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Dr. Charles E. Rowe

Dr. Charles Edward Rowe, 86, Moultrie, Ga., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Park Regency Assisted Living in Georgia.
A native of New Albany, born March 10, 1917, he was the son of the late Otto and Sallie Sherman Rowe.
He attended grade school in Corydon, where he was active in the school band and was selected to play at the Kentucky State Fair under the direction of John Philip Sousa. He was a member of Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 22 in Corydon on Dec. 21, 1931.
He graduated cum laude from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, and entered the U.S. Army Pilots Training program at Maxwell Field in Alabama, where he received his wings and commission on Nov. 11, 1942. He flew 281 combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theatre of War.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, China-Burma-India Theatre ribbon with two bronze stars, the American Theatre ribbon, and the China War Memorial Medal with wings, 35 years after the orders were lost.
He attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., and graduated summa cum laude with a doctor’s degree in optometry.
He was a past president of Suncrest Memorial Gardens; a past exalted ruler of the Moultrie Elks Lodge #1277, where he served three terms; a past state president of the Georgia Elks Association, where he was past district deputy grand exalted ruler in 1959 and 1973; past president of the Georgia Elks President’s Association, and the Albany Elks Lodge 713.
He was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Sigma, First Baptist Church of Moultrie, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Hump Pilot’s Association, P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot’s Association, P-51 Mustang Pilot’s Association, 9th Air Force Association and Sunset Country Club.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Rowe.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Aldridge; a son, Charles E. Rowe Jr. of Thomasville, Ga.; a daughter, Charlotte Rowe Cunningham of Warner Robins, Ga.; a sister, Catherine Rowe Ireland of Muncie, and two grandsons.
Funeral: Friday, Dec. 26, at Cobb Funeral Chapel in Moultrie with entombment in the Rowe Mausoleum at Cobb Suncrest Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers were his nephews.
The family suggests memorial gifts to charity of donor’s choice, Georgia Elks Aidmore Children’s Center, 2394 Morrison Road, Covington, Ga., or Hospice in Colquitt County, Ga.