Official, U.S. Geological Survey
CHARLES LEWIS SOURS, formerly of Springfield, and McLean, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2002 from complications of cancer. He was 85.
Charles had been Chief Legislative Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Interior. He was responsible for the rules and regulations governing oil and mineral rights and served the U. S. Government for 45 years. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and a member of the Naval Reserves for 20 years rising to the rank of Commander.
Born in New Glasgow, Virginia, and raised in Charlottesville, he received his B.S. and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Virginia. He married the late Helen Briggs Sours of Richmond prior to being shipped out as a Navy Ensign in World War II. After the war, they settled in Springfield, Virginia, and together raised their three children.
He was an active member of the National Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder, Deacon, and Head Usher. He was president of several Civic Associations and PTA's.
He retired 15 years ago to Fort Myers, Florida, where he became active in the local community.
He is survived by his three children, Charles Jr., Craig H. and Elaine K.; four grandchildren, Kimberlee P., Scott C., Austin C. Sours and Kirsten E. Blanton.
Those who loved him describe Charles as a vibrant, loving, intelligent and giving individual. He was a true Southern gentleman.
Memorial Service will be held in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday, July 3rd. A Funeral Service will be conducted at the Fort Myer Chapel on the grounds of Arlington National Cemtery at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2002, burial
will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
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