Charles L. Guess Sr.



Charles L. Guess, Sr., also known to many as Charlie, was born in Powellton, West Virginia to Iler Cranor Guess and Thomas Guess on February 21, 1926. He was the oldest of seven children. Charles grew up during the Great Depression with Herbert Corpening as his loving father and role model during his formative years. His father’s early lessons endured with Charles during his entire lifetime. Charles was educated at Bluestone High School, until he joined the Army infantry during World War II. Charles fought with the Army in Asia, and shared many humorous stories of his experience with friends and family.
On August 9, 1946 Charles married Marthella Lunsford and to this union was born Charles Jr., Harold, Pamela and Patricia. Charles also had one daughter, Brenda, with Ruth Watkins (Alexander), and one daughter, Monique, with Frances Cutter. Charles and Marthella moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1953, but he spent many years residing in Ashtabula, Ohio with his parents and siblings. Charles spent the last 25 years of his life in Columbus. He was a devoted grandfather to 30 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Charles was an excellent artist in oils and woodcarving. He spent his final years building many beautiful birdhouses. He loved animals and enjoyed National Geographic and any learning and historical channels. Charles was a hardworking individual, and worked in the West Virginia coal mines as a young man. He also retired from Rockwell International, in 1988 but never really quit working. Charles worked for Charleen Hinson of Hinson Limited until April 2010.
Charles Louis Guess, Sr. passed away on October 22, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Charles is predeceased by his parents, two brothers William and James Corpening, one grandson, Gregory A. Campbell, Jr., his former spouses, Marthella, and Frances Cutter. He is survived by his children, Charles L. Guess, Jr., Harold H.C. Guess, Pamela (Jackie) Leslie, Patricia (Tyrone) Malone, Brenda Matthews, Monique
Guess, and ex-spouse, Ruth Watkins. Charles is also survived by his brother, Roosevelt (Louise) Corpening, his sisters, Josephine Hunter, Gloria Jean (Frank) Gums, and Barbara Jean (David) Brown. “Grandpa” will be dearly missed by all his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends. REST IN PEACE UNTIL THE RESURRECTION.

Condolence Messages

  1. Kim & Denny Harvey

    Dear Guess Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Charlie lived across the road from us in Pataskala for a few years and was such a nice man! We enjoyed listening to his stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Richard T Harris (RT)

    I worked with Charles Jr. at Delta Airlines. My thoughts and prayers are with the Guess family during this very difficult time. May God bless you all.
    RT Harris

  3. steven brown and family

    we are very sadden of your loss and send our deepest sympathy.
    my dad emmett brown attended bluestone high school with and were always best of friends here in columbus.
    fell free to email me back.
    god bless

  4. To Pamela Leslie & Family: My Family's love and prayers to you all: "es;Lord, when I take my final breath and see you face to face in death, then shall my heart forever sing the heavenly praises of my King."es; by Raniville…God Love and Bless you all. Rejoice in the time & Love you had with your Dad at this time.
    Kerrie,Curtis, Jamila, Rivell & A.C. Jr. Collins
    ~ Kerrie Collins, Columbus, Ohio

  5. Dear Grandpa, u r an inspiration to me, everything u have told me i have locked in my brain and will use it when i need to, u r one of the realist men, i thank you for all u have done for me before and after when i say after meaning even though u r sitting next to god i still have u in my thoughts so whenever something goes wrong i ask myself wat would u do, and im sure the right answer will come to me thank you Charles guess A.K.A Grandpa for everything and i will always love you

  6. Terence & Taffy Leslie

    Guess Family ~ Please except our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loved one. Although no words can really help to ease your loss, please know your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Terence Sr., Taffy, & family

  7. Dwight E. Cartier

    Charles was like a father to me. I always considered Charles and Mrs. Guess as part of my family. He would do anything for you and his grandkids. Always willing to help. He worked all his life to support his family. I learned a lot from just listening to him. He will be sadly missed by all of us. I send my condolences to Pamela and family.

  8. Mary Emswiler Vickner

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy
    to Charlie's family. He was such a good man,
    and I always felt like he was part of our family.
    He always had a smile, and he always had a story! He will be greatly missed until we meet again in Our Fathers loving arms.
    Well done Charlie!!!!!!!

  9. Gramps! I remember the first time I met you. Me, Toya, and Jasmine were playing tennis for Heights. You were so funny, and made me feel like one of the family. R.I.P

  10. Blood doesn't make you family and although his blood does not flow through my veins…..he was family to me and my mom! They would laugh and talk for hours at a time. He treated me like a granddaughter and didn't treat me any different than he would Missy or Tiffy. He definitely was a great person and we loved him a lot! It was a treat to see him when we were little because when he visited because back then Pataskala seemed like it was another state and so we enjoyed that time with him! I don't have to tell you how great he was because you know and I hope that brought a smile to your face like it just did mine! I will keep the family in prayers and please accept my condolences to the family.

  11. Linda Turner & Family

    To Mellanie and Guess Family, My heart and prayers goes out to you at a time like this. May the peace of GOD that transcends all understanding guard your heart and your mind and may his memories be with you always.

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