Funeral services for World War II Veteran, Charles William “Chock” Digby will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Leroy Holman. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the assistance of Butch Carter, Robert Digby, Gerald Bell, David Garrett, Dennis Cope and Darric Taylor serving as pallbearers. Honorary bearers include grandsons Trevor McComber, Chance Digby and Justin Light.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Son of the late Luster Lee and Fannie Mae (Wells) Digby, Charles was born on a dairy farm near Hennepin, Okla., Sept. 2, 1925. A hard worker from his youth Chock attended school in Davis and on Dec. 7, 1943, he entered the U.S. Army.
During his training, he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and saw service in the battles of the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was wounded in action in Belgium and in France became a Prisoner of War. For his service, he was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Cross of Valor, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Charles was truly an American Hero and was “a member of that greatest generation that any society has produced.”
When Charles returned home from his military service, he met the love of his life at the Turner Falls skating rink. It was love at first sight for both he and Billie Jo Bittle; they were married April 25, 1947, and never looked back. The parents of three children, Pam, Paula and Ronnie, they would have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary this year.
A jack-of-all-trades, Charles worked hard to give his family everything he could. He worked as a truck driver, on the pipeline; was a carpenter, and even had his own mobile home business. He loved life and was always smiling, laughing and ready to share a good story. Following his retirement, Charles became a dedicated gardener and worked tirelessly in his garden. He always had one grandkid or another with him, picking and eating all the strawberries they could without even wiping the dirt off.
A man of Christ, Charles loved going to church with his family, worshiping at the Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church. It always made him so proud to have his family there with him. In addition to his devotion to his church, Charles was a member of the American Legion Post 65 of Ardmore for many years and had served as Post Commander several times.
Charles never met a stranger and was loved by many. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, who will cherish precious memories forever.
Following a period of failing health, Charles William Digby went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 14 days.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Digby of the home; his son and daughters, Ronnie Digby, Pam Harn and Paula Baldock; his grandchildren, Shea Warren and husband, Matt, Selby Bagale and husband, Haven, Brittani Digby, Trevor McComber and wife, Jessica, Patience Light and husband, Justin and Chance Digby; great-grandchildren, Colby and Kalishea Warren, Tyler, Logan and Carly Bagale, Vesper and Ronin Grissom; also a brother, Billy Ray Digby and wife, Marie; and sister, Inez Sullins and husband, Leroy.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Glen, Cliff and W.D. Digby; and sisters, Estelle Allson and Betty Hefley.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.