Like most of our Rotary family, Chuck Canady was not born here. He hails from Baltimore, where his father was priest of a local church. His father’s career as an Episcopal priest allowed Chuck to live in many different states, including Mississippi and Alabama and North Carolina.
Chuck was a Signalman in the US Navy. His ship, USS Bordelon, took him to cities of the Far East, to Panama and to Guantanamo Bay. He also saw duty in Viet Nam.
He studied at Southern Miss for freshman and sophomore years and graduated from Appalachian.
Chuck has been a Rotarian for only two years but he has already served as Vocational Chair. He has especially enjoyed working with the scholarship program for high school seniors. Great picture of him in The Blowing Rocket last week awarding scholarships. He has also volunteered at career day at ASU.
Chuck’s favorite charities are Alzheimer’s Research and Crossnore School.
After graduation from App State University, Chuck studied for one year at the School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His unrealized dreams include reading the Bible from cover to cover and visiting the Holy Land to see the birthplace of Christ.
You may not know that Chuck plays the guitar. His band played at high school dances.
After a childhood in numerous locations, Chuck grew roots. After the military, his sole career has been as a financial advisor, stock broker with CLU and AWMA certification. His thirty-five-year career in Jacksonville, Florida, preceded similar work in Boone. Chuck decided to return to the mountains with his wife Kathy and see the leaves.
When at leisure (he’s not at leisure for long, I suspect), Chuck plays with his black labs Suzi and Luci and takes them for long walks. He enjoys golf. He likes to sip a little wine.
The animal he more resembles is a black bear. You may see him hiking through the woods, a favorite pursuit.
At home he plans to oversee a deck expansion project, house painting and garden landscaping. No wonder he stays fit.
Chuck and Kathy enjoy five children and step-children and Riley, JP and Addie, their grandchildren.