TERRE HAUTE —
Charles Earl Washington, 65, of Moreno Valley, Calif., formerly of Terre Haute, passed away Nov. 12, 2013, at the Pettis V.A. Hospital, in Loma Linda, Calif., after a valiant fight with cancer. Charles was born in Terre Haute, on May 27, 1948, to Booker T. Washington Sr. and Katherine Bridgewater Washington. He attended Booker T. Washington Elementary, Montrose Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High, and graduated from Schulte High School. He played basketball, baseball, and ran track throughout his school years.
After graduation, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and served in Germany. In 1973 he began his much loved railroading career, starting with the Milwaukee Road Railroad. He later worked for Amtrak and eventually retired from the Los Angeles-based Metrolink Commuter Service in 2011.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Annette Washington-Ward.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica Washington; son, Charles Leonard Washington of Philadelphia; daughter, Novella Chanell Washington-Williams of Durham, N.C.; stepsons, Keyonte Montgomery and Chester Turner, both of Moreno Valley, Calif.; two brothers, Booker T. Washington Jr. and wife Judy of Sacramento, Calif., and Darrel Washington and wife Rebecca of Terre Haute; three sisters, Sherryl Gardner and husband Robert of Dayton, Ohio; Sheila Utley of Litchfield Park, Ariz., and Kathy Smith and husband Eugene of Terre Haute; four grandchildren, Vincent, Marcus and Aliyah Washington, all of Pass Christian, Miss., and Sky Murchison of Durham, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1000 S. 15 St., with Pastor Terry M. Clark officiating. Mckay Mortuaries, in Riverside, Calif., assisted with arrangements.