Charles Rhea Mooney, 60, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013 at his residence in the arms of his family. He was born in Canton, MS to the marriage of Andrew Edward Mooney and Bobbie Sue Joyner.
As a child, Charles attended school in Jackson, MS until the family relocated to Moss Point in 1963. After moving to the Gulf Coast, he attended Carl Eley Elementary, Moss Point High School, and Jackson County Community College. In 1976 he completed the Ingalls Shipbuilding apprenticeship program. He worked for many years as a first class pipefitter for Ingalls as well as for other industrial companies where he took pride in his work and craftsmanship.
After employment as a pipefitter, he worked as a carpenter which allowed him to explore his passion for woodworking. Charles had a true talent for creating and repairing things. He loved the mountains, Sunday dinner, music, a good movie, working in his shop, and big bowls of vanilla ice cream, but he especially loved his family. He treasured family gatherings and spending time with his children as much as they treasured their time with him. He was a good son, dad, brother, confidant and friend. He will be sadly missed by all.
Charles’ passing was preceded by the death of his natural father, Andrew E Mooney when Charles was a young boy. He is survived by his beloved children, Andrea Mooney of Portland, Oregon and Cody (Harriet) Mooney of Madison, MS, by his loving and always supportive parents, Louis and Bobbie Fondren of Pascagoula, MS, by his brothers Danny (Cheryl) Mooney of Houma, Louisiana, Michael L. Fondren of Pascagoula, MS, by his sisters, Nancy Slaughter of Pascagoula, MS and Suzanne (Don) Arrowood of Olathe, Kansas , his grandmother, Margaret Joyner of Pascagoula, MS as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews and his three grandpuppies.
Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church of Moss Point. If so inclined, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Moss Point in lieu of flowers.
Please join his family in the commemoration of his life at Heritage Funeral home on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 for family and friend visitation at 5:00 pm and the service at 6:00 pm.
Jo Beth (Hughes) Daniels
When I think back to my school days at Moss Point Charles always comes to my mind. He taught me how to drive a stick shift so that he could throw newspapers while I drove the car. He taught me how to drive a motorcycle too. It's a good thing that my mom never found out. I have so many wonderful memories of Charles and I think even back then I knew he was someone I would never forget, and I never have. In my life I have never met a nicer family than his. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the Lord will comfort you during this difficult time and that like me you will find peace in knowing that Charles is resting in the arms of Jesus. God Bless you.
Pastor Charlie & Dianne Watts
8050 h Wards lane, Semmes, al
praying for you all , we love you
I have lost one of the best friends I have ever had in my life. Our time in space, was spent together years ago, but we did keep in touch. Charles and I had about as much fun as a person can stand when we were in High School. We had a group of friends called The Four Horsemen which included Charles Mooney, Jim McCool, Steve Clay, Grant Metsger, John Dees Faggard, Ricky Adams, Tommy Holder and myself. Of course this number of people is greater than 4, but we always averaged about 4 of us on each adventure. One of the most memorable adventures was a trip to Ole Miss for senior day made by Charles, Grant, Tommy, John Dees and myself. Our real mission was to meet Archie Manning. We got to see Ole Miss win a game and it was a blast. For me, Charles was always Charles, but for most people he just went by Mooney.
The one thing we all had in common, was the pranks we played on each other. It was constant laughter. We laughed at our parents, teachers, friends and most of all, we laughed at each other. I would have to say that McCool was Moe and the rest of us were just stooges.
I will miss Charlesâ€™ kind , and caring ways that always made him so special. He never had an enemy and never lost his faith in God, family, or friendships. He was a loyal friend to all of the friends he ever had, and I am glad to have been one of them.
God blessed my time that I got to spend with Charles and for that, I will always be grateful. Louis, Bobbie, and his entire family were always there when he needed them and he was always there when they needed him. There love was unconditional.
Charles is in heaven now, and we will miss him and always treasure the time we had with him. He will rest in peace.
Carole Edmiston Lamar
Baton Rouge, LA
I was very saddened to hear of this. I remember Charles well from our school days in Moss Point. My sincerest sympathy to his family and loved ones.
It's sad to hear of Charles' passing. We had a lot of fun together in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.
Helen (Hinkel) Nash
Charles was a very close friend in school and I have never forgotten him over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his soul. Charles was a good person. May he rest in peace.
Cathy Moore Fulcher
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
(Walker) Bunnell, Jann
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sending love, comfort and caring from my heart to his family and loved ones. May you have choice memories of a wonderful person.