Charlie Beautte Vincent, Sr. 94, of Monticello, June 4, 2014 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

Born and raised in Drew County, Mr. Ashcraft was educated at the Montongo School and received his early religious training at Mt. Pleasant AME Church.

On April 26, 1944, Mr. Ashcraft entered the United States Army and trained at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and Camp Claiborne in Louisiana before serving in Africa, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Battle Star, American Defense and Victory Ribbons.

Mr. Ashcraft continued to demonstrate his patriotism by working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. After his service in the military, he worked as a mechanic at Exxon stations in Monticello. He was regarded as an expert in automotive repairs. His willingness to help people with their cars often led to long lasting friendships.

Upon retirement, Mr. Ashcraft renewed his love for classic westerns and cowboy movies. Part of his daily routine included waking up early to see the shows he loved as a child.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Jesse and Mary Ellen (Handley) Vincent; three children, Carl Edward Vincent, Curtis Vincent, and Sherry Lynn Vincent Lambert.

He is survived by Mildred Smith; five sons, Charlie (Bennie) Vincent, Jr. of Monticello, Frederick (Marilyn) Vincent of Monticello, Willard (Barbara) Vincent of Monticello, Dwight (Melissa) Vincent of Monticello, Victor (Jacqueline) Vincent of Richmond, Texas; two daughters, Wonda Chestnut of Rosenberg, Texas and Barbara Benton of Warren; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Graveside service will be June 6 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Rev. Charlie Vincent, Jr. officiating. Arrangements are by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.t of Monticello,