Charles Truscott Baird

August 4, 1929 - October 4, 2012
Charles Truscott Baird

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Charles Baird, 83 of Hendersonville, died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Spring Arbor. He was born August 4, 1929 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of Esther Baird and Reverend Charles Baird, an Episcopal minister who later moved his family to serve at a parish in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Charles graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1947. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated in 1951 with degrees in English and History. Thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and he met his future wife, Nancy (Hall) Baird on a blind date while stationed in Boston. He proudly served his country during the Korean War. They married on December 22, 1955 and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Charles achieved a Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati. He eventually moved his family to Madison, Wisconsin, to accept a teaching position with the Madison Metropolitan School District. He achieved a Masters in School Counseling degree in the early 1970s, and he subsequently worked for the Madison schools for many years, spending the bulk of those years as a school guidance counselor at Van Hise Middle School, now known as Hamilton Middle School.

He and Nancy cultivated many dear friendships in Wisconsin, but upon retirement, they became enamored with the warm climate and hospitality of the south. They retired to Etowah, North Carolina in June of 1996, and for many years he was very involved serving with his wife at their church, the Hendersonville Church of God.

In additon to his wife Nancy of Hendersonville, he is survived by David Baird of Portage, Wisconsin, John Baird of Madison, Wisconsin, Katherine (Baird) Chavez of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Mary Lee (Baird) Morkved of California, along with 8 grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 17th at the Hendersonville Church of God. Private family burial will be held later at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staffs at Spring Arbor of Hendersonville, Four Seasons Hospice and Bayada Home Health Association for their loving care and support.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.


Saturday, November 17, 2012
12:00 AM

Hendersonville Church of God - Directions
2103 Brevard Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • October 14, 2012
    Roberta Bohnsack says:
    Dear Nancy & family. My deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Charles.I remember all the times at the dental office {Dr. Appel) where I was the receptionist when I would get to see all the family and enjoy the conversations with all of you. May God bless all of you at this sad time. Roberta

  • October 14, 2012
    Marvin Meissen says:
    It was a true pleasure to work with Chuck at Van Hise School.We shared many fond memeries. Also fun times at the summer conferences at Plattville for middle school programs. He was a wonderful person and colleague.

  • October 14, 2012
    Janice Steinberg says:
    I offer my condolences, Nancy, to you and your family on the death of Charlie. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • October 14, 2012
    Dick and Betsey Rewey says:
    Our condolences to you, Nancy, and to David, Katy, Mary Lee, and John. We have many fond memories of your family when you lived in Monona. Charlie was a very fine man. May the Lord comfort you all.

  • October 14, 2012
    Vern and Pat Breunig says:
    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Blessings and Prayers from your former neighbors in Monona, The Vern Breunig family.