September 19, 1923 ~ September 18, 2008
Albert W. Charles, Jr., was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 19, 1923 to Albert Weeks Charles, Sr. of New York and Beulah Martha Ewing of Kansas. Albert died on September 18, 2008, after a valiant battle with Pancreatic Cancer. His humor and sharp wit carried him through until the end. He went peacefully with his children at his side at the home of his daughter in Manhattan Beach, California.
A life long lover of the Wild West and horses, Albert spent his childhood in Corning, New York where he was a member of what is believed to be the first troop of Explorer Scouts - a division of the Boy Scouts of America with his long life friends, Richard Cowles, Walt Mullaney and Dick Bell. He attended and graduated from Southside High School in 1941 where he was the founding president of the Debating Society along with his long time friend Walt Mullaney.
After high school, with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot, he joined the Royal Canadian Air force with his friend, Walt Mullaney. When his pilot hopes were dashed, after breaking off a wing on the plane in a final landing, Albert served 48 months in World War II with the US forces and was stationed in Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA where he met and married Marge Lee Coffee in 1945.
He pursed his education with a vengeance and graduated with his BS from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA in May of 1950. From there he went on to receive his Masters of Science degree from Auburn University in August of 1953 and was a lifetime member of the Auburn Alumni Society. From there he completed his PhD in the Philosophy of Economics from Clayton University in Clayton, Missouri in August of 1987.
He was a member of the Torrance Board of Education from 1961 to 1965. His eldest daughter, Sandra Lee, had the privilege of receiving her diploma from her father during her graduation from South Torrance High School in 1964.
Albert was an entrepreneurial businessman and owned his own successful business consulting practice for over 30 years with offices in Redondo Beach and Santa Monica.
He was an avid fan of John Wayne with a life long interest in a good western movie, the American west, American wild life and habitat, Native American causes and horses. He remained an active western rider into his 70's.
Albert is survived by his sister, Nancy Jean Wach of Greeley, Colorado, his niece Anna J'nise Smith of Riverside, California, Sister-In-Law, Audra Allison of Shreveport, LA, his daughters Sandra Lee Otos of Burlington, NC, Charlotte Ann Adams of Long Beach, CA and Cynthia Martha Palm of Manhattan Beach, CA. He leaves behind six grandchildren, Kevin Charles Otos, of Burlington, NC, Joseph Otos, of Santa Rosa, CA, Paige Otos of Pittsboro, NC, Wesley Charles Adams of Long Beach, CA, Taylor Charles Palm and Coleman Palm of Manhattan Beach, CA, and two great grandchildren Hannah and Grace Otos of Burlington, NC.
Albert was an active member of The First Baptist Church of Westchester. A celebration of his life will be held at The First Baptist Church of Westchester on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his name to National Wild Horse Association, PO Box 12207, Las Vegas, Nevada 89112 http://www.nwha.us/
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