FORT WORTH Charles Allen Garrett, 87, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at his home.

Memorial services will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Private interment will follow at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, his memory may be honored with a gift to St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson, Fort Worth, TX 76109 or a charity of choice.

Charles was born on April 8, 1923, in Brownwood to Dan and Mary Sarles Garrett. After high school graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps and graduated from flying school in 1942 at the age of 19. He spent 22 months in the 350th Fighter Group, North Africa Theatre, flying P-39s and P-40s.

He was married to Dorothy Jean Sanford on Dec. 2, 1944, and returned to civilian life in 1945, when he joined his father at Dan L. Garrett Insurance Agency and attend Howard Payne College. A recall to active duty during the Korean War and a passion for flying led him to an Air Force career and retirement. Charles worked for 18 years at Tarrant County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services and, following that, five years as a full time volunteer at the Presbyterian Night Shelter.

He was an active member of St. Stephen for 25 years, serving as an elder, deacon, Stephen Minister, docent and officer in the Fisher Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; son, Greg and wife Kate; step-granddaughter, Patty; goddaughter, Katie Endres and her family; three nephews and their families; brother-in-law, Kenneth Sanford and wife Mary Jane; and cousin, Marvin Garrett and wife Linda.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Edward.