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Maj. Charles Wright Knighton U.S.A.F. (Ret.)


December 16, 2019

Maj. Charles Wright Knighton U.S.A.F. (Ret.), 82, of Tuckasegee, N.C., passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in his own home, in the arms of his loving wife and son.

He was born June 12, 1937, in Montgomery, Ala., to the late James and Mary Knighton. As a young Eagle Scout, he was awarded the Young American Award for Bravery by Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House.

As an United States Air Force enlisted man, he attended Auburn Univer-sity in order to enter flight school, and advanced to fighter pilot, test pilot, and instructor pilot, who, in addition to setting the long dis...

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