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 Charles William “Chock” Digby

Charles William “Chock” Digby

Birth
Hennepin, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 16 Jan 2017 (aged 91)
Burial Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 175483560 · View Source
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Son of the late Luster Lee and Fannie Mae (Wells) Digby, Charles was born on a dairy farm near Hennepin, Oklahoma, September 2, 1925. Following a period of failing health, Charles William Digby went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the age of ninety-one years, four months and fourteen days.

A hard worker from his youth Chock attended school in Davis and on December 7, 1943 he entered the U. S. Army.

During his training he earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge and saw service in the battles of the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and of Central Europe. He was wounded in action in Belgium and in France became a Prisoner of War. For his service he was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the Cross of Valor, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Charles was truly an American Hero and was "a member of that greatest generation that any society has produced."

When Charles returned home from his military service, he met the love of his life at the Turner Falls skating rink. It was love at first sight for both he and Billie Jo Bittle; they were married April 25, 1947 and never looked back. The parents of three children, Pam, Paula and Ronnie, they would have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary this year.

A jack of all trades, Charles worked hard to give his family everything he could. He worked as a truck driver, on the pipe line; was a carpenter, and even had his own mobile home business. He loved life and was always smiling, laughing and ready to share a good story. Following his retirement, Charles became a dedicated gardener and worked tirelessly in his garden. He always had one grand-kid or another with him, picking and eating all the strawberries they could without even wiping the dirt off.

A man of Christ, Charles loved going to church with his family, worshiping at the Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church. It always made him so proud to have his family there with him. In addition to his devotion to his church, Charles was a member of the American Legion Post 65 of Ardmore for many years and had served as Post Commander several times.

Charles never met a stranger and was loved by many. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, who will cherish precious memories forever.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Digby of the home; his son and daughters, Ronnie Digby; Pam Harn and Paula Baldock; his grandchildren, Shea Warren and husband, Matt, Selby Bagale and husband, Haven, Brittani Digby, Trevor McComber and wife, Jessica, Patience Light and husband, Justin and Chance Digby; great grandchildren, Colby and Kalishea Warren, Tyler, Logan and Carly Bagale, Vesper and Ronin Grissom; also a brother, Billy Ray Digby and wife, Marie and sister, Inez Sullins and husband, Leroy.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Glen, Cliff and W. D. Digby and sisters, Estelle Allson and Betty Hefley.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 20, 2016 in the Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Leroy Holman. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: JEF
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175483560
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles William “Chock” Digby (2 Sep 1925–16 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175483560, citing Hillcrest Memorial Park, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .