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Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Charles Steven Gravitt "Doc Casey"

February 23, 1952May 28, 2018

Charles Steven Gravitt, age 66, passed away May 28, 2018 in Austin, Texas. He was born on February 23, 1952 in Macon, Georgia. He was the oldest of three children to parents Charles Stanley Gravitt and Virginia Lee Gravitt.

"Doc" started his radio career in Macon, Georgia, an occupation that he devoted his entire life to. After graduating high school in 1970 and joined the US Air Force in 1974 and the worked with the US Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Thailand, followed by positions in Alaska and Hawaii, before moving to Taiwan in 1989, where he worked for ICRT radio. After leaving Taiwan in 2002, he worked at MET 107 in Bangkok, Thailand before returning back to the United States.

One of his favorite activities was a "Caller" for square dancing, and he enjoyed calling from Georgia, to Hawaii, to Taiwan, and then in Texas, both in San Angelo and Austin. He enjoyed reading and working on his computer. He will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature.

He preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Virginia Gravitt. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Lee of Austin, Texas; sisters, Kelley Kazura and Ray Kazura of San Angelo, Texas, and Paige Meeks and Lanier Meeks of Warner Robins, Georgia; three children; two grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

A Memorial Service is planned for 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

Please see the link to a tribute to "Doc Casey" written by ICRT:

https://www.icrt.com.tw/onair_djs_details.php?&mlevel1=12&mlevel2=27&dj_id=80

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

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Charles Steven Gravitt "Doc Casey"

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Ernesto Brawand

June 19, 2018

Ernesto Brawand
Bon appétit show host 1998 – 2001
I am immensely thankful to Doc for having given me the chance to work for ICRT. His kindness, patience and unconditional support helped me succeed in something which was totally new to me.
Relax Doc, you will be in our thoughts forever.

Tony Taylor

June 13, 2018

The Curious Case of Coincidence


What are the odds of two Georgia boys who grew up less than 50 miles apart from each other, whose decision of getting into broadcasting, would take them more than halfway around the world, living in some of the most exciting places on Earth? Pretty good, I’d say.

Charles “Doc Casey” Gravitt and I grew up very close to each other. Both born or raised in Macon, Georgia. Both born in 1952 and both share their middle names….one spelled ‘Steven’…the other one spelled ‘Stephen’.

When I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1978, I would occasionally see a bearded man on TV doing reports from the state capitol and would think…that guy has a wonderful voice. I should hire him to work at KIKI for our news department. Although we never met, I knew of him and he once told me later, that he used to listen to me on the radio at KIKI/KQMQ.

Fast forward to 1984, I get offered the Program Directors position at ICRT in Taipei, Taiwan. In the course of reprogramming, re-staffing and re-engineering the network to modern standards, we also updated our news department. Since the General Manger of ICRT, Craig B. Quick, and I both worked radio in Hawaii, I having hired Craig to do afternoon drive news for KIKI, we decided that the best place to look for news and on-air talent was Hawaii, as we both had many connections there. One of those hired for the news department was Doc Casey. We met for the first time at the radio station and became fast friends very quickly; especially when we learned we both grew up in the same place. Macon, Georgia.

Fast forward again, when Craig Quick left for Hong Kong, several people filled the GM’s position at ICRT and eventually, the position was offered to Doc and he took it. We continued the great success of ICRT into the 21st Century. I retired from ICRT around the year 2000 and Doc stayed on. After several years, Doc offered me the position of programming consultant and I took it. We retooled and reprogrammed ICRT to once again get back to the top of market ratings.

Fast forward again, I left ICRT again to do other things and Doc and I kind of lost contact for a while. Lo and behold, our mutual friend Richie Walker had close friends in Bangkok, Thailand, who owned a radio station that needed some upgrading and new programming. We went over on a scouting trip to survey the market and that’s when I learned that Doc was there, working at one of the government radio stations, MOT. We were supposed to keep everything hush-hush until we got the radio station up and running, but as fate would have it, our paths would cross yet again. Richie and I got apartments in the same building as Doc. We eventually ‘spilled the beans’ as to why we were there and we all laughed at the curious case of coincidences that led us back together again.


Doc and I eventually left Thailand and went our separate ways but we kept in touch as the years rolled by. We shared amazing adventures. We will always be Georgia brothers. I can only assume that he’s setting up another radio station in Heaven and we will eventually be reunited for yet another adventure in the hereafter. Rest in peace my Georgia brother.

Tony Taylor

Robert Parker

June 12, 2018

Having played a part in the founding of ICRT, I will always be grateful to “Doc” for the valuable contributions he made to upholding and enhancing ICRT’s special qualities. “Doc” had a warm heart and a natural feel for radio that all of us involved with ICRT deeply appreciated and will never forget.

Jennifer Lee

June 6, 2018

I love your passion for radio, tv, life and Frank Sinatra.

Paige Meeks

June 4, 2018

Stevie - In the past week since you left us, I have naturally found myself going down the memory lane of our family. First and foremost, you were loved dearly and deeply by all of us - Mama, Daddy, Kelley, and myself. You and I were a generation apart, and as such you left home to begin your adventures while I was still very young-but these things I remember and cherish...you were a creative mind with a genius IQ; you were an explorer, seeing the world through your military service and through your accomplished career in radio and television; you appreciated a good laugh, always with that sideways grin that I see when I picture you; you excelled at square dancing and calling; you adored a good grilled cheese sandwich; you were a fan of television with Star Trek and The Wild Wild West being early favorites; you collected every issue of the TV Guide; you loved scaring me with that Dracula poster on your bedroom door; I loved pretending to drive your old Corvair, which was always broken down; you drew exceptional charcoal sketches and could play the piano by ear; you were a great singer and had a natural radio voice; you loved Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin; you developed a strong relationship with the Lord; and, you found your greatest love and best friend in Taiwan when you met Jennifer. With your passing, there is another hole in the Gravitt family-but I know that you are happy, healthy, and joyful in your new home with Mama, Daddy, Grandmama, Pop, and a host of other beloved family and friends. Rest well brother, you will be greatly missed and always deeply loved. Philippians 1:3 - I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Paigey

Marinus (Dutch) Van Gessel

June 4, 2018

As a former Board member of ICRT I knew Doc well. He was one of the "good guys", honest, kind and pleasant to be with. He left us way too early.

Richard Green

June 4, 2018

I worked with Doc Casey Bangkok on Metropolis 107 FM. He was a consummate professional and a true gentleman. I consider it a great privilege to have worked with him and an even greater privilege to have known him as a friend. I believe he's now in control of God's radio playlist and entertaining them all on the other side of the pearly gates. God Bless you Sir!

Nelson A. Chang

June 4, 2018

Dear Jennifer:
My name is Nelson Chang. Doc and I worked together for many years in ICRT in Taiwan. Together we have created many styles, cultures as well as traditions in ICRT and for many young Taiwan listeners at the time. In fact some of his voices and sound bits still can be heard on Taiwan ICRT broadcast today. We had some wonderful and creative times together. I'm so sorry to hear about this bad news. Please accept my deepest condolences. I'm sure many Taiwan listeners feel the same way. Please take care and you can be sure he is well remembered in ICRT and in Taiwan.
Sincerely
Nelson A. Chang

Jennifer Lee

June 3, 2018

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back
May the sunshine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

My loving husband, my best friend. Until we meet again

Kelley Kazura

June 3, 2018

And, I know Jennifer was the love of your life...

FROM THE FAMILY