Charles C. Pyle

January 12, 1948 - August 28, 2012

01/12/1948 - 08/28/2012

Pyle, Charles Chester, 64, of McMechen, WV, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at home.
He was born January 12, 1948, a son of the late James Amos and Mary Martha Cree Pyle, and raised on Boggs Run, Benwood, WV.
Charles was a 1967 graduate of Union High School, Benwood, and an employee of the Shoemaker Mine for 39 years. He was also a former employee of the McMechen and Benwood Police Departments. He was an active member of Boggs Run and McMechen volunteer fire departments; a lifetime member of the Marshall County FOP Lodge # 112; an honorary member of the Woman’s Club of McMechen because of his hard work on their projects.
A member of St. James Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society, he lived his life according to the Golden Rule, treating others like he wanted to be treated, and helping when he could. He was known for plowing snow on his 4-wheeler and working with the summer youth program to clean up the city.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and George; his in-laws, Cora and Chalky Bowman.
Surviving are his wife, Jean Ann, at home; step-son, Brian Annette Black and two grandchildren, who brought him much joy and love, Samantha and Brody Black, all of Columbus, OH; a brother, John Theresa Pyle and sister-in-law, Dorothy Pyle, all of Wheeling; a sister, Carolyn Wade Richey and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Marvin and Jackie Bennett, all of McMechen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Kathryn Bowman of Moundsville; several nieces and nephews, including Elle Canestraro, who helped take care of Uncle Charlie.
The family thanks all of the wonderful staff of Amedysis Hospice Care, who took excellent care of him, especially his BFF’s, Rhonda, Nickie and Cheryl.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the McMechen Volunteer Fire Dept., because they were his special family.
Friends will be received from 2-8 pm Friday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall St., McMechen, where the McMechen VFD will hold services at 7:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, with Rev. Bekeh Utietiang officiating.
Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
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Mark Bowman
8 years ago

Aunt Jeanie,

A beloved wise old man used to greet others with “you’re a good man and there are very few of us left.” Well we just lost one of the few great ones.

I never did become much of a fisherman. But that experience was one of the many that I will always treasure when thinking about the time spent with you and Uncle Charlie.

Ruby Golch
8 years ago

Carolyn, I am so sorry about Charlie, we all shared such good times together. My Charlie left this world on July 5th. I miss him so much

Love to all, Ruby

Joe Tomlinson
8 years ago

Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. I deeply regret not being able to be at the funeral. We were away from home and did not get word until after the service. I have many fond memories of Charlie and will always remember him as the gentle giant who I had the good fortune to know. Always remember the good times.

Martin and Sally Strganac
8 years ago

Charles will always be remembered as a very special man to all who knew him! Our condolences to his loving wife Jean Ann, and his family.

Gino Delbert
8 years ago

Charlie – good miner, good man.

Bob Dougherty
8 years ago

Charlie was a good man and a good friend, sorry I wasn’t their for you at the end, you will always be my friend. Jennie take care,

Amy Thornburg
8 years ago

Charlie was an amazing fireman and person. He was always smiling whenever he came to visit me in dispatch. You will be greatly missed, Charlie. Rest is peace.

Brenda Francis
8 years ago

Charlie’s warm smile and gentle kindness will forever remain im my mind. Also, his love of fresh corn on the cob from our garden…..So sorry for your loss, Jeanie. He was a wonderful man.

Sylvia McNeil
8 years ago

Dear Carolyn and Family

To let you know so many thoughts and prayers are with you and yours Take care Keep the faith and May God Bless you with His Peace and Love “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure!” So very sorry for you loss Sincerely, Sylvia McNeil aka Bilo/Benwood UHS ’65

Paul Crawford
8 years ago

Dear Jean & Family,

I just wanted to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Charlie. Although I never had the chance to get to know him personally, I felt that I seen a little bit of his true self and spirit in the video. He was obviously a man of high character and loved his family and friends very much. I keep track of my Mother’s Pyle side of the family, and mark their coming and going. I have entered Charlie’s passing in my records. Please accept my apologies, as I may not be able to make it to his funeral.

My sincerest sympathies and condolences.


Paul Crawford

Son of Ada A. Pyle Crawford

Sherry Auten Wolfe
8 years ago

Dear Jeannie,

I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was an amazing man and I feel very blessed to have been able to call him my friend. Please know that if there is anything you need at all, just call me. I will be there for you anytime, day or night. I remember how fired up he could get my dad by telling him that if he’d been a few years younger, he would have been dad’s son in law. The more mad dad got, the more Charlie would laugh. He had a laugh and a smile that could light up the world. I love you and I am so sorry that you are hurting. There were only two men in this world that I thought were the greatest there ever was and now they are both in heaven. I wish they made more men like Charlie and my dad, our world sure needs them.

God Bless

Your Friend,


Jacqueline Reineke Haines
8 years ago

I know words can never say how sorry I am for your lost. I never saw Charlie without a smile,what a good guy. I went to school with him and I lived on the run.


Connie Knollinger Wendel
8 years ago

I remember Charlie picking up my dad and both my brother’s all in one day….It was a labor day weekend….I had to go down and get them all..I asked him why he couldn’t have just took them all in at once….He was making me make to many trips.. He just snickered..This is one of my favorite memories of him…Charlie was such a good guy..He will be missed…Boggs Run would not have been the same without him…Or the rest of the Pyles….God bless you all….

Erica Wellman
8 years ago

I was very blessed to have been able to know Charlie and Jean. He will forever me in my heart. Erica Wellman RN Amedisys hospice

Nancy Pyle Mowers
8 years ago

Jean & Family, So shocked to hear about Charlie’s death. The Pyle family of cousins are getting smaller in numbers. Please express our sympathy to Carolyn and John also. Can’t believe Charlie and I had shared the same birthday.

Daughter of Parks L. Pyle


8 years ago

Jean Ann and family,We would like express our deepest sympathy for your loss.Sorry we couldn’t make it over but you are in our prayers.

8 years ago

Jean Ann, Jackie and Marvine…

So sorry to hear about Charlie..he was a great person and will be missed dearly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you all!

Stacie Zelkowski & Family
8 years ago

Jeannie,John & Theresa, Bob and Amy,Caroline Wade,Charlene, Kenny and family,

My family and I are so very sorry for you loss. I want to let you know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Charlie was such a wonderful man and friend. I looked up to him very much. I apologize for anyone I missed in this introduction. I wish I could have made it down to see all of you and offer my condolences in person. But since my moms passing it is difficult for me to go to funeral homes. I loved Charlie. He was a special man in my heart and lots of others. I will alway remember the conversations we had. With his love and caringness he will be missed by many. With deepest sympathy,

Stacie Zelkowski and Family

Bert West
8 years ago

My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. God bless all of you. I shall miss him plowing the snow. It was nice to get up & sidewalk was cleaned Thanks again Charlie & rest in peace.

Sherry Johnson
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss Jean Ann. Thinking of you.

Sherry, Danielle, Kaylee, Dalton and Cassie

gractia manning
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss, you will be missed Charlie! You were THE example of a hard working, amazing man! rest in peace!

Kathy Nardone
8 years ago

So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a great man. My prayers are with the with the whole family. Kathy

doug stenda
8 years ago

sorri to hear of charlies passing he was a good man always volunteering his time for the city of mcmechen.. always talkedto me whenever he saw me. back in the younger days when he was a police officer had fun having him chase us around in the patrol car for doing crazy things but he always took it in stride and just laughed it off. he will be missed for sure.. doug stenda

Esther L. Hall
8 years ago

Sorry for the loss of Charlie. Such a wonderful man. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Esther Hall

Raymond Scott Jr & family
8 years ago

Sorry for your loss, Charley was a good friend of the family. He will be missed a lot.

8 years ago

Sorry to hear of Charlies passing. He will be greatly missed. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this time.

Gary Church
8 years ago

We have lost a very nice person. The entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers in this time of need. I knew Charlie from McElroy Mine as we once worked together.

Emily Richmond
8 years ago

You were a good man, friend, and neighbor. You will be truly missed. On tuesday the world lost a great person, rest in peace my friend. Love Emily