Stewart of Birmingham, Taylor Stone of Decatur and Eric Stone of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Emmy, Charlton and Edward Stewart of Birmingham.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 202 Gordon Drive SE, Decatur. Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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