Riemann Family Funeral Home
10 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1123 Hwy 42, Petal,
Tuesday, February 23, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1123 Hwy 42, Petal, MS. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Gulfport, MS.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 14, 2021 and moved on to his heavenly home. CMSgt (Ret) Charles “Chuck” Geary, age 86, a retired member of the MS Air National Guard who had served within 173rd CES, Gulfport and within HQ MSNG, Jackson CMSgt (Ret) served as the 2nd Senior Enlisted Advisor (now known as the Command Chief Master Sergeant) for the Mississippi Air National Guard.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Airman. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
Charles “Chuck” Geary Jr, age 86, of New Augusta, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 14, 2021. He was born on June 24, 1934 in Braintree, MA to the late Charles Geary Sr. and Mabel Wentworth Geary.
Mr. Geary was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Petal, MS where he served as Chairman of the Deacons as well as Treasurer. He loved his church, serving the Lord, and all the people in his church.
Chuck served in the Air Force from 1951-1961 and the Air National Guard from 1961-1994, when he retired as Chief Master Sergeant. During his service in the MS Air National Guard, he served as the second Senior Enlisted Advisor, now known as the State Command Chief, from July 1, 1984 through June 30, 1988. He was employed at Kessler AFB in civil service until he retired. He also was a Master Mason, a shriner and a member of the York Rite of Free masonry.
Chuck was a true blessing to his family. He was married to the late Mildred E. Chaffin Geary for 56 years and together they had one son, Ronnie Geary. He had two granddaughters, Dawn Swanger (Brandon) and Courtney Geary, as well as three great grandchildren. He later married Hazel Mae Cooley Butler Geary and was blessed with four additional children and five grandchildren: Donna Norris (James), Dennis Butler (Stacey), Renee Cook (Paul), and Carla Butler; grandchildren, Jeremy Norris (Lauren), Derek Norris (Ashley), Thomas McCardle, Ali Bounds (Wilson), and Dylan Butler (Nichole). He also had seven step great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Mildred E. Geary; his brothers, Irving Geary and Wendell Geary; and his step daughter, Carla Ann Butler.
To all who knew Chuck, loved him. He didn’t meet a stranger and loved getting to know everyone. He always had just the right words to make everyone feel good about themselves. He was a craftsman and loved building all sorts of things in his spare time. He will be greatly missed by so many. Until we see you again.
Friends may visit with the Geary family from 10 a.m. until funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1123 Hwy 42, Petal, MS. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Gulfport, MS.