Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 20, 2010

Charles Wesley (Charlie) Gilmore

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— CANDOR, N.C. — Charles Wesley (Charlie) Gilmore peacefully went to sleep in the arms of God early Sunday morning, March 14, 2010. He was the last surviving son of Laura Edith Newman and Charles Wesley Gilmore. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack; his sister, Mary Elizabeth; and his nephew, Charlie Ray. He is survived by his only child, Lynn Gilmore Chance and her husband Jay of Oakboro, N.C. and their children, Morgan Blair of Sweet Briar, Va., Cameron Blake of Oakboro, Laura Harman Hash and Doug of Bluefield, Va., Daryl and wife Karen Chance of Clearwater, Fla., and Lance Corporal Bryan Chance of 29 Palms, Calif. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Ellie Grace and Sara Skye of Bluefield, and Ashley Elizabeth and Robert James of Clearwater; his loving sister-in-law, Shirley Gilmore of Green Valley and her son, Jack and wife Jenny of Spring, Texas; his nieces, Georgia Carbaugh and husband Larry of Bluefield, Va., and Sharon Gravely of Anchorage, Alaska. His great-nieces and nephews are Lori Swetnam and Jeremy Carbaugh of Bluefield, Teresa Julien of Wasilla, Alaska, Josh, Jana, Justin and Joy Gilmore of Spring, Texas. His companion of twelve years, Miss Bailey, currently resides in Oakboro. Two special care-givers, Julie Fitzgerald and her mother, Lynn Hall are appreciated for their continued kindness.

Having dedicated the majority of his life to public service, Charlie worked for the residents and the town he loved of Pocahontas. He previously served as Mayor and as a member of the Pocahontas Town Council, the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, the Tazewell County Development Corporation, the Cumberland Plateau Planning Commission, and various local and Virginia state commissions and committees. He was a founding member of Historic Pocahontas, the Loyal Order of Moose, and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Beni Kedem Shrine. He was the former owner of Ashland Service Center and Totem Post in Pocahontas.

Charlie was blessed to be cared for by the staff of Sandy Ridge Assisted Living Center in Candor, N.C. The family of Charles may be reached at 8008 Mineral Springs Road, Oakboro, N.C. at 704-485-8762 or cell phone 304-952-9917, or through Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va.

The viewing for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, March 22, 2010 at Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va. from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. His memorial service will begin at 8:00 p.m. following the visitation with the Reverend Carlos  Hess officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas, Va., the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, or to a charity of choice. In keeping with his wishes, Charlie will be cremated, and his ashes will be interned at a later date in Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley , W.Va. beside his brother Jack.

Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home of Pocahontas, Va. is serving the family.

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