CHARLES STROUP - A Memorial Service

Charlie Stroup's son said his final thoughts about life, "I have no regrets. I learned to embrace the greatness of God." A memorial service was conducted at the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church yesterday for Charlie, who died on March 11 at age 72.

The church was filled with family and community members.

Charlie's family came forward, one by one, as did members of the community, to recall Charlie's life. Rev. D. L. Kirby, who accompanied Charlie on hundreds of visits to area nursing homes said "We would get into an argument about which one was worse off, physically. Charlie would say I was worse."

Then Charlie would say as the men got out of the car, 'You'd better straighten up or they'll think we're looking for a room."

A dinner was held at the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department after the service.

Family and friends filled the church

Charlie was a mainstay of the church

Dinner was served at the Grantsville VFD (L to R) Rev. Rick Swearigen, Randall and Blanche Whytsell