Charles Leslie Cleland

August 26, 1927March 4, 2018

Charles L. (Chuck) Cleland was born in Cairo, WV, August 26, 1927, son of Ronald and Dorothy Cleland, both now deceased. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elaine H. Cleland. He died March 4, 2018 in Sykesville, Maryland. Charles retired after 39 years of service at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville where he was a professor of Rural Sociology in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. He was a member of several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta among others. He also served as Student Ombudsman for UT for 15 years. He was educated in the public schools of Charleston, WV. His collegiate education included Denison University, The University of Charleston (BA), Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, Madison (MS and PhD). Charles served in the military from 1946 through 1948 with the Air Force where he was an instructor in aircraft armament. He was honorably discharged with the rank of S/Sgt.

Charles was a member of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and was for many years a member of the church choir. Since moving to Sykesville, he transferred membership to Springfield Presbyterian where he continued to be active in the adult choir program. While in Tennessee, he was active in community affairs including involvement in efforts at peaceful desegregation as well as in neighborhood and larger community organizations, e.g., Community Forum where he served as treasurer for a number of years.

Charles is survived by a brother, David H. Cleland of Charleston, WV; daughters Rebecca Cleland and husband Ben Seymour of Tryon, NC and Linda Cleland Caviglia and husband Anthony Caviglia of Marriottsville, MD and their three children Cynthia Lukyanenko and husband Anton, Catherine White and husband Reider and Nicholas. An older brother, Don, of California predeceased him.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 AM, Springfield Presbyterian Church, 7300 Spout Hill Rd., Sykesville, MD 21784.

Memorial contributions to Springfield Presbyterian Church.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Patricia Smith Neuner

March 12, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Cleland's "going home to his perfect rest" after so many years of missing him. I was one of the two secretaries who worked for him for over 2 years a U.T. Agriculture Campus in Knoxville, taking hundreds of hours of Greg shorthand from him. Loved him all the time I knew him and worked for him (as well as for the other 6 or 8 professors(?)). He was a beautiful and gentle man all the time, in every way. My prayers of thanksgiving for God's comfort on Elaine and the rest of the family at this time. My time at UT was 1962 through half of 1964 when I moved to CA to live with an older sister and her husband.

Nic Arning

March 12, 2018

We are mourning the loss of our dear friend, Chuck Cleland. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

Nic Arning
Arning Insurance Agency

Barbara and Bernie Bernstein

March 12, 2018

Dear Elaine,
We were so saddened to read of Chuck's passing. We have such long-ago loving memories of both of you, our wonderful neighbors on Jonquil Lane. Chuck was the epitome of what a good man should be: gentle, smart, funny and ready to stand up for what was right. It's been a long time since we've been with you, but our memories are strong. We wish you and your family strength and healing.
Much love, Barbara and Bernie Bernstein

Ann Cleland

March 7, 2018

Uncle Chuck was always quick to smile and engage in interesting conversation with anyone. He was so knowledgeable on so many subjects, and yet politely listened to whatever people had to say. I dare say he kept moving and active up to the day he fell ill and shortly thereafter passed on to God’s house. We that knew him are all the better for such a gift. My heart goes out to Aunt Elaine and the children and grand children. They have some good genes !!