Charles William Corlew, son of the late William Chester "Bill" and Versie Helen Kimbrell Corlew, was born in Essex, Mo. on Aug. 28, 1934, and died suddenly on Oct. 25, 2011, at the age of 77.
He had lived in Essex, Mo. his entire life and was a member of the Olive Branch General Baptist Church in Essex, where he had served as a deacon for many years.
Mr. Corlew enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling jokes and stories. He spent as much time outdoors as the weather allowed. He was retired from working as a heat/air engineer.
He was married to Mary Matilda Litzler on June 29, 1952, in Dexter, Mo. Mrs. Corlew still resides in Essex, Mo.
He is also survived by six children, Sandy K. McMullin and husband, Glenn, Charlotte A. Stutts and husband, Mark, Michael Joe Corlew, Rodney L. Corlew and wife, Vickie, Mary Jan Wheeler, and Charles Ray Corlew and wife, Lisa.
In addition, he is survived by 12 grandchildren, Dana Baldwin, Katie Sells, Glenna Couch, Josh McMullin, Amy Asberry, Jay McMullin, David McMul-lin, Jessica Corlew, Lindsey Corlew, Justin Wheeler, Hollie Hughes and Hannah Gregory; and by 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Doyle Corlew, of Dexter, Mo.; and one sister, Wanda Owens, of Eldo-rado, Ill. Other relatives and many friends also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Crutcher.
Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Brad Cox of Syracuse, Ind., Rev. Dale McFarland of Sikeston, Mo. and Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter, Mo., officiating.
Interment will be in the Essex Cemetery in Essex, Mo. with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Mo. in charge of arrangements.