Carmelo “Charlie “A. Torres, of Johnson City, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Ironically, being a veteran, his passing took place on Veterans Day.
He retired from the United States Postal Service after serving as a Safety Inspector Specialist in Orlando, Florida for many years.
He participated in World War II as part of a bomb squadron with the United States Army Air Forces. During his last mission, Staff Sgt. Charlie Torres, a right waist gunner, was assigned with his 10-man crew to a beat-up B-17F Flying Fortress dubbed “Patches”. His plane got hit by flak and he survived the eventual plane crash by jumping out the bomb bay doors. He believes it was a miracle of God that he made it out, turned his parachute away from the bomb zone, and wasn’t hit by flak or bullets
Charlie can be quoted as saying: “Every mission, we flew for patriotism and love of country. We lived our lives with an intensity that’s difficult for others to imagine or fully comprehend.”
God was in control,” he has always said. “By God’s grace, I was not hit.”
This is all described in his autobiographical book “This Was Not My Time”
Charlie A. Torres dedicated himself to a Christian way of life; encouraging others to do so as well, supporting many churches and missionary endeavors both locally and internationally.
He was well loved, appreciated, and respected by many friends, family, and acquaintances the like.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Eusebia Torres of 56 years; children, Alice Torres, Carlos A. Torres and Daniel V. Torres and wife, Febe H. Torres; Grandchildren Katherine Rivera, and David Isaac Torres; Great grandchildren, Danielle Cosme, Johnathan Prieto and much extended family in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Tennessee.
A Celebration of Life service for Charlie will be conducted at 7:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Donny Reagan officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 4:00 PM until the service hour. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:45 AM Monday, November 19, 2018 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. For those attending this service you are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:35 AM.
Condolences may be made online at www.wadugger.com. Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Torres family. 423-928-2245