Charles B. Hatfield
Published in The Times Reporter on 8/16/2009
Charles B. Hatfield, age 85, of Waynesburg, passed away suddenly Friday
evening in Aultman Hospital surrounded by his family and loved ones. He
was born in Pie, W.Va., a son of his mother and stepfather, Bess Browning
Houtz and Nelson Houtz, came to Ohio and the Canton area in 1932 and Waynesburg
Chuck was a 1942 graduate of Waynesburg High School, where he was named
to the All Ohio Basketball Team in 1942.
That year he set a District Basketball Tournament record of 75 points
in three games. He retired in 1987 from Whitacre-Greer Fireproofing Co.,
after 40 years service, where he was a Supervisor.
He was a member of Waynesburg Presbyterian Church and Sandy Valley American
Legion Post #432. Chuck served in the U.S. Army during World War II in
the 10th Mountain Division.
He signed with the Boston Braves in 1947 and played two years with Fargo-Moorhead
Baseball Club in Fargo, N.D. In 1958 he pitched a 32 inning fastpitch
softball game that lasted five hours and 49 minutes, and he scored the
only run to win the game. That game was included in Ripley's Believe It
or Not in 1958. Chuck was honored by induction into the Stark County Softball
Hall of Fame in 1981, the Stark County Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985,
the Ohio Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Ohio
Fast-pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Hatfield, with whom he celebrated their
60th Wedding Anniversary on June 26; three daughters and two sons-in-law,
Kay Hatfield, Susie and Jeff Swinford, all of Waynesburg, and Kristi and
Warren Schneider of Sandyville; three grandchildren, who were the apple
of his eye, Morgan Swinford, Damon and Alivia Schneider; several nieces
and nephews, and many friends.
Services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon
Funeral Home in Magnolia with Dr. Bryan Hollon officiating. Interment
will be in Sandy Valley Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends may call
Tuesday 5 to 8 p.m. Contributions in Chuck's memory may be made to Waynesburg
Presbyterian Church, the Greater Canton Amateur Hall of Fame, or the charity
of your choice.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Quad Ambulance
Staff, Aultman ER Staff, Dr. Galayda, and the Pallitive Care Unit.