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Updated: 02/02/2014 08:00:01AM

C.L. Earwood

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C.L. “Charlie” Earwood, 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla., with his wife of 71 years, Ann Allen Earwood, by his side, along with his granddaughter and caregiver, Tammy Ferran.

Charlie was born March 4, 1924, in Atlanta, Ga., where he attended Commercial High. After retiring as Executive Vice President from Life of Georgia in 1986, he relocated to Punta Gorda to pursue his passion for Sports Car racing, boating and fishing. He became internationally renowned as a premier Road Racing official throughout the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas, and was inducted in both the Sports Car Club of America and Sebring International Raceway Halls of Fame as an official, track manager and ambassador to the sport. Charlie was decorated with four Bronze Medals while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; sons, Terry and Steve, who are also in the racing industry; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of his life, Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make someone smile today, as Charlie would have.

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