Charles E. Flanders

Charles E. Flanders, 76, of Williamsport, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Wilkes-Barre Veteran Hospital.

He was born Jan. 17, 1937, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of George and Tommy Lee (Byrd) Flanders Williams.

Charles was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was the husband of the late Hilda M. Morrow Flanders with whom he shared 46 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2007.

Charles was owner and operator of Chuck’s Auto Reconditioning for over 30 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Edgar A. Still Lodge No. 207 and the IBPOE of Williamsport.

Charles was an avid golfer and was the first African American to hit a hole in one at the White Deer Golf Course.

He loved playing softball, was a bass guitar player and great storyteller.

Charles is survived by two sons, Anthony L. Browne of Detroit, Mich., and Brandon J. (Audra) Flanders of Williamsport; three daughters, Faye L. Rozenblad of Williamsport, Glenda B. (Christopher) Patterson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Carmen S. (Ricky) Joyner of Williamsport; two sisters, Jewell W. Chislom, Betty C. Ryals, and a brother, Robert T. Williams, all of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Charles is predeceased by his wife, Hilda; his mother; a stepfather, George Williams; a sister, Deloras Anderson; and four brothers, Darryl, Levon, George and James Williams.

Relatives and friends are invited to Charles’ Life Celebration service 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home,” 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with Rev. Curley Jett. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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