Musician and WWII Hero Charles Enloe has Passed Away at Age 96

 

Texoma has lost a World War Two hero and a musician who inspired countless students to pursue their love of music.
 
Charles Enloe was born in Wichita Falls and began playing his beloved trombone at age 11, and continued almost  all his 96 years. He died in his sleep last night  at Presbyterian Manor.
 
He always said  the longer he played his trombone, the more he enjoyed it and he passed that enjoyment to his students  at several schools, including as Band Director at Rider.
 He joined a dance band at age 14, and played professionally before the war
 
He joined the Army Air Corp in 1942, served in England and North Africa, and while in Italy, he found a beat up trombone and began playing for the troops,
 
After the war he began his long teaching career which included Director of Band programs for the WFISD and he kept sliding that trombone with several bands around Texoma, including the Mad Medics and the Gordy Kilgore Big Band.
 
He is enshrined in the Texas Band Masters Hall of Fame,  and his legacy can be heard throughout the nation by all those students who are now teaching or playing music. 
 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 10th 2:00 pm at Floral Heights United Methodist Church.
 
 

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