Charles Anthony Runyan

December 1, 1944December 27, 2020

Charles “Chuck” A. Runyan, 76, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was born December 1, 1944 in Madisonville, KY to the late Charles Chester and Hattie Lou (Hammonds) Lauderdale.

He was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He was a member of Bikers for Christ and Souls Harbor Church. Charles enjoyed riding his Harley, reading his Bible, playing guitar, spending time with his family whom he loved unconditionally and his friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; great granddaughter, Madelyn Rebecca Mohr; sister, Marilee Carwile and her five children.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary LeJean (Julian) Runyan; daughters, Sheila Hussey (David), Sherry Moore, Dawnn Davis (Tyrone), and MeLissa Sutton; grandchildren, Heather Mohr (Nathan), August Anthony Hirsch, April Moore, Nathanel Hussey (Sarah-Rose), Steven Moore, Jawan Stith, Olivia Stith, Tyreke Davis, DeLissa Ragland, Anthony Brodie, Jeremy Anderson, MaRaya Brodie, Alivia Hussey and Xavier Hussey; great grandchildren, August Hirsch, Liam Mohr, Elena Mohr, Briley Moore, Eli Moore, Quentin Mohr, Isabelle Stith; and close friend, Dale Lannan

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Souls Harbor Church, officiated by Ron Bonds. Friends may visit Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

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  • Visitation at Souls Harbor Church

    Saturday, January 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service at Souls Harbor Church

    Saturday, January 2, 2021


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April Young

January 3, 2021

I used to spend the weekends with my papaw and Mary and we'd go to church. I loved it ...

Ralph(Bud) Julian

December 31, 2020

Chuck I always remember your smile and your gentleness whenever we would meet. I always remembered your thoughtfulness when talking because you never even whispered a bad word about anyone. Whenever you did talk about anyone it was always kind words that were spoken. I remembered your knowledge in so many areas but especially when it involved talking about trucks. I did go out on the road driving a big truck but I regret not interacting with you and gaining your knowledge about driving the big rig’s. Thank you Chuck for the time we were able to spend together. Thank you so much for your Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank Chuck for sharing 33 years with my sister LeJean and for taking care of her. I will miss you my friend and now share your time up in Heaven with all of your friends and relatives. Until we meet again RIP.

Shiela Hussey

December 30, 2020

I am not sure how I share 58 years of memories. As the oldest of your kids, I have known and watched the many sides of you. I was the Daddy's girl. You were the Hero. The Monopoly games at Grandmothers, 58 years of holidays, We have laughed and we have cried, and sang together. I watched you love Mom, and was heartbroken when you had to leave, although I understood. I rejoiced when you found Mary LeJean, (Our Marmee), She was so good for you. I remember the singing, the guitars, the dancing, Semi-Trucks, Motorcycles, Fast cars. I remember photography and the dark room you created and developed your own pictures. I have watched you love me and Sherry then, love our kids and grandkids (your great's). I never thought we had enough time. The memories are too many. I will sum it up by saying .... I will miss your scent (old-spice), I will miss your laugh & your smile, I will miss your hugs, and the holding of your hand. If time could go back I would sit in your lap and cry on your shoulder. I will miss our talks on the porch swing and in front of fireplaces, and walking in the woods, or just sitting on a couch. You listened and gave me good advise. I will never forget leaving home at 18 and you near tears ... telling me I would always have a home. Going to see you was always going home. You were my protector and my friend. You were my Hero and I got the privilege to call you DAD. I will carry you forever in my heart.
I cannot believe our time on this side of eternity has come to a close. It was too soon, way too soon; the memories will have to do. I will cherish each one. I have and will continue to love you deeply and will miss you more than I can put into words.

Alivia & Xavier Hussey

December 30, 2020

Dear Papaw,
We already miss you. Our memories are many but some of the best were you playing your guitar and singing. Your jokes and your laugh. Making silly faces and playing aggravation. The family reunions were always fun times. You gave the best hugs. We wish we had more time but are thankful for what time we had. We will always miss you. There is no one like you. We Love you and are thankful God let you be our Papaw.
Alivia and Xavier Hussey

Heather Mohr

December 30, 2020

Papaw, I'm not even sure where to start. I know I wasn't ready to see you go. You were one of the best out there. The posts already written have shown what a kindhearted, gentle man you were. You gave the best hugs, had the best laugh, and were always good for one. I love how when we'd visit, you'd always come to the door and wave until our car was out of sight. I loved hearing you play your guitar and sing, and that sense of humor of yours. I'll always remember the last Christmas we spent together, where you got so many Old Spice gift sets. You, Sherry, and I had a good laugh every time you opened a package, and it was more Old Spice. I loved when we'd come meet you for breakfast, and just have a nice chat about anything and everything. I wish it could have happened more. So many of my childhood memories have you in them - but I think my very favorite was when we'd sit together on the old porch swing, singing songs. Because of you, I grew up with a love of photography, travel, and music. I wish we could have had more time with you, but I'm so thankful for the time we did share, and the memories that will keep you alive in our hearts. With love, Heather

Renee Sheren

December 30, 2020

Driver rest in peace, you made this world a happier place and taught us younger generations how to drive and shown us the old time ways, may your wheels never touch the ground and always keep the hammer down, someday we all will join the convey in the sky, until then save us a spot cause we know how hard parking is and you are the best teacher anyone could have ask for

Cindy Coffman

December 29, 2020

In 1977 we moved in from Florida, right across the street from the and my sister patty became fast friends with chucks girls. Now sfter all these years still best friends.chuck did slot of things with us and he was a kind and gentle man.he will be so missed...prayers for all the family...

Dale Lannan

December 29, 2020

I Love You Friend And Brother. You Will Be Missed. I Will Not Forget All The Times You Shared Gods Word With Me Out In Your Garage, And You Would Get Out Your Guitar And We Would Sing Gods Songs I Loved That. I Will Miss Having You There At Our Bikers For Christ Meetings And What Ever We Been Doing Together. I Am A Better Person Knowing You. l Still Have Some Fish We Caught Together In The Freezer. I Will Remember The Time We Had Together When I Fix Them. I Can’t Believe You Are Gone, It Won’t Be The Same. Thank You For Being There For Me Chuck. Till We Meet Again.

Cherie Sweet

December 29, 2020

Dear Chuck,
I miss you already! It was always good to be around you and see your genuine smile and pleasant attitude, even when I knew you weren’t feeling well. You were always ready and willing to help anyone at any time.
Thank you for loving my sister and her girls like they were your own.
We will celebrate together again very soon! Just don’t pick all the roses. Lol! Love you and will miss you very much!

David Julian

December 29, 2020

I didn't realize I knew Chuck for 33 years as there are no bad markers along those years. There are many good ones though; one I'll share.
The "Back Story" first: every time I saw Chuck, he was smiling and in a good mood. We would talk, share stories and laugh; the ever-present laugh that Chuck brought to conversations. Even when he was angry at something, he expressed it in a gentle, kind manner. I know he could get serious when needed, sometimes we talked of those moments that bothered him, or he would listen to me vent, but those were short, fleeting moments.
I needed to get my CDL's for a new job where we only had short cab tractors and lo-boys, which I got pretty good at backing. But, when I went for my practical I failed miserably as they made me use a sleeper cab and 53' box van. Every aspect of it was different--completely different.
Doomed to lose my job, I called Chuck for advice. We talked a bit then he said he could meet me, at my facility, Sunday after Church to help me. Always willing and giving, he wanted to help me; that ever-present Christian desire to help.
We met and he patiently guided me through the processes, gave me pointers and encouraged me when I made a mistake. I passed my practical with ease; thanks again, Chuck.
I know you're at peace now, Brother and you'll be there to greet me when I arrive in Heaven. We'll ride our Harley's, fellowship with Jesus, laugh at the joy and praise God.
Thank you for loving, caring for and protecting my sister, LeJean, all those years. You truly brought completeness and fulfillment to her.
Until we meet again, I love you, Bother.