Lawton, Okla.

CW4 (Retired) Charles E. Teal, 90, of Lawton, Okla., passed away on Jan. 14, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Jan.26 in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Lester Ogan, Pastor, New Testament Baptist Church in Lawton, officiating.

Burial with Full Military Honors were held at Post Cemetery at Fort Sill under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

He was born May 14, 1921 in Orange, to Felix “Tom” and Theodocia (Cassel) Teal. He married Ursula I. Schwedersky on Oct. 2, 1948 in Berlin, Germany. She died Aug. 20, 2006. He was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church.

He enlisted in the Army July 2, 1942 and retired July 31, 1971 after more than 29 years of service. He served in the SW Pacific (Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines) during World War II and later in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and Alaska. He received numerous awards, citations, decorations and medals-including two Bronze Star Medals and four Army Commendation Medals.

Charles was a quiet man of strong principles. He loved his family, his church and many friends-and was well-loved by all in return. He was an avid gardener and was still actively planting and harvesting at the age of 90. His pride and joy every year was his large harvest of elephant garlic, which had been in his family for over 100 years. It will be harvested again this summer.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Carpenter, Lawton, Okla.; a son, Frank Teal, Las Cruces, N.M.; three grandchildren; Bryan Teal and wife Tammy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Trida Teal, San Diego, Calif., Tiffany Sweeden and husband John; three great grandchildren, Haleigh, Lindsey and John Jr. all of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; a brother, Aoyd Teal, Texas; and his favorite nieces, Gladys, Avis, Shirley, Doris Jane and DeeDee, all of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, seven brothers, Thomas, Granville, Raymond, Jack, Jessie, Lloyd and David, and seven sisters, Alberta, Bernilee, Vivian, Vernilee, Melvy, Evia and Doris.