- Charles (Chuck) D. Elms, 90, died January 13, 2018. Born
October 14, 1927 in Staten Island, New York, the only child of the late
Charles D. Elms, Sr. and Ruth Marie Houghton Elms.
At a young age, Chuck heard the call of his country, quit high school
and joined the Navy. He served on Roanoke Island in 1944-45 on
the crash crew at the Naval Air Station. He learned to fly after
WWII on the GI Bill in Luscombe seaplanes on the Hudson
River. He had a long career in aviation, starting with National
Airlines, Capital Airlines, Meteor Air Transport, Capital Airways,
Mohawk Airlines, Starflite Airlines, Trans Caribbean Airlines, and
finished his career with American Airlines in 1986.
Charles and Donna moved to Manteo, NC in 1986, after he retired, as he
had always wanted to return here after being stationed in MQI during
WWII. He served several years on the Dare County Airport
Authority, on the Dare County Board of Elections, and was active in
politics all his life, as an adamant conservative. He
belonged to the American Legion and was also a Mason.
Charles (Chuck) is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home, and seven
children, Diana Elms Baker, (Steve), of Taylorsville, Utah, Darlene
Drake, of Sandy, Utah, John Elms (Julie), of Nashville, NC, Joe Ponder,
of Ft. Worth, Texas, Kristin “Prissy” Watts, of Dallas, TX, B.W.
Ponder, (Donna Marie), of Temple, TX and Joe Ponder Elms, (Britnee) of
Manteo, NC. He is also survived by twenty (20)
grandchildren and six (6) great- grandchildren, plus his loyal
companions, Shoal, a yellow lab, and Ebony, a Rottweiler, who both
loved to lay at his feet and ‘guard’ their Daddy.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at a later date. In
lieu of flowers and food, please make a donation in Chuck’s memory to
the Dare County SPCA or Manteo Baptist Church.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at
www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was
entrusted with arrangements.