Charles Gillespie Steele Jr., 98, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles G. and Mary Hooper Steele; infant daughter, Anne Elizabeth Steele and wife Jimmie Marie Martin Steele. He is survived by his children, Charles G. Steele III (Deborah), Rosemary L. Steele, Elizabeth Steele Moore (Jeff); grandchildren, Caitlin and Ryan Moore; assorted grand-dogs and grand-cats. He was retired from the United States Army, serving in World War II at the rank of Major. He was retired from the United States Postal Service and a 50-year veteran of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was co-founder of the Roanoke Postal Employees Federal Credit Union. He was a life-long member of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church. He was an avid reader, photographer and enjoyed Broadway plays and musicals. Special thanks to the Palliative Care Unit 10th floor at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care.

Friends are welcome to call Friday, December 27, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, 318 Church Avenue, Roanoke. A graveside services celebrating Charles' life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Evergreen Burial Park with Rev. Jake Huffman officating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3959 Electric Rd., Suite 357, Roanoke, VA 24018 or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to

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My condolences go out to the family of Charles. I have many fond memories of the Steele family. My family and I lived next door to them for many years. Memories that I will never forget. Take care. Joe St.Clair

Wally's Service

I remember Mr. Steele being a very intelligent and inventive person as well as being an Oldsmobile man! For several years he served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 8 while I was a member there. He probably never realized that so many things he taught us were actually retained and relied upon over the years. We were sort of a wild bunch back then and I know we tried his patience many times.

We probably didn't show it, but we were appreciative of the time and efforts he devoted to scouting. Without his assistance we would not have been able to have gone on many of our trips and to summer camp.

I am still involved in scouting as a leader and often find myself looking back and remembering Mr. Steele.

God Bless him and the Steele family.

Ed McDowell

Vicki Dillon Palmer

My condolences to Charles, Rosemary and Steele family on the passing of your father.
May God keep you in his care until you are one day reunited with him.
Vicki Palmer CRMH

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