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Charles Edward (Charlie) Lynn, 75, of 685 North Flatrock Road, Piedmont, SC, died March 10, 2010 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Dryman Lynn, as well as three daughters, Katherine Lene' Lynn Childress and husband Randy of Liberty, Cynthia Lynn Goodwin and husband Glenn of Greenville, and Starr Lynn Birx of Piedmont. He also is survived by seven grandchildren -Casey Thompson; Davis and Evan Goodwin; Chandler, Ethan and Harrison Birx; and Sydney Childress -- as well as one great granddaughter, Cadence Thompson. Charles was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Lynn, and his sister, Mary Harris.

Charles was born in High Point, NC on November 12, 1934. He was raised by his great aunt and uncle, Mary Frank and Jimmy in Badin, NC, where he graduated high school. He attended Furman University. After serving two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, Charles served in the Army Reserves in Greenville for five years. Following active duty, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Greenville. He left the postal service in 1967 to begin work at Greenville Memorial Gardens. Charles eventually co-owned perpetual care cemeteries throughout the Southeast with Holder-Lynn Association, and he served as the national president of the Pre-Arrangement Internment Association of America (PIAA) from 1987-1988. Charles retired in 1997 from Oaklawn Memorial which he co-owned with his daughter.

Charles was very involved in his church and in ministry. He was a member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the choir, was a deacon, served on the Stewardship Committee, and was a member of the R.C. Eustice Sunday School Class. After retirement, Charles also sang with Saints Alive, and served as its president.

Charles was a long-time Mason and Shriner, was a member of the Elk Lodge, the VFW, and was a former president of the Augusta Road Ruritan Club. He also served as a high school sports official. In 1998, the Charles E. Lynn Bridge in Smith Mountain, VA was dedicated in his honor. Charles enjoyed collecting antiques and clocks, as well as traveling, playing golf, and solving crossword puzzles. He had a wonderful and engaging personality and loved spending time with his friends and family.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 12, 2010, from 6 -8pm at The Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010, 10:30am at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. Honorary pall bearers are Tommy Chastain, Mike Cook, Gary Hall, Bobby Hanks, Don Hughes, Bruce Kingsmore, Johnny Knight, and Kent Willard. Officiating at the service will be Dr. Robert B. Whaley. Entombment will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family would like to thank the Upstate Dialysis Center, the Pelzer Rescue Squad and GHS ICU staff for the kindnesses shown Charles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reedy Fork Baptist Church, 459 Reedy Fork Road, Greenville, SC 29605. The family will be at the home of Cynthia and Glenn Goodwin, 224 East Seven Oaks Drive, Greenville, SC 29605.

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Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 11, 2010
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