Charles Anderson “Andy” King
Charles Anderson “Andy” King, 76, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018. He was a native of Athens, Tennessee, where he earned his Boy Scout Eagle Scout. Andy graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1963 with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He also obtained a Masters of Engineering in Civil engineering from the University Of Virginia and is certified as a Professional Engineer (PE). Andy worked the majority of his career in support of NASA-Langley Research Center programs. As a NASA employee, he was instrumental in the design and testing for the landing struts of the Lunar Lander for the NASA missions to the moon. Additionally, as a contractor for LTV, he was the sole contractor credited on simulations and investigations that ensured that the Viking Lander would land safely on Mars. He also served as General Manager on contracts providing guidance and support for the Configuration Management and Recertification Programs of the NASA Wind Tunnels for 21 years (from the program’s inception in 1978 until 1999). This was followed by five years as General Manager over the SERFIS contract from 1999 to 2004. During his time as a General Manager he was employed by Mercury Engineers, Technology Applications Incorporated (TAI), DynCorp, and Computer Science Corporation (CSC). Andy also enjoyed volunteering with the Tabb High School Tiger Band while his daughter and son were in the band. He was a member of the sideline crew during marching band season.
He is survived by his wife Catherine M. King of Tabb; daughter Cheryl Amelia Caldwell and her husband Kevin of Laurel, MD; son Douglas Anderson King of Greencastle, PA; granddaughter Brianna King of Harrisburg, PA and a sister Harriette Lackey of Greenville, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents Hariette E. and Charles T. King of Ten Mile, TN and his brother-in-law Jon M. Lackey of Greenville, SC. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Peninsula Church of Christ, 9 Silver Isles Blvd. Hampton, VA 23664. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.