Charles ""Corkey"" Ford Sallee, 90, of Russell Springs, died on Monday, March 16, 2020, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born on April 9, 1929 in Taylor County to the late Charles Eslie and Flora Ruth Ford Sallee.
He moved with his family to Louisville, Kentucky where he attended Dupont Manual High School. Corkey was a fast-pitch softball pitcher for the Bloodhound Athletic Club of Schnitzelburg, earning a place in Germantown lore for his no-hitters and city championship.
Charles married his love of 69 years, Irma Mae Reitz in 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, then returned to Louisville where he worked at General Electric for 36 years. Corkey was the original ""girl dad"". He and Irma raised three daughters as a team. He helped take them to and from dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading.
He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel for his time as a stagehand with the Union Barrackades, a USO troupe that entertained at military bases and charities for five decades. He loved helping ""the troupe"", but loved watching his girls perform even more. After retiring from GE, Corkey and Irma selflessly moved to Russell Springs, KY to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. He attended nearly all of their sporting events, dance recitals, band competitions, and awards ceremonies. He ate plenty of Irma's delicious cakes and never shied away from a good argument. He enjoyed keeping his yard pristine, talking with his friends at the hardware store, and telling jokes to anyone who'd listen. He was a member of Jamestown United Methodist Church.
Charles Ford Sallee was preceded in death by his parents, Eslie and Flora Sallee and his brother-in-law and close friend, John Kleinhenz. He is survived by his wife, Irma Mae Reitz Sallee, his daughters, Terry (Rick) Miles, Martha Sallee and Patty (Eric) Grider, and his sister, Barbara Kleinhenz. He will be remembered as the best Papa by his 5 grandchildren, Casey (Jeremy) Lewis, Nick (Michelle) Miles, Sean Miles, Taylor (Braxton) Mann, and Zach Grider, and 7 great-grandchildren. Charles was buried at Cave Hill Cemetary on March 20, 2020. Due to the global pandemic, his memorial was postponed.
A service will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 AM CST with visitation from 9-10 AM. The family asks to please comply with social distancing, mask wearing, and other standards of protection during the service. Charles ""Corkey"" Sallee can be remembered by contributions to Jamestown United Methodist Church PO Box 47 Jamestown, KY 42629. Bernard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Legacy on Jun. 30, 2020.