RINGLING — Funeral services for Harold Robert Charles, Sr. are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ Gospel Tabernacle of Ringling with LaFon Glenn Jimmy Morris officiating. Interment will follow to Ringling Memorial Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home in Ringling.
Harold  was born Feb. 21, 1923, to the late Lawrence Henley Charles and Rosa Rena (Dornbush) Charles in Fremont, Mich. He departed from this life on March 8, 2017, at Lone Grove.
Harold was born as one of six boys and six girls, being next to the youngest. They were raised on a farm about 5 miles outside Fremont, Mich. Fremont was the original home of Gerber Baby Foods. Harold was drafted into the Unites States Army at Fort Custar, Mich., during WWII. He soon became part of the Calvary Division and trained horses and mules for a large part of his military service. He also was trained as a Ferrier horseshoeing a lot of horses for officers and their family members. After his honorable service, he was discharged from the Army in 1945, and enjoyed sharing stories about how horses were used during WWII.
Harold married the former Ms. Pauline Lance July 3, 1942, in Oklahoma. They had only known each other for three weeks. Residing primarily in Ringling, Harold worked professionally as a barber for 45 years also as a cattle rancher and started a trucking company at the Wilson Y “H & S” Trucking with his son Sonny. Harold loved his cattle, working in the yard and spending time with his kids.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Pauline; daughter, Judy; son, Harold Jr. “Sonny”; five brothers; six sisters; and two stepdaughters, Suzy and Shirley.
Harold is survived by his daughters, Deanna Kennedy of Lone Grove, Janice Strader and husband, Wayne of Ardmore and Shelia Harbert and husband, Buck of Moriarty, N.M.; stepson, Roy Bartling and wife, Monica of Waurika; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends.
Casket bearers will be Charles Strader, Buck Harbert, Curtis Condit, Dewayne McCarty, Dale Riley and Jerry Alvord.
Honorary bearers will be Jarvis Hunt, John Smith, Charlie Burke and Wayne Strader.
A family visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. this evening at Alexander Funeral Home in Ringling.
Online condolences may be made to  www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.