The Rev. Charles Daugherty, 92, who spent 34 years as the parish priest of the Church of Ascension, an Episcopal church in Lexington Park, died Nov. 2 at the Hospice of St. Mary’s in Callaway, Md.
He had complications from cerebral palsy, his daughter, Anne Miles, said.
In 1952, Rev. Daugherty was ordained an Episcopal priest at Washington National Cathedral. He then became a parish priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in St. Mary’s County, with chapels in Leonardtown and Lexington Park.
He was the minister to both congregations until 1964, when he devoted full time to what became the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park. He retired in 1986 but continued to lead Bible study groups until shortly before his death.
Charles Raymond Cotton Daugherty II was born in Rapid City, S.D. After the death of his father in 1930, he moved to Washington with his mother and brother.
He was a 1938 graduate of the old Central High School. He held clerical jobs with the Reconstruction Finance Corp., Commerce Department and other federal agencies during World War II.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in foreign commerce, from George Washington University in 1944 and 1949, respectively. He was editor of the GWU student newspaper, the Hatchet, and was elected president of the student council.
He ran an export business while attending graduate school.
In 1952, Rev. Daugherty graduated from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. He spent a year studying at St. Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury, England, in 1962 and received a master’s degree in sacred theology from Sewanee, the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1967.
He spent 1972 on a ministerial exchange at an Episcopal parish in Burscough, England.
Rev. Daugherty sang in men’s barbershop groups throughout his life, enjoyed international travel and was known for his sense of humor. He lived in Leonardtown and received awards for his longtime service to the Lions and Rotary clubs.
A son, Michael Daugherty, died in 2008.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Jessie Turner Wise, of Leonardtown; two children, Anne Daugherty Miles of Hollywood, Md., and Charles R.C. “Ray” Daugherty III of Latham, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
— Matt Schudel