Charles Wharton Votaw

Published 11:11 am Saturday, March 20, 2021

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October 2, 1930 – March 17, 2021

Nags Head, NC – Charles Wharton Votaw, 90, of Nags Head, NC died Wednesday, March 17, 2021, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in St. Louis, MO on October 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Flora Wharton Votaw and Martin Votaw.

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A graduate of Perdue and University of California, Berkeley, Charles earned his master’s degree in Naval Architecture. He led an accomplished career in Washington, DC before moving to the OBX.

Charles was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, sat on the board of the Lighthouse Society, and volunteered at the Elizabeth II. Known for his kind and friendly nature, he also had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed working at Dockside Furniture as a picture framer. An avid outdoorsman, Charles loved camping, hiking, and walking through nature.

Mr. Votaw is survived by his wife, Shirley Castine Votaw; one daughter, Susan Estep (Bobby); three sons, Charles Votaw Jr. (JoAnne), John Votaw (Stephanie), and Dave Votaw (Dee Ann); and nine grandchildren, Kecheri, Katie Beth, Tommy, Jenne, Joleena, Eliza, Maddy, Flora, and Gabe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Mary, Ruth, and Martin.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Elizabeth II, PO Box 324, Manteo, NC 27954.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at