ELM CITY - Charles B. O'Ham, age 80, of Elm City, N.C. passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014, peacefully in the midst of his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Kugler O'Ham; and sons, Rocky P. O'Ham and Jeffery K, O'Ham. He leaves behind his wife, Joyce Lucille of 56 years; daughters Glenda Anderson (Benny) of Kinston, N.C., Lesa Leonard (Jordan Winstead) of Sharpsburg, N.C.; sons Ben T. O'Ham of Wilson, Charles D. "Chuck" O'Ham of Washington, N.C.; grandchildren, Danny Wallace, Dawn Maynard, Scott Anderson, Devin O'Ham, Jay Leonard, Rocki Leonard, Tyler Leonard, Beth O'Ham, Tyson O'Ham, and Ferne O'Ham; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Louise Slade, Dorothy Womble, and Faye Toler; brother-in-law Dallas Toler; and many nieces and nephews. He was raised in Blounts Creek, N.C. He served two and a half years in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper; then he worked for Cargill, transferring across the states. In 1975 he settled in Wilson, N.C. as a maintenance supervisor in North and South Carolina. His health forced him to retire in 1999. He made many friends locally and in his travels. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home and other times at the home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014. In lieu of flowers the family requests monetary or blood donations to the American Red Cross Blood Bank 100 N. Peartree Lane Raleigh, NC 27610. Online condolences can be made at thomasyelverton.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home 2704 Nash Street N. Wilson, NC 27896. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com.
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Published in Free Press on June 5, 2014