May 2, 1943 ~ January 26, 2022

Born in: Raleigh, NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Charles Vernon Schoof, 78, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Mr. Schoof was born May 2, 1943, in Raleigh, NC, to the late Herbert and Beulah Weathers Schoof. The family later moved to Atlanta, GA, and then Savannah. He studied business administration at Georgia Military College and served as mail clerk in the US Army’s 527th Personnel Service Company in Vietnam. Afterwards he worked as a certified gemologist in jewelry sales and later as a life insurance salesman in Asheville. After retirement he worked part time at Alan’s Jewelry and Pawn.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Susan Kertesz Schoof, who died in 2003. He is survived by his second wife, Norma Buckingham; son, Stephen Schoof and wife Leslie; and his granddaughter, Alyssa Kertesz Schoof.

Charles had a lifelong love of the outdoors, hiking, and traveling. He was also interested in meteorology, railroads, photography, and gardening, and in recent years he took great pleasure playing in the Handbell Choir at Groce United Methodist Church, where he was a member. He was a social person who loved spending time with family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Groce UMC with the Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Services

Funeral Service: February 3, 2022 12:30 pm

Groce United Methodist Church
954 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805

828-298-7647

Burial:

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-252-3535

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. A faithful attender with Norma Buckingham, a longstanding Quaker, Charlie Shoof was a bright light in our midst at worship and social gatherings of Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting. I will miss him, and will treasure memories of his warmth, his love of music and beauty in the world around him, his humor, his tender spirit.

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  2. Charlie was one of those rare lights that come into your life. Although I only knew him for months, not years, they were months to treasure. His courage, his humor, and strength were gifts to everyone who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

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  3. Nancy Weathers Simpson

    Charlie was such a great guy and will be missed. Heaven has gained a special angel for sure🙏🏻

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  4. We just found out about Charlie’s passing! We are very sad to hear it. We send much love to Norma and the rest of the family. We will hold you all in the light.

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  5. I’m so sorry for this loss. I smile when I think of him, and am grateful for the ways he spread light in the world, including in our Quaker Meeting. Grace and peace to all who are touched by this.

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  6. I was stationed with Charlie in the 527th PSC in Viet Nam and Ft. Lewis Washington. We became close friends and I do mean friends. My fiance and I both lived in NW Ohio. Susie told one of her co-workers (Susan) about Charlie and they started to write each other. Well they did marry and raised Stephen. Charlie always talked about Susan and her letters. Susie and I are so proud to have known Charlie ever since the 60’s in Viet Nam. I will truly relish my knowledge of his pride of being from the South which I very much respected. I hope that Stephen and his family the very best in all his future endeavors and their daughter also.

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  7. Charlie was a great neighbor. He was such a upbeat person and fun to be with. He was so proud of Steve, Leslie and his Grand-daughter. I never visited in which the conversation shortly didn’t turn to them. We will miss him.

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  8. We were so sorry to hear about Charlie. He was such a dear, sweet man! All our thoughts and love go out to Stamma and the rest of his family.

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  9. Charlie was a wonderful, caring friend to my entire family. He was a great neighbor to my parents. I have so many happy memories of him. Although we lived in different states, we spoke often. I miss his phone calls and emails. He always had news and stories to share, and he always asked about how my family was doing. He lived life to the fullest, and he loved his family dearly. My condolences to Norma, Steve, Leslie and Alyssa.

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  10. I sent the following email several days ago, but did not have your current address! “On, no…I regret to read of your loss in the obituaries this morning. Seems like forever since we were neighbors, but I have good memories of you and Charlie. I think you may have seen Marian about town or maybe we attended an OLLI event. My health has deteriorated with recurrent prostate cancer, heart irregularities, and fibrosis of my lungs. The latter is being treated with 24/7 oxygen that keeps me home bound.”

    Best wishes as you move into a new era of your life.”

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  11. I grew up with Steve and can’t count the number of times that Charlie and Sue invited me into their home, treating me with such love and care. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I really got to know Charlie. I’d look him up when I was in town visiting my family and we’d go out for a meal or just sit around and catch up. Time flew by with Charlie telling stories and asking good questions about my life. Later, I was lucky to spend time with both Charlie and Norma, visiting him almost every time I was in town. I have regretted not seeing him often in the last couple of years but I will forever value the times I got to be with him, learn from him, laugh with him, and and experience his kindness.

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  12. While I did not know Charlie very well, he was frequently at events at Spring Mountain Community Center and a quiet supporter of our functions. Thank you Charlie.

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  13. We have many wonderful memories of Charlie, and are so grateful that he was our friend. Our love and concern to Norma, Steve and family.

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  14. Charlie and I were neighbors and good
    friends.We had a lot of good laughs over pizza and beer. Charlie was a good and honest gentleman.It truely
    was an HONOR to know and LOVE him.I will miss his great smile and sense
    of humor🤩
    R.I.P CHARLIE

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