Colonel Charles L. Crain U.S. Army (Ret.) CHARLOTTE - Colonel Crain, age 96, of Charlotte, NC, died peacefully on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Brookdale Carriage Club of Charlotte. He was born March 18, 1918 in Flemingsburg, KY, a son of the late Curtis and Margaret Price Crain. Colonel Crain was retired from the United States Army and served in three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He participated in five campaigns during WWII as an Infantry Company Commander, three campaigns in Korea as an Infantry Battalion Commander and in Vietnam as a Division Advisor to the 9th Vietnamese Infantry Division. His military awards include the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge with Star, Legion of Merit, Air Medal and Cross of Gallantry (Vietnam). Colonel Crain earned a degree from the University of Maryland and a masters degree from George Washington University. He was also a graduate of the Infantry Officers Schools, Command and General Staff College and the United States War College. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Military Officers Association and the American Legion, Matthews Post #235. Colonel Crain is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Folnsbee (Craig); two grandchildren, James Zachary Folnsbee (Marcia) and Alexandra Folnsbee McKinney (Christopher); and three great-grandchildren, Lucas James Folnsbee, Cohen Zachary Folnsbee and Zoe Nicole McKinney, all of Charlotte. Also surviving are his nephews, Robert Crain (Marie) of Granbury, TX, Mark Evans (Christine) of Cincinnati, OH; and niece, Melody Crain Kuhns (Steve) of Austin, TX. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Tripp Crain; and brother, Robert Gale Crain. Colonel Crain's family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, July 26th, at Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Road. A service to celebrate his life will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Sharon Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to SouthPark Christian Church, 6650 Park South Dr., Charlotte, NC 28210. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer from July 23 to July 24, 2014