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Services for Charles William Shawn are 10:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 211 N. Porter, Norman. Interment will be held 3 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole. Charles died Saturday, Feb. 26 after a courageous battle with lung disease. He was born April 3, 1926, in Beggs and attended grade school at Oakdale School south of Okmulgee. He graduated from Bearden High School in Okfuskee County and shortly after enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 and served his country until 1946. He married Mary Lynn Moore in Seminole in June, 1948. Mary died Aug. 24, 1999. Charlie’s hard working, positive attitude made him very successful in the oil industry. His career with Sinclair Oil Company took him to Borger, Texas, Velma, Sedan, Kan., Carmi, Ill., Stofford, Kan., Norman and Enid. Charlie retired in Enid. During his years in Enid he served on the board of directors of the Oakwood Country Club, where he enjoyed many hours of his passion, golf. He also served more than 25 years on the board of directors of the Grand National Quail Hunt. This experience afforded him the opportunity to host corporate executives, governors, presidents and movie stars. Charlie made many lifelong friends serving on his board. Charlie was a one-of-a-kind. He later moved to Moore to be near his only son, Steve. He was not afraid to show his love for God, family and friends. His ability to make people laugh brought joy and happiness to all who knew him. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jayne Shawn of Moore; three grandchildren, Jason Shawn of Moore, April Shawn Caudle and husband Tim of Moore, Eric Shawn Myler of Fort Bragg, N.C.; one great-grandson, Adler Caudle of Moore; one brother, John L. Shawn and wife Clara Lee of Drumright. He had a great number of dear friends in Enid and Moore. In lieu of flowers donations to be made to: Charles W. Shawn Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Ralph Sherrard, Arvest Bank, 2101 S. Santa Fe, Moore, OK 73160, 419-1744. Share memory condolence online at johnirelandfuneralhome.org.
Published on  March 2, 2011
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