Chuck Root

Chuck Root

Saturday, August 12th, 1944 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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Chuck Root, 74, of Swannanoa, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019.

Mr. Root was born August 12, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Miami, FL. At the age of 17 he joined the Marine Corps and served for 27 years and two combat tours in Vietnam. Chuck was one of 78 Marines selected as an undercover Federal Sky Marshall in 1970 until the FAA could hire/train. He was Guard Chief for a top-secret facility – special waiver from POW Admiral Jeremiah Denton to receive Joint Service Commendation medal. Chuck worked at the Employment Security Commission as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist. He spent his last 10 years of employment with the United States Postal Service. He was a member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, Swannanoa.

Chuck is preceded in death by his mother, Nazarena Mary Griffin; first wife, Julia Root; second wife, Connie Root; sons, Charles, Arnold and Randy; and siblings, Marie, Nazarena, and Theresa.

Chuck is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Thompson of Fairview, Angela Swift (Jerry) of Lincolnton, and Michele Dubay (Brian) of Atlanta, GA; sister, Linda Wise of Pembroke Pines, FL; grandchildren, Courtney Edwards, Ariel Jones, Dakota Cowart, Baylie Cowart, Morgan Elder, Carson Dubay, Brayden Elder, Donovan Dubay, Kayla Thompson, Landon Dubay, and Katelynn Thompson; great granddaughter, Addison Hunter; adopted daughter through love and Christ, Frankie Lynn Davis; and adopted grandson through love and Christ, Quinn Graham.

The family will receive friends Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Harwood Home for Funerals.

A celebration of life service will be held Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:00pm at First Baptist Church, Swannanoa. Burial will follow at 2:00pm at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Swannanoa Eternity Childs Fund, 503 Park Street, Swannanoa, NC 28778.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Harwood Home for Funerals
    208 West State St.
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  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 12:00pm
    First Baptist Church, Swannanoa
    503 Park Street
    SWANNANOA, NC 28778
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  • Interment

    Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
    962 Old US 70
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Larry Marshall

Posted at 01:51pm
I am very sorry about Chuck i worked with him many years ago at the postal service He was always nice to every one and a straight up guy and i always had a respect for him His family and friends will be in my prayers and God will comfort you in your time of sorrow I am glad for our belief in Jesus Christ only through him for our eternal life from Larry Marshall

Michelle Sprinkle

Posted at 12:46pm
I worked with Chuck at the Post Office, he was such a nice, kind man. Always with a smile and a joke and what a work ethic.
Met Julia and Jennifer at their house in Swannanoa when Chuck worked on our computer. He suffered such personal loss but kept his faith and smile. We all need someone like Chuck in our lives!
To his family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Sprinkle

Ashton Eidam

Posted at 11:23pm
I had the pleasure of caring for Chuck during his battle with cancer. I so enjoyed listening to him talk about his life and connecting with him. He was one of the kindest and grateful souls I have ever met!! I will be praying for the family in this time of great loss. I will think of him often and miss him dearly

Jodi Macartney

Posted at 02:29pm
Rest in peace Chuck Love you Jodi
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Terri Lyn Cloakey

Posted at 11:29pm
These flowers are in memory of your courageous service to our country and to God. May you Rest In Peace. I will always love you Uncle Chuck.
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