Charles H. Block, 88, of
He received his elementary and high school
During WWII, he served in the Adjutant
General’s Dept. with 30 months of overseas duty in
He began his 50 plus-year-banking career with the First National Bank and Trust Co. in
Crawfordsville. In 1955, he and his family moved to
In the mid 1970’s, Community Banks of
Florida was formed with Charles Block as president and CEO. Eventually,
Community Banks would grow to have 24 banking offices in three counties in
Mr. Block served on many boards of directors and committees during his banking career including, chairmanship of the Commercial, Real Estate and Investment Committees of the Florida Bankers Association, president and director of the Seminole, Florida Chamber of Commerce, president and director of the Kiwanis Club of Seminole, Fla., co-founder of the Upper Pinellas County Florida Bankers Council, member of the Advisory Council on Banking for the Comptroller of the Florida State Banking Dept., member of the Bond Investment Review Committee of Pinellas County, Fla., certified instructor for the American Institute of Banking in the fields of bank investments and banking law and director of COX Lumber Co. until he was 82.
He was also a member of the St Petersburg, Fla. Suncoasters, Seminole, Fla. Tuesday Club, Over the Hill Gang, St Petersburg, Florida Yacht Club, Committee of 100 of Pinellas County, Fla., as well as charter member of the Seminole High Twelve Club, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 273, Madeira Beach, Fla. and a lifetime member of the Seminole, Fla. VFW Post 9272.
As a dedicated Kiwanian,
he received the Jesse W. Johnson Distinguished Fellow Award, the George F. Hixon Fellow Kiwanian Award. He
was named an honorary Lifetime Distinguished Kiwanian.
For many years, he was a trustee of the Seminole, Fla. Kiwanis
Foundation. He was also named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary
International Foundation. In 1994 he was chosen to represent the community of
Mr. Block was an active member of the
In 1946, he married Rose Jean Spencer of Crawfordsville. They have two children, Shirley and Roger.
Charles and Jean traveled extensively around
the world, visiting all seven continents and more than 100 countries.
Charles was most proud of their two trips when they took their entire family,
including five grandchildren, to see some of their favorite places in the
world. In 1987, the family went to
Charles’ loving wife, Jean, passed away in August of this year after 64 years of marriage.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Gould (Ken) of Clearwater, Fla.; a son, Roger Block (Lori), of Eden Prairie, Minn.; a sister, Mary Ann Schuessler (Art), of Kentucky; five grandchildren, Chad Gould (Crystal) of Largo, Fla., Ryan Gould (Claudia) of New York City, N.Y., Jennifer Lisek (Chris) of Clearwater, Fla., Jason Block (Jill) of Carver, Minn., Jamey Kline (Nick) of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; and eight great-grandchildren, Isabella, Rebecca and Brianne Block, Olivia Kline, Spencer and Matthew Lisek and Ruby and Charlie Gould. We all love you and you will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at
Friends and relatives may call on Monday, Nov. 29, from 6 at Stodghill
Funeral Home, on Ind. 168 West in