Thursday, April 7, 2011

Charles Ray England, age 81, of Cassville, Missouri, left his earthly home to be with God on March 30, 2011. Charles was the youngest son of George and Nerva Brock England. He was born on May 22, 1929, in the Mineral Springs community, attended elementary school at Gaddis, graduated from Cassville High School in 1946, and attended Monett Junior College.

He was united in marriage to Nancy Joslin on January 27, 1951 and they just celebrated their 60th anniversary this past January.

Charles served in the Missouri National Guard at Monett, Missouri from 1950 to 1956. He was an outfielder for the Cassville Blues minor league baseball team in the early 1950s.

Charles and Nancy owned and operated Skelly Oil Company Station in Cassville, Missouri for 20 years. He also owned and operated England Sales, farmed and raised registered Charolais cattle, and was a member of the American International Charolais Association. In 1987, he became a State Gasoline Inspector with the Missouri Department of Agriculture in the Petroleum Division, and retired in 1997.

Charles was a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church, 59-year member of the Cassville Masonic Pythagoras Lodge #383, and a 57-year member of the Eastern Star Celestia Chapter #81. He was a past member of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, the Cassville Rotary Club, and served two terms as a Cassville Alderman.

Being very active in politics, he served as Barry County Co-Coordinator for both Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign and John Ashcroft's campaign for Missouri State Governor. He attended the 31st National Republican Convention as a Reagan Delegate and served as Chairman for the Reagan President Organization of Barry County. His hobbies centered around his family, hunting, fishing, and water sports. One of his greatest joys was attending the numerous sporting events and musical performances of his grandchildren over the years.

Survivors include: his wife Nancy; two daughters, Lynn England Hempen, and her husband Kenny of Joplin, Missouri; Tracy England Rampy, and her husband Steve of Pittsburg, Kansas; and the lights of his life, his four grandchildren, Tyler Hempen, Zach Rampy, Kaylee Hempen, and Luke Rampy. He is also survived by his brother, Jack England, and his sister, Lily Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Hildreth England Settlemire and Susie England Timmons; and five brothers, George England, Edward England, Joe England, Briar England, and Amos England.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with Reverend Lee Porch officiating. All are invited to attend the "Celebration of Charles's Life" in the Community Room at the White Funeral Home following the committal services at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Barry County Museum in Cassville, Missouri, the Cassville United Methodist Church, or the Cassville Masonic Pythagoras Lodge #383. Services may be viewed at the White Funeral Home website, following the service. PAID OBITUARY