Charles Randolph Fitchett, Jr

Charles Randolph Fitchett, Jr

Rescue, VA
03.31.1948 - 02.10.2019
Newport News, VA

Charles Randolph Fitchett, Jr., 70, went to be with our Lord on February 10, 2019. He was the son of the late Charles Randolph Fitchett and Jessie Morgan Fitchett.

Charles was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Norfolk. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Newport News. Charles founded James River Mechanical in Smithfield in 1984. He was the heart and soul of the company. He thoroughly enjoyed his career and worked very hard to make the company successful. He was very outgoing, loved to fish and enjoyed classic cars. Charles had a way of making everyone feel special and genuinely cared for each of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Jolane Jones Fitchett; daughter, Katherine Reynolds (Scott); son, Morgan Fitchett (Jamie), 3 stepsons, Mark Munford (Lisa), Paul Munford (Diana), and Jared Lovern (Jenna); step daughter Brittney Lovern; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren; his sister Carol Fitchett Cunningham of St. Louis, MO.

The family will receive friends at Harvest Baptist Church in Smithfield from 11 am to 12 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Funeral Service will be private. Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk is serving the family. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. Condolences may be registered at


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Harvest Baptist Church
19290 Battery Park Road
Smithfield, VA 23430
United States


I am so sorry for your loss. Death can be so hard. May knowing that you are in our prayers comfort you. May the “God of comfort” continue to comfort you, 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. For help in dealing with the loss of a love one feel free to visit this Bible based site.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless you all. Steve & Virginia Proffitt

Steve proffitt

May you find solace from God's word at (Isaiah 25:8) " He will swallow
up death forever " ...therefore we will not have to mourn over losing our dear
loved ones to death anymore , because sickness and death will be eliminated forever....


Shortly after Charles’s stroke I had the opportunity, privilege, and honor the be with him for about five months. I was with him almost every morning for about three hours and during this time, we would exercise, practice speaking, play games, take walks, go to church, and then try to solve the world’s problems. And it was during this time that we bonded. We became close friends, telling each other secrets and lies. There was not a day that went by that we didn’t laugh and there were quite a few that we cried. At times, we were like delinquent students. We had to go to the office once and were given a strong lecture by the “Principle” for our behavior and three times we got scolded by the “Hall Monitor”. We had wheelchair races up and down the hallways, went into rooms and through doors we shouldn’t have, and basically had a good time as all delinquent students do. Charles had this, excuse my language, shit-eating smirk when he wanted to do something that we both knew he/we shouldn’t do, especially when we were on a road trip. I still remember that look and I even think I have a picture of it somewhere. It was a sad day for both Charles and I when the Lord told me it was time to go home. Charles had become one of my dearest friends.

Do to circumstances I next to never contacted Charles after I left. It was my hope and prayer that I would again see him, see this year. Well that time won’t happen and is now going to have to wait until the Lord takes me home. When that occurs, he and I will be able to take our walks, our walks without a chair between us. Until then I will dearly miss him.

Joseph Spring (Stepfather-in-law)

I met Charles in 2017 and feel very blessed to have been able to be his caregiver for a year. He was the most caring man, he loved his wife, family and friends. I want to send much love and prayers to the family and thank you again for letting me be a part of his life. May God bless

June Metcalf

I have known Charles all of my life. I will miss him so very much. It was a pleasure to have him in my life. My husband Tim and my daughter Lexi enjoyed him too.
I love you Charles.

Linda Lannin

Dear Katherine and Morgan,

We are sorry for the passing of your Dad, but grateful he is no longer suffering. You and your family suffered along with him, and he was blessed to have your support and care.

We can't be with you as planned, but we will be there in spirit.

Love, Mom & Dad

Sandra and Bob Latsen

I worked for Charles at James River Mechanical. He was a great boss and always so much fun! Prayers to his family at this time.

Tracy James Morris

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