THE WARMING BENCH IS VACANT - Charlie Stroup 1929-2001, Memorial Sunday

Charlie Stroup was a lay speaker and Sunday School teacher at the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church at Hur for many years. His memorial service will be conducted there at 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Rick Swearingin officiating. His friends and neighbors are invited to participate in the service.

The Barnes Run resident died on March 11, 2001 at the age of 72 after a bout with cancer. He passed away at his daughters home in Pennsylvania. Charlie and his wife Melva moved to Calhoun County after his retirement from the Akron Fire Department, where he was a firefighter and a paramedic. He purchased the old Bill Slider farm from Clifford Starcher. Charlie was a faithful servant to the church and a member of the Order of Gideons. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Charlie Stroup (L) and Gifford Weaver (R) sang loudly from the warming bench at the Hur Church. Both have now died and the bench is vacant.

Born in 1929 in Akron, he was the son of the late Charles T. Sr. and Adest Wamsley Stroup. He is survived by his wife Melva L. Blatt Stroup; sons, Charles V. Stroup of Akron and Theodore T. Stroup of Hinesville, Georgia; daughters, Rebecca S. Szydlowski of Wilbraham, Mass., Teresa L Diez of Dillsburg, Pa.; sisters, Helen L. White of Akron, Ann J. Harbison of Holt, Mich. and Della M. Sutherland of Englewood, Fla. Also surviving are nine grandchildren.