Born in Ashland, KY, Charles Baer grew up in a large family, consisting of five brothers and one sister. His father was a steel worker within Armco Steel, located in Ashland.
Charles attended Ashland Public Schools and graduated from Ashland Public High School. Over the course of his life, he also attended the University of Kentucky, as well as the Universities of Chapel Hill and Greensboro.
As a young man, he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Seabees. He served in the Pacific Theater and in China during World War II
. Upon being discharged from the service, Charles began a long productive career in the industrial laundry business. Due to much study and hard work, Charles advanced in the industry very rapidly. He retired as Vice President over all operations of Rental Towel and Uniform Service in Graham, NC, and was a national leader in the industry, helping found the North Carolina Association of Textile Services.
Charles was an active member of his church, the First Baptist Church of Burlington. He was a Deacon, a Royal Ambassador Leader, Chairman of the Boy Scouts, and a driver with the bus ministry program. Perhaps his most important role in his church was as a children's Sunday School Teacher. He served in this role for forty seven years.
In 1943, Charles married the love of his life, Pauline Ferrell, also of Ashland, Kentucky. They married as teenagers and were married for 70 years. Their lifelong devotion to one another was inspiring.
In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by one daughter, The Reverend Charla Baer Littell of Burlington; four grandchildren, the Reverend Stacey L. Grimm and her husband David of Burlington, Kristina Littell and her husband Gregory Guliano of Philadelphia, Charles D. Baer and wife Stephanie of Leland, and Ian B. Baer of Raleigh; six great-grandchildren, C. Jacob Grimm, Idris Guliano, Cora Guliano, Aidan Baer, Ava Baer, and Anna Baer; two brothers, George Baer of Burlington and Leslie Baer of Russell, KY; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bert Felix Baer and Naomi Sloan Baer, he was preceded in death by one son, David Lewis Baer; one daughter, Carol Sue Baer; one sister; and three brothers.
By his family and loved ones, he was called, Grandaddy, Grangranny, Wukawuk, Dodaddy, Dad, Daddy, Papa Bear, and Charlie Boy.
The funeral service will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Burlington at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Dr. Terry E. Peele. The committal service will be immediately following the service at Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. At other times they will be at the residence of Stacey and David Grimm 118 Fieldstone Drive, Burlington.
Memorials may be made to the Backpack Ministries, First Baptist Church of Burlington, P.O. Box 2686, Burlington, NC 27216
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.