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Thomas Charlton ’49

Thomas Charlton, 94, of Southern Shores, North Carolina, passed away August 22, 2018 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Born April 5, 1924 in White Plains, New York to Edith Russell Charlton and DEA Charlton, he attended high school in Scarsdale New York.  He went on to earn a degree in 1949 from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Prior to retirement he was operating his own kitchen business, Buckeye Cabinets in Xenia, Ohio.  He had been in the building business and for many years was purchasing agent for Morris Bean and Company.  He was a past president of the Dayton Purchasing Agents.  For many years, Tom served as a Scout Master for a boy scout troop in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  During World War II, he was a Naval Aviator. 

Tom Charlton retired to the Outerbanks from Ohio in 1987.  During his thirty-one years in Southern Shores, Tom Charlton had been active in SCORE, the Nags Head Woods Conservancy, the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department, the Duck Woods Country Club and the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club.  Until his passing, he was a member of the Lion’s Club, the Outerbanks Community Chorus and an Elder at the Outer Banks Presbyterian Church.

Over his long life, Tom Charlton was an avid golfer, fisherman, poker player, gardener, singer and lover of the wild.   Tom was known to all who knew him as kind, generous and an active member of the community.  He was always happy and often heard whistling before you’d see him.

Thomas is preceded in death by his two brothers, James M. Charlton and Fred R. Charlton.  His wife of 41 years, Marjorie Charlton, preceded him in death in 2002.

Surviving him are two sons, Russell Charlton and Bruce Charlton, three daughters Carol Charlton, Elizabeth Stone and Catherine Charlton,  and two step-sons, Larry Landaker and Peter Landaker.  There are three grand-children, Caitlin White, Holly Landaker and Wyatt Stone.  Also surviving is his wife, Ruth Stover Charlton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1583, Merrifield, VA  22116-1583.  800-822-9919.  NWF.org 

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to all who knew, loved and cared for Tom Charlton over the years.