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Sledge, Dr. Charles Lee

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October 10, 1939 - April 30, 2019

Sledge, Dr. Charles Lee

Charles (Charlie) Sledge, MD, was born In Dallas, TX, October 10, 1939, to David and Georgia Sledge. He passed away, peacefully, on April 30, 2019, surrounded by family and friends, at Walnut Place, Dallas, TX.  A mid-term graduate of Highland Park High School in 1958, he was a member of the Scots 1957 State Championship Football team, and proudly wore his letter jacket all of his life!  Charlie was a graduate of SMU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and began a Mathematical Statistics Masters scholarship program. He left the program to follow his dream of becoming a doctor. He attended UT Southwestern Medical School, graduating in 1967. Following an Internship at the Dallas VA Hospital. he became a Captain in the US Army, and served as a Battalion Surgeon in Korea, for thirteen months. There he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, and completed his service at Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio, TX.  Upon his return to Dallas, he began a three-year Residency in Internal Medicine, at the Dallas VA Hospital. He was awarded the positions of Chief Resident, and Assistant to the Chief of Medical Services. Following his Residency, he served on the VA Hospital teaching staff. During that time, Charlie, with eight of his medical school colleagues, began talking about, then planning to create a medical practice to focus on the highest quality of medical care. In December 1974, the Dallas Diagnostic Association became a reality, and it still exists today! Charlie practiced at Medical City Dallas, where he was Chief of Medicine. He retired from DDA in 2008, but continued to care for patients and the elderly at Walnut Place, where he was the Medical Director. Charlie had a love of fishing that began in the creeks and ponds of University Park. Lovingly known as “Papa,” Charlie spent endless hours fishing the pond at Curtis Park with his beloved grandchildren. His passion for fishing led him on adventures around the world, including Alaska, the Amazon, Canada, Mexico, and every summer – the rivers of Colorado. He loved skiing, hiking, hunting, gardening, and sitting on his porch in Colorado with friends and family, laughing and planning more adventures. Growing up on Lovers Lane, Charlie was a son of the Park Cities and Dallas, who spent his entire adult life caring for, and easing the way for the sick and dying, and their loved ones. He seemed at restful peace in his last days, and well he should have been. He had served his community until the day he was no longer able to serve. There were truly two Charlie personas – the medical professional, and the funny jokester. The hilarious stories about Charlie are legendary, as are the stories of his expertise as a diagnostician, and compassionate and always patient-centered care. He was truly one-of-a-kind.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Jane York, two daughters – Mary Beth Troutt (Chris), and Ellen Hogan; five grandchildren – Lauren Mason (Peter), Lindsay Wilson Preston (Donovan), Hannah and Sam Troutt, and Amanda Hogan; six great-grandchildren – Jayce Wilson, Elizabeth and Madilyn Preston, Peter, John Charles, and Kaitlyn Mason; numerous family members, and scores of friends, colleagues, and grateful patients.

On April 30, as Charlie left Walnut Place for the final time, family, friends, patients, and staff lined his way singing Amazing Grace, in his Honor. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Walnut Place, for their loving care.

Memorial Service
Friday June 7, 2019 – 2pm
St. Michael and All Angels Church
8011 Douglas, Dallas, TX 75225

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Genesis Women’s Shelter, or a charity of your choice.

A Signature Service under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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Wilford Carroll,Jr.

July 01, 2019 1:15PM

Just wanting you to know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that all is well with you and yours. We are still adjusting to life without Dr.Sledge.His spirit is still very much here. It was truly my pleasure and honor to walk the road of life with him these last 21 years. Please come and visit us sometime-we would love to see you. You will always be a part of our Walnut Place family.

Helen Siksek

June 21, 2019 7:33AM

Dear Mary Jane, My sincerest condolences. Thinking of you with much love, Helen

Jack Fraim

June 12, 2019 7:32AM

I knew Charlie for only 9 years during my time at DDA. He is a great guy, great doc and will be missed by all. My condolences to Mary Jane and the family.

Rich Parker

June 05, 2019 8:06AM

Charlie was my doctor from about 1975 until he retired. He was an outstanding doctor who was never rushed or in a hurry to get you in & out as a patient.
He truly cared for his patients. He had such a great sense of humor.
I have so missed him being my doctor after his retirement. He was such a fine person.

Burgess Dicken

June 02, 2019 1:04PM

I went to school with Charlie from 1955 to 58 at Greenhill. Sorry for your loss. Sincerest condolences

Marie Turner

June 01, 2019 5:45PM

Mary Jane, best of luck to the next phase of your life. Charlie will always be at your side and feel the overflowing love for you. Marie

Patti (Kelley) Accardo

June 01, 2019 5:03PM

Charlie taught me so much, made me laugh every day, and became my dear friend. He holds a special place in my heart and I will cherish his memory. I wish to share my condolences with the entire Sledge family, as I know he will leave a huge empty spot in their family circle. I hope that they will fill that emptiness with all the wonderful memories they have of him...I love you Charlie.

Joe & Ann Binford

June 01, 2019 1:47PM

Great job on the obit, MJ. You do know how much we love you and of course our lives will never be quite as full and fun without Charlie. Thanks for getting this out in such grand remembrance.

Martin/Elin Greenberg

May 31, 2019 5:33PM

Greenbergs of Mckinney will miss this good friend

Connie Smith

May 31, 2019 5:19PM

RIP will be missed!!

Wendy and Kevin

May 31, 2019 5:03PM

You were a wonderful man Charlie Sledge, and it was an honor to call you our friend.