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Beloved Boxing Coach Dies at 88

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Charles ‘Chuck’ Lincoln Sr. 1932 - 2020

Charles ‘Chuck’ Lincoln Sr.

Charles “Chuck” Lee Lincoln Sr., a beloved Portland boxing champion and coach, and father to his community, has died at the age of 88. Lincoln transitioned home peacefully on Aug. 7, 2020.

He was born in Beaumont, Texas on July 26, 1932. The family relocated to Portland in 1942. After attending Benson High school, he joined the U.S Army in 1953. During his military career, he served in the Korean War and boxed for the U.S. Army.

Chuck was a Golden Glove Champion and professional boxer. After his boxing career, he was hired in 1959 by the city of Portland Parks and Recreation as a coach and trainer for the Knott Street Community Center. The rest is history. Every afternoon, 150 or more neighborhood kids flowed through the doors of Knott Street Center.

As a professional trainer, he produced Golden Glove, National, Olympic and professional champions. He trained and coached 9 of 10 national champions from 1961 to 1972. Just to name a few of his fighters, includes Ray Lampkin, #1 World ranked contender, Thad Spencer #1 World ranked contender, Michael Colbert AKA Adofo Akil, #1 World ranked, Pete Gonzales #5 World rank, Tommy Thomas, Tony Jacobs, Johnny Howard, Wade Smith, Bill Cross, also known as A. Halim Rahsaan, Lee Jenkins, Clarence Hammick, and Andy Minsker. In honor of Chuck Lincoln and the Knott Street Boxing Club, Oct. 11, 2005 was proclaimed Knott Street Boxing Day by the City of Portland.

Chuck was a father to his community. Parents would send their kids to Chuck Lincoln because of his positive influence on young people through “strong love.” There are so many stories and so much history too numerous to list. Chuck is a Portland legend. Everyone knew and loved him.

He was one of 10 children born to Horace and Beulah Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by a sister Alice McKinney-Muhammad of Riverside, Calif.; three daughters, Kathleen White (Bill) of Portland, Charleen Lincoln of Atlanta, and Sherisice Marks (Larry) of Vancouver; five sons, Charles Lee Lincoln Jr., Horace Gregory Lincoln and Derrick Louis Lincoln and stepsons Timothy Barrow and Anson Barrow, all of Portland; granddaughters Divina Jenkins (Emmanuel), Lateshia Wesby, Sara Nicole, Carrington Davis, Alexis Johnson; grandsons Jason Marks (Molly) and Matthew Mitchell; great-grandchildren Carlos Causey, Elijah Jenkins, Isaac Rowden, Jaylen Rowden and Ciara Rowden, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

This great man and mentor will surely be missed by everyone that knew him.

The family wishes to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Cornerstone Care Option for all the care and love bestowed on Chuck. Our dad was not just a resident, he was part of your family and it showed. A special thanks to an amazing group of medical professionals at the Department of Veterans Dialysis Unit. You always went above and beyond making sure Chuck was well cared for and kept the family informed. Your love for him was evident.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the VA Dialysis Unit by accessing the online Internet link Be sure to note in the memo line: In memory of Charles Lincoln for Dialysis Unit-donations to the Portland VA. To plant a tree in memory of Charles Lincoln Sr., visit the Tribute Store at

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