Charles L. Gwaltney (94)

Carmi, Illinois
Birth: March 12, 1928
Death: August 1, 2022

Charles L. “Jumbo” Gwaltney, 94, of Carmi, Illinois, died Monday, August 1, 2022, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois. He was born March 12, 1928, in Carmi, the son of Charles E. Gwaltney and Sarah Louise (Fulford) Gwaltney. He was married to Mildred (Russell) Gwaltney, and she survives.

Jumbo was owner and operator of Unique Cleaners in Carmi for 60 years. He was a member of the Enfield General Baptist Church and he was a United States Army veteran. His many interests include woodworking, mechanics, electrical, mowing, camping, boating, water skiing, fishing and just working.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Gwaltney of Carmi; son David (Starla) Gwaltney of Eddyville, Kentucky; daughter Diane Gwaltney-Strong of Carmi; ex daughter-in-law Yvonne Black; grandchildren Brian Keith (Emily) Gwaltney, Luke (Beth) Titzer, Sarah Nicole Strong; great grandchildren Jewel Gwaltney, Jonathan Gwaltney, Dion Gwaltney, Rylie Titzer, Dylan Titzer; great great grandchild A’Riah Gwaltney.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son Brian Keith Gwaltney; granddaughter Jennifer Gwaltney; sisters Viola Puckett, Velma Ellis, Vercie Shaw; and brother Hubert Gwaltney.

Visitation and funeral are Friday, August 5, 2022, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is 10:00 am followed by funeral at 12:00 noon. Burial with military honors will be in Little Zion Cemetery, Mill Shoals Township, White County, Illinois.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Friday, August 5, 2022 - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Friday, August 5, 2022 - 12:00 noon
Burial: Little Zion Cemetery, Mill Shoals Township, White County, Illinois - With Military Honors

6 thoughts on “Charles L. Gwaltney”

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. Jumbo was a great guy and I and many others, I’m sure have good memories of him. My prayers are with his family and friends for comfort and peace in the coming days and weeks.
    God Bless you,
    Doris Duke Blair

  2. Cindy Winter Mallory

    Diane, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope the many wonderful memories you have will help you through this difficult time🙏🙏🙏

  3. Prayers to the Gwaltney family. Growing up you’d see Jumbo walking down the road, usually headed back to his cleaner business, i swear he looked the same all those years.. I only knew him because i used to hang around his sons back in the day and would sometimes see him up town having a cold one… I know he had many many friends in town and he will be missed by the many that knew him… May he Rip,,,,

  4. Jumbo was a dandy! I remember playing in the cleaners building and he and Millies house with Jenny and Keith as kids…they had one of those goddess oil lamps that mesmerized me as a little kid…good folks all around! Now he’s home with little Jumbo and Jenny…RIP

  5. Kathy Newman Hagler

    Sorry for your loss we sure had great time camping boating over the years bless you all Kathy Newman Hagler

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