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Charles H. Glaize, 1916-2002

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Retired Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Charles H. Glaize died Friday, April 26, 2002. He was born Feb. 2, 1916, in Strasburg, Va., the son of the late Walter & Susan Glaize. Graduated Strasburg High School, 1935; B.A. Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA, 1940; BDiv. Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1942; Army Chaplain School, Harvard University, May 1943 and ordained elder, United Methodist Church, Virginia Annual Conference, February 1943.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific on the island of Bouganville and in the Philippines. Released from the Army in 1946, he was appointed to Ferrum College as a professor of history and dean of men, and the pastor of Mountain View Methodist Church. He was recalled to active duty as a part of the Army Chaplain Corps in 1948, assigned to Fort Knox, Ky.

Charles was selected in the initial cadre of chaplains for the newly formed Air Force in 1949. He served for 24 years at various Air Force bases around the world including assignments in Texas, New York, Korea, Delaware, Hawaii, California, Florida and England. While in England he participated in the 25th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy Beach, June 1969.

He received the Meritorious Service Medal upon his retirement from active duty in 1973. He then served as a supply pastor at various churches in south Alabama and northwest Florida, including 19 years at Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, Laurel Hill, Fla.

Charles is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Robertson Glaize of Mary Esther, Fla.; four children and their spouses, Beth and David Butler, Troy, Ala.; Charles H., Jr., and Carole Glaize, Virginia Beach, Va.; John W. and Barbara Glaize, Kathleen, Ga.; Edward R. and Alecia Glaize, Tallassee, Ala.; 11 grandchildren as well as two sisters, Mrs. Herbert Manuel, Richmond, Va.; Mrs. Philip Porter, Vienna, Va. His brother, David Glaize, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were conducted on April 29 at Mary Esther United Methodist Church, 703 Miracle Strip Parkway, with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Beal Memorial Cemetery.

— The Glaize Family



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