Charles Askew

September 25, 1931November 5, 2011

Graveside service for Charles R. Askew, 80, of Decatur will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery, with David Holmes officiating.

Mr. Askew died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. He was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Dothan to William Henry Askew III and Ruby Flowers Jones Askew. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed dearly.

He married Joanna Martin in 1952. Family was incredibly important to him, and was known by all as a very loving family man.

Charles graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Northrop Aeronautical Institute in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1955. He worked for NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville from 1959 until his retirement in 1992.

He began his career with NASA working on the Saturn V rocket as a technical adviser of construction. He continued his career as the manager of program planning and control for the Hubble Space and Chandra telescope programs.

Charles was also an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Askew is survived by his wife, Joanna Askew, his son Charles Ray Askew, Jr and wife Carlene of Priceville, his daughters Claudia Parker of Decatur, Catherine Askew of Huntsville, Carol Askew Woods and husband Mike of Melbourne, Fla, his brother Joseph Askew of Calera, AL, and six grandchildren: Katy, Rachel, and Margaret Parker, Anna and Charles Addison Askew, and Nick Woods. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Ruby Flowers Askew, two brothers Bill and Pitt Askew, and one sister Anne Flaherty. Pallbearers will be Charles Ray Askew Jr., Charles Addison Askew, Mike Woods, David Manthey, Ken Wallick, Jim Gillikin, Eugene Yarbrough and Jeremy Yarbrough. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Community Free Clinic of Decatur.


  • Visitation Monday, November 7, 2011
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Kate Martin

November 10, 2011

Joanna and family. I have just received an email from Mary Ann about Charles. I'm am so sorry to hear this. Please know that you and the rest of the family are in my prayers. Love you.

Andrea McInnis Gibson

November 8, 2011

Mrs. Askew,Claudia, Cathy, Carol and Ray~ My heart is so sad to see the loss of your Dad ~ growing up he was like my Dad also! I can still hear the laughter and twinkle in his eye as we often gathered around the kitchen table after a sleepover!! He had such a warm personality and made he feel like such a part of your family... Your Dad will be missed so much. My prayers are that the Lord will comfort and lift each of you during this difficult time. Love to each of you~

Denise Helms

November 8, 2011

Claudia and family, I was sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts.