WAYCROSS — Charles Joseph West, 94 of Waycross, died Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2021, at his residence after an extended illness. West was born in Grafton, West Virginia to the late Joseph Benjamin West and Gladys Louise Shreve West and made Waycross his home for most of his life. He attended the University of West Virginia before going to the University of Georgia where he obtained his six-year degree. West worked and retired from the Georgia State Board of Education as a Regional Director and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of West Virginia, Summersville Chapter #76, a member of the Waycross/Ware County Retired Educators Association, and was a member of the Alee Shrine Temple of Savannah. West was a private pilot for many years owning and operating his own aircraft, he was passionate about hard work and it reflected on his family as he often had them working on the family hay farm in Brantley County. His personality and sense of humor were one of a kind, his traveling adventures with his grandchildren always included a teaching moment. West loved to visit West Virginia often and enjoyed woodworking and boating. In addition to his parents, West was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Adkins West, and a brother, James T. West. West is survived by two children, Charles Benjamin West and wife Cindy Renshaw West of Waycross, Jewel West Wilbanks and husband Donald Michael Wilbanks, Jr. of Cordele; five grandchildren, James Benjamin West and wife Elaina of Silverthorn, Colo., William Travis West and wife Hannah of Marysville, Tenn., Sarah West Wood

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