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Charles Bowling

November 12, 1933 — May 13, 2024

Charles (Chuck) Wayne Bowling, 90, of Old Fort, TN, went to be with the Lord on May 13, 2024, following an extended illness. He was born November 12, 1933, in Pittsboro, MS the son of Leslie and Christine Bowling. A son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, veteran, mechanic, truck driver, businessowner, mentor, fisherman, friend, and master storyteller. There isn't a list, no matter how extensive, that could really describe the man that Chuck Bowling was. If you had the privilege to meet him, you were a friend. If you didn't, I am sorry because you truly missed out. He is preceded in death by his parents: Leslie and Christine Bowling, sisters Bobbie Cochran and Kathleen Jones.

He leaves behind his widow, Thelma Bowling, his three children, Teresa (Jim) Suck of Ravenswood, WV, Tina (Ronnie) Cunningham of Ripley, WV and Chuck W. Bowling, Jr. of American Canyon, CA; his two step-children, Ginger Mullins of Cleveland, TN and Tim Platter (Lori) of Frederick, MD and grandchildren Lori (Garrett) Chenoweth of Beverly, WV, Kati (Adam) Hager of Groveport, OH, Adam (Samantha) Fisher of Gallipolis, OH, Patrick (Jennifer) Hartung of Hamilton, GA Seth W. Bowling of San Clarita, CA, Jayce Mullins of Cleveland, TN and Josie Mullins of Cleveland, TN and many great grandchildren.

He also leaves behind many loved ones in Memphis, TN, including his surviving sister Dana Parks of, AL. Chuck served his country in the Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was proud of his time of service and finished his career with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Air Rescue Team and was a top notch mechanic. He could work on any engine or machine and make anything operate at the highest level. After retiring from the military Chuck began his second career as a cross country truck driver, driving for Chemical Lehman and Dana. He loved driving and seeing the country and meeting people. Chuck never met a stranger. He retired from truck driving in 1995 and he and Thelma relocated to Old Fort, TN from Ripley, WV. He loved the Old Fort area, loved the river, being on a boat and fishing the TN river with his friends and family. He took care of his neighbors from mowing lawns, fixing and repairing all types of equipment; whatever the needs were he would lend a hand. He worked in the chicken barns and hay fields for friends and met with the boys everyday at the local Hardees for coffee, lunch, and an hour of telling the tallest tales. Chuck will be remembered for his smile, his laugh, his kindness, his endless energy and work ethic and that southern charm of his. Some people make an impact with degrees, their professions or wealth, Chuck made his impact with relationships, the people he knew, life long friends and people that he may have just met. Fly High daddy and continue to shine. See you on the other side. We want to thank Companion Funeral & Cremation Service of Cleveland, TN, they have handled all the arrangements and have been so kind and caring during this difficult time.

There will be no public services at this time, but you are welcome to leave a memory or message to Chuck's family at his online memorial located at


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