Charles E. "Chuck" McCullough

  • Born: October 15, 1935
  • Died: September 16, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Ellis "Chuck" McCullough, age 82, passed away in Austin on September 16, 2018 from lung complications. Chuck was born on October 15, 1935 in Austin to Ruth Huddleston and Clarence McCullough in the old St. David's Hospital then located in a small 2-story building near 18th and Rio Grande Streets. He grew up in an Austin that was smaller, simpler and kinder, going to Wooldridge Elementary, University Junior High and graduating from Austin High School in 1953. From the time he was 13 years old, Chuck was very active as an amateur radio operator, receiving the call W5PRO. Chuck received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin in 1958 and 1960 and took additional courses toward a Ph.D. He was President of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society, and Eta Kappa Nu, international honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. While an undergraduate, he was elected Outstanding Electrical Engineering Graduate in his class. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

After graduation he worked in the hi-tech field in Austin and became manager of Kaman Instruments division of Kaman Corp. (helicopter manufacturer). In 1966, he met Janis Payne at a social event and they realized they had both grown up at First United Methodist Church. Janis was working on completion of her MS in Music at the time they met. Their life journey began in 1967, when they were married at the church of their childhood, officiated by Bishop W. Kenneth Pope. Chuck and Janis enjoyed many years of boating, water skiing and activities around their houseboat pulled up to their lot on Lake Austin. The houseboat was built by Chuck and some of his friends as a fun challenge a few years before they met. The last several years, Chuck & Janis have enjoyed summers in their favorite adopted second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

In 1970, Chuck became founder and President of Avtec Corporation. Their products through the years went from transistorized programmers which controlled three 35mm slide projectors to software-based control systems using dedicated microprocessors and custom control panels. These were used in some of the first corporate "multi-media" rooms of the 70s. This technology was soon expanded to software-based control systems for Video- Conferencing. Avtec Corp. was currently doing software development and programming software for live drone and live remote video.

When Chuck was 65, he contracted Guillain-Barre' syndrome from a flu shot. He was paralyzed from the neck down and in an inpatient hospital for over nine months. Recovering from the paralyzation and learning to walk again took a couple of years. When his health was restored from that trauma, he was able to enjoy a good fifteen years of fairly good health, still at the helm of his beloved Avtec Corp. Perseverance and resilience helped Janis and Chuck get through the last many months when his health began to deteriorate. His health decline was obviously related to pulmonary problems from his long illness of a few years ago. He died with his loving wife of over fifty-one years holding his hand.

Very special applause goes to Andy Gray, our efficient and dedicated employee of Avtec Corp. for over thirty years. Many thanks to our business partner, Thad Avery, for his many areas of help. Also, much appreciation goes to Dr. David Morledge of Austin Neurological Clinic, Dr. Jim Meyer of People's Wellness Center, and to Rebecca Steiner, Mark Barber and Lynette Patton of New Dimensions.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin with funeral services starting at 11:00 am in the chapel. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

RIP Chuck. You were one of our favorite vendors when were developing our Corporate Video Conferencing Network. We had many enjoyable meeting at conferences around the country and at your office in Austin. You will be missed my many, many people. Bob Bolam, retired Boeing

Posted by Bob Bolam - Hayden, ID - Friend   March 24, 2019

I will miss you, Chuck.

Posted by Donald James - Henderson, TX - Friend   February 20, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss, Janis. Chuck was one of my very favorite patients at Seton, and then as a private client of mine. He was an exceptional person and had a very kind and positive personality.
My thoughts are with you, Janis, and with Chuck. His spirit had not died, just transformed. You, Janis, are also a very special person, and I wish you happiness, peace and comfort.

Posted by Holly Ice - Pflugerville, TX - Friend   October 03, 2018

Janis, I am proud that Chuck was my fraternity brother and believe he was one of the nicest and finest people I ever knew. I am only sorry that we have not been in contact for many years. God bless you.
Bolivar Andrews Houston

Posted by Bolivar Andrews - Houston, TX - Friend   October 02, 2018

Janis, From what I see, you and Chuck had a long and happy marriage that evidently was very close and admirable. May your loving memories provide the support you need.

Posted by Sam Horton - Austin, TX - Classmate   September 30, 2018

Janis, I never knew your husband, but from what I I understand, he was a great guy. I'm sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself...I wish you well.

Greg Gannaway

Posted by A friend   September 30, 2018

These are the times words fail...but you know what they are.

Cole Proctor

Posted by A friend   September 29, 2018

Prayers with deep sympathy during this difficult time.

Posted by Marcie Parker - Austin, TX - Friend   September 29, 2018

I'm sorry I was not able to make it to the service. I remember many breakfasts and talks with Chuck. He will be missed.

Posted by Ronald Parsons - Austin, TX - friend   September 29, 2018

Where to even start, Jan to describe the sweetness of a friendship that started in the late 60s with ham-radio and spanned so many life events, moves and memories - all of them dear. Travis and Brett's name for you two when they were toddlers was Chuck-a-Jan because we always spoke of the two of you as one unit: Chuck and Jan. You both have always been so loving and open. I have treasured your friendship through all these years and will always hold you in my heart. We'll stay in touch.

Posted by Nancy Wesson - Maupin, OR - Friend   September 28, 2018

Janis -- Our friendship started in Robert E. Lee, when I first admired you for playing the piano with such skill and passion, and I have felt close to you ever since. I send you a Big Texas Hug (from Hollywood) and my profound sympathies. Having lost several that I loved, I know how this pain feels. Kerry O'Quinn

Posted by A friend   September 28, 2018


Posted by Colleen George - Flagstaff, AZ   September 28, 2018


I am saddened to learn of Chuck's passing. I knew him in the 1970-80's - as one of the first employee's at AVTEC and also as a ham radio operator. Throughout our tenure in business and as friends, I respected and liked Chuck very much. He was an excellent/meticulous engineer and I enjoyed the many projects we worked on. He was a caring and very fair person - indeed a pillar in the community. Til we meet in the ethereal waves of Heaven ....... There is no death, only a change of worlds. Chief Seattle

Posted by Gary Poss - Canyon Lake, TX - Friend   September 28, 2018

Jan, so sorry to hear about Chucks passing. Sending lots of Love from the whole Heacock Family.
Hope to see you soon.

Posted by Dorothy Butler - Georgetown, TX - Friend   September 27, 2018

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to befriend you and Chuck. It was always a pleasure to see the two of you monthly and converse about what was new in our lives. While it was heartbreaking to see Chuck's health decline over this past year, it was also heartwarming to witness your loving, caring way with him. It was apparent the two of you had a very special bond. I will miss Chuck and I will miss seeing the two of you together. I take comfort in knowing he's resting in paradise now. I will forever be grateful for our friendship and will forever keep you both close to my heart.

Posted by Lynette    September 26, 2018

May you rest in peace, Chuck. You will always be remembered.
Sorry for your loss Janis, our heart is with you.
Leo & Jackie Duran

Posted by Leo Duran Duran - Austin, TX - Coworker   September 25, 2018

I am indebted to Chuck for giving me my first job out of college which allowed me to broaden and extend my skills. I am thankful for our time together and saddened by his passing.

Posted by Nils Larson    September 25, 2018

I'll really miss him. Andrew

Posted by Andrew Gray - Austin, TX - Coworker   September 24, 2018

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