Charles "Charlie"'s Story
Charles William "Charlie" Harris, 69, of Rockingham, N.C., formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Reid Heart Center, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, surrounded by his family.
Born Jan. 16, 1948, in Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Harris was the son of the late Charles Winfrey Harris and Martha Brown Harris. He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Tyson Harris.
Charlie was a 1965 graduate of Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville. After high school, he entered the United States Coast Guard, serving four years. He then attended Jones College in Jacksonville where he began his broadcasting career.
Charlie's lifelong love of radio became a 39 year career that took him from Florida to Wisconsin to Cumberland. He found his home away from home at WCBC where he spent 29 years. While at WCBC, he took on a general manager role at WFWM, the student radio station at Frostburg State University. His position at WFWM gave him the ability to completely transform the studios and share his vast knowledge with the students.
When he wasn't on the air, Charlie enjoyed many activities with his family; from camping and volunteering at Rocky Gap State Park to attending Pirates and Orioles games. A history buff, Charlie portrayed General Kelly in McNeill's Rangers and became an active member of the Allegany County Civil War Roundtable, helping on the efforts to restore and preserve Folck's Mill. He was a strong supporter of local high school athletics, as well as the Allegany High School Marching Band. A survivor of melanoma, he was also involved with the Allegany County Relay for Life committee.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janett (Stinchcomb) Harris; his daughter, Adrienne Wilson (Cory), Hamlet; his grandsons, Aidan and River Wilson, Hamlet; his brother, Dean Harris, Jacksonville; two nephews, a niece, an aunt, an uncle, and numerous cousins.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A memorial service will follow.
Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Color Guard.
The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and staff of the cardiac care unit at Reid Heart Center and the palliative care team at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that gifts be made to the Charles W. Harris WFWM Fund (Fund #79206). Gifts can be made by calling 301-687-4068, online at www.frostburg.edu/makeagift (designate to the fund name above), or by check (note fund name in memo line) made payable to the FSU Foundation, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532.
Published on July 5, 2017