To view or print a copy of the Memorial Service Program booklet, please go to On October 25th 1937, in Cleveland Ohio, Charles Edward Byers Sr, and Cloteal Adams was blessed with the birth of their second child, Charles Edward Byers Jr. He attended Bolten Elementary, Audobon Junior High and John Adams High School, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Louise Richardson, in September of 1956. They shared 10 years of marriage, during which time their union blessed them with three children, Charles III, Charlotte and Sherrilynn. Directly following school, he went to work at H.K Porter as a machinist. He later went to work in his father's company, where he learned and mastered the precepts of 'business'. This inspired him to want to work for himself. As a result, he became an entrepreneur - owning several small businesses including the Peppermill Lounge and Hilltop Market. In 1968, Charles married Letha Slatton, his second wife, which lasted for 5 years. They had a son, named Gregory. Charles married again to Gloria Ann Byers, who precedes him in death. Lastly, he married Judy Byers. He enjoyed entertaining and spending time with close friends and family. The consummate host, he often threw parties in Oakwood Village, at "the farm", where as many as a hundred people gathered to have a good time. Charles was more commonly known as 'Chuck', but his 'closer' friends knew him as "Charlie Bugger". He was a loyal and devoted friend to the end. In 1997, Chuck retired and moved to Los Angeles. He be-friended several of his children's friends and later became known as "Pops". He was always present at all the special occasions and was known for his storytelling, quick wit and clever chess game. He loved talking about politics, and was an avid TV watcher of the History channel and CNN news, as well as staying up on current events. Witnessing our first Black President was one of the proudest moments of his last few years. Chuck loved to bar-b-que and created a mouthwatering sauce, which he passed down to his children. Cooking for others was one of his favorite things to do. He always looked forward to spending time with his best friend, Ron Kimball and his family, where his company and charming personality were always enjoyed. He leaves to mourn, his children - Charles E. Byers, III, Charlotte Byers-Jourdain, Sheri Byers-Spellman & Gregory A. Byers; Grandchildren - Darrell Calhoun, Ketra Byers-Whitfield, Kourtney Calhoun, Rheya Spigner, Gregory Byers, Jr., Juanita Byers, Austin Byers, Benjamin Byers & De'Annie Byers; Great-grandchild, Randall Whitfield, and a host of extended family members and many friends. In his past year, he opened his life to Jesus Christ. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His uniquely born son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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  1. Sincere condolences to the family. I met Chuck in his later years through mutual friend Ron Kimball. Chuck was one of kind, a brother, a friend who always had a big smile.

  2. Chuck and Gloria go back to John Adams days. We were one big funloving group of sisters and brothers and we will miss him. Jim and I send our condolences to the family.

  3. The words of War can only express it. Me and big brother we use to run together. From standing on the corner drinking 59c wine to sippin $169 btls of scotch. Me and big brother we use to run together we use to fight together, and each other; It hurt to see you suffer and not to be able help you fight, It helped to see you pass in the night. Hang on big brother Till I catch up and we run together again. (Pimpdoom,Vol. 999 chap.998) I love and I miss ya Big Brother

  4. Pops always had a kind and inspiring word for me every time we spoke. We were able to talk about the great times that we had together in both Oakwood and L.A. His great smile will be sorely missed. Pops leaves great children to carry on his legacy. Peace be you you all.

  5. Along with Charles, was part of a special class of advanced students (Mrs. Kenney’s kids) at Bolton Elementary School in Cleveland, OH. Have known him for a very long time. Last saw him about 10 years ago while visiting my cousin Ron Kimball in Ca. Kept up with his condition and am sorry to see him go, but feel he is no longer suffering and is now in a better place. My condolences to the family.

  6. With each memory we meet again with those we love – for the heart never forgets. With deepest sympathy

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