~~Charles Henry LeMaster, 88, of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away after a recent illness on January 14, 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Polk LeMaster, also of Livingston, his daughter Leslie LeMaster of Denver, Colorado, his daughter, Robin Krincek, her husband Ron, and his beloved grand daughter, Kelly Noelle of Chatham, New Jersey. His brother, Bill LeMaster, resides in Jackson, Georgia.
Charles and Hazel recently relocated to Livingston from Charlotte, North Carolina, where they had resided since 1963. Long time North Carolinians, Charles had a love of golf, reading, Carolina sports and family trips to Outer Banks beaches.
Charles was born on June 1, 1926 to Willie B. and Henry Monroe LeMaster in Anniston, Alabama. Along with his parents, he and his younger brother Bill, lived in Anniston and Birmingham. When he was 17, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines, and traveled around the world on supply ships 1943 to 1945. After that adventure, he enlisted in the Army, where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant, and trained others as new recruits until an honorable discharge in 1947.
After the war and service, Charles enrolled in the University of Alabama on the GI bill, where he graduated with a degree in business. He followed his father into the insurance business with the Life Insurance Company of Georgia in Atlanta, Georgia in 1951.
Charles met his wife Martha Hazel Polk LeMaster in December, 1952 on a blind date for a company Christmas party. After a year long engagement, they married on February 12, 1954.
Charles and Hazel settled in Augusta, Georgia for several years where they started their family. They moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1963, where they resided until November 10, 2014.
Charles retired from the Life Insurance Company of Georgia (now ING) as a Group Insurance Manager in 1991 after 40 years of service. He won many sales awards over the years, which included multiple award trips to Washington, DC, New York City, Hilton Head Island and Ponte Vedre Island.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey, 07928 (https://www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com/index.html). A service will follow at Bradley and Son at 3:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org) would be appreciated, as Charles revered his time in the service and supported projects that helped veterans.