Charles F. Criswell

August 6, 1938April 26, 2013

Charles F. Criswell, 74, of Ooltewah, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Mr. Criswell was born in Macon, GA and was raised in Orlando, Florida. After graduation, Charles joined the US Air Force where he played football while stationed in Europe. He left the military and pursued a career as an air traffic controller in various cities, retiring after 38 years. After retirement, he served as an independent consultant for the aviation industry. He was a dedicated family man who loved to play and coach football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lillian Criswell;

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Criswell; children, Darrall (Linda) Criswell of Houston, TX, Cheryl (Ray) Alonge of Ooltewah, TN, Mike (Michaelene) Criswell of Coral Springs, FL, and Tim (Angie) Criswell of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren, Carlie (Kevin) Yeager, Jordan Alonge, Jarrod Alonge, Noah Alonge, Madison Campbell, Gillian Criswell, Ava Criswell and Lucy Criswell; great-granddaughter, Dentyn Yeager; brothers, Fred (Elizabeth) Criswell and John (Nancy) Criswell; sister, Deborah (Michael) Barlow; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 AM to 11:30 AM on Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral Services will follow at 11:30 AM on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Dora Children’s Home, 301 W. 13th Ave, Mt. Dora, Florida 32757.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist. 8214 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation Monday, April 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 29, 2013
  • Burial Monday, April 29, 2013

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Sid Wugalter

May 21, 2014

I worked with Charles when he was an air traffic Controller in New York. When I read his obituary here in Chattanooga, I was shocked and sorry at the same time. If I had known he lived so close, I would have tried to have some time with him.
Sid Wugalter

John Criswell

June 1, 2013

Chuck, I have waited awhile to tell you how much you will be missed and the impact you had on so many peoples life. I know you are in a better place now, but losing you still hurts. I will always remember your kindness, your courage and most of all the love for your family. Remembering you always, Brother John

Manny Carrizo

May 6, 2013

Good men will always be missed. Chuck Criswell was my first ATC Supervisor
in Balboa CERAP, Panama republic of Panama back in 1979. I remember him as
an excellent supervisor and wonderful family oriented person. I've also
worked for him in Miami ARTCC during the years he served as an Air Traffic
Manager in 1989. Chuck always had a good word of advice and excellent
humor. “Corbinalo”. My sincere condolences to his wife, his son Mike and
family. Rest in peace.

Jeff Criswell

May 3, 2013

I will always remember my uncle Chuck as a family man, including and taking me along his own family vacations. I will never forget the time when he picked me up in Orlando and took me to Vero beach to stay for week and it was the best. I gained respect with what uncle Chuck would tell me as he explained life events that would parallell the conversations held. My love and condoalances to Aunt Sylivia and the remainder of the family. My thoughts and prayers are out to you.

Jeff Criswell (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl)

Deborah Barlow

May 2, 2013

I will miss his big heart. He was the best big brother a girl could ask for. My fondest memory is the time my son, Chris, caught his first cold. The doorbell rings and in walks Chuck with a bag full of medicines and a vaporizer. He set the machine up and told me how to use it, then gave him the medicine and me instructions on how often to give it. I will always love you Big Brother :)

Lou Rosgen

May 1, 2013

Chuck was a true air traffic control professional who was also endowed with a great sense of humor. Those of us fortunate to have worked with him are saddened with his passing and will greatly miss him. God bless you Chuck

Les Brown

April 30, 2013

I have very fond memories of Chuck. He will be missed. Les Brown, Miami ARTCC retired. R.I.P.

Mike & Tess Stanford

April 30, 2013

We would like to offer our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to Sylvia and family during this time of sorrow. Chuck is a good friend and a great brother in Christ. He always greeted us with a smile and a hug. We remember his good sense of humor, his love for family, and his genuine care for others. We will miss him greatly.

Lynne (Clements) Childers

April 30, 2013

Sylvia and Family, thinking of you all at this sad time. Prayers for happy memories to see you through the coming days. Many hugs and blessings.

Gerald Richard

April 29, 2013

He was a big man in many ways; body, heart, and soul. Enjoyed working closely with him in Washington, DC, both within and out of the FAA. Always a team player. A true visionary. Please know Slyvia that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.