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Thomas Charlton

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Thomas Charlton

Thomas Charlton

Thomas Charlton, 94, of Southern Shores, N.C., passed away Aug. 22, 2018, in Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Born April 5, 1924, in White Plains, N.Y., to Edith Russell Charlton and DEA Charlton, he attended high school in Scarsdale, N.Y. He went on to earn a degree in 1949 from Antioch College in Yellow Springs.

Prior to retirement, he was operating his own kitchen business, Buckeye Cabinets, in Xenia, Ohio. He had been in the building business and for many years was purchasing agent for Morris Bean and Company. He was a past president of the Dayton Purchasing Agents. For many years, Tom served as a scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop in Yellow Springs. During World War II, he was a naval aviator. 

Tom Charlton retired to the Outer Banks from Ohio in 1987. During his 31 years in Southern Shores, Tom Charlton was active in SCORE, the Nags Head Woods Conservancy, the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department, the Duck Woods Country Club and the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club. Until his passing, he was a member of the Lion’s Club, the Outer Banks Community Chorus and an Elder at the Outer Banks Presbyterian Church.

Over his long life, Tom Charlton was an avid golfer, fisherman, poker player, gardener, singer and lover of the wild. Tom was known to all who knew him as kind, generous and an active member of the community. He was always happy and was often heard whistling before you’d see him.

Thomas was preceded in death by his two brothers, James M. Charlton and Fred R. Charlton. His wife of 41 years, Marjorie Charlton, preceded him in death in 2002.

Surviving him are two sons, Russell Charlton and Bruce Charlton; three daughters, Carol Charlton, Elizabeth Stone and Catherine Charlton; and two step-sons, Larry Landaker and Peter Landaker. There are three grandchildren, Caitlin White, Holly Landaker and Wyatt Stone. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116-1583, 800-822-9919, http://NWF.org. 

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to all who knew, loved and cared for Tom Charlton over the years.


One Response to “Thomas Charlton”

  1. Michael Hughes says:

    Tom Charlton was the father of one of my best childhood friends. He was also the Scoutmaster of Troop 78 with which I took my first incredible cross-country train trip from Xenia to Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, in 1962. His son’s birthday parties were events of a lifetime as well. My favorite was driving through the snow to Ann Arbor for the University of Michigan vs. OSU game. Being among 100,000 cheering fans, watching the finest college marching bands and an unmatched football rivalry was an education in itself for a 10 year old. My last memory of Tom was sitting beside him in the middle of the night as a group of fathers and sons drove straight through from Yellow Springs to Algonquin Park for a week-long canoe trip. He asked me to pour him a cup of coffee out of the thermos on the front seat between us. Then, as only Tom could do, he asked me to talk to him to keep him awake and… he listened.

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