Charles “Charlie” Lee Currence

Charles “Charlie” Lee Currence, 79, was born in Millcreek, WV on August 6, 1944 to Ford and Ellen Senkbeil Currence. He was one of 13 children: Robert, Clara, Luther, Lily, Jean, William (survives), Angelia, Virginia (survives), John, Margaret, Roger, and Charlotte (survives). They frequently moved around with their father, who was an art and math teacher.

Charlie was drafted into the Army in 1965 and fought in the Vietnam War until 1967. While enlisted, he served as a field medic and held the rank of PFC E-4 upon his discharge. Being a veteran provided Charlie with a sense of immense pride. He went on to become a dignified life member of the VFW Post 1860 located in Front Royal.

Eventually settling in Virginia, he met and married Jo Ann Ryder, who survives. Charlie recounted her as the prettiest girl he had ever seen and was so very happy, if not surprised, that she agreed to go on a date with him. Their love spanned decades and brought about two beautiful surviving children, Michelle Lynn Morrison (Cecil Smoot) and Charles “Mark” Currence (Carrie Anne Currence). Charlie welcomed four grandchildren Casey Lee Morrison, Daniel Andrew Currence, who precedes his death, Emily Elizabeth Morrison, and Thomas Ryan Currence, all of whom affectionately call him “Pappy”. He doted on the four grandchildren and enjoyed riding them around on different tractors while they visited his farm in Flint Hill. Charlie was again blessed with the addition of two pretty little girls as great-grandchildren, Abigail Mae and Avery Nicole Morrison.

Charlie was a manager of the Aileen plant in Flint Hill, where he oversaw daily plant operations and as many as 500 employees.  His family resided in the home adjacent to the plant where many fond memories were made. They spent time gardening, fishing, and eventually farming animals with the start of one calf named Sunshine. Charlie part-time farmed and when the Aileen plant closed its doors in 1992, he moved his family back to Winchester, to the new home he originally purchased in 1969.

He started working for Green Bay Packaging, Inc. as a machinist in 1994. Charlie retired from Green Bay in 2010. However, the love of farming was in his bones and post-retirement he began farming full-time. He found joy in farming and often lost track of time planting, herding, or making hay. His life was full of stories, experiences, and love, but most importantly family which he truly cherished until his last breath on February 6, 2024.

The family will greet friends at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal on February 16, 1:00-2:00 PM, a service will follow at 2:00 PM. Interment will be in Panorama Memorial Gardens.

  8 comments for “Charles “Charlie” Lee Currence

  1. George & Ruth Ann Poe
    February 9, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers with each of you.

    George and Ruth Ann

    • Bud Corder
      February 11, 2024 at 9:33 pm

      Rest in Peace now Dear Brother, God’s Peace and Comfort to all
      Love Gin and Bud Corder

  2. Kim Dwyer
    February 9, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope your memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  3. doug edmonds
    February 10, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    I met Mr Currance at Virginia tractor. He was the best customer you could ever ask for.
    sure will miss his smile.

  4. Geneva Fletcher
    February 13, 2024 at 3:17 am

    My Condolences to Joanne and Family. I had the pleasure working with Charlie at GBP, Inc. A gentle and happy co-worker who love his family and his passion in farming. Always enjoy talking to him. R. I. P. ❤️🙏

  5. Joanne E Welch
    February 13, 2024 at 9:16 pm

    My Condolences along with my prayer and my love to Joanne and the family. Charlie will be missed by many here in Rappahannock County as he was a good friend to many. I pray the love of GOD enfolds each of you during this journey of grief and I send you thoughts of comfort. Joanne E Welch, Flint Hill

  6. Roger Brown
    February 15, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    Charlie was a great friend in High School and I sincerely thought the most of him. My memories of Charlie are fond ones and although I haven’t been able to see him for many years, I pray for his family and friends. Also for his sister Virginia who is married to my cousin Bud Corder…I love them all very much. God bless you all.

  7. Mike and Pam Currence
    February 17, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    I always looked forward to seeing Charlie at the reunions and to hear new details he may have on family history. I didn’t grow up with Charlie like my older siblings did, but he seemed to welcome us as if we did. I’ll always remember the time when my wife Pam and I, and my oldest sister Sandra, went to the college in Winchester for an event honoring our mother’s cousin. While there, we went across the road to, I think Home Depot, when out of the blue a voice was shouting, “Hey Sandra”. There was Charlie and after hearing why we were there he seemed genuinely upset that we had gotten a hotel instead of calling to stay with him. A Currence through & through and a cousin we’ll always remember and miss.

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