Charles “Chuck” Eugene Coddington was born on March 31, 1952 to Arthur George and Georgia Nichols Coddington who resided atop the Appalachian Mountains in western Maryland. Chuck graduated from North Garrett High School in 1970. Shortly thereafter he received an invitation from the United States Army to join a group going to Southeast Asia. He respectfully thanked them and joined the U. S. Navy. Following several Naval Schools, he finally made it to the fleet. His training prepared him for service on a 640 Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine. In addition to being an electronic technician on submarines he also became a Navy diver. The Navy decorated Chuck with several awards and honors such as the Navy League of the United States for Excellence in Submarines in 1972, Silver Dolphin Badge, two commendations as well as several other honors for service in the line of duty. Thanks to his military service was able to attend college and found it to be easier than working for a living. Chuck graduated magna cum laude from California State University with a baccalaureate degree in 1976. Chuck received a master’s degree from Penn State University in 1977. Also he received a PhD. from University of Maryland in 1980. Chuck was the recipient of a graduate research and teaching assistantship during his master degree and a doctoral fellowship while working on his PhD.
Chuck’s employment included the following engineering/technology positions over the past 37 years: Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, Maryland State Department, Associate Professor/Director Dakota State University, Professor & Chair Morehead State University, Professor & Chair Eastern Illinois University, Professor & Chair East Carolina University, Graduate Director and currently professor/graduate/undergraduate faculty at East Carolina University. Chuck has chaired 142 master’s theses/projects and has served as dissertation research chair for 17 dissertation candidates in three different states and currently chairing three dissertation studies. Chuck professionally belongs to the following organizations: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; American Society of Engineering Education; Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.
Chuck is the father of five wonderful children: C. G.; Christopher; Courtney, Chase; & Caitlyn and all of them have at least one college degree and a three of them several degrees. The Navy taught Chuck many things and one of them was if you are not good at tying knots then tie a lot of them. Chuck is married to his beautiful wife Tammy Morton Coddington and they live in Greenville.
Chuck’s Masonic journey began in 2008, being raised to the sublimed degree of Master Mason in Greenville at the William Pitt Lodge No. 734 AF & AM. He later moved to the Ayden Lodge No. 498 AF & AM and became Master of the Lodge in 2015, where he remains actively engaged. Chuck became a member of the York Rite Masonic Bodies on April 4, 2009; and an Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Freemason on April 18, 2009 at Charlotte, NC; became a Sudan Shriner Noble on May 2, 2009; a member of the Pitt County Shrine Club and the Desert Rats Unit in June 2009; elected as PCSC Treasurer from 2010 – 2017; and was elected Captain of the Desert Rats 2014. Chuck is also a Charter member of the Valley of New Bern Knights of Saint Andrew; a Charter member of the Wisdom, Strength & Beauty Club; a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society; and also a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Court No. 145.
Chuck is truly humbled and honored to have been selected to serve as a member of the Sudan Divan. During the 2016 trip to the Shriners Hospitals for Childen – Greenville, it became crystal clear the importance of the mission of Sudan Shriners and Shriners International to provide the necessary help needed for these wonderful children that need our support and love.