Leslie L. "Doc" Charles-worth, was born on October 20, 1917 in Glassboro, N.J. to John Wade and Helen Charlesworth.

He grew up on the East Coast working varied jobs during the depression before joining the Army. He served in the Army in the 174th Infantry Band West Coast Sector as a tuba player, and then as an infantryman in 13th Armored Infantry Division in the liberation of Europe. During his service overseas he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery in combat.

After the war, Les married his true love, Shirley Page, on Aug. 23, 1945. Les remained active as a musician and tuba player, starting his own German Band in North Hollywood from 1947-1965, and later was involved in the German American Brass Band of Southern California from 1966-1973.

He worked for the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power as a supervisor for 27 years until he retired and moved to Exeter in 1972.

In Exeter, the town that he loved, Les was very active in the community - a committed member of the American Legion for fifty-two years, a charter member of the Exeter/Farmersville Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, serving for 18 years as their Recorder, and on the Exeter Memorial Building Board for twelve years as the Recording Secretary. Les was also very active at the Sacred Heart Church of Exeter, including being a CCD teacher for many years.

Les passed away on Sept. 14, at his home in Exeter. He was 86 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his brother, William Charlesworth of North Carolina; his sister Marian Buckland of Florida; his daughter Susanne Dickerson and her husband Edward; grandsons Richard and David Dickerson; great-grandsons Andrew, Thomas and Matthew, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on Sept. 21 at the Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel, and he was buried at the Exeter District Cemetery.

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