Nov. 17, 2023
noon - 2 p.m.


Nov. 17, 2023
2 p.m.


Nov. 17, 2023

Charles Wilburn Ramsey, 87 of Morganton, NC went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 10, 2023 at Atrium Medical Center - (Carolinas), Charlotte, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on March 5, 1936, he was the son of the late Charles Clifton Ramsey and Mae Clements Ramsey.

Charles loved Jesus and was a member of Zion Baptist Church for over 50 years where he enjoyed singing in the choir and served as a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years. He was the first in his family to go off to college where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture at Berea College in Berea, KY. Charles proudly served his country as a veteran of the US Army where he was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. He worked as Personnel and a Plant Manager for Breeden’s - Case Farms, for 34 years. Charles also worked another 21 years at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Valdese as a Delivery Driver. He lived for God and his family. He had a strong passion for nature and the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing. Charles was a founding member of the Morganton Bass Masters Club for 52 years where he loved fishing with his buddies and mentoring his fellow new fishermen in the club. He was a HUGE sports enthusiast and loved watching any ball game on TV. He especially enjoyed watching his two favorite teams, the Carolina Tar Heels and the Atlanta Braves.

Charles is survived by his brother, Clifton Poe Ramsey (Jean); children, Marti Ward (Chuck) Hickory, NC, Clay Ramsey, Fort Mill, SC, Pam Gardin (Dennis), Tommy Sinker (Shelly) Morganton, NC, Barry Sinker (Dawn) Granite Falls, NC, Melissa Bagan Hill (Chris) Louisville, KY, John Ramsey, Lawrence Causby (Wendy) Morganton, NC, Doug Causby (Heather) Lenoir, NC; 21 grandchildren, Chase Ramsey, Ashlyn Klas (Andrew), Adam Brittian (Cinnamon), Trey Sinker (Kaylee), Scott Johnson, Dylan & Jordan Ramsey, Josh & Dustin Wingler, Alison Ward, Emily Sinker, Jazlyn & Chay Bagan, Lilly & Grace Hill, Braydon Brittian, Santara McGlynn, Jonathan Greene, Katie Causby, Emma Osborne, Addison Causby; 12, great-grandchildren, Owen & Oaklyn Klas, Abel & Eli Brittian, Kasey & Kayleb Dellinger, Raelyn & Haven Sinker, Margo McGlynn, Ava Goode, Leighton Sinker, Taylin Canipe.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sister Revonda Puckett (Danny); son, Harold Johnson.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Zion Baptist Church, 3396 Pea Ridge Road, Morganton, NC. The funeral service will be held in the sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. with Revs. Keith Rose and David Cooper officiating. Burial will immediately follow for his final resting place with military honors performed by the NC National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Baptist Church or the Morganton Bass Masters Club.

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—Lynch Cristal

I've only known Charles for a couple years through the Bass club but what a blessing he has been to me in such a short period of time. Prayers for the family. Fish on Charles until we meet again.

—Ken Lister
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He had such an sincere smile and a contagious laugh. Truly a man who knew how to live and have fun. I know God is most certainly welcoming him with open arms.


Charles always reminded me of his mother and his Aunt Ruth who both lived Christian ways each and ever day. He loved his fishing and hunting. He was the most senior member of my Dad’s side of the family and will be dearly missed by all. He was one of my favorite cousins and may God comfort the Ramsey family during this difficult time. May he RIP, Cousin/Ed

—Edgar Poe
—Betty Kanipe

Charles it was my pleasure meeting you through Chris my son and Melissa my daughter in law. I so admired how you lived your final years. Please extend a warm welcome to my aunt Teen died the same day and I know you both are rejoicing in heaven tonight. We had her funeral today.

—Brenda Hill
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Our sincerest condolences to the Ramsey family during this difficult time. We are all praying for you and are greatly saddened by the loss of Charles. We know he has gone to a better place.

—Appalachian Naturescapes Entire Staff

My dear and precious Ramsey family. I am so very sorry for your loss of Mr. Charles. His smile and kindness will be remembered in my heart always. Thoughts and Prayers for you all. May God hold you all close to his heart cradled in his loving hands, and provide comfort for you during this time.

—Sarah L Snipes-Whitley
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Charles was a wonderful man. He will be surely missed by many. Prayers are with the family.

—Jeff Revis

Charles Wilburn was a sweet and kind man, who comes along too seldom. He always had kind words and was soft spoken. I did not spend a lot of time around him but I considered the times I did to be special, he was a favorite cousin. He loved his hunting and fishing. I am sure he will continue these in heaven. He is now at peace with his mother, father, sister, Mam-maw, Pap-paw and so many other friends and family members. What a wonderful reunion is happening now. “A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God “

—Joseph Cummings