Mr. Lefler of 1607 East Pelican Drive, Oak Island, North Carolina, formerly of
Albemarle, NC, died on June 22, 2009 at Lower Cape Fear and LifeCareCenter in
Mr. Lefler, age 87, was born in Stanly County, North Carolina on September 6, 1921 to the late W.N. Lefler and Lola Walter Lefler. He was preceded in death by four of his siblings; Jean Lefler Noble, Myrle Lefler Koerber, Walter N. Lefler and Caleb G. Lefler.
Mr. Lefler graduated from Albemarle High School and attended UNC Chapel Hill prior to volunteering for service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Major Lefler served as a B-24 pilot and retired from the Army after both active and reserve duty.
While living in Albemarle, be owned and operated Five Points Tire Center before opening Charlie’s Dairy Bar in 1976. He was a member of First Lutheran Church where he taught the Men’s Bible Class; a member of the Albemarle Optimist Club where he was selected for the Optimist Man of the Year Award and he was also a member of the Stanly Masonic Lodge, as well as serving Boy Scout troop #82 for many years. He received the Silver Beaver Award for his many years of service to Boy Scout Troop #82. After retiring to Oak Island in 1980, he became a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where be served as church Treasurer and on Church Council.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn Mills Lefler; a daughter, Carol L. Cauble and husband , Mickey L. Cauble of Albemarle; a son, Charles B. Lefler, Jr. and wife Betsy M. Lefler of Albemarle; four grandchildren, Carla C. Moore, Laura E. Cauble, John M. Cauble and Charles Matthew Lefler; four great- grandchildren, Chloe Mauldin, Will Moore, Mary Elizabeth Moore and Charles Landon Moore; two sisters, Betty L. Davis of Tryon, NC and Joanna L. Carpenter of Columbia, SC; sister-in-law Hazel L. Lefler of Albemarle, brother-in-law Terry Mills and wife, Gladys Mills of Lafayette, LA and sister-in-law, Joyce Mills of Marion, VA
A memorial service for Mr. Lefler will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Southport, NC at 2:00 PM on Wednesday July 1, 2009.
Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Southport, NC 28461.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com
Wilmington Burial & Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099