Charles LaVerne Aikens

June 16, 1937May 15, 2011

Charles LaVerne Aikens was born June 16, 1937 in Lansing, Michigan. Charles graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in 1955. After high school Charles was employed by General Motors (Fisher Body). From that job he went on to work at the sporting goods store Vandevoort. In 1959 he met and later married the love of his life Alfreda Jackson. Charles worked at the Universal Steel Company before retiring.

Charles' true passion was watching basketball and football. He enjoyed watching the Michigan State Spartans, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions play every season. He loved betting with his children on who would win. Whomever lost had to cook dinner for the winner.

Charles was preceded in death by: his father, Robert Aikens; mother, Lola Mae Kemp; brother, Joseph Aikens; his sister, Tamara Jean Aikens; and his wife, Alfreda Jackson.

Charles went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 15, 2011. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving children: daughter, Cheryl Rene'e (Bryan L. Wade/Special Friend) Aikens; son, Charles LaVerne Aikens, Jr.; son, Robert Kevin Aikens; daughter, Darleen Denise Williams; son, Anthony Lamont (Joyce) Aikens; son, Brian Eugene (Shannon) Aikens; daughter, Lolisha Anne Aikens. 18 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosemary Aikens of Lansing; Deloris Aikens of Lansing; four brothers, Thomas Aikens of Lansing; Andrew (Jean) Aikens of Lansing; Gerald (Cookie) Aikens of Detroit; and Tyroe (Joi) Aikens of Marietta, Georgia and a host of cousins, nieces nephews and friends.

Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing, MI.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Charles LaVerne Aikens

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DoLaura Hunt

May 27, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Wanda Williams

May 25, 2011

Hello Cheryl,
I know you have always been very close to your father. You were always there for him and he was always there for you. Your father is still with you in your heart and your memories and whenever you are going through a tough time you can still have a private conversation with you father to get you through it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the physical loss.

Darla Moore

May 24, 2011

Cheryl - Lish and Darlene my deepest condelences to you for the loss of your dad

Cathy Morgan

May 24, 2011

To the Aikens family, my family. Our prayers are with you during the time of your loss. We are praying for you.

Patsy (Carter) Mans

May 24, 2011

The Aikens Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We share your sorrow.

Annette Howlett-Johnson

May 24, 2011

To the Aikens Family I send my deepest condolence's to you all. My you all find comfort in knowing that to absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! Charles is in Jesus loving arms and he has been reunited with Aunt Freda, Joe, Tammy, his mom, Lola and his dad, Robert. I love you all and remember your dad loved you all dearly, but God loved him most

May 23, 2011

I will also love and remember you Popeye! To all the Aikens family, my deepest sympathy. My prayers are with you all.

Marcia Civils

May 22, 2011

To Cheryl and family. My condolences to you and your family. May God bless all of you.

May 21, 2011

To Cheryl and the Aikens Family.
I am so sorry for the loss of Charles. I will always remember the fun times we had with him. He made me laugh so much. I will keep you in my prayers.

Doris Taylor

Sharon Lewis

May 21, 2011

To Cheryl and the rest of the Aikens family. I'm very sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this time of need.