This has been a forgettable February and remarkably memorable March.
My Birthday parallel to the folks anniversary as always, has been and gone. Congratulations on your 57th anniversary. For my part good riddance to another birthday. The annual event was held at what in my opinion is the least likely to be visited again of restaurants “Johnnie Carino’s“. Almost every time I go in, I am nearly suffocated with a chemical attack by some excruciatingly overpriced cheap cosmetics that almost shut down my respiration. Thank the French for the the discovery of artificial ambergris.
And along marched in March. It was heralded with a severe dose of Flu. The musical pertussis of lungs sounding like bubbly bagpipes accompanied by purple faced whooping.
March 1, Uncle Charlie (Charles Harrison Carleton) passed onto the sands of time after an extended Alzheimer induced disintegration.
Charles H. Carleton, Jr. died March 1, 2011, in Oklahoma City. He was born September 24, 1922 in Oklahoma City, the eldest son of Charles H. Carleton, Sr. and Ida Estelle (McCord) Carleton. A major portion of his 88 years were lived in this city. At 20, Charles was inducted December 2, 1944 into the U.S. Army for World War II, with Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK and then to honorably and valiantly served under General George Patton’s 3rd Army, the 689th Field Artillery, Battery A. He experienced heavy action in Northern France, the Ardennes (The Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland and Central Europe, and earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars; World War II Victory Medal, an Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, and a Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar. Among other official duties after the war ended, he played baseball on the Army’s team until being separated from service in December 1945. Soon after discharge from the Army, he played softball in an Oklahoma City businessmen’s league. While working temporarily at Tinker AF Base, he met his life’s mate, Marquita when they both worked there. On July 28, 1946, the two had a double wedding with Marquita’s sister, Mercedes and her husband, Albert L. Wheeler, Jr.. Both couples have been married for 64 years. Charlie always loved sports and coached the Northeast Little League Baseball League, and church leagues, with his son, Skip, as a player, boasting many trophies and championship wins. His most avid interest, however, occurred on the golf links. He played at the Tinker Golf Course, making trips over the state and southwest with groups, playing many courses. Locally, Hefner Golf Course was his “home away from home” where for many years he was starter and Marshall. He earned membership in the “Hole-in-One Club.” Everyone liked Charlie, with his affable, soft –spoken demeanor and quick wit, resulting in scores of friends. His greatest affection was directed toward his family of whom he was very proud. They enjoyed 18 years at their vacation cabin at Lake Eufaula, picnicking, skiing, fishing, playing golf and good fun. Holidays celebrated with family were some of his greatest joys and taking granddaughters to the State Fairs. Charlie always attended all grandchildren’s functions including football, baseball, softball, basketball, plays, musicals, recitals and granduations. His memberships included the American Legion, Charter Member of the National WWII Museum, Northeast Optimist, Republican National Committee, Tinker Golf Club, National Rifle Association, Silver Spur Square Dance Club, Oklahoma Retired Citizens’ Travel Club, U.S. Golf Association, Northside Bible Church for many years and most recently, Quail Springs Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were his parents and brother Marvin and his wife, Ruth, and a sister-in-law, Norma. Charles is survived by his beloved family: wife, Marquita Jeanne (Ball) Carleton; son Charles H. “Skip” Carleton, III and wife, Ulrike “Rike,” daughter: Denise L. Lovelace and husband, Mark; four grandchildren: Travis and his wife Candis Lovelace, and Michael Lovelace; Stephanie Carleton-Grim and Matt; Christine and Mason Hopkins. Charles was also blessed with six great grandchildren: Gabriel, Nathan and Elise Grim, Annie and Samuel Hopkins, and Christian Lovelace. Survivors include his brother, Douglas and wife Charlene Carleton and their son, Robbie and niece Pam and husband Vance McSpadden and their son James Douglas and wife Elizabeth; sisters-in-law Mercedes Wheeler and husband Al and their 5 children and families; Fredine Ramo and husband Vince and their sons Richard and Robert and his wife Lupe; and Jodi Iago and family. Relatives and friends are invited to a family reception 6 to 8pm, Thursday, March 3rd at Crawford Family Funeral Service in Edmond. A celebration of life will be at 10:00am, Friday, March 4th at Quail Springs Baptist Church in OKC. Our eternal gratitude is extended to Sooner Hospice with their caring, dedicated staff: Cindy, Phyllis and Paula, and particularly Nurse Nightingale, also known as Gayla; fabulous nurses aide, Shirley; and the inspiring and encouraging Chaplain James Hall. Memorial gifts may be made to Sooner Hospice, Alzheimer’s Assoc., or Quail Springs Baptist Church Building Fund.
–Only March 7, and I still have the flu.