Cruce celebrates 80th birthday

Cruce celebrates 80th birthday

Left: Charlie Cruce and his wife, Carolyn, stand on their porch while a parade of family, friends and neighbors recently drove by to celebrate Charlie’s 80th birthday. Cruce was born Jan. 1, 1942, to Willie (Bill) and Beatrice Booker Cruce. He was born at the family home that was located on West Fork Road in the Creswell community, only about a mile from where he now lives, and was delivered by Dr. Cash. Charlie said he has always been told he was the first baby to be born in Caldwell County in 1942. Family members said they believe he has never traveled more than 350 miles from Creswell. Charlie and wife Carolyn were married in 1962. They have two children, son Mike Cruce and daughter Kim Cruce Oliver, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Charlie retired from a plant in Calvert City, with the Labor Union, following spending approximately seven years there. Prior to that he worked for Dixie Pavers for about four years. His longest employment was with Shawnee Plastics in Kuttawa, where he spent 17 years. He attended Chapel Hill Baptist Church most of his adult life. In his younger years, he enjoyed squirrel, coon and rabbit hunting, and fishing in local creeks and ponds. In his later years, he was known to friends for his fried chicken, pies and barbecue. Above: Charlie’s daughter Kim watches as the parade of well-wishers passes by.