Keeping watch with his family by his side, Charles H. Greenwood answered his Savior's call to come home on May 28, 2017, after a short illness at Community Hospital in Anderson. He was 83.
Charles was born on July 30, 1933, in Anderson, the son of the late Huddie M. and Lida Mae (Lampkins) Greenwood.
He received his bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University in 1956 and 1961, respectively. He obtained his doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University in 1972.
Dr. Greenwood began his career in East Chicago as an educator before moving to Muncie with his wife, Dr. Theresa Greenwood, in 1961. At Ball State, he began his tenure as a curricular adviser and served in that capacity for 13 years. In 1973, he was named a post-doctoral Rockefeller Fellow and was a visiting professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Upon his return to Muncie in 1974, he was named the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and served in this position until 1984. He subsequently served as the Assistant Dean of Continuing Education at the School of Extended Education. During this time, he also worked on behalf of Ball State University in various capacities: Campus Liasion for the IHETS Program; Midwest representative for the Washington Center in Washington, D.C.; Educational Coordinator for the Academy for Community Leadership; BSU coordinator for the Pendleton Correctional Facility; Cooper Science Awards coordinator and BSU coordinator for the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility. He retired from Ball State in 2013.
Dr. Greenwood strongly believed in giving back to the community through a lifetime of dedicated public service that stretched over decades.
He served on the boards of various organizations including Muncie YMCA, Junior Achievement, Muncie Housing Authority, Riley Hospital Advisory, IU Memorial Health Ball Memorial Hospital and United Way. He was a member of Kiwanis International for many years, serving as the President of the downtown Muncie club in 1981, the Indiana District governor in 1991 and at the international level as the Chairman for Council and Convention Music 1992-2000. He served as president of the International Singing Hoosiers Alumni Association 2005-2010 and was named president emeritus in 2011. His last project was near and dear to his heart because of its focus on his love of children and his continued commitment to education. He was actively involved at the Anderson Preparatory Academy from its inception and lately served as its board chairman.
Charles loved the Lord with all his heart. During his time on the battlefield, he attended College Avenue Methodist Church, Agape Ministries, Union Chapel, all in Muncie, and Madison Park Church of God, in Anderson.
Charles loved his country and served in the armed forces over most of his life. He began his service through the ROTC while attending Indiana University in 1952. He was later assigned to the 5th Army, 15th Division of Army Engineers at Fort Carson, Colorado, in 1956. In 1979, he joined the USAF, Civil Air Patrol, moving through the ranks from captain to Wing Commander Indiana Wing as a full colonel (2002-2006) and recently served as the Great Lakes Region Safety Officer until 2014.
He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Iota Epsilon, the American Legion (777), Indiana Black Association, Adult Education Association of Indiana, ICCE and the Indiana Leadership Association.
He was listed with Who's Who of Black Americans and Who's Who in Indiana. He received commendations from the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana State Senate. He also received the Benny Award from Ball State University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1991.
Charles traveled extensively and had the opportunity to visit many countries including China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Venezuela, the Caribbean and all of Europe. He was an avid collector of model trains and enjoyed studying American history, especially all things related to the Civil War.
He is survived by his wife of seven months, Mary Alyce Carter Greenwood, of Anderson; two children, Lisa Renee and Marc Charles; three stepchildren, Kieara Carter of Anderson, Kevin Carter (wife, Yvonne) of Indianapolis and Korey Carter (wife, Kenyatta) of Anderson; step-grandchildren Otis Carter, Keidra Carter, Skylar Carter, Shantia and Danitra McCleod and five step-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a stepbrother, James Tucker (wife, Annette) of Indianapolis and Charm Tucker and nephews; a niece, the Pastor Virginia Wesley (husband, Melvin) of Indianapolis; great-nieces, Casaundra Collins, Anna Maria Crider, Carmen Kennedy, all of Indianapolis; a great-nephew, Chester Pettis, Jr. of Woodbridge, Virginia, three sisters-in-law; Connie J. Stanton, (husband, Thomas), Muncie; Geraldine Alexander, Normal, Illinois, Arlene Winfrey of Atlanta, Georgia and nieces Laurie Ann Thiel and Marsha Dew; nephews, Michael Stanton, Paul and Tim Winfrey, John and Steven McGhee and cousins.
Dr. Greenwood was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary W. Greenwood Harrington and Dorothy Greenwood; a niece, Patricia Kennedy; his wife, Dr. Theresa Greenwood; sister-in-law Joan Blake and family and brother-in-law Marvin Winfrey.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at The Meeks Mortuary, Washington Street Chapel and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the service at Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive in Anderson. Entombment will follow in Elm Ridge Mausoleum with military rites by the United States Army, Veterans of Delaware County and students of Anderson Preparatory Academy.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at Madison Park Church of God.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Ministries of Delaware County, Inc. 401 E. Main St., Muncie, IN 47305, phone 765-288-0601 or the Anderson Preparatory Academy, 101 W.29th St., Anderson, IN 46016, phone 765-649-8472.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at meeksmortuary.com.
Published on June 3, 2017