Charley Mack Gotcher was born on June 12, 1938 to Abbie May (Grumbles) Gotcher and William Stone Gotcher. Charley quit school his Senior year (later received his GED and diploma) and with his mother’s permission joined the United States Air Force. For 15 years he was an Aircraft Mechanic who worked on the fuel systems of the B52’s. Charley was stationed at Westover A.F.B. Massachusetts when he met his wife, Judith Ann Walker from Belchertown, Massachusetts. They were stationed in Smyra, Tennessee (Stewart A.F.B), Paine A.F,B. in Everette, Washington, Westover A.F.B again, and then to Bergstrom A.F.B. in Austin, Texas. Charley also had remote assignmentto Taiwan, Takhli RTAFB in Thailand, Philippines, and Korea with flyovers of Vietnam. In February 1976 he retired as Master Sergeant after serving 20 years. He and his family moved to Waco, Texas where he applied to work for the United State Post Office as a postal carrier. Once his son graduated, the family moved back to Holland, Texas to be caregivers to his family. Charley applied for and received the commission of Postmaster of Holland Post Office in 1984. Together he and his wife were active in the community and became softball coaches for Petrie Farms, became members of the Holland United Methodist Church, and later became bowlers at Action World Bowling Center and Hallmark Lanes in Harker Heights. In 2007 Charley retired from the Post Office after 31 years . Retirement was not good for him so he applied and was accepted as a Security Guard for Eagle Security in Temple, Texas. After 4 years he finally retired for good. Charley sold their home in Holland and bought a piece of land and home on Highway 95, 4 miles north of town where they lived for 27 years. In December 2018 Charley became sick and was diagnosed in January with aggressive cancer. His battle ended on February 17, 2019. We thank A-Med Hospice out of Austin for wonderful loving care during his brief time on hospice.Charley was preceded in death by his two parents and survived by his wife of 60 years, a daughter Rene Gotcher Griesmer and her husband, Denis of Holiday, Florida, a son Dr. Billy Mack Gotcher and wife Rhonda of Williston, Vermont, and Wendie Castillo of Holland, Haley Aragon Posey (whom they raised as a daughter since 2nd grade), six other grand-children (Mackenzie, Ethan, Kayla and Jared Gotcher, Mark and Jacob Brewer, and 10 great grandchildren.
Charley donated his body to Texas A&M for research. His memorial service will be held March 2, 2019 at the Kuhlman Center in Holland, Texas with visitation from 12 Noon to 1 P.M. with a Memorial Service at 1 P.M.. His son, Dr. Billy Gotcher, Rev. Phil Shuler, Rev. Don Johnson, and Rev. Norman Cody will be presiding. Memorials may be made to the 1st United Methodist Church of Holland for renovation.
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