Charles “Chuck” Francis Alter, age 76, of Greeneville died Saturday, May 25, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Greeneville on December 16, 1942 to his parents Julian and Eleanor Alter, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Sandra “Sandy” of 55 years, his four children: Anthony, Andrea (John) of Virginia, Alicin (Fred), and Alexander (Melissa) of Texas, his 11 grandchildren: Lauren, Emily, Hannah, Anna, Elisha, Lance, Ryan, Chandler, Aidan, Eleanor, Kai; his brother: Albert (Susan) of Oregon; sisters-in-law: Patricia and Bob Borden and Linda and Kenard Price both of Alabama; nieces and nephews, friends and church family, and his beloved dog, BooBoo.
He graduated from St. Bernard College in Cullman, Alabama, with a BS in biology, where he and Sandy met. The two were wed June 20, 1964. He went on to receive his Masters in Microbiology, and was a member of the ASCP in Clinical Pathology. He and Sandy resided on the Eastern Shore of VA for 22 years, where he was a volunteer fireman, an EMT, and a shock trauma technician for the Rescue Squad of Cape Charles. They then returned to Greeneville, where he received his licensure as a funeral director, and he and Sandy worked at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home for several years. He transferred his membership to the Knights of Columbus Council 6784 at Notre Dame Catholic Church. He served as Grand Knight, received his 4th Degree, and held many other offices on the Council. Chuck had an innate love of animals, photography, trains, and community service. He became a local historian in both Cape Charles and Greeneville, by serving on the historic zoning committees. The thing he loved the most of all was his family. He never missed any activity, game, or concert. He made an effort to be everywhere. This continued with his grandchildren.
The Alter family will be receiving friends and guests from 4 - 6 pm Wednesday, May 29th in the Narthex of Notre Dame Catholic Church. A Rosary Service by the Knights of Columbus will follow. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:30am Thursday, May 30th at Notre Dame Catholic Church. Father Dan Whitman and Father Jim Harvey will be officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be his Brother Knights of the Knights of Columbus. There will be a Mercy Meal after the celebration of Chuck’s life to be served in the church hall.