Charles Ray Christenbery
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Charles Ray Christenbery
  • August 12, 1928 - August 31, 2016
  • Maryville, Tennessee

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Charles "Chuck" Christenbery, Sr., age 88, of Maryville, went Home to be with the Lord on August 31, 2016. He served his country in the United States Army for two tours, during World War II and the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father, granddad, and great-granddad. He was a wonderful provider and a very giving person. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Filbert and Thelma Payne Christenbery; son, Charles "Chuck" Ray Christenbery, Jr.; granddaughter, Joni Leah Crumpton; and siblings, Dr. John Christenbery, and Dorothy Whatley. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Merle S. Christenbery; children, Dr. Dianne Christenbery Bradley (Charlie) of Franklin, TN, Donna Christenbery Papa (Carl, Jr.) of Knoxville, TN, Debra Christenbery Maresh of Florida, Butch Christenbery (Tanya Brown) of Maryville, TN, and Roger Wayne Christenbery of Florida; special brother, Robert Eugene Christenbery (Ruth) of Charlotte, NC; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to caretakers, Kathy Farner and Donna Hoagen, and Blount Memorial Hospice. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm in the Mausoleum Chapel of Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens, with a funeral service to follow at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chuck's memory to the Pat Summitt Foundation (520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902) or Autism Speaks (8604 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 144 Charlotte, NC 28269). Condolances may be offered www.sherwoodchapel.net.