Charles D. Trainer, 73, of Orlando, Fla., died Friday, January 24, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease and cancer, with his loving family at his side.
Born August 2, 1940, in Bardwell, Kentucky, Charles was the son of James L. Trainer and Bela M. Deweese, both deceased.
Surviving him are his wife of 51 years, Helen Henderson Trainer; and son, Chad H. Trainer; his sister, Barbara Campbell of Tampa, Fla.; and brother, Jimmie Trainer of Arlington, Ky.
Charles attended grade school in Bardwell, Ky., and was a member of the first graduating class of Carlisle County High School, where he made many life-long friends. He graduated from Murray State University in 1969 with a degree in agriculture. A great steward of the land, he worked for many years alongside his father, and also worked with the Jackson Purchase Production Credit Association in Hickman County for 15 years before devoting himself full time to his love of farming. He also served for 24 years as a supervisor for the Hickman County Conservation District.
As his Parkinson's Disease progressed, he and his family moved to Orlando, Fla., where he obtained his real estate license and worked for Vacation Village Resorts, selling timeshares and making friends from around the world, many of whom stayed in touch due to his sparkling personality, Cheshire grin and quick wit.
An avid hunter and fisherman since he was a child, he enjoyed many outings even as his body diminished, aided by his Orlando hunting buddy Allen Smith.
Charles donated his brain for Parkinson's research to the University of Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: UF Foundation Center for Movement Disorders, 3450 Hull Road, 4th Floor, Gainesville, FL 32669, c/o Doctor Okun.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, February 1, 2014, at First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive, Paducah, Ky. Visitation 6-7 p.m., memorial service at 7 p.m.