Capt. Charles W. Spradlin, 67, master of merchant ships of the Waterman Steamship Corp. for 20 years, was killed June 27 in an accident aboard his ship, the SS Stephen W. Pless, in the Persian Gulf. The ship was returning from the Middle East to Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral services were being held today at the McCully funeral establishment, 3204 Mountain Road, Pasadena.
Captain Spradlin, who lived on Dutch Ship Road in Pasadena, had been a merchant ship captain for 30 years and an officer for 10 years before that. He was a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots.
The native of Thurmond, W. Va., served in the Navy during World War II.
Interested in politics, he also was fond of reading, especially history and about world events, and of telling sea stories.
Survivors include by his wife, the former Linda L. Shuck; a daughter, Linda Theresa "Terri" Spradlin of Pasadena; three sons, Charles Michael Spradlin, Jeffrey Kevin Spradlin and Gregory Keith Spradlin, all of Pasadena; a brother, Howard E. Spradlin of Tampa., Fla., and a sister, Frances Bolen of Beckley, W. Va.