OBITUARY

Charles Henry Pulliam

5 March, 193423 January, 2021

Mr. Charles H. Pulliam, affectionately known as “C.H.” or “Chick Eye'' of 3208 New Coach Lane, Bowie, MD, was born on March 5, 1934 in Pittsylvania County in Virginia. He was the son of the late James Henry Pulliam and Kathleen Cunningham. On Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:49 am, he departed this earthly life at his home in Bowie, MD. Strangely, that morning at about 3:00 am, Corey went to check on him and Charles told Corey about a dream he had of five women dressed in all white, that was a sign that the angels letting him know that it was time.

Charles H. Pulliam was raised in Georgetown in Washington, DC. He came to DC at the age of 5 to be reunited with his mother, after being raised by his Aunt Martha in Pittsylvania County, VA. He attended Frances Elementary School in Georgetown. Although he lived next door to the school, he said he would be late to school each day. He later graduated from Cardozo Senior High School and furthered his education by attending the University of the District of Columbia to obtain his Associates Degree.

Charles worked for the Federal Government for years, and subsequently began a career with the Prince Georges County Government as a supervisor for Public Housing until retiring in 1995.

In 1981, Charles was united in Holy Matrimony to Perlie Gordon; this union was blessed with two sons.

Charles was an amazing man of many words and loved his family and friends. He was a loving husband, an exceptional father, and even wonderful “Pop Pop.” Charles was most known for making long lasting and meaningful friendships with those he encountered, especially the crew he developed at 7-eleven. He could make friends with a perfect stranger and could tell you about your family lineage in just a few minutes of talking with you. Charles was a die hard Redskins (Washington Football Team) fan and he also liked the Washington National Baseball Team. Charles enjoyed watching sports, playing cards and hanging out at the track with his sons.

Though the presence of one so dear is no more, warm and wonderful memories are left embedded deeply in the hearts of many. Mr. Charles H. Pulliam leaves to cherish his precious memory: his devoted wife of 40 years, Perlie Rowe Pulliam of Bowie, MD; two sons, Ryan J. Pulliam (Samora) of Upper Marlboro, MD, Corey I. Pulliam of Bowie, MD. One daughter Evelyn Turner of San Diego, CA, one step-daughter, Julie V. Gordon, of Washington, DC; three grandchildren, Joel Suarez of San Diego, CA , Sydney T. Pulliam, and Bryan J. Pulliam of Upper Marlboro, MD. One step-granddaughter, Anise Foreman of Washington,DC; one step great granddaughter, Gia V.Tonstad. One sister, Barbara Colvin of Brooklyn, NY., one brother, Quinton Winstead of Brooklyn, NY and one brother- in -law, Aaron Hughes of Seabrook, MD, and a host of loving relatives and life long friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, 6 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 6 February , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 19 February , 2021

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Theresa Rogers

9 February 2021

Ryan and family. we are very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.. While we did not know him personally we know it is never easy to lose a loved one. May you remember with fondness your dad and all the good times you shared . With our deepest sympathy. Theresa and Judy

Fabiane Butler

6 February 2021

Uncle Charles left a young disgruntled teenage girl knowing that someone really cared. That girl was me. I could never thank him for the love concern and over all support that he consistently showed no matter where I was physically I knew that I could rely that uncle Charles would find me and love me. I'll always have those special life long experiences and memories.

Vergie Chaney

6 February 2021

I'm really having a hard time believing that the late night phone calls from CH have come to an end !!!! It was only 3 years ago that we connected and I was always excited to hear from him. We talked mostly at night, and sometimes for several hours. I really enjoyed his stories and especially learning about family members I never knew. I was fascinated by his remarkable memory of folks, dates, places, & events. As long as he wanted to talk, I was always willing to listen !! CH was a remarkable gentleman and I feel so blessed to have known him, if only for a short period of time. I do believe that he is safely resting in God's palace now. But his love and his spirit will remain with us forever !!

Doug Ward

5 February 2021

As a teenager before we were old enough to drive Mr Pulliam would take Corey & I anywhere we wanted to go & always in the latest Cadillac Lol. Whether it was picking us up from working at the Movie Theater, The Rec Center, or all the way Uptown when he would take us to his parents house on Lamont Street or to the Madness shop you could always count on him. Mr Pulliam & my father also became friends by always running into each other up at the 7-Eleven which seems to be the case for him & everybodies dad in the neighborhood Lol. He was truly a great man & I can proudly say that I picked up some of his parenting traits from the way I saw him treat Ryan & Corey. He’ll truly be missed.

Michael McDaniel

5 February 2021

Perle and Boys

I share your sorrow. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I will also miss the pre-game and post-game conversations Charles and I had about our Washington football team for more than 30 years. Charles was truly a good man.

Sharon Gordon-Jackson

3 February 2021

I did not see Charles that often, but when I did encounter him on those occasions, he always, always greeted me with a smile and a most joyful and loving spirit and embrace. My soul shares the pain of his loss with my "Sister" Pearl, not by law, but in the Spirit. May your family be comforted by the knowing that the Breath of Life that is within us is of GOD and is ETERNAL. I am here with you and for you whenever and in whatever capacity that I may serve. May you find Love, Peace, and Joy to fill the spaces in your heart and soul after the grieving subsides. Lovingly forever, Sharon.

Eldon Saunders

2 February 2021

With deepest sympathy to the family. Since moving to Florida I have always cherished the times we enjoyed playing cards and sharing good times together.

Antoinette Perry

2 February 2021

I know there is an appointed time for each of us. I still thought C. H. would always be here... . He was my hero, my confidante (when it mattered), not only my favorite cousin, but my friend. I will always cherish our times together, our knowing looks and laughs!
Forever in my heart.

Barbara Perry

2 February 2021

C. H. was my "go-to" person. I thought of him as my big brother. We talked regularly. He was my historian, sharing information about family I didn't know.
C. H. will always be in my thoughts and forever in my heart.

William White

31 January 2021

My Friend has passed and I will miss him a great deal. We spend a good bit of time together talking and cheering on our two grandchildren we shared . We would meet at different events and sit together. Though the year we became good friends. Charles was the type of person anyone would have been proud to know. I enjoyed his conversation and share many good laughs. He was kind, loving person who cared about his fellow man. Rest well my Friend I look forward to seeing you again.

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