CHARLES "CHARLIE" EDWARD BILLIARD, 96, of Peachtree City, Ga., died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Aug., 26, 2013. He was born on Aug. 1, 1917, in Wabash. "Charles was a devoted husband, a loving father, a doting grandfather and great-grandfather." His early years were spent on a farm where he loved to explore. One month after his high school graduation, he attended Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. where he attained both his BS and MA in education. On June 29, 1941, Charles married the love of his life, Elinor (Elle) White. Charles received his PHD in English at Purdue University where he was a graduate assistant, then a graduate instructor at Purdue. He also achieved PHI DELTA KAPPA status. After completing studies in meteorology, a great interest of his, he enjoyed 10 years at a local radio station, WOWO, in Fort Wayne, doing the daily forecast while he was also teaching English and History at Purdue. Charles joined the Army - Air Force serving in World War II where he helped to write the weather manuals used by weather forecasters on the front lines. He earned the rank of Colonel. He served 26 years and seven months. During his tour he was in the Korean War, The Cuban Missile Crisis. He served one year in Spain where a few young men volunteered for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. He received a three year grant to study dialects in the mid-west. During the early 1970's, he taught English Composition at Georgia State University. He retired in 1982. He was a member of Peachtree City United Methodist Church, Peachtree City Kiawanis Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by his daughter, Delores Gilmore; sisters-in-law, Sherely White and Delores Billiard; grandchildren, Michele Hand, Leesa Robertson and Greg Crutchfield; six great-grandchildren, Brittany and Cassidy Lester, Ethan and Carson Robertson, and Cameron and Chase Crutchfield; and nephew, Lynn Billiard. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Billiard; mother, Lucy Billiard; brother, Lewis Tedford Billiard; sister, Betty Freige; daughter, Marcia Crutchfiled Loyd; and his beloved wife of 65 years, Elinor Billiard. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, followed by a reception at the church. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Carmichael - Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, Ga. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or to the A.S.P.C.A.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 29, 2013