Charles Edgar Fishel

January 5, 1932 - December 15, 2023

01/05/1932 - 12/15/2023

Past Services

Saturday December 23, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday December 23, 2023
2:00 pm
Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Charles Edgar Fishel, 91, died peacefully in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on December 15, 2023.

Born on January 5, 1932, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Charles was the son of Benjamin Harrison and Blanche Easter Fishel. He grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from Griffith High School before attending East Carolina College in Greenville. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education and a M.S. degree in Education in 1955. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as a First Lieutenant in Illinois, Texas, California, and Greenland. He was later granted an inter-service transfer and entered the U.S. Navy where he became a reservist with the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and retired as Captain in 1985.

While in college, he met his future wife Janet Mason Mitchell. They were married in 1958, and moved to Winston-Salem for a brief period where he worked in the sales department of McLean Trucking Company. They later moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where his only son Charles E. Fishel, Jr. was born. The family subsequently moved to Virginia Beach in 1961.

He taught Health and Physical Education in the Virginia Beach City Public School system for 37 years, retiring in 1999. He began teaching at Kempsville Elementary, later moving to Kempsville Junior High and Bayside High. His last teaching assignment was at First Colonial High, where he was instrumental in its start-up in 1967. He coached a variety of sports as well, including baseball, wrestling, gymnastics, and track and field.

Charles was preceded in death by his brother Ben Fishel, Jr. He is survived by his son, two nephews Bruce and Gary Fishel, and sister-in-law Margie Fishel.  He will soon join his beloved wife and family pets Chienie, Cocoa, Charja, Sweetie Pie, and Precious in Heaven.  He had a passion for 1950’s West Coast jazz and spent as much time as he could in his vegetable garden. He was a kind and gentle soul, beloved by his family, his students, and the nursing staff at Atlantic Shores.

The family will receive friends at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie, NC on Saturday, December 23, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm and a graveside service to honor Charles’s life will follow at Ahoskie Cemetery at 2 pm, conducted by the Reverend Anita Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made directly to Wings Over Virginia Hospice, 6325 North Center Drive, Suite 204, Norfolk, VA 23502 or online by clicking here or the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements for the Fishel family, and online condolences can be shared by visiting

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Boyd Bohlool
2 months ago

Farewell, Coach Fishel. You instilled great habits in me which I carry to this day. You ‘Inducted’ me on to the gymnastics team where I learned how to set goals and work toward achieving them. Thank you, for all you did for so many. God Bless YOU??.
Rest in Peace Coach. ❤️

Lisa Faulk
3 months ago

Rest in peace, Mr Fishel. You can now be with your beloved wife Janet. I remember well those evenings at your house with my parents, and imagine you all being together now in heaven, having a nice time listening to music and talking about art. I really enjoyed those visits. You and Janet were wonderful people to know and share time with.

Mike Nestor
3 months ago

Definitely one-of-a-kind coach and man! I still remember him paying me a $1 if I won my track event. I remember that dang megaphone of his. I remember him sharing his special concoction of papaya, orange, and peach juices. I remember that vw bug driving on the track and his infamous “slog trail” encompassing the fence line. What a memorable character – a legend.

Harry L Jackson Jr
3 months ago

The King Fish ! Thank you for being part of my journey through life ! Rest In Peace Charlie

Lisa Wallace
4 months ago

Mr Fishel was a great teacher and he helped me so much at FC!! He was kind and funny and could tape an ankle like a pro!! Peace with his son and his family!

Mike Doughtie
4 months ago

I had Mr. Fishel for 9th grade PE at First Colonial and found him to be by the book, very fair, and funny. We were at a football game 5 years after I graduated with some friends and he remembered us all and we chatted about old times for a few moments. RIP

Danny Day
4 months ago

I had the honor of bring one of Coach Fishel’s students at First Colonial. His quick wit, kindness and positive demeanor was unmatched.
RIP Coach!

Charlie pittman
4 months ago

Mr. Fishel was one of my heroes. He was there when I fell off the rings onto my head and was freaking out with fear and hallucinations. It only took one look in his eyes and his hand on my shoulder to remind me that all was well and I could quit fighting. We loved sharing thoughts on faith and fitness. He left such a legacy at 1st colonial. I hope Charlie Jr still has the white VW bug!

Leslie Benjamin
4 months ago

My ? is broken Mr. Fishel was one of the Greatest Coaches I met He had passion for people I had and opportunity to go up to Ohio State, University Tennessee, Princeton University, and University Syracuse along with Coach,Fishel RIP My Friend ?

Keith Eubank
4 months ago

Oh my. Received word just now that Coach Fischel has passed away. I have so many wonderful memories of Coach Fish (as many of us referred to him at First Colonial High). First as a student, then as a wonderful friend. He taught me to love Jazz, he taught me to laugh at every day things, he taught me to enjoy people and this life. Coach, you have passed into the next life, but I will always hold close the great, funny, alway funny conversations we shared. God Bless Charlie Fishel and his memory.