CHARLES ELMER KNOWLES
Charles Elmer Knowles, the youngest of eleven children of the late Edwin and Verlene Knowles, was born November 17, 1945 in Key West, Florida.
He was reared in a Christian home and at an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He attended the family church, Trinity Presbyterian and was a devoted steward. He served on the deacon board and as a trustee. He frequently donated fish for the church's annual fish fry and participated in many dinner sales. Charles enjoyed fishing, dancing and landscaping; he had a green thumb and took immense pride in his lovely backyard garden that was abundant with numerous lush fruit trees. Charles loved attending church and fellowshipping with the congregation most of whom were his neighbors in the graveyard section of town. Charles was an extremely generous and joyful person. He was willing to give you the shirt off his back and always began and ended his conversation with "God Bless".
He received his education in the public schools of Monroe County, graduating from Frederick Douglass High School. Upon graduation, Charles worked with the Property Appraiser's office for over 30 years. Charles met and married the love of his life, Patricia Knowles and to this union, a loving daughter, Latreece Knowles was born.
Charles is preceded in death by his father and mother, Edwin and Verlene Knowles; six siblings, Leonard, Eugene, Grandville Knowles, Alberta Pla, Dorothy Kennedy and Eva Mae Thomas and his daughter Latreece Knowles.
Charles leaves to mourn his death, his loving wife, Patricia Knowles, two sisters, Flora Castillo and Elvera Knowles of Key West, Florida; two brothers, Edwin Knowles, Jr., of Key West, Florida and Lawrence D Knowles (Roseanna) of Tampa, Florida. Two devoted nephews; Michael Castillo (Sandra) and Aaron Castillo (Shelley); god-children; Derek Cartwright, Ava Rahming, William Roberts, & Richard Niles. God-mother; Rose Jemison of Orlando Florida Special friends; Watson Curry, Lloyd Sawyer, Irvin (Sandra) Higgs; Milton (Veronica) Brown; Alfred Rahming; Timothy Thomas; Leroy Robinson; Sterling Sands; James Jackson, and Joyce Henson along with many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends far too numerous to mention.
While Charles was housed in the assisted living facility in Miami, Florida his family members often received inquiries from friends and relatives far and wide. They always asked "When is Charlie coming home?" Well friends and family we've got news for you! Charles has finally made it home!
The viewing will take place Friday May 30, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian church Home going services to follow on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian church Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn D Magby presiding Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary and cremation center are entrusted with all arrangements