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LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mr. Charles A. Kolbe, 64, of Lebanon were held Thursday morning, January 1, 2009, at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Cathey and Rev. Joe Coleman officiating.

Interment was at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Known to his close friends as "Root", Mr. Kolbe passed away on his brithday, Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born December 30, 1944, in Wilson County, he was the son of the late John Clinton and Eva Pulley Kolbe.

Mr. Kolbe was a 1963 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Cumberland University and was a graduate of MTSU. He was a member of the Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. Early in his career, he taught and was an assistant football coach at Lebanon High School.

He also was a fireman for the city of Lebanon, later working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He retired as an auditor with the U. S. Department of Child Support Enforcement with 27 years service.

He also was a well-respected college football official for 25 years in the Ohio Valley Conference, and was an official with the TSSAA for 30 years.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Charlie’s family," said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference. "Charlie did a tremendous job as an OVC football official and he will be greatly missed."

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ed Allison.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Locke Kolbe; two sisters, Dorothy (J.W.) Thompson of Lebanon; Emma Myrtle Allison of Jackson; and four brothers, John (Ann) Kolbe of Donelson, Bill (Ruth) Kolbe of Madison, Robert (Charlotte) Kolbe of Donelson and Gerald Kolbe of Lebanon.

Honorary pallbearers: Julian Sampson, Bruce Skeen, Randy Johnson, Bob Byrd, Tony Shelton and Jack Kolbe. Active pallbearers: Terry, Justin, Jeffery & John Callis, Clark & Daniel Sampson, Eddie & Danny Fowler.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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