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“I'm so sorry that I found out too late to attend Charlie's funeral. He was a very kind and important influence on me early in my life, a man I have...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Milton Stanley - Mud Creek, TN

“I wish that I had known my cousin Charlie. A quick look at my Steele family history revealed what I suspected on reading the obituary. Our great...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Samuel L. Steele - Knoxville, TN

“Monica, I am sorry you lost your grandfather. Please know you have been in my prayers. There is nothing I can say that will make it not hurt, so...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Scott Carver

“Charlie was one of the first people I met when I came to work at K-25 in 1969. Charlie always had much to share and I learned a great deal from him...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Tony (& Joy) Angelelli

“We are so sorry to hear about Charles. He was a wonderful uncle and a friend to our family. We shall miss him, his kindness and affection. Our hearts...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Sam and Linda Starnes - Kingsport, TN

“I have very fond memories of working with Charlie for 14 years at K-25. He was a great friend and highly-respected coworker who was always happy,...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Steve Baker - Knoxville, TN

“I worked with Charlie at K-25 for more than 25 years. Charlie was a delightful, cheerful friend with a marvelous sense of humor. I will miss his...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Wayne Langenberg - Oak Ridge, TN


Charles passed away April 3, 2013 at St Mary's Hospital. Charles was born in Cumberland Gap TN and spent his childhood in Southwest Virginia. He played high school football and basketball at Gate City High School. After graduation he married his high school sweetheart Betty Yoakley and attended East Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee. In the early 50's he began working at K-25 (Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion) until his retirement in 1995. Charlie enjoyed playing bridge and golf, gardening and was an avid reader. He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Callie and his first wife Betty. He is survived by wife Derita who devotedly cared for him during his illness, daughter Carolyn (Ron) Honeycutt, granddaughter Monica Hill, great-grandchildren Meghanne and Caelan Hill. His surviving step-family are daughters Lisa Bullock and Amy Hamby-Scott (Don Scott), grandchildren Zach Bullock, Lindsey (Jake) Lowe, Laken Scott and Donovan Scott, and great-grandchildren Makyla Bullock and Jaxon Lowe.
The family will receive friends at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home on Friday, April 5, 2013 from 5-7PM with the funeral service to follow at 7:00PM with the Pastor Steve Damos and Pastor Bruce Martin officiating. The interment will be held at the Carter McKinney Cemetery in Virginia on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 1:00PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church at 131 West Gettysburg Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or West Village Christian Church at 637 Robertsville Road Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in charge of these arrangements. www.holleygamblefh.com

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