Charlie O. Rawle – April 1, 1922/July 27, 2015

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rawleOn April 1, 1922, Charlie Otis Rawle was born to Thelbert and Patsy (Bowden) Rawle on the family farm at Harrold, Texas. He passed away on July 27, 2015, at the age of 93 in Dallas after a brief illness.

Growing up on the family farm, with seven siblings and a father who passed away when he was five, made him strong and instilled in him a solid work ethic. He graduated from Oklaunion High School in 1940 and joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1941. After wedding his sweetheart, Addie Altha Long in May of 1942, he joined the United States Coast Guard in January 1943 and served until his Honorable Discharge in January, 1946. To support his growing family, he worked in meat packing, machine shops, and finally as a meat inspector, retiring from the US Department of Agriculture, Meat Inspection Division as a compliance officer.

Charlie loved to fish and garden. He frequently dispensed gardening advice to friends and family who showed interest. His active mind loved to solve puzzles and tell jokes and stories. Family Gatherings were very special to him. He and Addie were members of First United Methodist Church of Duncanville for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Addie Altha Rawle; a son, Charles L. Rawle and wife, Mary; two daughters, Brenda Swartz and husband, Glen, and Judy Healey and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Wendy Mattingly and husband, Joe, Charles Swartz and wife, Jennifer, Sandy Eckert and husband, Josh, Jeff Swarts and wife, Vanessa, Scott Cowan and wife, Lauren, and Christi Swarts; great-grandchildren, Emma, Sam, and Luke Mattingly, Anna and Adam Eckert, Laney Cowan, and step grandchild, Keea Healey; step great-grandchild, Chandler Ray; two sisters, Viola Long and Zelda Barker.

A visitation will be held 6-8 pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church of Duncanville, 407 S. Main Street.

Interment will follow at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.