Charlie Allen "C.A."
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Charlie Elliott never met a stranger and was always proud to tell everyone that Sabine Parish was his home. He was born in Converse, LA on January 4, 1923, the sixth of seven children to the late Charlie Allen Sr. and Nena Mae McDonald Elliott. Growing up he enjoyed swimming, playing ball, and riding his bicycle. Less than a week before the attack at Pearl Harbor, Charlie placed his high school studies on hold and moved to Beaumont, TX to apply his skills as a welder first-class at the Pennsylvania Ship Yard. In the fall of 1943, Charlie enlisted with the Army and trained in Yakima and Tacoma, WA and Bend, OR. Charlie left the United States in June 1944 for New Guinea and the Philippines where he nearly succumbed to a severe case of malaria. Charlie recovered and was soon attached to the 860th Army Aviation Engineers where he constructed landing strips for bombers and cargo planes. After V-J Day, Charlie was stationed at Yokohama Harbor, Japan. He was awarded two bronze stars for his service and was honorably discharged as a TEC 5 in February 1946.
Returning home after the War, Charlie met and married his wife of nearly 65 years, Gloria Weeks Elliott. He endeavored to complete his high school education and earned a belated diploma with the Converse High School Class of 1950. Charlie worked in Shreveport as a maintenance man with AMF Beaird and GNB/Gould Battery. Charlie served as an alderman for the Town of Greenwood, was a member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department, and since 1956 had been a member of First Baptist Church of Greenwood where he actively participated in the "Builders for Christ" program.
Charlie enjoyed tinkering with old cars, and for over 40 years he belonged to the Ark-La-Tex Antique and Classic Car Club, the Oldsmobile Club of America, and the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. Charlie and his antique cars made regular appearances in small town parades throughout East Texas and North Louisiana. Charlie also enjoyed riding horses and was a devoted fan of Western Swing, fiddle playing, and KWKH radio. Charlie enjoyed traveling in his RV, attending Army reunions, and helping to coordinate the fiddling contests at the Greenwood Pioneer Days festival and at the State Fair of Louisiana.
Charlie was the last surviving member of the Charlie Allen Sr. and Nena Mae McDonald Elliott Family. Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers (Reginald Glynn, J.G., Robert Willard, and Kenneth Randall) and sisters (Melba Shoalmire and Lenna Ferguson). Left to cherish his memory are his wife Gloria, son Gregory Allen Elliott, and daughter Susan Elliott Fox (all of Greenwood, LA) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Charlie's grandchildren and great-grandchildren include: Jeremy and Crystal Fox (and daughter Macie) of West Monroe, Jonathan and Kim Fox of Shreveport, and Corey and Jennifer Tohmé (and daughters Lauren and Emily) of Slidell.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Centuries Memorial. Funeral services will be held at Centuries on Wednesday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bro. Joe Bob Alexander, Bro. George Carkeet, and Dr. Kenny Joyner of First Baptist Church of Greenwood.
Pall bearers will be friends and former co-workers Charlie Wren, Glenn Hall, Doug Olsen, Henry Roan, Pete Taylor, and Dick Nelson.
The family would like to thank Kari Truskett and Karen Teutsch of Willis Knighton North as well as the staff of Synergy Home Care especially Sue Sue Boyett, Theresa Jackson, and Chris Fanning.
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 2, 2013