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Charles Ora Ketchem Sr., 88, of White Marsh, Virginia and formerly of Great Bridge, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

He was born in Varney, West Virginia, and was the son of the late William and Mae Ketchem. He retired from the Norfolk Naval Base as a public utilities foreman, and was a member of White Marsh Baptist Church. During WWII he served in the Merchant Marine.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Eloise Ketchem.

He is survived by his son, Charles O. “Chuck” Ketchem Jr. of North; his siblings, Marguerite Fay Philmon, and Danny Frank Ketchem; five grandchildren, Stephen Lee, Christy Beech, Emily Coleman, Carly Ketchem, and Ethan Ketchem; great-granddaughters, Mary Beth Beech and Brittany Wright, and great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Irelynn.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, with funeral services starting at 10:30. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenlawn Cemetery in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of White Marsh Baptist Church.

Andrews Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester, is in charge of arrangements.