Charles Corlew

Thursday, October 27, 2011

DEXTER, MO. -- Charles William Corlew, 77, of Essex, Mo., died suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011.

He was born in Essex on Aug. 28, 1934. He had lived in Essex his entire life and was a member of the Olive Branch General Baptist Church in Essex where he had served as a deacon for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling jokes and stories. He spent as much time outdoors as the weather allowed. He was retired from working as a heat/air engineer.

He was married to Mary Matilda Litzler on June 29, 1952, in Dexter. She still resides in Essex.

Other survivors are six children, Sandy K. McMullin, Charlotte A. Stutts, Michael Joe Corlew, Rodney L. Corlew, Mary Jan Wheeler, and Charles Ray Corlew; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Doyle Corlew of Dexter; and one sister, Wanda Owens of Eldorado, Ill..

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Brad Cox of Syracuse, Indiana, Rev. Dale McFarland of Sikeston and Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter officiating. Burial will be in the Essex Cemetery in Essex, Missouri with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter.

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