Charles Leroy Highbarger Sr., 84, of Hagerstown, Md., died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at his home.
Born March 1, 1928, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Andrew J. and Audrey Beard Highbarger.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Ann Souders Highbarger, on June 10, 2008.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, as an air traffic control operator.
Charles was a 1946 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He earned his degree in history/education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., and his master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland.
During his teaching years, he taught at Hancock High School, Williamsport High School and North Hagerstown High School, and was principal at Galena School in Kent County, Md. He retired from Smithsburg Middle School as vice principal. After his retirement, he worked as a teacher for the U.S. Department of Defense-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. He was employed as seasonal park ranger with the U.S. National Park Service.
Charles enjoyed the outdoors and working summer programs with underprivileged children. He was a proud Miami Hurricanes fan and supporter.
He was a member of Church of the Holy Trinity-United Church of Christ.
He was a lifetime member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 and the University of Miami Alumni Club. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 378. He also was past president of the Appalachian Trail Club.
He is survived by one daughter, Sally L. Seibert of Williamsport, Md.; three sons, Paul A. Highbarger and wife, Karen, of Hagerstown, Scott W. Highbarger and wife, Emily, of Greencastle, Pa., and Chuck L. Highbarger and wife, Rebecca, of Waynesboro, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Griffey.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Timothy Leighton will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Military honors provided at the cemetery by the Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.
The family will receive friends Thursday at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, c/o Mrs. Effie Ward, 211 Maryland Ave., Hancock, MD 21750.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.