Charles "Pete" R. Medlin Sr.
August 2, 1932 – February 21, 2021
On February 21, 2021, Charles R. “Pete” Medlin, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Northwest Louisiana War Veteran’s Home. Family members were blessed to have visited with him that evening and to assure him that he was not alone. Pete (“Pawpaw,” to many) was a solid member of that “greatest generation,” having been born August 2, 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He is predeceased by his mother and father, Esther and Jesse Medlin, and three of his siblings, Sonny, George and Jeannie, his only surviving sibling being Dr. D. K. Medlin (and partner Barbara). Pawpaw also is predeceased by his first wife of 45 years, Nelwyn Hoell Medlin, his second wife, Eileen Yearwood Medlin, and his son Charles Ray Medlin, Jr. (“Woody,” who died February 14, 2020).
Pete is survived by wife Lola Mikovich Medlin, who shared almost 11 years of marriage with him, and two children, Cindy McAllister (Rick) and Deryl Medlin (Sonya). Pawpaw loved, and beamed with pride about, his 7 grandchildren and his other descendants: David and Keith Lewis; Andrew (Tara), Laura and Phillip Medlin; and, Michael D. Medlin and Michelle Medlin Jacobs (Marc), together with seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Pete’s family also included Lola’s children, Steve (Tracy), Greg, Michael, and Carla (deceased), as well as Steve’s and Carla’s children, Hannah, Austin, Carly (Doss) (and infant son Charlie) and Chase. Pawpaw was loved by many and will be missed.
Pete was a proud graduate of C.E. Byrd High School in its heyday, when nationally the School was known for the achievements of its students and athletes. He joined the United States Marine Corps upon graduation and immediately vacationed in the Chosin Reservoir in Korea at -40 degrees, where he suffered serious injuries from which he awoke in a hospital in Japan wrapped in bandages, but grateful to be living. Pete received an honorable discharge and a stack of medals, then returned stateside a proud Marine, soon to marry Nel in 1951 and to begin his family and his working life. After several short-term jobs, Pete went back to government work with the Post Office,where he excelled; his last three stints were as Postmaster in Mer Rouge, Haughton and DeRidder, before retirement at age 55.
Pawpaw loved lakes, and at various times lived on Lake D’Arbonne, Lake Claiborne, and Lake Bistineau. He loved to bass fish, run trot lines, and drink a cold Budweiser and entertain family and friends by the lake. Pawpaw loved his LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints, and supported them avidly throughout life. He watched Jeopardy almost every day. A week before he died, Pawpaw was watching Bonanza in the hospital, and he enjoyed all cowboy programs and movies, Viking stories, too. Pete loved all kinds of music, but especially beautiful Irish wailing ballads that make people cry, country music, even Demi Lovato (he surprisingly disclosed one Grammy night). Pawpaw did not like Hippies or communists and was not shy about expressing his opinions, sometimes with an added dose of humor. Pete enjoyed Mardi Gras, especially the krewes of Justinian and Centaur. He rode on floats with Lola in the Centaur Parade, threw beads, and attended grand balls and coronations. Pete shared jokes and humorous stories in Sunday School, to lighten the mood. Mostly though, Pawpaw love traveling all over this great land and seeing the beautiful vistas, whether by car with family in tow to California and the western states, or to Big Bend National Park, or to the Florida beaches at St. George Island, Panama City Beach or Destin, or by bus later in life with Lola and travel mates, to experience the majesty of the Wild West and the national parks.
A visitation to celebrate the life of Pete Medlin will be hosted at Centuries Memorial, 8801 Mansfield Road, on Sunday, February 28 from 3:00 to 5:00, and his funeral service will occur on Monday, March 1st at 10:30 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8645 Business Park Drive, in the Auto Mall area off E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. Honored pallbearers are members of Pete’s family, Keith Lewis, Rick McAllister, Andrew Medlin, Laura Medlin, Steve Mikovich, and Chase Weaver. Those in attendance kindly are encouraged to follow the COVID-19 protocols, with appropriate masking and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, Pawpaw requested that donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Celebration Church Building Fund, or other worthy organizations be considered.
- Keith Lewis
- Rick McAllister
- Andrew Medlin
- Laura Medlin
- Steve Mikovich
- Chase Weaver
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Celebration of Life
Monday, March 1, 2021
Charles "Pete" R. Medlin Sr.
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February 27, 2021
I have so many memories of Pete but one fond memory is how he would grab our aunt Bea (mother’s older sister) and kiss her on the neck until she would squeal for him to stop. He got a kick out of her squeals!
I remember also his work ethics even while in high school! He would work at a grocery store all day on Saturday to earn enough money to take his girlfriend on a date.
Pete always had a lot of friends but his childhood and almost his life was ended right after graduation from high school when his Marine reserve unit was called into active duty and he was sent into the Korean conflict. He was rescued by a MASH helicopter unit but we spent over a week praying for him after receiving a Missing In Action notice from the government. You can imagine our joy when an army nurse in Tokyo called and told us he was alive!
After hospitalizations and several surgeries in Bethesda MD and Oakland CA, Pete was returned to us 2 or 3 inches taller. He was no longer a kid but a man. His girlfriend had married another while he was serving his country but he met another woman more worthy of his love, Nelwyn Hoell. I was 11 years old when they got married by a Justice of the Peace on Halloween night. I was excited and honored when they allowed me to sign as a witness on their marriage license!
You will find many pictures of Pete fishing. He had many interests but fishing was the activity that seemed to bring him the most joy after friends and family.
Pete was also a devoted Christian and it showed in the way he lived his life. One of his favorite songs was “Ghost Riders-in the Sky.” I’m quite sure he is entertaining all the heavenly hosts this morning with a rendition of that song in his beautiful baritone voice. I can almost hear him, can’t you?
Rest in peace, my dearest of brothers! We look forward to seeing you again one day.
(This photo was taken of Pete with Barbara, I’m so glad he got to meet her.. She loved him, too!)
February 26, 2021
Uncle Pete was a funny uncle. I do remember his humor. I loved when he would visit us down in Franklinton, La. I always respected his service in the Marines and loved him as a child. I haven’t seen him in years but I will never forget his smile. I am his niece. My natural mother was his sister Jeanne and after she passed my Aunt Doris adopted me and gave me a great life . Mama ( DK) always smiles when she talk about Uncle Pete. So do I. RIP Uncle Pete! Walk with Jesus.