CHARLES L. PARK - Newark/Creston

Charles L. Park, 86, of Newark, Wirt County, died April 25, 2003 at Miletree Healthcare Center in Spencer.

Born in Wirt County in 1916, he was the son of the late William H. and Mabel V. Davis Park of Creston.

Park contributed to Hur Herald stories on famous killer William Holly Griffith, having visited him in prison several times. His father believed Griffith was an innocent man. (See People, Humor And History 1/20/2002: "BESTIAL MURDERER OR FRAMED MAN?" - William Holly Griffith: Convicted Killer And "Those Who Walk Erect")

He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1954. He was a member of the United Boiler makers Union 667 of Charleston, Scottish Rite Bodies of Akron, Eureka Lodge 40 AF and AM of Grantsville, Tadmore Shrine Temple of Akron and the National Rifle Association.

Surviving, wife, Judy Akers Park and a son, Richard Park and his wife of Strawberry Plains TN. Three Grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and six step-children.

Also surviving, sisters Mary Bock of Ravenswood and Marie Snyder of Parkersburg; brother Marlin "Mug" Park of Burning Springs.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Bernice Harwell Park; brother, James D. Park; a loving and special friend and companion of many years, Evelyn Stump Conrad.

Masonic Graveside Rites will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Creston. Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville 6-8 p.m. Monday. The body will lie in state at the cemetery one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.