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Charlie Holton Avera, 74, of St. Marys died early in the morning on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach, Florida, after an extended illness.

Mr. Charlie Avera was born in Macon to the late Harold and Helen Avera. He lived the majority of his life in Macon before relocating to St. Marys in 1999.

He was retired from civil services at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robbins where he served his country faithfully as the chairman of the Contract Review Committee. He also served honorably in the Georgia Air National Guard as a master sergeant.

Charlie enjoyed fellowship with his friends on a global scale with majority concentrated in Macon and St. Marys. His life was one of adventure where he most enjoyed outdoor activities of fishing, sports and general recreation.

He was a sportsman as a football and baseball player in his youth and grew to be well-known for volunteering much of his time officiating football, baseball, softball and basketball throughout the state of Georgia. He officiated many regional, district and state championship sporting events at all levels from youth baseball, softball, football and basketball to semi-professional football.

He thoroughly enjoyed all that is associated with sports to include the development of character young men and women gain from playing. Charlie volunteered his time to serve society whenever possible and hosted many social events. He loved all his children and grandchildren and lived for fellowship.

Mr. Charlie Avera is survived by his son, John Avera of Jacksonville, Florida, and three daughters Leigh Ann Davis of St. Marys, Tiffany Avera of Atlanta and Stephanie Branch of St. Marys. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Alexandra, Joshua, Matthew, Elizabeth (John); Stanton, Greyson, Garrett (Leigh Ann); Kina, Ryden (Tiffany); Weston, Cheyenne (Stephanie); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, in Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31304. Due to COVID-19, a public memorial service will be announced at a later date in St. Marys. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to the National Autism Association, In Memory of Charlie Avera, https://donate.nationalautismassociation.org/team/297885

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.