Graveside services for Charles Lasley, 91, longtime Clinton businessman, were scheduled to be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in the Eakly Cemetery in Eakly, OK, with Masonic Rites and under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.
Charles Lee Lasley was born June 25, 1929 to Van and Bessie (Riley) Lasley in Colony, OK and passed away November 3, 2020 in the St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.
Charles was raised in Colony thru the 8th grade and then transferred to Eakly where he graduated from high school. He continued his education at Southwestern State College in Weatherford, transferred to Louisiana State and attended one semester at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
He married Oneta Roof in 1949 and they made their home on the family farm until his entry into the U.S. Air Force in January 1951. He was a flight instructor until his honorable discharge in December of 1955. He returned back to Western Oklahoma and joined the Reserves.
He started a career with First Pyramid Life Insurance Company as a salesman. He spent two years in Arkansas and then was promoted to General Agent for western Oklahoma. In 1961 he formed the Lasley Insurance Agency in Clinton. He specialized in estate planning and trust. While in the insurance business he also got into real estate and purchased four mobile home parks in Clinton, Oklahoma City and Woodward and managed them. He retired from the agency in 1990.
In the 1980’s during the oil boom along with Harvey White and Bill Perkins, they formed a company call Wapco real estate and oil leasing.
He later married Caroline J. (Cotter) Fite September 21, 1996 in Clinton, OK. They have made Clinton their home. They have traveled extensively. Charles was an avid pilot and has owned numerous airplanes and has traveled all 50 states, Mexico and Vancouver Islands.
He was a member of the Chapel Hill Methodist Church; he was a 32nd degree Mason and has served as District Deputy Grand Master for two years and he was a member of Lodges in Hydro, Clinton, Thomas, Custer City and Weatherford. He was a Shriner and served as hospital coordinator in Western Oklahoma for several years, he was a Potentate Aide and a member of Eastern Star. He is also a member of the American Legion.
He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, traveling in his Recreational Vehicle. He has collected and enjoyed antiques for several years.
He is preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Nita Jean; son, Hal Lasley; grandson, Weston Lasley, and stepdaughter, Debra Fergason.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Lasley, of the home, daughter, Debra Lasley, Clinton and son Doug Lasley, Huston, TX.
He is also survived by four grandchildren, great granddaughter and three step grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, and numerous close friends.