Charles “Charlie” A Teague, 89, husband of Ann Davis Teague for almost 70 years, died Friday August 25, 2023, at Saint Joseph East Hospital, Lexington, KY.
He was born in Shannon, TX to the late Herman Charles and Oleta Jones Teague.
Charlie was a 1955 graduate of TCU (Texas Christian University), volunteered in the US Army and was Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and later retired from the United States Army having attained the rank of Colonel. He served his country bravely as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. In 1959 he was selected for an experimental unit to explore the use of helicopters on the battlefield. This and other tests resulted in the formation of the First Air Calvary Division for deployment to South Vietnam in 1965. It was during his two tours in Vietnam that he received many awards and medals, including Presidential Unit Citation, awarded for Valor, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, presented by the President of the United States, Bronze Star, 30 Air Medals with V device (The Air Medal with “V device” Valor is awarded to military personnel who distinguish themselves by single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement in combat or combat support while in participation of aerial flight.) and numerous other citations and commendations. He also taught and was an advisor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
After 28 years of serving his country courageously, he retired from the United States Army in November of 1983. He was later employed by American Airlines as a flight instructor for the Boeing 727, McDonald Douglas Super 80, Airbus, Boeing 757, and the Boeing 767.
He wrote, in a paper, about himself, he said, “I was raised in a small town free of drugs, free of predators, and safe for a young person to travel freely within that community knowing that if he needed help, it would come from all directions. Today’s world is more dangerous, and our youth cannot be as carefree as we were. Youths today must grow up a little faster and with greater uncertainties. What I hope to be remembered for? That I did the best I could, with the mind and body God saw fit to give me.”
Charlie will be remembered as a great husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, friend and a true American Hero.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Davis Teague; three children, Cheryl Teague, Cindy (Steve) Stewart and Chris (Holly) Teague; seven grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Pavis, Grace (Brett) Sledge, Elizabeth Ann (Daron) Swire, Taylor (Casey) Stewart, Emily (William) Coley, Jacob (Emily Kay) Teague and Wyatt (Shauna) Teague; nine great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Anthony Teague.
A memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 PM Wednesday August 30, 2023, at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., by Father Norman Fisher. He will have an inurnment at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Visitation will be at 6:00 PM until the hour of service at the funeral home.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris, KY.
The online guestbook is at www.Lusk-McFarland.com and a 24-hour funeral information line can be reached by calling 859-987-4387.