Charles Wayne "Charlie" Arant, age 75, of Monroe, went home to be with his heavenly father April 5, 2018.
The service to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of Charles will be held by the Arant family Wednesday, April 11 at 2:00 PM at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 1003 East Franklin St. Monroe, NC 28112.
Mr. Arant was born February 9, 1943 in Union County, North Carolina, the son of the late Odell and Grace Arant. Charles served as an aircraft mechanic for the United States Air Force, including two tours in Vietnam. His passion for aviation continued long after he left the military as he began a career with Eastern Airlines in Atlanta, GA. Returning to North Carolina to work for Piedmont Airlines and eventually USAir, Charles' love of flying led him to found Mid State Aviation in Monroe, NC. where he continued to work long after retiring from the airlines. Charles exuded a hard work ethic combined with a strong belief in doing things the right way, and treating others with warmth and respect. A recipient of the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for over 50 years of safe and dedicated service in aviation, Mr. Arant always remained humble and true to doing things by the book.
An active 32nd degree mason, Charles was also a proud Shriner.
Survivors include his loving wife and co-pilot of almost 53 years, Patricia Arant. Two brothers; Roger Arant and wife Brenda of Charlotte, NC, Mitchell Arant and wife Frances of Monroe, NC, two sisters; Emma Thompson and husband Joe of Lancaster, SC, and Norma Arant of Marshville, NC. Charles is also survived by two sons; Doug Arant of Charlotte, NC, Stan Arant and wife Cherie, the parents of Charles' three grandchildren; Xavier Arant, McKenzie Arant, and Hailey Arant, all of Gulf Breeze, FL. There are also numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Arant was also predeceased by his first born son, Russell Wayne Arant, who died in infancy, and now they are reunited in eternal life..
Although flowers are appreciated, the family requests that donations in memory of Charles Arant be made to the Shiners Hospital of your choice.
Davis Funeral Service of Monroe is honored to be serving the Arant Family. An online guest register book is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com