Charles Nelson Given of Elkins, West Virginia, formerly Upperglade, West Virginia, passed away on March 25, 2022 after a battle with cancer.
Charles was born on February 17, 1946 in Upperglade, West Virginia to Thomas Jackson “Jack” Given Sr. and Goldia (Green) Given.
“charlie” was the loving husband of Cheryl Gross Given of Elkins, West Virginia; loving father of Eric Given of Dandridge, Tennessee and Ian (Kristy) Given of Elkins, West Virginia; and loving grandfather to Alexandra Given (Justin) Howard, Aubrey Given and Autumn Given of Newport, Tennessee, and Landon Given of Elkins, West Virginia.
Charles is survived by sisters Jaunita Moffatt of Akron, Ohio, Agnes Kurtz (Raymond) of Arlington, Virginia, and Delores “Dotie” (Keith) Gray of Upperglade, West Virginia; and by brothers Billy Given of Tennessee and Harold (Melinda) Given of Ocala, Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews with whom he had a special bond. Charlie precedes his parents in death; and by brothers Tom Given and Eugene Given.
Charlie was a graduate of Cowen High School with the class of 1965. Charlie was a star athlete at Cowen High School in Cowen, West Virginia, where he played basketball averaging 22 points per game. His love of the sport continued as an adult in various independent basketball and softball leagues. Cheryl often jokes that she and Charlie raised the boys on the softball field. Eric and Ian enjoyed those games with Dad, playing in the dirt and mud on every softball field, not just in North Central West Virginia, but also in Virginia, North Carolina and New York. The boys also enjoyed meeting colorful Webster County residents like Snuffy Green. Charlie also enjoyed fishing and deer hunting with Ian and Landon.
Charlie was drafted into the US Army in 1965 while beginning his training at Fort Lewis, Washington and served in the Vietnam conflict from December 9, 1965 until his honorable discharge on September 20, 1967.
During his service he received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Service Bar, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Driver’s Badge, Expert Rifle (M14) Medal and Purple Heart. Charlie was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War.
Charlie was a member of Woodford Memorial Methodist Church in Elkins, West Virginia, and was a church trustee and a member of the Methodist Men. He volunteered his time at the church with activities such as painting, cleaning, plumbing, and in fundraising projects such as eating spaghetti and “Chicken burns.”
Charlie also bowled in Randolph and Barbour County bowling leagues and played golf at the Barbour County Country Club, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Charlie had a special bond with his bowling and golf friends. He also enjoyed playing billiards at Randolph County Senior Center with Tom Hensil and the others “pool sharks” of Randolph County. He was also a member of Hardee’s and Burger King’s Romeo (Retired Old Men Eating Out) club, and cultivated friendships formed over coffee and a breakfast sandwich.
Charlie is known to be a good, honest man, but also a great teaser and joker. He enjoyed his 76 years on this earth on his own terms and always with a smile on his face, a laugh in his heart and a big joke in the planning. He especially loved teasing his grandchildren.
At Charlie’s request, his body is cremated.
The visit will be held at the Morris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Cowen, West Virginia beginning at noon on April 9, 2022. to 2:00 p.m., followed by a 2:00 p.m. memorial service led by Pastor William Calhoun. The family will host a celebration of life at Camp Caesar Council Circle, Camp Caesar at 3:30pm and food will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in Charlie’s memory to the Given Cemetery Fund, 354 Givens Run Road, Upperglade, WV 26266.
The family would like to say a special thank you for the cards and food during Charlie’s illness. The family would also like to give a special thank you to Sister Delores Gray and her friends Patty and Larry Palmer for the love, support and help shown to Charlie and Cheryl during this illness.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.morrisfuneralhome cowenwv.com.
Services entrusted to the care of Morris Funeral Home.