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Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church
Thursday January 7th, 2021
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Bethel Baptist Church
Thursday January 7th, 2021

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Charles Lee Presnell, Jr.



Retired Assistant Fire Chief Charles Lee Presnell, Jr., age 69, of Marion, North Carolina, departed to be with the Lord peacefully on Monday, January 04, 2021 at his residence with his loved ones at his side.  The son of the late Charles and Thelma Rector Presnell, he was born in Marion, North Carolina on April 22, 1951. 


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his adoptive son, Levi Maltba. 


Always wanting to help others, Charles enjoyed serving his community in many different ways.  Following over 35 years of service, he proudly retired as Assistant Fire Chief with the Marion Fire Department.  A Wildland Firefighter, Charles was a leading pioneer, face and voice in the fire service in McDowell County.


An avid bear hunter and outdoorsman he loved spending time in the woods with family and friends. He was a three-time cancer survivor; and anytime you saw him, you were guaranteed a smile or hug.  A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Charles was known as being an adoptive father to many he met along his journey.  He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Glenwood. 


Left to cherish his memories, are his loving wife of 39 years, Sherie Buchanan Presnell; three sons, Corey Presnell (Lacey), Garrett Presnell (Kelsey) and Doug Cooksey (Lirije Mekuloviq); one grandchild, Carly Presnell; four special aunts, Frances McMahan (Mike), Lorene Craddock (Bill), Pat Vess (Claude) and Linda Presnell; father and mother-in-law, Stuart and Eileen Buchanan; and last but not least, his special canine companions, Chloe and Mila.


A celebration of Mr. Presnell’s life will be held on Thursday, January 07, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Upton officiating.  Interment will follow at Presnell Family Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the church. 


Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Presnell’s memory are asked to consider, Marion Firefighter Association, P.O. Drawer 700, Marion, North Carolina 28752 and/or Sugar Hill Montford Cove Fire Department, 8883 Sugar Hill Road, Marion, North Carolina 28752.






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Susan Messer Jan 28 2021 12:00 AM

C.E. and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We knew Charles when we lived near his family, he played with our children and was always the nicest young man. We always enjoyed having him play with our children at our house. We enjoyed seeing him when he grew up he was always so friendly and had a big smile. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Jewell Randolph Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Terrell and Avis Finley Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Buck & Linda Forester Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Tammy Rose Flowers Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Bruce Hollifield Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Teresa & Donald Holland Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

I called him Charlie, He and I started serving our county about the same time in the fire service. The one most memorable day I have about Charlie is when he and his friend were bear hunting and one in the party got accidently shot, they were on 105 and Charlie got on his fire radio calling for help Don Anderson was at Marion Fire Dept. and responded to him, while the guy's rushed their friend to medical aid Don was telling Charlie what to do, not a sound was heard except for those two, Don being a recently ex EMS employee and Charlie being a hands on hero got the man to help... So yes be proud of your husband, father, grand father, brother, uncle, friend as I am, he was a hands on no frills under the radar public servant that served because he loved it not for what recognition he got from it. He is a true hero

David Silver Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Doris Lowery Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Presnell, Jr.

Christy and Jeremy Taylor Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

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