Charles Eaddy passed away unexpectedly on February 3, 2022 at the age of 74.
Charles was a veteran of the United States Army and had a long and illustrious career of military and government service as a soldier, a civil servant, and an entrepreneur. He was a graduate of Mercer University and a member of the first intercollegiate historically African American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. In addition to overseeing several special military and government projects throughout his career, Charles worked for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon. Prior to his retirement, he served with the Joint Improvised Threat Defense Organization (JIDO). A true patriot, it was Charles’ proudest professional endeavor to advance JIDO's mission to support counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, and other threats to the United States.
Charles was a lifelong Christian who loved the Lord, and was privileged to serve in many leadership roles within the church throughout his life. In retirement, Charles enjoyed reading from his Bible every day and would often call his daughters or one of his siblings to share a word from what he had read.
While he was accomplished and had a distinguished career, Charles was most proud of his family. He raised his daughters, Sheryl and Stephanie, with his former spouse. Later in life, he married his loving wife, Natali, with whom he enjoyed his golden years. His legacy lives on through the strength of the family he built.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie Mae Eaddy and Dan Eaddy, Sr.; his brother Dan Eaddy, Jr.; his sisters Ruth L. Singletary, Ruby Johnson, and Joan Yvonne Sharrock-Artis.
Survivors to cherish his memory include his devoted wife, Natali Malandau; his daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Mitchell Lawrence; his daughter and her partner, Stephanie Eaddy and Noah Smock; his grandson and his wife, Barron and Jessica Lawrence; his granddaughter, Taylor Lawrence; his three great-grandchildren, Aliyah Marie, Amari David, and Ayden Jeremiah Lawrence; his brother, John E. Eaddy; his sisters, Norma Jean McTeer, Tide C. Williams, and Delores Gary; and a host of nieces, nephews, fraternity brothers, friends, and other special loved ones.
A private memorial service will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the organizations whose missions Charles held dear: The Baltimore Community ToolBank and Española Humane.
Charles was loved dearly and will be missed and remembered by all his family and friends.