Charles Handfield “Charlie” Wyatt, IV passed away peacefully on the Sept. 20, 2018 after a brief illness in Pensacola, Florida, surrounded by his wife, Jan, and their three children, as well as his brother-in-law and clergy.
Charlie Wyatt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Feb. 26, 1937 to Lieutenant Colonel Charles H. Wyatt III and his wife, Margaret Miller (Jones) Wyatt. He is descended from the Rev. Edward Winslow and the Rev. Dr. William Edward Wyatt, early leaders of the Episcopal Church in America.
He attended Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
While growing up in Cincinnati, he met and married the love of his life, Jan (Janet Louise Blair). They married on June 27, 1959 and had three children, Dr. Charles Handfield Wyatt V (Noemi) of Pensacola, Florida, Mrs. Julia McCormick Wyatt James (Commissioner William F. James Jr.) of Charlotte, and Mrs. Lisa Blair Wyatt Miller (Mr. Kenneth Miller) of Dallas, Texas.
In addition, he is survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Dr. Lt. William F. James, III (Katherine) San Diego, California, Morgan James Washington, D.C., Sarah James Columbia, South Carolina, Rebekah James, Wilmington, Andrew Miller and Julia Miller Dallas, Texas, Catherine Miller, Knoxville, Tennessee, Charles “Chad” Wyatt VI, Miami, Florida, Matthew Wyatt, Atlanta, Georgia, and Laura and William James IV.
He will be remembered as a loving and giving person, whether it be in his personal or professional life. No matter where he lived, he never missed a beat to give back. His legacy will be his gift for blending his servant heart with trailblazing new ideas. He masterfully connected people and new ideas that made a difference in this world. The impact of his work will be felt for generations to come.
During his professional career, his accomplishments were many. He created innovative solutions and provided leadership for 40-plus years in the corrosion control industry. He founded an environmental air treatment company and co-held two U.S. patents, authored numerous papers in trade publications and gave training and educational speeches at world-wide industry conferences.
He was a natural leader, holding numerous leadership positions throughout the industry – president of the International Steel Structure Painting Council (SSPC), National Association of Corrosive Engineers (NACE), president, Houston Chemical Club, and 35 years of service in the Houston Coating Society.
In 2002, Charlie and Jan retired to the beautiful mountains of Cashiers and immediately became part of the community. Throughout his retirement, his overwhelming theme was to “give back to others.” He was often seen on the links of High Hampton, where he served on the Board of High Hampton Colony Club and was an active member of Church of the Good Shepherd and Rotary International and served as secretary of Cashiers Community Fund.
In 2007, seeking to be closer to family and grandchildren, Charlie and Jan moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. To no surprise, they immediately became involved, pledging their hearts and souls to make Lafayette a better place. He was president of the Oakbourne Homeowners Association and a director of the PGA web.com Chitamacha Golf Tournament. He trailblazed new environmental initiatives -- founding the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association and created the first Bayou Vermilion Water Symposium. Not only did Charlie work on his projects, he helped Jan with her projects like bringing a farmers market to the new Moncus Park. These initiatives will benefit generations to come.
His final stop in life’s journey was to live on the water. Charlie and Jan moved to Pensacola, Florida in 2016, where they found their dream opportunity to own a beautiful waterfront condominium and watch from their balcony the USNA Blue Angels practice. Once again, he quickly began giving back, serving as a National Naval Aviation Museum volunteer and on the board of the Bayshore Condominium Association.
His passions included photography and sports. He enjoyed life to its fullest, was a true movie buff, enjoyed live music and was committed to “leaving the campsite better than you found it.”
A celebration of Charlie’s life is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Christ Episcopal Church, 18 W. Wright St., Pensacola, Florida. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the Cashiers Historical Society (https://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/donate) in Cashiers.