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Charles William Emerson

July 8, 1924 August 18, 2009
Charles William Emerson
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Obituary for Charles William Emerson

Charles William Emerson, 85, of Sunderland, MD passed away on August 18, 2009 at his residence. He was born July 8, 1924 in Paris, MD to the late Mason Emerson and Priscilla Gray Emerson. Charles was the youngest of 7 children; all of whom preceded him in death. He was educated in Calvert County Schools, attending the old Paris and Mt. Hope Schools. He left school to work at a very early age, receiving only a fourth grade education. Proving to his descendants that there are no excuses and proving that God can do all things but fail. He spent his entire adult life working in the Construction field, mastering the skill of carpentry and working in several other roles such as masonry and concrete. He was employed by various construction companies throughout the years including Have Hill, Howard Woodingham, Inc., and Ralph Decker from which he retired at the age of 62.Charles was a very hard worker and spent over 60 years of his life doing just that. Even after his retirement he continued to work every day. He worked around the homes of several of his children, friends, and other family members. He also assisted his children and friends with various jobs and work that they may have had. He enjoyed being with his family and close friends. Family time was very important, he ate every dinner at the head of the table with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed building things. He built picnic tables for his family, friends and churches for their summer events, working in the yard raking, gardening and cutting grass, while working you would often hear him humming a tune or whistling, "I'm A Girl Watcher". On any given weekend you would find him on the hill with the boys working on vehicles or just enjoying time sitting on the porch. In earlier years he also enjoyed attending the area baseball games, attending wrestling events when in town, attending the tractor pulls and county fairs. Charles liked to watch his favorite baseball team the Orioles on TV, and he looked forward to his family ordering his favorites wrestling and boxing of Pay-Per-View. In his later years you could expect to see him on any given morning at the Dash In, Owings, MD for coffee or the Fastop in Chesapeake Beach. He also spent mornings at the local Thrift shop where he made many friends. Charles was affectionately known by his loved ones as "Pops". Pops will be deeply missed. He leaves us with many memories and values. He leaves the legacy of hard work, family togetherness, and honesty even when it hurts. He leaves to cherish his memories and continue his legacy, devoted partner of over 50 years Edyth Chew (Emerson); 14 children, Tenney Chew, Jr., Elizabeth Tasker, Robert Coates, John Coates (Jackie), Charles Brown, Jerome Brown (Barbara), Faye Logan (Raymond), Regina Emerson, Rachel Tyler (Charles), Colvin Emerson (Sherry), Michael Emerson (Dorothy), Cassandra Watkins (Calvin), Anthony Emerson (Juanita), Terri Lee (Charles); 47 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, 35 great-great grandchildren, one sister-in-law Nina Reid, one brother-in-law Webster Reid, Nephew Tyrone Pettiford, Nieces Margaret Baker, Deltha Royal, Laverne Watkins, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by (3) children Audrey Chew, George Chew and Gregory Ellis, two granddaughters Cheryl Spriggs and Kathy Hall.The pallbearers were Robert Coates, Jr., Brian Jones, Raymond Logan, Jr., Lydell Tyler, Wade Tyler, Jr. and Calvin Watkins, Jr.

Cemetery:

Ernestine Jones Cemetery 3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Sunday, August 23, 2009 (map/driving directions)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Ward\'s Memorial United Methodist Church 2265 Wards Chapel Road Owings, MD 20736 on Monday, August 24, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Ward\'s Memorial United Methodist Church 2265 Wards Chapel Road Owings, MD 20736 on Monday, August 24, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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