Charles John Carreno

  • Born: October 12, 1929
  • Died: July 19, 2017
  • Location: Canton, North Carolina

Wells Funeral Homes Inc & Cremation Services

3715 Asheville Highway
Canton, NC 28716
Tel. (828) 648-2371

Tribute & Message From The Family

"Loving Husband, Father and Grandpa" Canton, Charles John Carreño, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at his residence. A native of Tampa, Florida he was the son of the late Aniceto Antonio and Beatrice Chodora Carreño; in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Alverez. Charlie proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He retired as a lieutenant with the Tampa Police Department, whereupon moving his family to the mountains of Haywood County. After a brief retirement, Charlie went to work for the UNC Asheville Campus Police, eventually retiring as their Chief. He was an active 32nd degree Mason with the Sonoma Lodge #472 AF&AM loyally serving with his brothers for many years. Charlie was also a loving and proud grandfather and great-grandfather. Charles is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia "Patsy" Carreño; daughter, Michelle Stevens, and her husband, Randy, of Lexington, Tennessee; three sons, Darrell Carreño, and his wife, Rhonda, of Hendersonville, Richard Carreño, and his wife, Kim, of Goose Creek, South Carolina and Kerry Carreño, and his wife, Anita, of Clyde; seven grandchildren, Marisa, Savannah, Hunter, Kate, Clay, Jessica and Brandon; three great-grandchildren, Skye, Lili and Mason. A funeral mass will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Julio Dominguez officiating. Burial with graveside Masonic Rites will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Good man and good mason. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Carlton Maney    July 25, 2017

Darren, Clayton and I are so happy that we got this time to spend with family this weekend. Our hearts go out to you all during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Vicki & Darren Hiers    July 24, 2017


Kate and family, We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. God's Blessings to all.

Posted by Betty & Carroll Ned Beam - Cherryville, NC - Family Friend   July 22, 2017

To the family, I am so very sorry! Charlie and I had became really close friends in the past two years and he helped me through a lot and gave some incredible advice to me as well as a never ending friendship! I will miss him terribly but rest assure I will be outside listening for him, waiting for his advice, and smiling every time I think of the times we shared in recent years. God bless you all and please let me know if I can do anything at all!

Posted by Charles Wells    July 22, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss and prayers for your family.

Posted by Tom & Sue Sparks    July 21, 2017

Out love hugs and prayers for you and your family. I know you will miss him, but he is in a better place and you will have the assurance that you will see him again someday and what a beautiful homecoming that will be. We love you all, Charles and Doris

Posted by Charles and Doris Hamilton    July 21, 2017

Kerry & family - I am sorry to hear of Brother Charlie's passing - he was definitely one of a kind and will be missed.

Posted by Phillip Williams    July 21, 2017

So sad to see that sweet Charlie has passed. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Helen Shaw Western Carolina Retina Assoc. Asheville, NC

Posted by Helen    July 21, 2017

Michelle and Randy ,Savannah,Hunter and Marisa and kids. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you...

Posted by Joe and Pam DiOrio    July 20, 2017