Charles D. Estill, 64, a retired American Red Cross official, died of a cardiovascular ailment Friday at Alexandria Hospital

Mr. Estill retired in 1977 after 35 years with the Red Cross. He had spent the last 21 years as assisant regional manager for the Northeast chapter.

In 1968 and 1969, he was operations director for the famine disaster relief program of the International Red Cross in Nigeria during that country's civil war.

He joined the Red Cross in 1942 as an assistant field director to the armed forces and worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

After the war, he worked in New England before coming to Washington in 1951 as deputy director of disaster services for the eastern United States.

He worked as field services director in the northeastern United States before returning to Washington in 1956.

Mr. Estill was a native of Millersburg, Ohio, and a graduate of Muskingum College. He worked as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America in New York and Baltimore before joining the Red Cross.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, of the home in Alexandria; a son, Samuel M., of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister, Lillian Reed, of Millersburg, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympatny be in the form of contributions to the Amercan National Red Cross Memorial Fund or Trinity United Methodist Church.