OBITUARY

Charles Milton HOLSEY Sr.

February 20, 1935February 19, 2021
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Charles Milton Holsey Sr. was born February 20, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan from the union of William Holsey and Rosa Lee (Walker) Holsey. He received his education at Detroit Public Schools and joined the United States Army in 1954. Charles Milton Holsey Sr. was born February 20, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan from the union of William Holsey and Rosa Lee (Walker) Holsey. He received his education at Detroit Public Schools and joined the United States Army in 1954.

Charles met the love of his life and soulmate Carole Burnette who lived in his neighborhood. Their relationship blossomed and in November, 1958, Charles married Carole. Their union blessed them with 4 children, Dona, Michelle (passed away during infancy) Julie, and Chuckie.

Charles had a long list of businesses and professions and for most of his life, worked at least 2 jobs. He started his early post military career as a Computer Operator in the Detroit U.S. Army Arsenal and at night he had a building maintenance business. Charles never stopped working as he was a hairdresser and barber on the weekends. He later owned and ran a trucking company with his brother Richard prior to transitioning as a hairdresser full time.

Despite his many jobs, he still found time to watch Saturday morning cartoons with his kids and was the constant life of the party for friends and family. He extended his wisdom, experience and fatherly support to many of his nieces, nephews, and neighbors. He was affectionately known as "Uncle Daddy" by many.

A big part of his life was spent on the Detroit river where he was known as one of the "River Rats". He was a highly respected member of the Detroit Boating Community and regularly cruised to Chatham Ontario, Cleveland and Toledo. Charles was the life of that community.

He was also well known in the Detroit Jazz scene as a singer. He spread this gift everywhere he went. It was common for him to be called to the stage by local Jazz artists and would take the mic just about anywhere. Whether he was on vacation on a cruise ship, visiting a nightclub or a family gathering, he would entertain with great energy. He last sang for his Senior Apartment Community in October, 2020, where again he gained local celebrity status.

He transitioned the evening of February 19, 2021, one day shy of his 86th birthday. Charles is preceded in death by his brothers, Vernon, James, William, and Richard and sisters, Ellen and Estelle. Charles is survived by his wife Carole, his daughters, Dona (Dennis) Rhodes, Julie (Cornelius) Hunter, his son, Charles Jr. (Elaina), and sister Colleen, his 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandsons and a host of nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.

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Ronda Davis

February 26, 2021

To the Holsey family. I am so very sorry about the loss of your dear love one. I wish that I could be there to share in this Memorial with you aall.

Ronda Davis and Family

Lun Gregory Johnson

February 25, 2021

What could be said about Uncle Charles.... Well he was certainly a mentor, a father, a friend, a uncle, and a grandfather. But more importantly he was a Mans man. Who stood on principle and always gave great advice. Whether it was family trips, sleep overs, family events, Uncle Charles was always the life of the party. And of course the boats rides, there was always a competition for your reservations. Especially during the fireworks. There also not a life lesson he did have experience or an opinion on. I often called Uncle Charles for his insight and technical expertise. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly. Until we meet again.

Lisa McCrary

February 25, 2021

Vicki Jefferson

February 25, 2021

Vicki Jefferson

February 24, 2021

My 40th birthday. On the dance floor with my uncle Charles. Always a good time. I will always remember his tribute to me on that day🥰❤️

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