Charles Wesley Myers was born on May 12, 1924 in Pulaski, TN to the late Rev. Albert and Mary Holt Myers. He went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2020. He was 96 years old. He was the youngest of four siblings. All of them, John Gilbert Myers, Albert “Kingfish” Myers Jr. , and Mary Alice Myers Reynolds preceded him in death.
Charles accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. He became a member and served faithfully at Lilburn Chapel AME Church in the Riversburg Community in Pulaski, Tennessee. Two of his favorite scriptures were Psalm 23:1 and John 1:1.
Charles met the love of his life, Claudia Mae Braden whom he married on June 28, 1957. They were inseparately together in holy matrimony for over 63 years.
Charles was reared and educated in Pulaski (Giles County), Tennessee. He graduated from Bridgeforth High School, Pulaski, TN in 1943.
He joined Salem Baptist Church in Chicago in 2002 where he served faithfully under the pastorate of Rev. James T. Meeks until his health began to decline. He actively participated in their adult Sunday School class and loved volunteering and attending so much so that he and Claudia were awarded the noble distinction of being crowned King and Queen of their class twice.
Charles worked for Richland Mills of Pulaski for many years, driving an 18-wheeler truck which took him on routes into the northern states. After moving to Chicago, he worked for CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) for over 30 years, driving city buses until retirement.
Charles enjoyed several hobbies including gardening. He especially liked growing tomatoes which he shared with his friends and neighbors. He liked hunting, fishing, collecting coins, photography, and Sudoku puzzles. He enjoyed cooking, especially barbequing. He enjoyed people and doing things for them, like going to the store and transporting them to their doctor’s offices. He enjoyed telling humorous stories and always had his audience in tears of laughter. He enjoyed taking care of his pet cats, Trisha and Joy. He also would feed the stray cats in the neighborhood and take them to the “No Kill” Vets when he got too many.
He had such an unselfish, caring heart that he donated money to educate a young lady in Africa, enabling her to complete her high school education. He was considered the resident barber for the young boys in his family, neighbors and friends.
Charles leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving wife, Claudia Braden Myers ; Nieces: Ellen Lucille Simmons, Frances (Howard) Stewart, Peggy Brazley, Pamela (Elder Archie) Williams; Nephews: Ellis (Mattie) Reynolds, Andre (Sherry) Reynolds; great-nieces: Patrice Simmons, Dr. Melissa Primus, Marion Williams, RN, Dana Morales, Mary and Andrea Reynolds, Karla and Karen Stewart ; Great-Nephews: Eric Simmons, Lamarr (Alisha) Simmons; Jeremy Primus, Ryell Williams, Keith Reynolds, Courtney Reynolds, Craig Stewart ; 3 Great-Great Nieces, 7 Great-Great Nephews; A host of special family and friends: Robert Myers, Jr., Dorothy Perry and children, Renita McClure, Eleanor Morrow , Regena Foreman and daughter, Beverly Hatter and son, Lydia Hughes, Michelle McEnany, Zarifa Mohammed and Family, Paula Moore and Family, James and Sylvia Towns, Teresa Olds, David Simmons, Denise “Kitty” (Noah) Young, Pastor Meeks & Salem Baptist Church of Chicago and many additional relatives and friends.
Public viewing for Mr. Charles Wesley Myers will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 beginning 12 noon until 5:00 p.m.at Jordan Funeral Home 327 Mill Street, Pulaski, Tennessee. Graveside service will be Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Pulaski, Tennessee. Social distancing and wearing of masks is strongly encouraged.