In memory of
Charles Connelly Goodlettsville - Charles F. Connelly Sr., 89 of Goodlettsville died at the home of his daughter, Cheryl Tison and her husband John in Whitehouse, May 9th,2019 surrounded in love by members of his family and care givers. He succumbed to an extended battle with cardiovascular disease. Charles, the youngest of 4 children and only son of Edward Francis Connelly and Ruth Malinger Connelly was born in the Bronx, November 7, 1929. He grew up in New York City. At 17 he joined the NY Army National Guard and then enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18. While stationed in Augusta Maine, he met and married Marjorie McCracken in March of 1950. Together they raised a family of 5 children. Chuck made the Navy his first career. He was a Korean War veteran. Chuck retired from the Navy in May of 1967 and began his second career as an agent for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance. He remained with John Hancock until he retired again in 1991. In February of 1989, Charlie's wife, Marjorie died after 39 years of marriage. While attending a class for grieving partners, Chuck met Mary Evelyn Hess who had recently lost her husband. Their friendship bloomed into a romance which led to their being married in March of 1990. They remained married until his death. Together they were members of First Baptist Church in Joelton. After a fall at home last November, Chuck was cared for at the Whitehouse Rehabilitation Center in Whitehouse and then at the Grace Manor assisted living center in Nashville until being moved to the Tison home where daughters Cathy and Cheryl along with Cheryl's husband John and Becky Haynie were his primary care givers. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie and an older sister. He is survived by his wife Mary, 2 older sisters, and his 5 adult children as well as 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place at Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home on Friday, May 17th from 1pm until the hour of Service at 3pm. Donations in Lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald,TN.
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