John Charles

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Daily Press
August 6, 1989


HAMPTON – J. Allen Charles Jr., 78, died Saturday, Aug. 5, in his home.

A native of Newport News, Mr. Charles had been a lifelong Peninsula resident. Mr. Charles retired as the executive director of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 1976 after 33 years.

Mr. Charles was a member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. He graduated from The College of William and Mary with a bachelor of science degree in business and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Hansford W. Charles; two daughters, Hansford C. Pretlow of Poquoson and Maria C. Hill of Richmond; one son, John A. Charles III of Hampton; and five grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Saint John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery by the Rev. Richard B. Smith.

R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home is in charge.

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