SCOTLAND NECK – Charles Wayne Baisey, 69, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023, in College Station, Texas. Charles was born to Clyde and Thelma Baisey in Tarboro, NC, in Edgecombe County on July 16, 1954.
Above all else, Charles adored his family and found purpose in life. In January 1974, he married Judy Hux. In their 15 years of marriage, they were blessed with two children, Joanna Baisey Rogers and Jessica Baisey. His love for his daughters was immeasurable, with Jessica being his “perfect” child and said that Joanna was just like him. Charles adored his grandchildren and relished being a part of their lives.
On December 26, 1993, Charles married Stephanie Griffin Baisey. Charles played an important role in raising Stephanie’s two daughters Laura Villereal and Julia Browning. He was very proud of their accomplishments. He and Stephanie have been married for 30 years.
Charles was the youngest of nine children, with six sisters and two brothers. He had a deep love for his sisters and treasured the time he spent with them. He was grateful for the strong relationships he had with each of them.
In 1972, Charles graduated from high school and enlisted in the Navy. He retired after 23 years of service, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander. The majority of his Naval career was dedicated to serving on Trident submarines, and in the latter part of his career, he served as a Navy Deep Sea Diver and Executive Officer on a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. His military achievements included receiving The National Defense Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Joint Service Meritorious Unit Commendation. During his time in the Navy, Charles also completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.
Charles held many positions after his military career, but he was most proud of his time as the Town Manager of Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He would go to work in his Luchese boots and his Stetson hat – to him there was nothing better. He loved this town and wanted to work to make it better.
After his full retirement, he remained active, playing golf frequently with his friend Eddie Braxton and cutting wood with an ax, which he would then provide to those in need of winter heating.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh until tears streamed down his face. He had a weakness for chocolate-covered cherries, pineapple cake, a thick juicy steak, and a good Scotch.
Texas held a special place in Charles’ heart. He often traveled between his homes in Texas and North Carolina. Last Saturday, he sat on his porch in Texas, sipping coffee and watching hummingbirds sip nectar from the morning glories. He said, “It is a hot day, but then it is summer in Texas! Drinking coffee under the big, blue Texas sky – nothin’ better.” During his time in Texas, he delighted in spending moments with his best friend, Johnny Ray. Charles ran the Houston Marathon six times and was training to run one more.
Charles Baisey was one of a kind and lived life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Louise Baisey; his father, Clyde Mark Baisey, Sr.; and his brother, Kenneth Robert Baisey, Sr.
Charles is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his daughters, Joanna Baisey Rogers of Nashville and Jessica Baisey of Tarboro; his granddaughters, Sarah, Emma, and Lillian Rogers, all of Raleigh, Ava and Vivienne Baisey, both of Tarboro; his grandson, Carson Baisey of Tarboro; his brother, Clyde Mark Baisey, Jr. of New Kent, VA; his sisters, Linda Reinker of Clifton Park, NY, Dorothy Suit and husband Charles of Scotland Neck, Victoria Davenport of Nashville, Beverly Jane Martin and husband Lowell of Southport, Judith Fleming Mixson and husband Johnathan of Lodge, SC, and Debra Sue Marlowe of Bolivia.
A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck, with Rev. Paul Spradley officiating.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel in Scotland Neck is handling arrangements for the Baisey family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com.