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Charles Railey Vinson

March 10, 1966 August 19, 2010
Charles Railey Vinson
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Obituary for Charles Railey Vinson

Lake Blackshear--Charles Railey Vinson, age 44, of 109 Riverside Drive, died at his residence early Thursday morning August 19, 2010.

Charles, affectionately known as "Bubba", was born March 10, 1966 in Forsyth County Hospital in Cummings, Ga. He is survived by his parents, Charlene and Lee Hall, of Lake Blackshear and Gary and Georgia Vinson of Montezuma; his sister, Sylvia Vinson Davis, her husband "Chip", their sons, Thomas R. "Ivey" Davis, IV and Railey Vinson Davis of Hopeful; his brother, Richard Hall, his wife Lea, their sons, James Roy Hall and Clay Davis Hall of Vienna; his brother, Scott McPherson, his wife Patty, their daughters, Monica and Madison, their son, Blake, of Bishop; and his sister Dixie Brown, her husband Donnie, their son Brooks and daughters, Amy Brown, Kristen Cleghorn, all of Gray and Meghan Harrison of Griffin. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles Bartow Railey and Renna McCoy Railey of Sumter and paternal grandparents, Estelle Merritt Vinson and Gary Vinson, II of Montezuma.

Charles was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church at Lake Blackshear. He was an employee with Citizens Telephone Company in Leslie. He was a First Lieutenant with the Albany Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer firefighter with the Lake Blackshear and Leslie Volunteer Fire Departments and trained in several firefighting skills including crash victim extrication and pressurized container fire control. He was an Honorary State Trooper with the Georgia State Patrol and an Auxiliary Sheriff's Deputy with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Charles was an avid collector of many things, including patches, badges, guns, knives, NASCAR memorabilia, and anything related to firefighters or any other uniformed officer. Anyone that knew him, however, knew that his most prized collection was his family and his many, many friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 21, 2010, at 11:00 AM, at Cordele First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. Burial will follow at Williams Cemetery, Hwy 308 in Smithville. The family will receive friends Friday, August 20, 2010, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel. Pall bearers include Clark Bass, Tony Turner, Melvin Hudson, J.D. Scarbrough, Shane Napier and Bo Henry. Honorary pall bearers include the Leslie and Lake Blackshear Volunteer Fire Departments, Sumter County Fire Department, City of Americus Fire Department, Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and the Sumter County Sheriffs Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Sheriffs Youth Home, P. O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281 or the charity of ones choice. You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts and memories by visiting
Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Sheriffs Youth Home, P. O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281 or the charity of ones choice.

Williams Cemetery, Smithville

Friday, August 20, 6-8 PM, Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel

Saturday, August 21, 11:00 AM, Cordele First United Methodist Church


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