Lewis Eugene Charlton of Miami died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo. He was 81.

Mr. Charlton was born March 18, 1926, in Granby, Mo., to Benjamin Franklin and Ruth Melissa (Grimes) Charlton. He attended schools in Granby and later attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami. He lived in Miami almost all of his life.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Army after more than 30 years.

He worked for Eagle Picher Mines and then for B.F. Goodrich as a tire builder until his retirement. He opened Charlton Repair in Fairland in 1995 and operated it until his death. He was a 32nd-Degree Mason, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 15037, a life member of the American Legion, a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Akdar Shrine and a member of the Military Officers Association.

He married Frances Lee Trollope in 1948. She preceded him in death in December, 1962.

He was survived by his wife, Rowena, of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Stephen L. Charlton of Miami; one daughter, Debbie C. Martin and her husband Dennis of Broken Arrow; one stepson, John Harrold and his wife Beatrice of Castro Valley, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Jaci McDonald of Miami, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Miami with Dr. Helen M. Hutchison officiating. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Stephen Charlton II, Scott Lee Charlton, Travis G. Hicks, Sean McDonald and T.J. McDonald, and friend Sam Goins.

The Miami Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic rites at the funeral service. The Floyd L. Perry American Legion Post No. 147 Veterans Funeral Detail will provide graveside military honors.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home in Miami.