Vassar ENGLISH - 87 - Retired U.S. Army
Mr. Charles V. English passed away on Monday, July 2, 2011.
He was born in Salisbury, N.C. His family moved to Lakeland in 1931 where he attended Lake Morton Elementary School and Lakeland High School. Charle's grandparents were home-steaders in West Lakeland in the 1880's . His Uncle Cornelius log cabin and barn ( ca. 1888 ) was moved to Homeland Heritage Park in Homeland, Florida.
Charles served in the armed forces for 20 years. His services included 3 years in the U.S. Navy on the USS Alabama and years spent in the Army in Germany, Korea and many U.S. bases. He retired in 1963 with the rank of Master Sergent. While stationed at Fort Campbell, KY., Charles met the love of his life, Doris Aileen Whitis who was living and working in Louisville. They were married on March 3, 1951.
Among his decorations and citations, Charles recieved the WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation and Good Conduct Medal. After retireing from the Army, Charles worked for a time as an appliance salesman for Taggart & Peterson, then worked for 10 years as a letter carrier for the USPS.
Charles lost Doris his wife of 50 years in 2001.
He leaves behind his daughter, Sandy Razabdouski and her husband Clarence, son, Donald and his wife Jayne, daughter Debbie Regan and her husband Kevin, grand sons, Michael Razabdouski and his wife Jasmine and Will English , and great granddaughter Emily Razabdouski.
Charles has been a resident of Arbor Oaks in Lakeland for over a year and leaves many good friends including Becki Ringleb and Matthew Gross, Bill and Marita Asbury.
Visitation was held Friday at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Southside Chapel 1727 Bartow Road.
Funeral service and interment to follow at Oak Hill Burial Park, Friday.
Lakeland Ledger, Wednesday, July 6, 2011