CW4 (Retired) Charles E. Teal
May 14, 1921 - January 14, 2012
Funeral service for CW4 (Retired) Charles E. Teal, 90, Lawton will be 2:00 pm Thursday in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Lester Ogan, Pastor, New Testament Baptist Church, Lawton, officiating.
CW4 Teal died Saturday at his home.
Burial with Full Military Honors will be at Post Cemetery, Fort Sill under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
He was born May 14, 1921 in Orange, Texas to Felix “Tom” and Theodocia (Cassel) Teal. He married Ursula I. Schwedersky on October 2, 1948 in Berlin, Germany. She died August 20, 2006. He was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church.
He enlisted in the Army July 2, 1942 and retired July 31, 1971 after more than 29 years of service. He served in the SW Pacific (Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines) during World War II and later in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and Alaska. He received numerous awards, citations, decorations and medals—including two Bronze Star Medals and four Army Commendation Medals.
Charles was a quiet man of strong principles. He loved his family, his church and many friends—and was well-loved by all in return. He was an avid gardener and was still actively planting and harvesting at the age of 90. His pride and joy every year was his large harvest of elephant garlic, which had been in his family for over 100 years. It will be harvested again this summer!
He is survived by a daughter, Linda Carpenter, Lawton; a son, Frank Teal, Las Cruces, New Mexico; three grandchildren; Bryan Teal and wife Tammy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tricia Teal, San Diego, California, Tiffany Sweeden and husband John; three great grandchildren, Haleigh, Lindsey and John Jr. all of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; a brother, Floyd Teal, Texas; and his favorite nieces, Gladys, Avis, Shirley, Doris Jane and DeeDee, all of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, seven brothers, Thomas, Granville, Raymond, Jack, Jessie, Lloyd and David, and six sisters, Alberta, Vivian, Vernilee, Melvy, Evia and Doris.
Memorial contributions may be made to Promise Care Hospice, 4202 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505.
Born: May 14, 1921
Place of Birth: Orange, Texas
Death: January 14, 2012
Place of Death: Lawton, Oklahoma