Published in Hickory Daily Record on July 9, 2012
GREENSBORO Mr. Charles
Edwin Ostwalt, 87, of Greensboro, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Well
Spring Retirement Community.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 10, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary
of Centenary United Methodist Church in Greensboro.
Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery with military honors and
Masonic rites observed.
Charles was born in Iredell County to the late Jay Lloyd and Lottie Jane
Ostwalt. Charles graduated from Statesville High School, where he played
football, baseball and ran track. After high school graduation, he entered
the military, where he served for three years in the European Theater.
Upon his return from the military, he entered Lenoir Rhyne College, where
he graduated and played both football and baseball.
Following his graduation, he played seven years of professional baseball.
Charles then began his teaching and coaching career at East Mecklenburg
High School in Charlotte.
In the late 1950s, he made a career change to the insurance business and
opened and operated his own agency.
Charles was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Greensboro,
where he served in several different capacities. He was also a long-time
member of the YMCA Board of Directors. He was a member of Winston-Salem
Lodge of AF&AM #167, the Winston-Salem Valley of the Scottish Rite,
the Oasis Shrine Temple in Charlotte, and was a member of the Royal Order
of Jesters Chapter #109 in Charlotte. He also served on the Athletic Committee
for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas for 47 years and served as the Athletic
Director for the Shrine Bowl from 1987 to 1997.
Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mae L. Ostwalt; two daughters,
Jane O. Ramsey and husband, John, of Darlington, S.C., and Patricia O.
Overby and husband, Steve, of Winston-Salem; and three grandsons, Steven
C. and Joseph M. Overby, of Winston-Salem, and Brandon C. Ramsey, of Darlington,
The family will receive friends today (Monday, July 9) from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel, 5926 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro,
Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church,
2300 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403; to Oasis Shrine Temple, 604
Doug Mayes Pl., Charlotte, NC 28262-8420; or to the Residence Benevolent
Fund, c/o Well Spring Retirement Community, 4100 Well Spring Dr., Greensboro,