, 70, of Arcanum, Ohio. Born in Bonnie Blue, Va., to the late Clarence and Minnie (Crider) Brabson on December 14, 1941. Charles passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 11:45 a.m., at the Brethren Nursing Home under the care of State of the Heart Hospice for five days before losing his courageous battle with cancer.
Charles was an Army veteran, serving in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. He retired from General Motors Inland Plant in 1985 due to a work related injury.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Fred, Everett, and Tim and one sister Louetta.
He is survived by his wife Carol of 48 years, whom he married September 5, 1964. Sons, Charles Newell Brabson II of Arcanum, Michael Harris and wife Karen of Beavercreek, and daughter Cathy (Harris) McDowell and husband Jerry of Lewisburg. Seven grandchildren, Brooke and Allison Harris of Beavercreek, Oh., Jason Harris and wife Jennifer of Beavercreek, Oh., Linda (McDowell) Roe and husband Chad of Brookville, Paul McDowell and wife Misty of Tipp City, Aubree Brabson of Winchester, IN and Jayden Brabson of New Madison. Four great-grandchildren, Rusty and Vanessa Roe of Brookville, and Eric and Owen McDowell of Tipp City. Two brothers, Jerry and Danny and three sisters Patricia, Barbara and Nadine. Numerous nieces and nephews. Special longtime friend, Arlandus Jones and wife Pam of Trotwood Oh. Good neighbors, John and Mary Archer and son Jim, for their help over the years. Two special postal workers, Roberta Lewis of New Madison, and Michelle Miller of Greenville, who took the time out of their busy route each day to chat with Charles and cheer him up.
Charles had many interests including; sports, gardening, hunting, fishing, classical music, cooking, all the arts, and western movies. Charles was an avid reader of anything he could get hands on, especially the Bible and anything related to history. As a nature lover, he enjoyed taking long drives with his wife Carol, photographing trees, cloud formations and sunsets. He also enjoyed walks through the woods hunting for mushrooms. Charles loved talking and joking with people, or lending a helping hand whenever he could. He always said “I love life” and even though his diagnosis was grim, he was always optimistic about his recovery. His glass was always half full.
There was a private family gathering and service the day of his passing with Pastor Todd Reish officiating and graciously baptizing Charles during his last hour. The family would like to thank Dr. James Sabiers and his expert staff for all their care during his illness. Thanks also to the Nurses at the Brethren Nursing Home and State of the Heart Hospice for their help and compassion, you were all wonderful, “God bless everyone”. Charles last wish was to donate his body as a gift to the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Greenville office of State of the Heart Hospice (1350 N. Broadway Greenville, Oh 45331). (veteran)