October 14, 1933 ~ August 12, 2019 (age 85)

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Johnny Oscar “J.O.” Charles

Age 85

Of Niota

Passed away Monday, August 12, 2019

At his residence.


A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Clifford and Burnella “Sis” Daugherty Charles and was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Frances “Frankie” Palmer Charles on June 5, 2007; two sons, Johnny Oscar Charles Jr. “Little Joe”, Ricky Charles; two sisters, Wanda Barnes and Betty Lunsford; one brother, Donny Dean Charles. J.O. was a former employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad as a crane operator and was a member of West End Baptist Church.


Survivors include six daughters and four sons-in-law,

   Charlotte and Larry Boyd of Niota

   Ruth and Ronnie Hearron

   Johnnie and Jeff Garrett of Athens

   Eva McKeehan of Athens

   Janet and Darrell Gregory of Athens

   Cheryl Charles Moore of Athens

One son and two daughters-in-law,

   Randy and Teresa Charles of Niota

   Deb Charles of Athens

18 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild

Two brothers,

   Kenneth and Dee Charles of Athens

   Denny and Jerry Charles of Athens

Four sisters and one brother-in-law,

   Estalene Deakin of Etowah

   Peggy Smith of Niota

   Mary Ellen and Mack Wilson of Sweetwater

   Kaye Wattenbarger of Athens

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.

Special friend, Lisa Ward

The family would like to thank all the Dialysis Nurses and Doctors and the nurses at Amedisys Hospice for the care shown to their father.


Funeral services will be 7 pm Wednesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Stephens and Rev. Jimmy Price officiating.  Burial will be 11 am Thursday in Cedar Grove Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Jeremy Boyd, Josh Hearron, Jonathan Charles, Brian Moore, Brad Moore, Will Henry, Dillian Charles, Nicklaus Wright, Dustin Dake, and Marshall Watson.


The family will receive friends from 4-7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Johnny “J.O.” Oscar Charles.

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August 14, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
August 14, 2019

7:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

August 15, 2019

11:00 AM
S. Hill Street and Glendale Ave.
ATHENS, TN 37303

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