NEWPORT NEWS - Deacon Charles Rutherford Luckes entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Mary Immaculate Hospital. His life's journey began on August 20, 1934, in Warrick County, Virginia, the son of the late Clarice and Charles Luckes. He was a longtime and devoted member of Colossian Baptist Church. He faithfully served his church as Chairman of the Deacon Board and the Trustees Board, Co-founder of the Male Chorus and the Bread Ministry. He loved his church and spent many hours raising funds for Men's Day, the Building Fund and any other organizations within the church. Charles was a member of the graduating Class of 1952, of Carver High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force; retiring after twenty-two years of service. While in the military, he attended Arizona State University. In 1953, he was joined in Holy Matrimony with his childhood sweetheart, Minister Bernice Luckes. Together, they spent sixty-one years of happiness and raising their wonderful daughters. Before returning to Newport News, they had traveled throughout the world. He was stationed and he retired from Langley Air Force Base. After ending his military career, he began a successful career as a car salesman. He was first employed at Coliseum Lincoln Mercury, next place of employment was Crutchman Motors and eventually retiring after twenty-six years, from Suttle Motors Corporation. One of his favorite things he loved to do, was watching his grandson, Will, play baseball. They spent countless hours together, and loved having lunch, whenever Will was home from college. Throughout his lifetime, he made many lifelong friends. To him, no one was a stranger. If there was anything he could do to help his fellowman, he would do it. He touched the lives of many and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He loved his family. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Minister Bernice Luckes; his daughters, Lydia Whitaker (Early), Kim Luckes, Clarice Thomas (William) and Joy Jefferson (Ronald); his grandchildren, Tasha Isbell (Jody) Charles Luckes Whitaker (Tameka), Will and Morgan Thomas and Kayla and Christina Jefferson; his four great-grandchildren; his great-great-grandson; his Persian cat, named Buddy and a host of other loving relatives and many caring friends. A funeral service, celebrating the life he lived, will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Colossian Baptist Church, 856 Old Fort Eustis Blvd, with the Reverend Peter A. Evans officiating. Interment with military honors, will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends will assemble at the church by 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Deacon Luckes may be viewed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Whiting's Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Colossian Baptist Church. Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Daily Press on July 10, 2014