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Charlene Mary Poat

  • Birth 2 Jul 1942 College Park, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 14 Nov 1970 Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Saint Johns, McCracken County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 21581036

Mary Charlene Poat, 28 years old, was from College Park, Georgia, the daughter of Ray and Azilee Grief Poat. A graduate of St. John's High School in Paducah, Kentucky, she had been a stewardess with Southern Airways since 1964. Her mother described her as "a very quiet girl, a very attractive girl." She was buried at St. John's Cemetery in Paducah, close to where she grew up.

On a rainy hill side in Wayne County, West Virginia, the lives of her and 74 other people were lost in the worst single air tragedy in NCAA sports history. Among the losses were nearly the entire Marshall University football team, coaches, flight crew, numerous fans, and supporters. The event marked a boundary by which an entire community would forever measure time... before or after "The Crash". God bless those whose lives were lost on that evening; We honor those men and women who made a mark in the hearts of a school, a community and a nation.

Rest peacefully, for all eternity.

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  • Created by: Always Remembered~Susan A From MA
  • Added: 16 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21581036
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charlene Mary Poat (2 Jul 1942–14 Nov 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21581036, citing Saint John Catholic Church Cemetery, Saint Johns, McCracken County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Always Remembered~Susan A From MA (contributor 46779683) .