1936 — 2023
On June 15, 2023 Capt Charles Edward Rousseau, 86, slipped the surly bonds of earth and died peacefully at home in the presence of loving, devoted family. Born in Piqua, Ohio, his family moved to Tupelo Mississippi when he was a young boy where he grew up with lifelong schoolmates including Elvis Presley. He graduated from Tupelo HS in 1955. Completing undergraduate education at University of Mississippi in 1959, he entered flight training at the United States Naval Flight School at NAS, Pensacola, FL earning the prestigious Naval Aviator "Wings of Gold" in May, 1961. Charles saw action during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis prior to his transfer to a jet fighter squadron aboard the carrier...