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Charles Alton Carrell, a devoted husband, father, grandpa, passed away peacefully from a brief battle with cancer on October 27, 2012 at his LaVerkin home. He was born in Texarkana, Texas on February 16, 1931 to R.D Carrell and Frances Mamie Twilley Carrell. Charles was the 7th of 8 children. He married Ethel G. Miller in 1951 and successfully survived the rearing of 6 children. Their marriage was solemnized in 1965 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Charles received several honors while playing football for Texas High and then at BYU. He enjoyed playing, coaching and umpiring softball & baseball and completed his sports career at the age of 65 when he slid into a base and realized that his body had finally caught up to his age.
After high school, he joined the Air Force and served for 22 years in many places around the world. After retiring, they returned to Texarkana where he earned his M.B.A. from ETSU-Texarkana. He then worked for the U.S. Post Office as a rural mail carrier and retired at the age of 79.
His favorite past times were his daily calls to ROSIE and Sharon at Red River Credit Union, Renee at State Farm and whoever answered the phone at the credit card company. He enjoyed riding his tractor and golf cart all over the farm. He was well known for his unique sense of humor and his passion for Dr. Peppers.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served faithfully as Bishop and in other numerous callings. Charles and Ethel served as missionaries in the Washington Tacoma Mission.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel; children Charles Jr.(Jane) Carrell of Wake Village, TX, Jeri (W.C) Hardy of Many, LA, Steven (Irma) Carrell of Kingwood, TX, Tammy (Ron) Stucki of St George, UT, Teresa (Leon) Gubler of LaVerkin, UT, Scott (Courtney) Carrell of McAlester, OK; 28 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren with 3 more on the way; sister, Frances Albright of Texarkana, TX, many nieces & nephews and wonderful in-laws. He is preceded in death by his parents, 6 siblings and a granddaughter, Autumn Gubler.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00am at the LaVerkin West Chapel, 70 S. 300 W., LaVerkin, UT. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:45am. Interment will be at the LaVerkin City Cemetery with military honors, under the direction of Heideman Hughes Mortuary, 1037 E. 700 S., St George, UT. Special thanks to Gentiva Health Services and Utah Hospice Specialists.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2012