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Charles Warner Kenworthey died on 22, July of 2012. He was 87. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware, April 20, 1925 and was graduated 1942 from Wilmington Friends School. He attended the University of Delaware majoring in mechanical engineering before serving in the Navy in World War II. He was a petty officer aboard a landing craft on D-Day, June 6, 1944 for the Normandy invasion. He was graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri where he was president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. During his professional career, he was a police reporter for the Galveston, Texas Tribune; news reporter WOAI Radio/ Television, San Antonio; stringer correspondent United Press and International News Service; public relations director National Bank of Commerce and St. Mary's University; vice president/ communications Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; executive director/public relations USAA; manager, San Antonio office, Hill and Knowlton, Inc.; president BSM Consultants, Inc.; owner CK Public Relations; executive director Texas Public Relations Assn. Among the civic organizations he served as president were Parents Council for Special Education, North East School Dist.; United Cerebral Palsy Assn. of Bexar County; San Antonio chapter Public Relations Society of America; Kiwanis Club of San Antonio; Revelers and Lamplighters dance clubs. Also board chairman Executive Service Corps of San Antonio; senior warden St. Luke's Episcopal Church and St. George Episcopal Church; telethon chairman 1988-89-90 Santa Rosa Children's Hospital. He was also active with Christus Santa Rosa Children's hospital Foundation Board, YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow, Business Committee for the Arts, Texas Open, United Negro College Fund, Navy League, San Antonio Little Theatre. He received a direct commission in the Naval Reserve and served as commanding office of a Public Affairs Unit, retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander. He earned an Accredited Public Relations designation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and was later admitted to PRSA's College of Fellows in 2000. His awards included Golden Spur, Silver Spur and Best of Texas, Texas PR Assn.; Outstanding Service in Public Relations, St. Mary's University; Distinguished Service, San Antonio Ad Club; Outstanding Alumnus, Theta chapt. Sigma Phi Epsilon; 1992 Alumnus of the Year, Wilmington (DE) Friends School; the Del Oro Tex Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award, San Antonio chapter, PRSA, for "outstanding leadership in the field of public relations"; 2006 Walter W. McAllister Sr. Community Service Award from San Antonio Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dottie Backenstoe Kenworthey, formerly of Galveston; sons Charles Jr., John Miers and Richard Marshall; daughter-in-law Melanie Kenworthey; granddaughters Tanya Lynn and Shara Rose Kenworthey; sister Mrs. Marion Lane, Connellsville, PA; godchildren Clay Fulcher and Marcy Downey Dunn.

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Rev. John Badders will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church or Santa Rosa Children's Hospital.

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Published in Express-News on July 24, 2012
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