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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Saturday August 14th, 2021
10:30am - 11:00am

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Saturday August 14th, 2021

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Charles Lewis Harrington


CHARLES LEWIS HARRINGTON, age 94, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Carrington Memory Cottages of Daleville, Va.

Charlie loved his family, his country and community. Charlie served as a U.S. Army Air Corps Supply Sergeant in Alaska during World War II. Later he earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and then a Juris Doctorate from Washington & Lee University. Charlie started practicing law privately in 1954.  After 28 years of practice he was appointed as a Special Justice for the Virginia Mental Health System and served in that capacity for over 26 years. He was recognized in 2006 by the Virginia State Bar Association for over 50 years of service. In his time, he was instrumental in chartering the Sugar Grove Life Saving Crew; and served as legal advisor and a member of the Marion Life Saving Crew, where during a special project he and the crew collected enough Green-Stamps to purchase a 1965 Dodge 4 wheel drive ambulance that is still in the possession of  the Marion Fire & EMS Department. He was a staunch supporter of our local police officers who he always felt were underpaid and underappreciated. Charlie loved being outdoors – hunting, riding in, looking at, or buying a car, or telling stories about his dad’s country horseback medical practice. He devoted his life to service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. R.H. and Ruth Harrington; and brother, R.H. “Bob” Harrington, Jr.

Charlie is survived by his daughter, Jane Harrington and husband, Chris Ruffa of Midlothian, Va.; sons, Charles P. “Charlie” Harrington and wife, Cindy of Marion, Va., Michael L. Harrington and wife, Laura of Cloverdale, Va., David P. Harrington and wife, Tonya of Troutville, Va. and William D. “Bill” Harrington and wife, Barbara of Bedford, Va.; four grandchildren Jason, Sara, Preston and Annepreston; three great-grandchildren, Iain, Grayson and Moira.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Pastor Harry Howe officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army Funeral Honors Guard and Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

To share memories of Charles Lewis Harrington please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Charlie’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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I have many fond memories of seeing Charlie in action at the state hospital. I especially enjoyed when he used his "judge voice" to impress upon others the seriousness of matters at hand. And then there were the breakfasts at the Appletree Restaurant where an entirely different side of Charlie emerged. I am glad I had a chance to know him albeit briefly in the general scheme of things. Jim Moon

Jim Moon Aug 13 2021 12:00 AM

Mike, Jane, David and family, So very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My heartfelt condolences and love to you all.

Kimberly Box Keesee Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Harrington

Kimberly Box Keesee Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

I am sad to hear of Charlies passing. I worked with him at the hospital for a number of years. I remember him talking about some of his experiences in Grayson countyalways ready with a smile and a laugh. He will be missed. Praying for you all.

Chris Carusi Jul 8 2021 12:00 AM

I truly loved this man! He was always kind and generous to me, and a friend when I truly needed one! After I moved from Smyth County, I didn't have much contact with Charlie, but his kindness and friendship will be missed.

Jerry O'Dell Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM

Charlie and I used to eat breakfast at the old Appletree restaurant we would sit and talk about his dad being a old country dr .We knew each other from the state hospital when he was the judge there 3 days a week. We would swap stories about the old days when he was a judge down town he gave me my first fine .He was good friend to me always saying there comes public enemy number 1 my nickname he gave from a speeding ticket I once got. I am sorry to hear of his passing and will be praying for the family in these trying days to come Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM

Memories of Charlie from years ago as employee in mental health field. May God comfort your hearts.

Patsy King Littreal Jul 6 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Harrington

Patsy King Littreal Jul 6 2021 12:00 AM

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