Charles Deese |

Charles Deese

A celebration of life for Charles Cleo Deese of Smartville will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Smartsville Grocery Store. For information, call Rod Deese at 639-2155.

Mr. Deese died Thursday, April 11, at home. He was 70.

He was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Sallisaw, Okla., to William and Beatrice Bell Waters Deese. He was raised and attended school in Sallisaw, where he graduated with honors from high school.

He moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., and studied to become an apprentice meat cutter. He worked there and in Phoenix as a meat cutter, and operated grocery stores in Phoenix and Trona. He married Nelda Jane McCarley in Phoenix.

He retired from the grocery business in 1970, and moved to Smartville in 1986, where he ran the grocery store with his son and worked as a meat cutter.

He was a member of the Meat Cutters Union and the Cherokee Indian tribe. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting quail and pheasant, and training his bird dog. He also enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by sons Rod Deese of Smartville and Jon Deese of Klamath Falls, Ore.; grandchildren Christopher, Kyle, Justin, Kirkland and Jenson; twin sister, Cletis “Speedy” Copus of Oklahoma; brothers Les Deese of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Herb Deese of Salem, Mo., and Lou Deese of Phoenix; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Nelda Jane Deese, in 1995; and his parents.

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