Charles D. DeWeese, age 82 years, a resident of Paducah, Kentucky and a former resident of Vienna, passed away Saturday evening, March 16, 2019, at 8:39 p.m. at his home.
Charlie, as he was affectionately known to family and friends, was born May 2, 1936 in Miller City, Illinois. He was the fourth of nine children born to Chester DeWeese and Elsie Mae (Rollins) DeWeese.
On January 22, 1960, Charlie was united in marriage to Dorothy V. Ash in Pontiac, Illinois. Together, Charlie and Dorothy shared over 59 years of marriage.
In addition to his beloved wife, Charlie is survived by: 2 daughters – Barbara (Mike) Mueller of Carbondale and Patty (David) Allbritten of Vienna; 4 grandchildren – Jennifer (Justin) Roule of Elkville, Senior Airman Jessica (Taylor) Theis serving in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Allison Allbritten of Murray, Kentucky and Max Allbritten of Carbondale; 4 sisters – Mary Colson of Olive Branch, JoAnn (Jerry) Ritter of New Athens, Joyce Bigham and Shirley (Jerry) Sams all of Olive Branch; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.
In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by: 3 brothers – Marion, Samuel, and Lester DeWeese and a sister – Dorothy Vaughn.
Charlie attended Thebes High School. He served honorably from 1954 – 1958 in the United States Air Force.
Charlie had a 31 year and 3 month career with the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was employed by the IYC at Joliet as a guard in 1959 and attained the rank of Sergeant. On November 11, 1962, he began working at Pontiac Correctional Center and transferred to Vienna Correctional Center on November 16, 1965. At the time of his retirement on December 31, 1990, Charlie held the rank of Prison Supply Supervisor II. Following his retirement, Charlie and Dorothy moved to Paducah and he worked for 15 years in the hardware department at Sears.
Charlie was of the Christian faith.
In his spare time, Charlie enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, reading and watching western movies. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He is remembered for his love of playing Super Mario Brothers video games with them.
A memorial service honoring the life of Charles DeWeese will be conducted Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor Tommy Gray will officiate.
Interment will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post #5222 and the U.S. Air Force Burial Honors Detail.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 www.st.jude.org.
To share a memory of Charlie or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.bailehfh.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.