Charles Pryor


Charles E. Pryor, 84, of Columbus, OH sadly passed away after fighting a host of lengthy illnesses on August 31, 2020. His battle came to an end on the morning of the 31st while at Otterbein New Albany Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Charles E. Pryor was born on January 23, 1936, in Cedartown, Ga to Mary Lou (nee Pace) and Robert M. Pryor. He was the second of eight children born to this union. Growing up, Charles often recalled going into the fields with his siblings and cousins and helping tend the land his family lived on and took great pride in these memories. This would be the first of many life skills he would acquire and perfect in his long illustrious life. His family soon moved to Rome, Georgia where he always spoke of the house on Spring St. and the memories he had there. It was also in Rome where he accepted the call of Christ that beckoned upon his heart. He was baptized and joined Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

When Charles was 17, his family migrated north joining his extended family members in Columbus, Ohio. From here, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. He also enlisted in the Air Force Reserves working on it’s vessels. While in service, he was once stationed in Stuttgart, Germany and was able to travel throughout western Europe. He even played on the Army handball team and was recruited professionally by the German handball team to which he decided to return home to the states with his family instead.

After discharge from the service, Charles settled in Columbus, Ohio. At this time he had three children, Renae D. Pryor, Roxanna Pryor (Nolen), and Michael E. Pryor. He relocated from Columbus to Detroit, Michigan and found work in the burgeoning auto industry. In 1967, he started what would be a long career at the Budd Company. He started his work with Budd as an hourly employee on the assembly line in the Hub and Drum department. Due to his exemplary work ethic, he was transferred to the Quality Control Department in which he was eventually promoted to supervisor. He again was promoted and went on to various leadership roles in labor relations within the company. In 1971, he was transferred to Gary, Indiana to serve as a labor relations manager for the plant. It was here where he met his beloved wife of 46 years, Jacquelyn (nee Montgomery). They were joined in holy matrimony on June 15, 1974. From this union, they had 1 child, Charles Edward Pryor Jr, and a step-daughter, Ivy Dench. In Gary, Charles and his family served and worshipped at St. Timothy’s Baptist Church. When the Budd plant in Gary closed in 1983, he was transferred to the Philadelphia plant where he remained until his retirement in 2002.

In Philadelphia, Charles was a member of Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church, He continued to hone his career and support his family which he was devoted to. Upon retirement from Budd, he returned home to Columbus, Ohio to be closer to his family and joined Macedonia Baptist Church.

Charles is preceded in death by his wife, Jacquelyn M. Pryor; son, Michael E. Pryor; mother, Mary Lou Chaney(nee Pace); father, Robert M. Pryor; brothers Robert M. Pryor Jr, George Pryor, Walter Pryor respectively; and sister Elizabeth Diann Pryor. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Renae Pryor, and Roxanna(Johnny) Nolen both of Columbus, Ohio, step-daughter Ivy Dench, and son Charles E. Pryor Jr of Tyrone, Georgia; his beloved siblings Elsie McCall, Emma Neal, and brother Lawrence “Butch” Pryor of Columbus, Ohio; sister in law Sandra Tudos of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and brother in law Rev. Samuel (Karen) Montgomery of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also leaves to mourn 9 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

Public Visitation 9-10:00am Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Dayton National Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. We are sorry for the loss of Charles Pryor. We are sending Love, Condolences & Prayers to the family.
    May God continue to give you strength & encouragement…❤️
    Douglas (the late William English son of Rome, Ga)
    & Edna English

  2. Patricia Turner Buford

    “Family, of the beloved Charles Pryor, our humble prayers and thoughts are extended in your season of grief, for, we too, share your focus. Considering his upperclassman participation-Main High School, early 1950’s-recollections of his genteel spirit in maximizing his scholastic/athletic attributes, are evermore forefront, especially in any instance of old friends reuniting. As It Is WRITTEN, Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)”For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for Our Father, God…So thankful, In the Name of of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.” Main High School Graduated Class of 1955/Benny Perkins El Paso, TX, Freddie Freeman Dyer, Detroit, P. Nathaniel Vaughn, Chicago, Laverne Garrison & yours truly, Rome, GA

  3. My deepest condolences for the loss of Charles Pryor. May God bless and keep you at this time of loss

    • May God shower his blessings upon each of you and give you peace. We send our love and express our heartfelt sympathy to Chuckie and Ivy and the entire Pryor Family during these difficult times.

      The Tatums and Aunt Jo

  4. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Chuck. We are sending condolences to the family and keeping you all in prayer. Praying that all the memories that you have of him and good times that you have shared with him will help to heal your broken heart. GOD BLESS. John and QUIELLENA Davis (Savannah Ga.)

  5. To the family,
    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
    Be Blessed,

    • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved loved one . May God’s love and light surround you and keep you during your time of grief and provide you with strength in your time of mourning.

      The Pierre Family

  6. Our prayers and sympathy are with Charles ‘s family, Elsie, Emma Jean and all the Pryor family. I remember how graceful, athletic and classy Charles was on the football field, basketball court and in the swimming pool. He and my brother Miles (M.L.) were the stars on the basketball court and ends on the football team. From all of the people in Rome, Georgia. The Finleys, Barrett’s, Turners, Montgomerys, Ingrams, Sheltons/Englishs, Stevensons, Burrells, Jones, Irwins, Woodards and McHenrys.

    Rest in peace. Arthur Finley

  7. Dave & Sharye Verbeke

    I regret the Virus problem keeps me from personally offering my sincere sympathy for the family’s loss. Chuck and I talked frequently and I will miss his great dry humor. He would always lightened the moment when we were struggling with a difficult problem at work. No doubt he now resides in a better place. May your good memories of Chuck give you peace at this difficult time.

  8. What a good and special man. It was an honor and a pleasure to take care of Mr. Charles and Mrs. Jackie. They taught me a lot. They will surely be missed. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

  9. We send our deepest sympathy and love to Chuckie and Ivy and the entire Pryor family in the loss of their loved one, Charles Pryor. We hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and prayer. He will be missed.
    The McDowells and Aunt Alyce

  10. Shirri Wright-Connor (Alma daughter)

    My deepest condolences is extended to the entire family. May God comfort you in this very difficult time. Psalm 34:18. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  11. We are sorry to learn of the passing of Chuck. We send our condolences to the entire family. May God’s love and His light surround you. Please know that we are with you in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Patricia Ann Horton

    The Philadelphia Epicureans send their condolences to the family. We hope that as time goes by your cherished memories will bring you inner peace. May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your hearts.

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