Charles Pryor

Charles Pryor

Friday, December 23rd, 1938 - Saturday, January 30th, 2021
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On Saturday, January 30, 2021, Heaven gained another angel and great man when Charles Edward Pryor left this world to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born December 23, 1938 in Buena Vista, VA where he met and married the love of his life, Susie, on January 5, 1963. Shortly after their marriage he left to serve in the US Army in Okinawa, Japan for four years. Upon leaving the service Charles attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1973. In 1976 he followed his passion for serving others and began his career with Oakey’s Funeral Service retiring after 43 years. He was a natural at showing compassion and support to many families in and around the Roanoke Valley during their difficult time of losing their loved ones.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susie Pryor. His children, Troy Pryor and Sherry Hodges. His daughter in law Sharon Pryor and son in law, Brian Hodges. His cherished grandson, Hayden Charles Hodges as well as his grandpups, Ruby and Matilda.

Charles was a strong, caring man that never met a stranger. His desire to take care of others was apparent in everything he did especially when it came to taking care of family. He enjoyed traveling, working on his cars, attending car shows and just spending time with his family. He will be forever remembered by countless family members and friends whose lives he impacted by his strong sense of humor and compassion.

There will be a private ceremony with family to celebrate his life on Wednesday February 3rd, with Pastor Joel Wegner and John Dooley officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Lions Club where Charles served as a member for many years. Arrangements are by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540-982-2100). Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
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    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 |
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
    Address Not Available
    PRIVATE Service in the Mausoleum
    Pastor Joel Wegner
    John Dooley


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Stephanie Collier

Posted at 09:30am
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of grief, please let me know if I can do absolutely anything to be of assistance.
-Stephanie (Old Dominion Memorial Gardens)

Doug Bevell

Posted at 05:01pm
Charles was someone you wanted to be around. Always so good in nature, and never upset and always with a smile. I did my apprenticeship in funeral service under Charles in the late 70s. He has remained a true friend all these years and I have always enjoyed him and Susie’s visits. I made my first trip to Gatlinburg was with Charles & Susie. May you rest in peace Charles and thank you for all your kindness.

Tracy Gibson

Posted at 10:34pm
I’m very sorry for your loss. Charles really was a kind man, he will be missed.

Tom Thornton

Posted at 10:21am
Sherry, Brian, and family, Melanie and I are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Robert McDaniel

Posted at 10:43pm
Charles was was a joy to work with, and just to be around. He seemed to always be able to find the right thing to say. In the 40+ years we worked together I can't remember a single time that he raised his voice or fussed at anyone. He will surely be missed by his family, friends and co-workers.
Bob McDaniel

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