Charles Edward Cagle, 77, died at home in El Reno, Oklahoma, Friday, April 24, 2015. He was born on October 4, 1937, to Charles Fay Cagle and Doris Irene Purinton Cagle at Caglesville, Arkansas.
Charles’ newspaper career began in the middle of an ice storm on December 24, 1947, when The Harrison Arkansas Daily Times gave him a 35-person route. During the time he was there, he worked in just about every department. Charles also served for four years in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1975, Bill Retherford, owner of Retherford publications, hired him as an ad sales rep for Neighbor Newspapers. He eventually became General Manager after serving as Advertising Manager/Director. He worked 32 years for Neighbor Newspapers. Following the death of Mr. Retherford, Charles relocated to the Oklahoma City area to work for Roger Pugh, owner of Hometown News, Piedmont-Surry Gazette in Piedmont Oklahoma. In June 2010 Steve Eldridge, owner of Metro Publishing (Senior News & Living), offered him a position as Senior Director of Advertising in the Metro area. Charles dedicated over 60 years to mastering the craft of newspaper.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Vickie Carol Kevan of Cushing, Oklahoma. He married Sandra Sue (Lewis) Cagle March 14, 1986, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife and five children: Charles Randle Cagle of Tulsa, OK; Susan Annette Smith and husband Luke of Drumright, OK; Carla Joan Traupman and husband Mike; James Edward Cagle and wife Jennifer of Garland, TX; and Donald Bradley Cagle and wife Stephanie of Tulsa, OK. Two stepchildren: Heather Lee Haws and husband Eric of Broken Arrow, OK and Billy Wayne Hobbs III and wife Tambi of Collinsville, OK. Charles had 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services pending.