Charles L. Stingle Sr., 92, of Smithfield, OH, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 in the Valley Hospice Care Center South (Liza’s Place) in Wheeling, WV.
Charlie was born July 15, 1925 in Dillonvale, OH, son of the late Charles F. Stingle and Mildred (Rogers) McIntire.
He was retired from the Norfolk Southern Rail Road where he worked as an engineer and was the local union chairman for 30 years.
Charlie bought the Stingle Family Farm in Smithfield in 1957. He was a self-employed farmer who started in the pony business, and then went on to raise and show Belgians for the past 53 years. He also judged various horse shows across the country.
He founded the Golden Horseshoe 4H Club in 1963. Charlie was a member of the Jefferson Co. Fair Board. He was a 50-year member of the Smithfield Masonic Lodge F&AM #182 where he was Past Master in 1975 and 2006. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Steubenville and the York Rite.
Charlie was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 888.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Kay; and his son, Gary Lee; and his two sisters, Lucille Woods and Evelyn Levi Ponti.
Charlie leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Dortha A. (Finney) Stingle, whom he married November 22, 1947; his children, Frederic (Leslie) Stingle and Charles Stingle Jr. both of Smithfield, Sandy (Greg) Smith of Adena, OH, and Sonya (Jim) Vicker of St. Clairsville, OH; his sister, Dorothy Vargo of Rayland, OH; his 14 grandchildren and 22 great- grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received Tuesday evening, February 20, from 5-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home, 107 Hill St., in Smithfield. His funeral service will be held on Thursday at noon at the funeral home with Kenny Kourim officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens in Pleasant Grove, OH.
Military honors will be provided at the cemetery by the Piney Fork American Legion. A Masonic Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Smithfield Masonic Lodge, c/o Rich Malone, P.O. Box 6, Bloomingdale, OH 43910. Condolences may be offered on our website, www.jefosterfh.com.