Charles M. Daves, 88, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord, Saturday morning March 27, 2021.

A native and a lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Nathan and Callie Wood Daves.

Charles retired after 30 years from Western Carolina University in the Central Store, and after retiring he worked another 18 years at Jackson Village. He loved the Atlanta Braves and fast pitch softball, especially the Sedro-Woolley Cubs. He loved the outdoors and rabbit hunting. Charles also would look forward to attending church at Long Branch Baptist Church and he never met a stranger!

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Troy, Jim, Louise, Mildred and Lillian.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Dorothy Henson Daves; daughter, Carla (Ray Jr.) Blanton of Springfield, Tenn.; son, Bill Daves of Sylva; two grandchildren, Cody Blanton and Samantha (Mark) Junaluska; two great-grandchildren, Charli and Zayden Junaluska; sister, Frankie Jean (Kenny) Cope; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Earl Holden and Harold Crisp officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Garrett-Hillcrest Cemetery in Waynesville.