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Obituary: Charles E. Stokes, Franklin

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Charles E. Stokes, 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. He was a resident of Franklin.

He was born July 20, 1935, in Franklin, to Alvey Stokes and Cora Lyons Stokes Titsworth.

Charles is survived by Martha “Lorene” McMurray Stokes, his wife of 59 years. He also is survived by his children, Steve (Darla) Stokes of Fortville, Dave (Robin) Stokes of Whiteland, Mike (Maria) Stokes of Trafalgar, Rob (Michele) Stokes of Camby and Tony Stokes of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, Michael Stokes, Brian Stokes, Heather (Scott) Combs, Traci (Raymond) Rooks, David Stokes, Nick Stokes, Tom Stokes, Gyllian Stokes and Carson Stokes; and nine great-grandchildren, Andrea, Kyle, Ellie, Zachary, Ava, Adrian, Liam, Bryson and one on the way.

Surviving siblings include Pat (Freddie) Taylor of Edinburgh, Sue (Tom) Stewart of Bargersville and Norma (Ronnie) McMurray of Franklin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Wilbur Titsworth; a sister, Marge Tunks; and a stepbrother, Ed Titsworth.

Charles worked for McFarling Foods for 50 years, starting as a truck driver and working up to vice president in charge of production.

He served as a deacon for many years at Madison Avenue Baptist Church and then became a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

The Rev. Fred Brown will conduct a service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001; or to Friendship Baptist Church, 1600 Westview Drive, Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

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