Charles Russell Fitts

by Lynn McMillen
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Charles Russell Fitts, 85, of Huntsville passed away February 1, 2023. He was born February 22, 1937, to Russell and Mildred Fitts of Bessemer, AL. He graduated from Bessemer High School in 1955 and The University of Alabama in 1961, with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He met his adoring wife, Linda, in 1957 in Tuscaloosa; they were married in January of 1959. His professional career consisted of 55 years as a civil servant, working first for NASA, then for the Army Missile Command and Strategic Defense Command, developing Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). Not quite ready to retire from his life’s work, he continued in the private sector as a consultant with Analytical Services Incorporated (ASI) for an additional 15 years.

Charles, affectionately called Charlie, was a quiet and thoughtful man who was selflessly devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. Known to his grandkids as “Poppa”, he attended countless sporting events, music events, school events, and anything else his sons and grandchildren were involved in. He was indeed adored by his grandkids. A history buff, Charlie was particularly fascinated by the Mayan culture. During his time working for the Army, he enjoyed multiple trips to Europe where he developed an appreciation for the European lifestyle. In fact, you could catch Charlie and Linda at the local German restaurant on a regular basis. Since Charlie was such a humble man, many did not know how handy he was. He was a trick of all trades and could fix just about anything: electrical, dry walling, framing, painting etc. He was also an avid woodworker in his younger days. Over the years, Charlie served at Trinity Methodist Church in various ways where he and his wife were members for over 40 years.

Charles is survived by his wife of 64 years, Linda; his 2 children, Chris (Janet) Fitts, and Greg (Pascale) Fitts; his three grandchildren, Maureen Fitts, Jeremie (Alexis) Fitts, and Susie Fitts.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 6 from 1:00-2:00 PM at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 2:30 PM at Maple Hill Cemetery.

In remembrance of Charlie’s life, the family has asked for donations to be made to the American Heart Association.

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