Charlton Strickland Veazey, Sr

Born: Thu., Oct. 22, 1925
Died: Wed., Oct. 5, 2011

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Charlton Strickland Veazey, Sr., age 85, died October 5, 2011 at his home at Willow Run. Veazey was born on October 22, 1925, in Greensboro, Georgia, to the late Eli Lincoln Veazey, Sr. and Eleanor Rebecca Alford. At the age of sixteen, Charlton S. Veazey joined the United States Navy on Navy Day, October 27, 1941, before the United States entered World War II. He saw action at Adak in the Aleutians, Kiska, Makin, the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, New Guinea, Philippines, Leyte and Okinawa. He served on the U.S.S. Mexico, the U.S.S. Arethusa and the U.S.S. Ajax. After the war, he returned to Greensboro High School to earn his diploma in 1949. Later, he graduated from the University of Georgia and earned two letters as head trainer for the football, basketball, and baseball teams.

Charlton began his official coaching and teaching career at LaGrange in 1953, serving as B-team coach to Oliver Hunnicutt for one year. When he moved back to Greensboro, he began his tenure at Greensboro/Greene County High School, where he coached football, baseball, track, golf, and girl''s basketball for 17 years.

Coach Veazey had winning records not only at Greene County, but also at Stephens and Wilkinson Counties. During these years he was State Vice President and State President of the Georgia High School Coaches Association in 1968 and 1969, a director of that organization from 1961 to 1979, Charter Member and Director of the National HS Coaches Association, and assistant coach for the North Squad in the All-Star Game in 1964. In addition to these, Charlton was a long-time member of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Greene County Historical Society and a charter member of the Greene County Heritage Commission, Veteran''s Committee and Greene County Country Club. After retirement from coaching in 1979, he was City Manager of Greensboro from 1980-1991.

Since retiring, he was recognized by the University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football College Hall of Fame for outstanding Post-Graduate achievements and for commitment to high ideals in his community. He was a life member of VFW, Adams-Walker Post 4259 and a proud veteran. His children established the Charlton and Eugenia Veazey Scholarship for GCHS students in honor of the couple''s combined total of 44 years of dedicated service of teaching and coaching the youth of Greene County. He was named 1999 Citizen of the Year, along with Mrs. Veazey, in "Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Citizens of Greene County" and for their efforts to recognize and appreciate veterans. He was a member and former deacon of First Baptist Church of Greensboro and a member of Hamp''s Sunday School class. He was a member and former director of the Athens Touchdown Club and a member of UGA''s Wally''s Boys.

Coach Veazey enjoyed traveling with Gene, his wife of 63 years, and together they made trips to the continental states, as well as Hawaii and Alaska, several trips to Europe and many to UGA football games, both home and away. They have especially enjoyed spending time with their children and their spouses, their grandchildren and friends.

Preceding Mr. Veazey in death were his parents, a granddaughter Ashlin Veazey, and two sisters, Eleanor V. Bowers and Jeane V. Christopher. He is survived by his wife, Gene Stanley Veazey, his three children, Lynn Veazey Bowers and husband Larry of Greensboro, Charlton Strickland Veazey Jr. and wife Dawn of Macon, and Jeanie Veazey Thomas and husband Frank of Hampton, as well as his grandchildren, Christopher Bowers, Beth Bowers Abbott and husband Anthony, Laurelee Veazey, Erin Thomas Echols and husband Noah, and Caroline Veazey. He also has one surviving older brother, Eli Lincoln Veazey Jr.; a brother-in-law, Bates B. Bowers Sr.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlton and Eugenia Veazey Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Mary Jim Chapman, BankSouth, P.O. Box 730, Greensboro, GA 30642 or to First Baptist Church of Greensboro, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 203 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Farrett Boswell officiating and remembrances by Judy Hodnett, Mack Poss and Dennis Fordham. Interment will follow at Greensboro City Cemetery with military honors. Serving as pallbearers are: Cotton Boswell, Hale Burnett, Eric Ashley, Sonny Thurmond, Tony Rowland, Jamie Boswell, Wayne Jackson and Billy Byce. Honorary pallbearers are: Billy Ashley, Mutt Rhodes, Darrell Phelps, Bobby Durham, Joel McRay, Hamp''s Sunday School Class and Coach Veazey''s athletes and students. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday night at McCommons Funeral Home and from 1:00 p.m. until time for the service in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Greensboro.

The Veazey family would like to say "Thank You" to the Willow Run staff for their care and support. They would also like to thank Ms. Martha Hill and Mr. Tony Rowland for their close friendships and help through the years and Coach''s recent caregivers Charlene Miller, Shelia West, Pam Lanier, Mary Williams and Rhonda Thomas. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Larry Brook
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
You will be greatly missed Coach. Our sympathy and love to the family Larry and Jan Brook

Jane Cobb
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My love, prayers and deepest sympathy to all the family and friends. He has touched so many and will be missed by all. I am so sorry I will miss the visitation and service. Love, Jane Cobb

Smith Oliver
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
Jeanne, the family and you have my deepest sympathy. You and Charlton have been very close to the Oliver family over the years through Link and the great friendship you and your Mother had with Daniel. I am very happy that Ed Lewis and I were able to visit you and Charlton couple of times there at Willow Run.

Tony Barnhart
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
Coach Veazey was an extraordinary man who had a profound impact on the lives of young people. I am proud to say I played for him. Coach Veazey and Gene have been incredibly supportive throughout my career and for that I will always be grateful. Maria and I send our sympathies to Gene and the rest of the family. We plan to be there Saturday to mourn but to also celebrate the life of a truly great man. Tony Barnhart

Laurie Walters
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My daddy loved Coach V! So many great memories of the times in Greene Co. revolve around he and that ole football stadium! That great big smile and crinkly indelible imprint on my heart. Rest in peace. My prayers go out to your wonderful family.

William Poole
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My sincere condolence to Coach Charlton's family. He inspired many athletes to give it their best dispite the odds.

   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this difficult time. I know that God will provide the peace and comfort to you that will help all of you. Coach Veazey was an inspiration to me when I was in high school and was one of the major reasons that I chose to become a teacher and coach. Coach, you have finally scored the final and winning touchdown! Rest in Peace.

Bill Crawford
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My sympathies and condolences to the family at this difficult time..

Judy Phlegar
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
Mr. Charlton was a wonderful person and a fine example for all that he met. I enjoyed visiting with him and Mrs. Eugenia at Willow Run and always loved to see them. My heart goes out to each of you in this loss. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. May God bless each of you and give you the comfort and peace that only He can provide now. Judy Phlegar

Chaplain George Tumlin
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My prayers are with your family in this time of your grief. Coach Veazey was a positive influence on my life and many others as well. I remember him especially for his Christian character. Farewell and following seas, Coach.

Reid Callaway & Family
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
Mrs. Veasey to you and all the family we send our deepest sympathy at the home-going of Coach. I think I can speak on behalf of the many atheletes who trained under him in saying thank you for sharing him with us. He was a great man and His life made a impact on my life and many, many others for our good. You can hold your heads up high in Honor of him for a life well lived. To God be the Glory, Praise and Honor for his life. He loved us too and we knew it...

Patricia Sellers Gillespie
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
My sincerest sympathies to the Veazey family. Coach Veazey was one of the finest persons I ever knew. He was one of my teachers, and of course, sports was his specialty! I've talked to a lot of people up in this area who remember him well when he coached at Stephens County. Praying God's loving arms around the family at this sad time. There are not many men like him anymore. He was highly thought of by his students and all who knew him.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
What a gentleman! He was always gave the best hugs and I loved his sense of humor! Coach will be missed and Herb and I send out our deepest sympathies to all of you.

Angela Lynn Booth
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
The world is a little darker today for the loss of one of its best. Coach Veazey was such an inspiration to so many. I have some wonderful memories of my school years, and Coach Veazey is definitely a part of those memories. My heartfelt condolonces to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathie Foster Mccurley
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
We were saddened to hear of the loss of our dear friend. His friendship meant so much to our family. Over the years Dad often told Veazey stories to us and we would laugh and rememeber the good times we shared in Greene County. We were all blessed to have had Coach Veazey in our lives. May God bless your family during your time of grief and grant you his peace. Love, Kathie Foster McCurley

Janice Campbell
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Mrs. Veazey and Family,Elaine and I send our deepest condolences in the loss of coach Veazey.Coach was such an inspiration to me and I am proud to have had him as my basketball coach and friend.I have great memories of high school years and basketball games,thanks to coach Veazey.Rest in peace coach.

Lynn Higdon
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Sorry to lose a long time coach and friend. He will always be an important part of my growing up in Greeensboro. Lynn

Shirley and Emmett Caldwell
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Ms. Gene and Family: We continue to remember each of you in our thoughts and prayers during this time and in the days and weeks to come.

Marie Ennis Durden
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Dear Jeanie & Family - Coach Veazey,what a wonderful man! May the Lord hold you and your family close thru these difficult times now and always. Love and prayers, Marie

Martin Richards
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Coach Veazey was a major influence in my formative years. He was my teacher, coach, and role model. He will be fondly remembered. Thanks for all you did for us Mr. Veazey.

Nat Harwell
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
My sympathies to the family in the loss of their patriarch. The best thing about Faith is to know "the worst thing is not the last thing." May God bless you in this time of grief.

Tom Lewis
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
What a giant!! Coach Veazey was a mentor to so many of us at Greene County High School. I have great memories and I thank-you for the leadership and commitment you gave our school system. All of you are in mine and Patty's thoughts and prayers. Tom Lewis

Dick and Marilyn Schneider
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Marilyn and I are so sorry for your loss! He was truely a great person.

Dana Holloway
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
We will all miss Mr. Veazey. Know in your hearts that he is in a better place with his best friend! ALL OUR LOVE!!!! Paige, Dana, Doris, Raley, Bryson and Catie

Mike and Kay Cox
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
My deepest sympathies are with all of you. Coach has been on my mind the last few weeks. I have so many fond memories of my time playing for him and of time spent with your family. Ya'll are wonderful people. Thank you for the experience. Coach was a great role model and one of the reasons I spent 33 years in coaching. May God lay his comforting hands on you all. Mike

Ray & Paula Broadaway
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Coach Veazey was a true southern gentleman and a great example of a real high school. Coach Veazey was a valuable member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He was my friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Veazey family and friends. Ray & Paula Broadaway

Chris Caldwell
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
So sorry to hear about Mr. Veazey. He was a very good man

Robert & Annete Dowdy
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
We are sorry for your loss. May God be with you through this sad time.

Ann Melton Cronic
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
My prayers and deepest sympathy to each one of you. Coach Veazey was an inspiration to me; he was my basketball coach at Greensboro High School.

Kent & Melinda Walker
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
We were so saddened her about Coach Veazey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I have such good memories of him from high school coaching and drive the B team bus. Coach Veazey touched so many lives and will be remembered by many.

Janet McQuarrie
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Dearest Jeanie and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Dad. I know your family is heavy with grief right now, but many people will be lifting you all up in prayer. May the Holy Spirit comfort you all during this sad time. Blessings, Janet, Jonathan and Caitlin

Ann Veazey Davis
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
On behalf of Charlton's extended Veazey Cousins, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Gene and his children. We all remember him fondly from the many reunions that we attended together. Please know that we will keep all of the family in our prayers.

Melanie Burt
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about coach Veazey. He has been a great inspiration for so many. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all during your time of loss. with love, Melanie Burt

Jan Hallman
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
The Veazey Family, We are so sorry to hear of Charlton's passing. he was a wonderful person. We did not know him personally, but through my parents, Norris and Hazel Copelan and my aunt, Miss Irene Gentry, we have heard great stories. He will be so greatly missed. David, Jan, Josh and Robert

Judy Monthie-Doyum
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
I deeply regret the passing of Coach Veazey, who was the Head Coach at Stephens County High School in Toccoa, Georgia, when I taught French there in the early 1070s. He was an inspiration to everyone with his enthusiasm and spirit. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him, but his spirit of dedication will live on in all of us. Sincerely, Judy Monthie-Doyum

Sandra Roper
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Jean, I am so saddened by the news about Charleton. I know you will miss him, but I also know where he is and we can rejoice in that. I am presently on a mission trip in Ethiopia, but my prayers are with you. Love, Sandra

Jimmy Cook
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Veazey family, So sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Veazey. You all were very special to the SCHS community. I will be thinking of your family during this time.

Jane Elder Lowe
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
I am saddened to learn of Coach Veazey's death. His wife was my teacher at Oconee County High School in the 1950s. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Jane Elder Lowe - Class of 1955 Oconee County High School5

LeAnne Turner Akin
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Jeanie and all the family, Just learned of your dad's passing -- know that God was at work as he was just thinking of him as I do every football season when I pass a lake. (reminds me of friendly visits to your home during college) My husband and I were around the lakes near Clayton last weekend when Alan had fall break from high school teaching. I can only imagine the loss your family is feeling because I know what a man Mr. Veazey was and how much he loved his family. I am unable to attend the visitation or service as we will be heading back to Cordele this weekend to help my folks. Since my mother's stroke last June, we haev been going down most every weekend to help out. She had been improving but experience a medication-related setback with a fall. Know that you all are in our prayers and are often in our thoughts as I reflect on good times we enjoyed in college. May you have the comfort knowing that Mr. Veazey is with his Creator and your hearts are filled with His love. LeAnne Turner Akin Winder, Ga.

Cyndi Carter Smith
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Gene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Charlton and the good times we had while I was growing up. He was very good with my children and I will always remember how much he cared for Jo and Hoyt. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cyndi and family

Beverly Chitwood Varnado
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
We saw Coach Veazey's obit in the Athens paper this morning. Jerry and I will miss him at UGA lettermen's functions. I have a treasured picture with Coach Veazey when I was a cheerleader and he was a Coach at Stephens County. I didn't know about his military service until this morning, but he was truly one of the Great ones. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Our prayers are with you. Blessings, Beverly Chitwood Varnado

Jevaris Johnson
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Go Dawgs!!!

dianne finch mckinley
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
my prayers are with the family

Ann Gabriel
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Mrs. Veazey and family, I am so sorry for your loss! Everytime I saw You (Mrs. Veazey) and Mr. Veazey you always had a smile and a kind word! May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and ease the pain and loss that you are feeling. Mr. Veazey was a great man and will be missed by so many!! God Bless! Ann McCannon Gabriel

Lamar F. Callaway
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
We all have many fond memories, stories to tell, and laughs to share of our beloved coach, teacher, boss, and friend. Praying earnestly for you, his wonderful family. Much Love In Christ, Lamar Callaway

David & Lynn Cox
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Our condolences to Mrs. Veazey, Lynn, Chartie, Jeannie and all the family. We thought so much of Coach Veazey who set a great example for so many young people through the years. We are sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Coach Veasey will always be remembered for his positive approach to life and love of his family. He set goals high for students, but with his magnetic personality and southern manners, they were achived! His inspiring words and gifted leadership guided the students. It was an honor and priviledge to know Coach. He will be missed. Sincere sympathy to each family member.

Lanelle Underwood LaRue
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
May God wrap you and your entire family in his arms and comfort you in this time of sorrow. As a student of GHS, I fondly remember him as one of my teachers. I went to church at Enon Baptist in the Veazey community all my life. Not until years after I moved to the Atlanta area did I find out the community was named after his family. At the same time I found out he was a distant cousin of mine through the Veazey/Underwood line. I was hoping to see him at our 55th class reunion in November. God Bless.

Tony and Susan Budrys
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. We pray that God's grace and love will carry you through this time of grief. May the wonderful times and memories that you shared bring you comfory. With our deepest sympathy,

William & Jean Ussery
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
With deepest sympathy to the Veazey family. We will always remember Coach Veazey and have many fond memories of him from his tenure at Wilkinson County.

   Posted Fri October 07, 2011

Pet Williams
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
How can I think of my high school days without thinking of Coach Veazey? He was a great man and a great influence on us. Please know that my prayers are with you. Love, Pet

Misty Ussery Miller
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Coach Veazey and am so honored to have known such a fine man as well as his wonderful family. He was an inspiration to many and will always live on in the hearts of the many people whose life he touched. May God bless each of you during your time of grief.

Percy & June Meeks
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Gene, our sincere thoughts and prayers are extended to you and your family.

Bobby and Melody Doolittle
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
We were saddened to here about Coach Veazey. I thought about him and his family often over the past years. He helped mold many lives on the football field. May God comfort Mrs. Veazey, Jeanie and family. Each of you will be in our prayers.

Marion Drexel Fallin
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Mama and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Veazey. I have wonderful memories of you and your family. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dorothy Davis sends her love and wanted me to pass on her condolences. She was 90 in August. She had wonderful memories of Cocach.

Kevin Douglas
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Dear family, I am sorry for your loss. May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart ;and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalms 34;18)

Marty & Lynn McKinley
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Because of Jeanie & Frank Thomas we were honored & blessed to get to know Mr Veazey. We enjoyed the times we spent with them. God bless you all as you go through this difficult time. Love, Lynn & Marty

Charles Marchman
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
My heart felt condolences to Gene and all my other cousins. Coach Veazey will be missed. I pray God will watch over you during this time. Chuck Marchman

Brenda LIndsey
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
Sophie Ogletree Drane

Brenda Lindsey
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
You are in our thoughts and prayers Brenda D. Lindsey & Family

Rosalyn Thomas Dixon
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Veazey. He was greatly loved by all the students at Greensboro High School as well as his many Friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Bobby Poss
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
I will miss my good friend and God bless his family. Bobby Poss

Jewell & Bob Forlaw
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
Lynn & Larry, Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. Giving up a parent is not a easy thing to do no matter how old or young you are. Alway remember the good times. Affectionatly, Jewell & Bob Your church friends.

Patricia C. Byce
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
I do not know why I was searching; finding news about "Coach Veazey" saddened me so much. An "almost" son, Mac, I am sure, met you with open arms in heaven. Coach was revered, loved and such a strong and wonderful influence on so many, in turn their children and children's children. A legacy,indeed. My thoughts are with you all at this time. Trish, Ming and Lili Byce

Stacy & Sally Adams
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jane and Greg Pitts
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
Lynn, Your dad was such a special person. He encouraged and was such a wonderful role model for us all. I know you miss him but are glad he is with the Lord. Greg

Kay and Tom McClendon
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about Coach Veazey. What a great loss! He was a fine, smart man with a wonderful, caring, funny manner. I know you all will miss him terribly and our hearts and prayers go out to you. May God strengthen you all. We both admired him very much.

Marsha Swabb
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers. I have known Coach through my high school years and my adult life. He had a way of endearing himself to others and I was fortunate to be one of those. He and Ms. Jean always had a kind word and a sweet spirit. He was loved and will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
Dear Mrs. Gene, Lynn and Family, Heaven is a little bit brighter with Coach Veazey there. You all will be in my prayers.

Danny Edmonds
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Coach Veazey had a positive influence on me as a young man and I appreciate what he taught me. He will be missed.

Dale Temple
   Posted Wed October 12, 2011
Coach Veacey will be missed, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

   Posted Fri October 14, 2011
one of the great guys connected with WALLY BUTT'S FOOTBALL....

Patrick Tice
   Posted Sat October 15, 2011
Coach Veazey continues to be a legendary and iconic figure in my mind. The memory of his character continues to challenge and inspire me to aspire to excellence in everything I lay my hand to. Above all his life serves as an emblem of God's grace. Well done! Good and faithful servant! Highest regards, Patrick Tice

James B. Smith
   Posted Sun October 16, 2011
I remember how my older brother Sam,also a Navy veteran, thought the world of Charlton. To my 1946 Classmate, Gene and family, I send my heartfelt regrets and condolences. James Bailey Smith

Babs Campbell
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Lynn, My heart breaks for you my dear friend as I have just learned of the loss of your Dad. Just from the few times I was around him and all the wonderful stories I have heard, I know he was a wonderful man! What a Daddy you were blessed with! Our Daddy's are special to little girls. Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers to YOU, Larry, Christopher, Beth, Anthony, and to the rest of your sweet family. David and Justine, John and I pray for God to continue to comfort you and give you strength. Love you, Babs