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Charles Farman Hitchcock

Memorial for Charles Farman Hitchcock

Born in Rockford, IL on Nov. 28, 1929
Departed on Dec. 24, 2016 and resided in Fairfax, VA.
Cemetery: Flint Hill Cemetery
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Charles Farman Hitchcock
"Charlie," (age 87)

Of Fairfax, Virginia, passed away on December 24, 2016, the same day as his wife, Ruth, who preceded him in death in 1993. He is survived by his children, Charles F. Hitchcock, Jr., of Morgantown, WV; Deborah Jean Hitchcock, of Bracketteville, TX; and Glenn Anderson Hitchcock of Fairfax, VA; and by his grandchildren Michael Hitchcock of Dallas TX, and Laura Yaznowsky, of Corpus Christi, TX. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Jack Hitchcock.

Charlie was born in Rockford, IL to Morris Lee Hitchcock and Hazel Gertrude Farman, while they were visiting his paternal grandparents. He lived in Edgerton, WI and spent many summers at the lake house owned by his late maternal Aunt Nora and Uncle Ott in Stoughton.

In 1940 his family moved to his paternal Uncle Frank and Aunt Helen's farm in Centerville, VA. His family then moved to Oakton and finally settled down in Vienna, on Chain Bridge Road. Charlie delivered The Washington Star around Oakton on his bicycle during those years, and attended Oakton Elementary and Fairfax High School. He attended VPI as a cadet in the Corps in the fall of '48, but his father died from cancer in the fall of '49, and then he changed majors to business administration, so he lost a year and graduated in summer '53. He entered the Army as a Second Lieutenant in fall '53.

Charlie married Shirley Ruth Anderson in 1952 and they lived in Blacksburg, VA while he finished his degree. His son Charles was born in 1954 and his daughter Deborah was born in 1956. He was sent to Korea as part of the 26th AAA Battalion from January 1957 to June 1958. He retired from the Army in 1960. During this time he and his wife loved to play bridge with their friends Bill and Betty Swann.

Charlie worked as the assistant manager for Drug Fair in Manassas from 1961 until 1965. In 1966 he became a clerk for the US Post Office, a job he had until he retired in 1988.

Every summer he enjoyed taking a two-week camping trip with his family to mostly visit the colonial history sites in the east. He also collected coins and stamps. While counting out the change at Drug Fair, he found a Lincoln penny 1955 double die, his greatest find as a collector.

Prodded by his wife Ruth, he took up square dancing in the mid-'80's with their friends Sue and Howard Palmer, and they traveled to many square dancing conventions around the country. The dancing ended when Ruth was diagnosed with a rare lung disease and died in 1993.

After that Charlie was active in the Meals on Wheels program and he joined the Fairfax Widows and Widowers Club. He eagerly attended the clubs many pot luck dinners and hosted a dinner out. There he met the second love of his life, Shelia Bischoff, and they lived together for several years before splitting up but staying friends in 2004.

In 2012 he sold his home of 50 years in Fairfax Villa and moved into The Gardens at Fair Oaks, where he performed in the bell choir. In 2015 he moved to Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown, WV, where he was well taken care of until his death from Parkinson's disease.

A graveside funeral service will be held at the Flint Hill Cemetery, 2845 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, VA, on 1pm, Thursday, January 5. Money and King, Vienna, VA are handling the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the American Red Cross, where Charlie's mother worked for over 20 years.


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