Charles Adkin Spain, 83, died on November 20, 2012 in Houston, Texas after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Charlie was born in Crockett, Texas in 1929, where he grew up with parents Hattie and Walter Adkin and sister Virginia Ann. He attended Crockett High School, where he received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. The family moved during the last year of World War II to Brownwood, Texas, where he graduated from high school in 1946. He attended the Rice Institute, graduating with a B.A. in physics in 1950, and went on to medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch. Charlie and his wife Zodie Florence, a fellow Crockett native and Baylor University alumna, were married on Flag Day 1952. For the first two years of their marriage, they saw each other only on weekends while he finished medical school in Galveston and she taught Spanish in Baytown. He graduated from medical school in 1954 and joined the Army, moving with Zodie to Fort Bliss in El Paso. Charlie attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After the birth of their daughter Zodie Anne in 1955, the Army moved the family to France, first in La Rochelle, then Chinon, an experience that forever changed the two East Texas natives. The family returned to Texas in 1958 and settled in Sharpstown. A son, Charles Adkin Jr., was born in 1959. Charlie practiced medicine at the Ledbetter Clinic (1960-1966) and Diagnostic Clinic (1966-1996) and was a member of the American College of Radiology. Charlie and Zodie were members of River Oaks Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. They traveled often, including the Soviet Union for Christmas 1975 and Paris for the1989 Bicentennial. Zodie died in 1996, only months after his retirement. Charlie was a contrarian and questioner-a lifelong Democrat, ardent Francophile, fan of William F. Buckley, and liberal patriot, who never forgot he was from Crockett. A holiday never passed without the U.S., Texas, or French flag waving from the house, doubtless confusing the neighbors. Charlie is survived by his daughter Zodie and her boyfriend Bruce Dunkel, his son Charles and husband John Adcock, and his grandson William Jefferson Adcock Spain. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Friday, November 30, 2012 from five until eight o'clock in the evening at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street, Houston. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at ten o'clock in the morning at River Oaks Baptist Church, 2300 Willowick Road, Houston, the Rev. Martus Miley officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. The family appreciates the faithful service of Charlie's caregivers, Alicia Mitchell and Stella Dalmeida. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles A. Spain, M.D. Innovation and Excellence Fund in Physics at Rice University or to the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2012