Charles Kesley


Charles Wayne Kesley, 71, of Cleveland, went home to Jesus on Thursday, May 30, 2019. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after a long, distinquished career. He enjoyed taking pictures and making amazing slide shows for everyone he loved.  One of his greatest pleasures was taking his beloved dog, Sassy, for walks in his wheelchair. 

On Thursday, he was able to walk without any assistance, holding his head high and being reunited in heaven with his dad, Robert Kesley; mother, Delia Kesley McDaniel; brothers: Russell Kesley, Kenneth Kesley and Donny Kesley; and his grandson, Casey Gunnoe-Wooten. 

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Shirley Kesley; daughters: Wendy Pugh (Jim), Cheria Wooten (Ross); grandchildren: Josh Pelfrey (Cary), Matt Pelfrey, Adam Pelfrey (Paige), Preston Pugh, Rachel Burns, Allix Wooten, Kea Wooten and Sarah Wooten; great-grandchildren: Kaleb Pelfrey, Hunter Price, Brylee Pelfrey, Korey Pelfrey, Easton Pelfrey, Zoey Pelfrey, Kiley Burns, Claudia Burns, Brodey Grant, Zoey (Sissy) Wooten; one brother, Roy Kesley (Katherine); sisters-in-law: Charlotte Kesley and Katherine Kesley; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends today, June 4, 2019, from 1 until 3 p.m. in the Cleveland chapel of Companion Funeral Home, located at 2415 Georgetown Road in Cleveland.

A service Celebrating His Life will follow the visitation at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Todd Stevison and the Rev. Rusty Asble officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Lee Cemetery, with sons-in-laws, Jim Pugh and Ross Wooten and grandsons Josh Pelfrey, Matt Pelfrey, Adam Pelfrey and Preston Pugh serving as the pallbearers.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Charles, and/or your personal condolences with his family, by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at


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