OBITUARY: Charles ‘Chuck’ Wells Morley Jr. Passes Away at Age 82
By Space Coast Daily // March 11, 2021
During '70s and '80s Chuck served on the Cocoa Beach Space Congress Committee
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Charles “Chuck” Wells Morley Jr. was born May 23, 1938, to Charles W. Morley Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Davenport in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, his son Christopher, daughter Elissa, and granddaughter Mei-ling. Funeral Services will be held March 12, 2:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5330 Babcock St. NE Palm Bay, Florida 32905.
Chuck Morley’s memory will be deeply cherished by those who knew him best. Many enjoyed his knack for storytelling, entertaining sense of humor and compassionate heart. Above all, he will be remembered as a playfully affectionate husband and father, the quintessential family man.
Chuck grew up in Saginaw, MI and Phoenix, AZ, attending Judson High School. He studied Theater and English at Rollins College in Winter Park (’56-’60) and acting at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC (’64- ’65).
Charles performed in Greenwich Village nightclubs with folk music act, The Mime and Me. He also performed on Broadway in A Joyful Noise with Eric Weissberg. Chuck also worked for CBS in ’66- ’68. Inspired by space exploration, Charles moved his family from NYC to Cocoa Beach. He worked as a writer, public relations official and audio-visual specialist in the aerospace industry.
During the ’70s and ’80s Chuck actively served on the Cocoa Beach Space Congress Committee, in community theater and on the board of the Space Coast Art Festival. Mr. Morley appeared as a film extra in several major Florida-based Hollywood film productions (Contact ’97, Armageddon ’98) most visibly with Tom Hanks in the final episode of HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon (’98).
Charles was a gifted singer, guitarist, songwriter, leading folk-style masses at Our Savior’s Church (Cocoa Beach) and later St. Joseph’s Church (Palm Bay) where he was actively involved with Christ Renews His Parish. Chuck’s song, “My Skylab Home” was transmitted as a wake-up call to the Skylab crew (’73) His song “Mars Rovin'” landed on Mars within a digital time capsule on Mars Pathfinder (’97).
His “Tribute to Challenger 7” played at the Kennedy Space Center’s Astronaut Memorial Foundation Center. His distinct voice and music may be enjoyed by streaming his Space to
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