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Posted: 1389127927000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Gresham, Cummins, Hamilton,
The Times Leader
Princeton, Ky.
Dec 28, 2013

Carlie J. “CJ” Gresham, 87, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., following a short illness.

Born Jan. 31, 1926, in Lamasco, he was a son of the late Carlie Shafter and Gertie Cummins Gresham, and of the Baptist faith.

He retired with 20 years service in the U.S. Army, originally entering as an Army Air Corps Cadet, training as an aerial gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress and was involved in the B24 Liberator, aircraft engine shop, Army Veterinary Corps, and ended World War II training as an aerial gunner on the new B29 Superfortress. He went on to the Army’s 1st Division (Big Red One), serving as a Tank Commander, and finished 20 years as an Army recruiter.

Following retirement, he was employed by the Western State Hospital as a contact representative and later became an audiologist, owning and operating The Tate Hearing Aid Center in Princeton.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carlotta Hamilton Gresham; five sons and wives, Eddie and Joyce Gresham of Hopkinsville, Bob and Debbie Gresham of Leaburg, Ore., Richard Gresham of Fairbanks, Alaska, David Gresham of Canby, Ore., and Frank Gresham of Lyon County; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Gresham will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating.

Burial will follow in Confederate Cemetery in Lyon County.

Visitation will be held from noon until the funeral hour Saturday at the funeral home.

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