February 10, 1944 July 3, 2019 Charles Dean Absher, 75, of Mechanicsville, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 after a long illness. Born February 10, 1944, Charlie was the son of the late John Creed Absher Sr. and Virginia Price Absher and was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Lynn Barker. Charlie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Laura Dianne Collins Absher, daughter Jennifer Matlack (John), Fayetteville, N.C.; son, Michael Harrison, Roanoke; two sisters, Hope Machlemehl (Charles), Birmingham, Ala., Bonnie Widner (Bill), Franklin; three brothers, John "J.C." Absher Jr. (Kathleen), Christiansburg; Carl Absher (Becky), Blacksburg; and Richard Absher (Angie), Blacksburg; brother-in-law, James Barker, Stuarts Draft; five grandchildren, Jacob and James Matlack and Michael Jr., Kenneth and Lauren Harrison as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A native of Montgomery County, Charlie graduated from Blacksburg High School and proudly became a United States Marine, serving during the Vietnam War and later in the Army Reserves. Passionate about helping fellow veterans and their families, he was actively involved with the Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as State Commander and volunteering in numerous capacities. He also served on his church council as well as various other non-profit boards and committees. After being employed by the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office, Charlie worked in the transportation and safety industry, retiring from Southern States Cooperative. He enjoyed time outdoors, whether hunting, fishing, grilling or spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia or the VFW National Home for Children. Family will receive friends Tuesday, July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home in Mechanicsville. The service will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mechanicsville. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia County.

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