Mr. Pinckney Charles Chresfield, age 88 transitioned to eternal rest on September 12, 2022 with his daughter, Michell and wife, Rosalind by his side.
Charles traveled across the US with his father, a Pullman Porter, but grew up and called home Goldston and Monroe, North Carolina. Though he graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, NY, he faithfully attended the annual Winchester High School Reunion in Monroe NC, where in 2011 he met Rosalind. It was love at first site and they married two years later.
Charles began his career at Lockheed Martin. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force, at times he looked upon with pride and fondness. Though he worked primarily as an electrician for Trans World Airlines, Charles was an entrepreneur and true Renaissance man of many talents; grocery store owner, police officer, and general contractor. He retired as a lead electrician from Trans World Airlines after 25 years of service.
Charles valued family, learning, and community. He was a loyal and faithful husband and father. His daily ritual began with reading his favorite newspaper, The New York Times. He was a fierce debater, steadfast friend, and a man who could tell a good joke. Charles volunteered with several community organizations tirelessly working to bolster the black community. He provided jobs, educational and fun opportunities to neighborhood youth to instill a sense of responsibility, professional work ethics, and valuable life skills. Those young men and women still speak fondly of “Mr. Charles” and the impact he had on their lives.
Pinckney Charles is preceded in death by his beloved parents, his brothers Donell Stanley, Andrew James, and George Oliver; and his sisters-in-law Elaine Chresfield and Roberta Chresfield. Charles leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Rosalind Chresfield; children: Derrick Chresfield (Syderia), Raeshawn Chresfield (Rich Dunlop), and Michell Chresfield; his “bonus son” Henley Rowe-Anderson, as well as Milton Gatlin, Geraldine Gatlin, and Gregory Gatlin for whom he took on the role of the father; four grandchildren Kiersten Chresfield, Kaelyn Chresfield, Demitre Greene, and Elias Chresfield; niece and nephew Lynda Chresfield (Patton) and Donell Chresfield; his mother-in-law, Rosa Lewis Bell, and a host of family and very dear friends.
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