The graveside service for Charles W. “Bear” Christopher, 89, of Elkmont will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Antioch Cemetery in Elkmont.
Visitation is from 6-9 tonight at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens.
Mr. Christopher died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Alvin C. York VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Mr. Christopher was born July 22, 1922, in Salem to Henry and Cleo Christopher. Charles was a veteran of World War II who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Mr. Christopher served from Sept. 4, 1942, to Dec. 13, 1945, in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe, reaching the rank of technical sergeant.
Mr. Christopher was preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha Jo Christopher.
He is survived by two sons, Charles David Christopher and Mark Alan Christopher; six grandchildren, Charles David Christopher Jr., Jeremiah Ryan Christopher, Martha Ellen Christopher, Jennifer Elizabeth Christopher, William Isaac Christopher and Joe Lucas Christopher; five great-grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Christopher, William Taylor Christopher, Ava Kate Christopher, Jackson Ryan Christopher and Frank Joseph Gusmus IV (Fort); and one sister, Maime Lou Harrison.
Pallbearers are Charles David Christopher Jr., Jeremiah Ryan Christopher, William Isaac Christopher, Joe Lucas Christopher, William Taylor Christopher, Jackson Ryan Christopher and Frank Joseph Gusmus III.