In Memory

Charlie Cregar

Charlie Cregar

CREGAR American Hero Charles Jesse Cregar, Jr., 68, passed away unexpectedly at home on September 14, 2012. A resident of Atlantic Beach for more than 25 years, he was a member of Sonrise Worship Center. He was a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War having earned a Purple Heart while serving honorably in the U.S Army. Under his leadership, many young men's lives were saved and they were brought home to their families. For our blessed America he fought. As a disabled vet, he sought help for our combat vets coming home that they would be better prepared to deal with PTSD, the hidden wound and not to be thrown back into society after the hell of war. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Brenda; son, Charles Jesse Cregar III; daughters, Samantha Owens and Amanda Parrilla; and three grandchildren, Harlow, Xileena, and Owen Bear. A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22nd at Sonrise Worship Center at Levy Rd. and Main St., Atlantic Beach, FL.

Published in the Florida Times-Union from September 19 to September 20, 2012

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10/01/12 09:32 PM #1    

Irene McVay (Staik)

I remember Charlie as a very friendly and kind fellow.  I am grateful for his military service and send my condolences to his family.  My husband also served in Vietnam and died from cancer as a result of Agent Orange.

Irene McVay Staik


10/02/12 02:36 PM #2    

Dick Easley

After receiving the notice to Charlie's death and Vietnam service, I went back to our Grady website to look up his picture.  After leaving Grady, I went off to college for a semester, then off to service for four years and overseas duty for over three. When I returned home to Atlanta, it was to move to SC with my parents and then college. I lost contact withf my Grady Class. As a USAF vet from the same period, I felt particularly touched by his service to other vets with problems after returning home. Many of us either shared those problems or knew many who did. I admire Charlie for his military service and dedication to those who so needed help.  He is an American Hero to me and thousands of more Americans. I have lost a number of freinds to Agent Orange and have worked to help detoxify a number of others which gave them a chance of a  better quality of life.  I so wish other vets with Agent Orange will find some answers. My most sincere condolences go to his family.

Richard Easley

10/07/12 12:47 PM #3    

Harvey Schulman

I just returned home and was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of charlie. My sincere condolence to his family.

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