Dr. Charles Raymond Underwood III

August 2, 1951July 21, 2013

Dr. Charles Raymond Underwood III of Indian Lake Estates, Florida passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at his residence.

He was born August 2, 1951 in Fort Lauderdale and came to Lake Wales in 1981. He was a member of the Iota Beta Gamma Biology Fraternity and earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Virginia Tech, Master of Science from Virginia Tech, attended Lynchburg and transferred to the University of Florida for this B.A. of Agriculture and Certificate in Associate Arts from the University of Florida. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 242 in Lake Wales, associate member of the Indian Lake Estates Methodist Church, a member of the Disciples of Christ’s Church in Fort Lauderdale, American Birding Association, Nature Conservancy and the N.R.A. He was the guest service manager at Animal Kingdom and worked for Walt Disney World for 27 years.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Charles Raymond Underwood, Jr. Survivors include his mother, Betty K. Underwood of Indian Lake Estates and his cousins, Phyllis & John Wagner of Greenwood, IN, John Kocher of Nashville, IN and Mark & Donna Kocher of Indianapolis, IN.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Indian Lake Estates United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Knitter officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Masonic Lodge.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dr. Charles Raymond Underwood III

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Pat Surber

December 8, 2013

Ms Underwood, I was trying to contsct Ray to let him know I was visiting florida this week, to find this horrific obituarary. I keep saying his loss couldn't have happened without me knowing. He was such a special man to me. I loved this man and we so often texted and emailed. I knew I hadn't heard from him for a while but knew he stayed busy. I can not tell you the depth of my sympathy and sorrow. God be with you. This is Pat Surber. Last year Jon and I had dinner with you both. I just don't know what to say. Wish I could find you while I visit Orlando. If you get this my email is

Rick Corriveau

August 19, 2013

So sorry to here about your Son Ray passing away. I work for Ray at the Magic kingdom. He was a great manager. Always had a smile at M.K. have a lot of memories. Will pray for you Mrs.Underwood May the Lord comfort you.

Charles Hansrote

August 18, 2013

Our Thoughts and prayers are with you. Melva & Charles; Ruthann & Dick; Jill & Charlie

Elizabeth Malave

July 29, 2013

Ray, you are so going to be missed. I can remember you greeting me at Animal Kingdom over in Asia my first week working deployment there. I was so happy to see a familiar face. Your cast always had such good things to say about you and your deployment team thought you were a pretty cool guy too.

I can remember the day you told me how you messed up CDS. Story goes, a bunch of his Asia cast members wanted to get an early realease (ER). Well they couldnt afford to let so many go home early so Ray went into CDS and thought he denied them. Turns out he approved them all. That story cracked me up.

Thanks for making us smaile Ray. We will miss you!!

Samantha Jones

July 28, 2013

Ray, love you lots!!
I'll miss your smiling face!

Pam Scrivani

July 28, 2013

Ray I can't believe you are gone. I just spoke with you last week on the phone at base. You were a Great man you were always happy when I saw and spoke to you. All of us at WDW that knew and worked with you have lost a true friend. Mrs. Underwood I am so sorry for you loss. I am sorry I was unable to attend as I was out of town at another memorial service. God bless you and your Family at this sad time. Just know that Ray will be missed.

Bruce Cerny

July 26, 2013

Ray you out of all the people that I worked with at Epcot were the most influental on my life. I thank you for all the great memories that I will hold very dear in those good old days at WDW. May God bless you and your family and please keep an eye on us from where you are now. I can Always use Another guardian angel ! You will be missed by So Many people whose lives you've touched !

Elizabeth (Betty) Kolheffer

July 26, 2013

Betty, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your son,Ray. I just got the news late last night. I do not have words to express my sympathy to you. You are very dear to my heart, and I am sending my love and prayers to you. May the Lord keep you until you all meet again. With love, Betty Cormican Kolheffer & Kurt & Family

Kim and Stockton Toler

July 26, 2013

Ray, my friend. I have such fond memories of you during our time at Disney. It was always great to walk into the office and hear your hearty laugh and I knew I could always count on you to give good advice when I needed it. Ms. Underwood, I hope that you will be able to find some peace knowing how many lives your wonderful son touched over the years. He spoke of you often and it was obvious how much he cared about you. I know he will be missed by many.

Linda Myers Griffin

July 26, 2013

Betty, I was so sad to hear of Ray's passing. I will miss the Christmas cards he sent me for the past 42 years! I was just thinking of coming by to see him on my next trip north from Ft Lauderdale. My prayers are with you! Love, Linda Myers Griffin