Charles Edward Curle Jr.

December 18, 1931June 15, 2020

Charles Edward Curle, Jr. of Ooltewah went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 15, 2020 at his home. He was the son of the late Charles and Lucille Curle. Charlie Curle was a kind man who worked tirelessly to serve his family and his community. He never met a stranger and always has a goofy joke to tell. He graduated from McCallie School in 1952, and went on to attend UTC. Upon graduation in 1956, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served his country. Charlie had a great love for electronics. He opened Curle Electronics which grew to include 4 different locations. In 1975 he went to work for the City of Chattanooga and worked in their Radio Shop until he retirement in 1998. Charlie was also a devoted ham radio operator. He was in the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), he joined the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA), and was a member of the Chattanooga Area Radio Club (CARC) where he held various offices and even served on the board. Charlie used his skills as a ham to connect tens of thousands of people across the globe during natural disasters. He also spent decades volunteering for the Red Cross where he worked countless hours alongside EMT’s and other rescue personnel at bike races, marathons, sports events, Iron Man competitions and fun runs dedicated to different charities. He participated in the annual Field Day events and visited numerous Hamfest in the Tri-State area. Charlie and his beloved Cha even spent years printing and distributed the local ham radio newsletter from their basement. Charlie served on the board at Historic Rugby where he spent countless weekends as a volunteer. He was a board member of the DuBose Conference Center and assisted with the annual Layman’s Conference in Monteagle, which he also attended. Charlie had a deep and undying faith. He was a founding member of the Episcopal Church in Ooltewah which he met at the James County Courthouse. Attendance continued to grow until grounds were broken for what would become St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. Charlie spent many hours helping to build or paint or clean, or do whatever needed to be done in order to prepare for the grand opening. In his later years he straightened the prayer books and hymnals after the weekly Prayer Meeting. Charlie’s last act of service was the weekly sack pack, where his job was the fruit. Charlie made sure that each child received an equal share of the fruit, which he carefully inspected for bruising or blemishes. No matter how backed up the assembly line became, Charlie was not going to be pushed into making an error and thereby shorting a child of quality fruit. This was exactly who Charlie was; fair, kind, generous, loving, and dedicated. He lived a life of service. He made a difference. As a friend of his wrote, “Anybody ever seen the movie ‘Michael’ with John Travolta? I can’t help but think of Charlie as that type of angel. He is a saint, was a friend, he was a sack packer, and he will be missed. Wear the crooked halo proudly Charlie Curle. You earned it.” Indeed he did. Rest well AD4F. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlie Ann “Cha” Curle and his son, Charles Anthony Curle, and his granddaughter, Christine Marie Siemer. He is survived by his children, Allen (Jody) Curle, Maria (Michael) Siemer, Charles Edward “Chip” Curle III, Ester Mendez, Marina Mendez, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers consider making a donation to the Carrilon Fund at St. Francis of Assisi or the general fund at Historic Rugby. Please share you memories of Charles with the family at Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 7414 Old Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421.


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Jeff Rice

June 28, 2020

Condolences for your loss. I knew Charlie from the local ham radio club. He kindly offered me friendship and allowed me to operate during field day (years ago when I was more active). I am writing on field day and will always think of him this weekend from now on. Again, he was such a kind man and a friend to all. He will be missed. And I can't help but think of him because our call signs are so similar. I pray that the Lord will comfort the family and friends during this time of grief.

Jeff Rice (AD4XP)

Mary Roser

June 26, 2020

Charlie was one of a kind. He introduced me to the very delightful, historic town of Rugby, Tn. He spoke often of his late wife and how,much he loved her. He was a kind and gentle man.

I attended the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church for the dedication of the bells. He was so proud of the church and I could see why.

He is now on top of being with his Savior, also reunited with his late wife.

God bless the family, that I so often heard so much about.

Mary Roser

Paul Sprayberry

June 21, 2020

Mom and Dad knew Charlie through Amateur Radio, and, along with Charlie, supported several bike rides and similar events in the Chattanooga area. Both of them told me if anyone had any ham radio questions, Charlie was the one to ask.

I only got to talk to Charlie once while visiting Chattanooga recently, but it was easy to tell that Charlie was a gentleman, and a professional Amateur Radio operator. I regret that I'll have no further chances to talk to him in this life, but I look forward to meeting him in the next.

It was also easy to tell that the Chattanooga ham community deeply respected Charlie, both as a ham and as a person. He will be missed.

73, Charlie, DE KG5BJ

Lynn Armstrong

June 20, 2020

I attended St Francis with Charlie for 28 years and will remember him and miss him. I will not be able to look at the prayer books and hymnals in the same way. Charlie kept them neat and straight. He made us laugh and care. We know he is with Charlie Ann and all the Saints!

Shawn Stoddard

June 19, 2020

I had the privilege of volunteering at many public service events with Charlie. His positive attitude, no nonsense thinking, and willingness to share his time and talents with his community spoke highly of his character. He will be missed by us all. Farewell AD4F.

Melinda Birchfield

June 19, 2020

I met Charlie in 2017 at a Ham Radio event. He told me about his late wife Charlie Ann. You could see his face light up as he talked about his love for her.
Over the last few years Charlie helped me learn about the ham radio hobby. He would help with diagnosing a problem and kept encouraging me to not throw in the towel.
He we always so jovial when you talked to him, even when he didn’t feel 100% he didn’t complain.
When he would check into the net he would always say he was on the antenna farm. It’s the little things in life that we cherish from others.
I will always cherish the friendship Charlie blessed me with.
You are loved and will be greatly missed, my friend. Fly high Charlie. This is not goodbye, it’s c-ya later. ❤️
Melinda/KC4CCL/the cupcake lady

Patricia Gaddis

June 18, 2020

Charlie it was a pleasure and and honor to work with you and to enjoy being a part of your life I remember the last time I saw you I got to give you a big hug and tell you I love you Rest In Peace sweet Angel you will be missed dearly as you always told me God Bless

Doris Masterson Jenkins

June 18, 2020

I knew Mr. Curle from the urologist office I worked for. Guess it’s been close to 40 years since I first met him. He was always the same gentle man each time I saw him, no matter whether it was in the office or somewhere else. I’m not surprised at all to hear if his generous nature and strong faith. I guess we could all say we had our own “Mr. Rogers” right here with us. RIP Mr. Curle!❤️❤️❤️
With deepest regards,
Doris Jenkins

Logan Carmichael

June 18, 2020

I have had the pleasure of knowing Charlie for my whole life through our mutual love of electronics and both being ham operators. My father was a ham, too, and thought the world of Charlie just as I have for all these years. He was quite the character...always there to share advice on our beloved hobby and offer a hand as an "Elmer" to new amateur operators. He was always a champion of the hobby and I appreciate all the years he served our local ham radio club, worked hamfests, and volunteered countless hours to benefit the hobby or a cause it supported in the community. My thoughts and prayers of condolences and sympathy to his family. He will be very missed by so many!

Greg Gregory

June 18, 2020

I knew Charlie for over forty years thru our ham radio hobby and he was always involved helping others. He would help anyone that needed it and enjoyed doing so. He loved life and was quick to share his stories with others or help you out with a project. He will be missed by many including myself. RIP Charlie and 73.