Charles E. “Chuck” Churchwell, 79, went home to his Lord on Sept. 25, 2007. He was born in Crestview, Fla., on March 30, 1928, to Walter and Audrey (Churchwell) Steele. Chuck served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, followed by 20 years as an auto instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. His naval career remained his special memory. Chuck was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church in Ingleside, where he had many loving friends. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Joyce (Sudbury) Churchwell; two daughters, Cynthia McCready of Florala, Ala., and Karen Finch and husband Guy of Lowell, Mass.; five grandchildren, Chad and Chris McCready, Charlene McCready Gunn, Ashley Negrete and Bethany Finch; five great-grandchildren; six nieces, Sharon Hicks, Donna Colley, and Sandra Moore, all from San Angelo, with whom he and Joyce shared many happy adventures and were at our side through many trials, June Johnson and husband Dick of Tavaris, Fla., JoAnn Carugno and husband Bill of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kay Sedden and husband Wally of Albuquerque, N.M.; two nephews, Dennis Sudbury and wife Helen of Oregon and Scot Sudbury and wife Karen of Cleveland, Ohio, and their children; one great-niece, Kaeli Walls; and a great-nephew, Mance Stark. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in the Garden of Prayer section. Chuck’s dear friend and former pastor, Brother Larry Johnson of Alpine, will be officiating. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. Karen Quigley, a great-niece, and Bill Moore, a great-nephew, will be singing “Because He Lived” and “Amazing Grace.” A very special thank you to our friends Don and Marilyn Atkins and son Rob for their immeasurable support and friendship for the past 40 years as well as their other children, Denise, Ron and Michelle. The family would like to give a special thanks to the compassionate care providers at Shannon Memorial Hospital and to Hospice of San Angelo for their caring help.
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