Charles Mayes Jr.


Charles W. Mayes Jr. passed in peace, Thursday August 13, 2020 at the age of 73.

Charles was born January 20, 1947 to Louise Mayes and Charles W. Mayes Sr. in Columbus Ohio. He worked several years as a youth leader at the Ohio Department of Youth Services (TICO), and was a delivery driver for Spirit Corp.

Charles left an indelible impression on the people whose lives he touched, and he will be remembered as a spirited individual, who contributed immeasurably to the world around him. His kindred spirit, contagious laughter and charming personality was clearly evident in his personal sacrifices of time and energy to his family, friends and community. Charles had a true gift for making everyone that crossed his path feel special, honored, and loved. The legacy of care, commitment, and strength he established will surely live on.

His love for boxing led him to be a strong advocate in the boxing community where he served as a volunteer training coach. His favorite boxers were Sugar Ray Leonard and Shane Mosley. Moreover, Charles could often be found laid back listening to music from the genre Doo-Wop and his favorite vocal group-The Miracles. His favorite artist was Smokey Robinson and favorite rapper, Shotty Mayes.

He would always end his phone calls and conversations by saying “ Love You From the Heart” and he truly meant it.

Charles is preceded in death by his father Charles W. Mayes Sr., Mother Louise Mayes; adoptive mother Katherine Earley and grandson Kevin Kendrix. He is survived by his loving daughters Tonya Mayes, Carla Mayes, Sonja Smith, Charo Hargrove, Katina Mayes, Erica Guess,Tracy Mayes and Kierra Branch. Sons, Maurcie Yates, Carlos Mayes, Brian (Paula) Valentine, Charles Coleman-Mayes. Proud grandfather to a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. He also leaves to cherish his extended family Earley/Davis. Elma Lee (LuLu) as well as his dearest friends, Barbra J Joyner, and Darlene Ferguson.

PRIVATE Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Friday, August 21, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages


    Dear Brian and family,

    We send our deepest condolences and great love. We are very sorry for your loss. We look forward to a time when THE BIBLE’S PROMISE WILL BE FULFILLED. THERE WILL BE A RESURRECTION OF BOTH THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE UNRIGHTEOUS!

    I do not know the depth of your pain and I cant tell anyone how to grieve, but I can tell u how I have learned to greatly reduce the pain of losing a loved one, which has a great blessing from Jehovah for me ever since the death of my father in January 2014.


    When an elder/ friend of mine shocked everyone by giving the closing prayer his wife’s funeral, thanking Jehovah for giving him such a wonderful wife, I felt convinced that he was doing the same thing that I started doing after my biological father died in January of 2014.

    How Jehovah has greatly comforted me…
    Please read 1 Thess. 5:18 & Ecclesiastes 7:1,

    Since we are to “give thanks for everything” 1 Thess. 5:18, and since “the day of death is better than the day of birth” – Ecc 7:1, Jehovah comforts me by helping me to replace some of my painful thoughts with thoughts of great gratitude.

    Therefore, without telling anyone how to grieve or what their grief should feel like, I can tell you that when I lose a loved one, my prayers to Jehovah typically include prayers of gratitude!

    My 2nd BIG key-
    I also use my thoughts of gratitude to help me eliminate thoughts and phrases like miss them, they are gone, etc. Instead, every time that I think about them, I speak about WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS TO HAVE THEM. I PRAISE AND THANK JEHOVAH FOR GIVING ME (or us) THAT PERSON.

    “Yet, as for me, I will exult in Jehovah; I will be joyful in the God of my salvation” Habakkuk 3:18

    I have also seen many others benefit by changeing their thoughts like this.

  2. My deepest condolences to the family of Charlie Mayes,My heart felt sympathy goes out to you all.I wish I could be there with the rest of the family but that’s not possible.I’LL miss my cousin and dear friend.Rest in peace cousin Charlie.I’LL catch you on the other side. LOL. Cousin PHILIP DAVIS and Family.

  3. Maurice Jackson

    I worked with mr mayes at spirit for a few years he was a good guy r.i.h

  4. Mr charles kept 100 hall in shape you will be missed with love eastland 100 hall family

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    May the God of all comfort help to ease the pain of your grief. Thinking of you all.

  6. Demetrais Miller

    If anyone can get in contact with Tanya maze or Tracy maze can you have them call me this is Dee from the Short North and I can be reached at 818-423-3734 Charlie Mays was a great inspiration to me

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