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Charles Edward Glass

November 5, 2018
Charles Edward Glass
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Obituary for Charles Edward Glass

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Charles Edward Glass passed away on November 5, 2018 in Siler City, North Carolina. Born on Independence Day July 4, 1930 to Virgil and Angela Glass, Charlie had a proud patriotic spirit to match the holiday. Charlie was known for his intelligence, sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and attended University School where his love of soccer and drawing cartoons bloomed.

After high school, Charlie attended Williams College and Yale University where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. After graduating, Charlie moved to New York City and studied at the Arts Students League. It was in New York City where his career as a cartoonist took off. He was a regular contributor in both The New Yorker and Esquire Magazines. He also has a nationally syndicated comic strip, Fortune Kookies. In addition, Charlie had a very successful career in advertising. He was a Senior Vice President and worked on many large campaigns and won numerous awards for both print and commercial.

It was in New York City where Charlie on a blind date met the funny, intelligent southern beauty, Grace Jackson Alston. They married in New York City at the Church of St. Thomas More in the spring of 1964. They had three daughters and Charlie was a devoted dad. He was also a very loving husband during their 38 years of marriage, with the last 15 years spent caring for his beloved wife, Grace, as she battled MS.

Charlie's caring personality and artistic talent extended beyond his work. He embarked on a campaign to get Cleveland Indians Center Fielder, Earl Averill inducted into Copperstown. It was a successful campaign as Earl was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. Charlie attended the ceremony as an honored guest of Earl's. Charlie loved Christmas and through that love he developed a lasting friendship with Gladys Boalt. Gladys Boalt ornaments are sold around the world. Charlie helped Gladys in creating the designing many of the ornaments sold today. He very much enjoyed creating beautiful works of art for his children and grandchildren and took great pleasure in spending time with them. Charlie retired to the Raleigh North Carolina area in 1995.

He is survived by his three daughters Laura Kearny Sueta (Edward) of Doylestown, PA, Mary Dawson Kingsley (Chris) of Apex, NC and Elizabeth Alston Reid (Douglas) of Rockwall, TX ,as well as his five grandchildren Jackson & Davis Reid, Emily Grace & Andrew Sueta and Grace Kingsley. He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Vergil & Angela Glass, sister Mary McDaniel and his wife Grace Alston Glass. He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends honor Charlie by contributing to the Grace Alston Glass Fund for Home Caregivers administered by Triangle Community Foundation. Memorial gifts may be made online through the Foundation's website at or mailed to Triangle Community Foundation, PO Box 12729 Durham, NC 27709.

Arrangements are by Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.

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