Charlie Clayton Wyant

July 8, 1930December 18, 2018

Charlie C. Wyant, age 88, of Newton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Trinity Ridge in Hickory.

Born July 8, 1930 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Arney Shuford Wyant and Edith Mae Goodnight Wyant.

Charlie was a US Army veteran, having served his country for 2 years. Prior to serving in the Army, Charlie taught one year at Wadesboro High School. After serving his country, Charlie returned to Catawba County and furthered his career in education. Wyant faithfully provided extraordinary service to Catawba County by academically and intellectually inspiring thousands of Catawba County students and their families as a teacher and principal for approximately 33 years; Mr. Wyant was a Science teacher at Foard High School for 11 years before serving as the principal of Foard for 21 years. After retiring, Mr. Wyant served CCS as a member of the Catawba County Board of Education for an additional 24 years.

Charlie was a longtime member of Cookesville Masonic Lodge and board member for Propst Crossroads Fire Department for many years. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for Extraordinary Service to the State.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Jane Rhoney Wyant; brothers, Arney Wyant, Bernice Wyant; sisters, Kate Wyant Peeler, Farris Wyant and Gladys “Dot” Wyant Ellis.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Gregory Wyant, Michael Wyant, Jeffrey Wyant and wife, Lisa; brothers, Joe Wyant and wife, Scottie, Don Wyant and wife, Dottie, John Wyant and wife, Elaine; sisters, Ann Young, Sarah Parrish, Texie Richardson and husband, Jerry, Ida Williams; 4 grandchildren, Andrew Wyant, Jonathan Wyant, Joshua Wyant, Charlotte Wyant; and one great grandchild, Rhylee Wyant.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 23, 2018 @ Trinity Lutheran Church in Vale, with Pastor Tommy Lineberger officiating. Burial, with military honors from American Legion Post 48 will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018 in the Jerry Copas gymnasium of Fred T. Foard High School, 3407 Plateau Road, Newton, NC 28658.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Trinity Church Road, Vale, NC 28168.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 23, 2018

Charlie Clayton Wyant

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Donnie Fulbright

December 21, 2018

I knew Mr. Charlie Wyant in many ways. He was a family member, my biology teacher, principal, an income tax client, and most of all a very good friend. Charlie was a great leader that contributed considerably to the community. We will all miss him very much. We will keep his family in our prayers.

Kay Kirby Rogers

December 21, 2018

A wonderful person! Mr. Wyant was my science teacher at Foard, the chaperone for the senior trip to Washington and NY. He attended class reunions as long as he was able. Many good memories!

David Sain

December 21, 2018

Hello, Greg my wife Evelyn Sain is across the hall from your Dad's room at Trinity Ridge. I saw you very often as I spend time with my wife daily.
I was extremely sad to find out about your Dads passing.
He taught me Chemistry at FTF . I graduated in 64. I always have had and will continue to have upmost respect for him.
May God Bless you and your family.
David Sain

Sherrie Scronce

December 20, 2018

Graduated fred t foard in 1980 when charlie was principal he was a really great man..even 20 years later i would see him out and be would be so friendly and talk ..he will be missed in peace in the loving arms of Jesus now my prayers go out to his family ..god bless

Vivian Darnell

December 20, 2018

Such a caring, supportive, and encouraging educator and administrator was Charlie Wyant! I graduated in 1965 and had the pleasure of having him as a teacher. I returned during my years at Duke University to do a special project on FTF and he was then principal.

A warm memory of him, among all the encouraging words he shared with me when I was a student and a graduate, was a hand on my shoulder one sad afternoon as we gathered to celebrate the life of a fellow student who had died. Mr. Wyant put his hands over my eyes and said "Guess who? Someone who was a part of your younger years..." And there he was, giving me a hug, and letting me know he still cared...after all those years.

He will live long in our memory and the impact he had on so many young lives will matter always as we pass on to future generations the respect for education he instilled in us.

Tammy Hunt Cordeiro

December 20, 2018

Mr. Wyant was the principal at Foard when I was a student there (Class of 1987). It wasn't until I became an educator myself that I could truly appreciate Mr. Wyant for the wonderful educator that he was. I was proud to have him as a school board member and I have never seen anyone more dedicated to students. We are lucky to have had such a caring man touching the lives of our students for almost 60 years in Catawba County. May you rest in peace, Mr. Wyant, and know that your influence will continue to touch the lives of students.

Mark Lindsey

December 20, 2018

Charlie office at Fred T was a place I didn't want to be. I graduated in 1979 but as being a teenager, I often found myself in his office intimidating at first , drill sergeant appearance. I found that he had a way of communicating and teaching not ugly or degrading As he became a role model for me ! A man of faith, fairness and conviction, we need more principals of his abilitys which are in short supply in today's schools wow what a better world it would be ! Thanks for pushing me! RIP

Gene Whitener

December 20, 2018

Was without a doubt the person who influence my life the most in my years in school , He prompted me to go to college and try to be my best , Those who did not know him missed a real blessing!

Cynthia Tipps Walton

December 20, 2018

Mr. Wyant was a man with a kind heart and a dedicated opinion of seeing that we done the right whether we thought it was right or not. He always called me by my last name unless he was calling my mom to report on something me and my cousins had managed to get ourselves into. But what I remember the most and always will is when two of my cousins died Robert Craig died first and then his oldest sister Barbara Craig Ramseur a year later . Mr Wyant was their to lend his support to our family. He came and found me during the service to extend his sympathy and to say if he could do anything just let him know. I could not have been more proud to call him my principal but also a friend. To the family know that you have the community's love and support and no matter who took over the job at Foard as principal that will always be Mr Wyant's school . Rest Easy Mr.Wyant because we know you're looking over us now like you did back then. Class of 1978 Tiger pride.

Randy Faucette

December 20, 2018

Mr Wyant was a Boss, a Principal and Most Of All , A Friend!!! We shared lots of good times together at Fred T Foard and I realized what a good friend he had become. He always spoke and smiled, asking how you were and cared about your reply. Our school system and community will surely miss men like Charlie Wyant and Jerry Copas, they don't come any better!!!! RIP Mr Wyant, you will always be my friend......