Charles R. McNitt


Mr. Charles “Chuck” R. McNitt, age 90, died on July 16, 2018, at Tranquility Hospice Care in Marietta, Georgia, after a long illness with heart disease.

He was born August 16, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, the youngest son to David and Helen McNitt. A longtime resident of Cartersville, he was very active with his family, Faith United Methodist Church, the Tellus Science Museum and the Booth Western Art Museum.

He joined the Navy at age 18 in 1945, met his wife, Velma, of 58 years, in 1950 in Hartford, Connecticut. Chuck was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1958 as a manager with Owens Illinois Glass at their new plant in Hapeville, Georgia. Chuck always had a passion for travel, stories and events of explorers discovering new lands or the frontiers of space. He was deeply curious of events, people, places and history that shaped our world. He had a long and full life and continued to travel to some of the most interesting places in the world well into his 80’s.

Chuck is survived in death by his sons Bruce and Roger McNitt; daughter-in-law Marcy McNitt and grandchildren Melissa, Kristin, Colleen and Michael. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Will.

He was preceded in death by his wife Velma, his son Neil, daughter-in-law Judy and their three children Laura, Lindsey and Clark, his daughter-in-law Patti McNitt and his brother David McNitt.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Chuck’s memory to the 865 Endowment Fund at Tellus Science Museum. The Endowment Fund honors the memory of Chuck’s son Neil, daughter-in-law Judy, and grandchildren Laura (age 8), Lindsey (age 6) and Clark McNitt (age 5). All five were among the 110 killed when ValuJet flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades on May 11, 1996.

Please join us for a celebration of Chuck’s life at Noon Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Faith United Methodist Church at 501 Grassdale Road in Cartersville.

Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Mr. Chuck McNitt; please visit to share memories or to leave a condolence message.