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Charles Slaughter Lee Poston

October 29, 1941 — May 2, 2024

Bedford, Virginia

Dr. Charles S.L. “Charlie” Poston, passed away at his home in Bedford, Virginia, on Thursday, May 2, 2024, after a short illness. 

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 29, 1941, he was the son of the late Harrison Trueheart and Martha Eskridge Lee Poston. He grew up on Jackson Street in the “Rocking Cradle” house, a well-known Lynchburg landmark. His father was a prominent architect in Lynchburg. 

While at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, he was a drummer for The Dazzlers, a local rockabilly group.

He received his undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College, a Master’s degree from Auburn University and a PhD from Washington State University. He came to the University of Northern Colorado in 1971 and retired as a professor and as the former Chair of the Department of Psychology in 2002.

After his retirement, he moved to Bedford County, Virginia where he was a member of the Jefferson Choral Society and of The Society of the Lees of Virginia. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Temby Sue Bartle Poston, and by his sister, Martha Trueheart Poston Gaerttner and her husband, George Frederick Gaerttner, III.

He is survived by his two daughters, Margaret Willoughby Poston of Lynchburg and Katrina Gough of Timnath, Colorado.

A funeral service will be held on May 23, 2024, at 1 P.M. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. Interment will be held at a later date in St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Warsaw, Virginia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jefferson Choral Society or to the Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg. 

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery

5987 Richmond Road, Warsaw, VA 22572

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