Charles Henley

09/22/1936 - 10/21/2014 Obituary
Charles Henley Obituary
If there was one message Charles Wallace Henley wanted to impart on this world, it was, "If it's worth doing, then it's worth doing right." He took his own advice when it came to a lifelong career in mechanics, cultivating his gardens of spicy peppers, and especially raising his family. Charles' perfectionist nature did not detract from his other personality traits. He was known as a humble, persevering, and strong man who shared his passion of drag races and hot rods with anyone who would listen, especially his nephews and the neighborhood kids.
Charles was born to Wallace and Ruby Henley in Santa Ana, TX on September 22nd, 1936. He married his soul mate, Goldie Mahan, on September 27th, 1958 and the two made their home in Shafter, Ca. Charles thoroughly appreciated hunting and fishing but his loved ones will tell you that all the time he spent helping others left him with little time to enjoy these hobbies. He often challenged friends, family, and co-workers to arm wrestling matches in order to prove his physical strength. Although he was a tough man, he will always be fondly remembered as a true southern gentleman who showed the utmost respect for women, children, and families. If you had the pleasure of knowing Charles, you know he's now in Heaven solving problems, fishing often, and rooting for his beloved Dallas Cowboys.
Charles is preceded in death by both of his parents and four siblings: Ray, Joey, Kenny, and Laura. His kind heart will be forever missed by his wife, Goldie Henley, his children Gary (Bubbles) and Tammy, and five siblings Evelyn, Juel, Dale, Bill, and Laveta. His seven grandchildren will carry on his legacy: Gary (Christina), Brian (Kayla), Justin, Dylan, and Blake.
Six great-grandchildren were his pride and joy: Andrew, Kaitlynn, Morgann, Elliot, Mitchell, and Emerson. He will be fondly remembered by innumerable nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to their neighbor Terri Hamilton and the doctors and nurses at San Joaquin Community Hospital for their support during Charles' final days.
A memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Peters Funeral Home located at 844 E Lerdo Hwy in Shafter and officiated by Pastor Mike Kotrla of Congregational Bible Church of Shafter. Reception to follow.
Peters Funeral Home Shafter
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 26, 2014
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