Charles Ray Knowles
Charles Ray Knowles
  • February 1, 1943 - January 3, 2018
  • Virginia

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Charles Ray Knowles, 74, of Monroe passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born February 1, 1943, in Mobile, AL, he was the son of the late Austin Jackson Knowles and the late Gertrude Hayes Knowles.

Charles was retired mechanic for Greif Brothers Corporation and served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Charles loved to play his guitar and sing karaoke.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by one son, Wendell Scott Knowles; one brother, Freddie Knowles; one sister, Ruby K. Haynes; and one great granddaughter, Kirsten Knowles.

Charles is survived by three children, C. Ray Knowles, Jr. of Morehead, NC, Tracy Knowles (Bo Chan Butts) of Reston and Tammy L. Knowles of Amherst; two siblings, Larry Knowles (Linda) of Brewton, AL and Sarah K. Boutwell of Flomaton, AL; former wife, Mary Salmon of Madison Heights; two daughters-in-law, Lisa Lewis of Newport, NC and Karen Williams of Knotts Island, NC; nine grandchildren, Chris Knowles (Monica Gunter), Bryan Knowles (Beth), Abigail Collins, Eli Collins, Sean Collins, Austin Knowles, Aaron Knowles (Haley), Scott Knowles and Kirbi Knowles; five great grandchildren, Alexis Knowles (her mother, Kristal Sawyer), Savannah Knowles (her mother, Leanne Wood), Jak Knowles, Madison Adcock and Aaron Adcock; one aunt, Marie Morris of Flomaton, AL; numerous nieces and nephews; and all of his karaoke friends.

A graveside service will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018, at Culpeper National Cemetery with the Rev. John Campbell officiating.

The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m., Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2050 Langhorne Rd., #201, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

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Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.