In loving memory of

Charles E. Armes
February 22, 1935 - November 11, 2021

Charles E. "Charlie" Armes, 86, passed away Thursday November 11, 2021, at Marion Health.  Charles was born in Marion, Indiana on February 22, 1935, to Elrie and Dessie (Cantrel) Armes-King.

Charlie and Ruth E. "Vangie" (Roark) Armes, were married on June 3, 1955, in Jonesboro, by Vangie's father. Charlie served as a Private in the Army from 1957-1963. He worked for the Truck driver teamsters union for 10 years, before he and Vangie started the Armes Trucking Company that they ran for 35 years. Charlie was a member of Westview Wesleyan Church. He was the longest living member of the remaining church members. Charlie served on the trustee board at the church for about 25 years.

Driving semi trucks was Charlie's favorite thing to do, along with antiquing. Charlie had a special passion for collecting old clocks with his brother John.

Charlie is survived by sons, Eddie (Emma) Armes, Steve (Vicki) Armes, Chad (Traci) Armes and Todd (Krista) Armes; grandchildren, Shawnda Worley, Brittany (Lewis) Britt, Makhaila (Toon) Adeshakin, Bryace Armes, Jason (Alisha) Armes, Krista (Matt) Smock, Casey (Stephen) Howlett, Nick (Kasi) Armes, Isaac (Kerrigan) Armes, Jordan Armes, Presley Armes, Kobe Armes, Evan Armes, Katey Armes, Kelsey Armes, and Abby Armes; great-granchildren, Shaylee Riggs, Carson Small, Jonnie Worley, Jaxon Armes, Hailee Adeshakin, Giselle Armes, Paighton Armes, Lainey Armes, Eli Armes, Kellsea Armes, Gavin Armes, Liam Armes, Ethan Smock, Emma Smock, Avery Howlett, Judah Howlett, Blakely Armes, Oliva Armes and Brynlee Armes; special adopted family, Bill and Kim Purvis, and their children, Billy and Andrew.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; Elrie and Dessie (Cantrel) Armes-King; step-father, Mack King; brothers, George "Gene" Armes, William Armes, Jay Armes, and John Armes; sisters, Salina Yoder, and Mary Mullins; great-grandchild, Brody James Armes.

Arrangements for Charlie have been entrusted to College Park Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 4601 South Western Avenue, Marion, Indiana 46953. Charlie's services will all be held at Westview Wesleyan Church, 1300 W. 6th Street, Jonesboro, Indiana 46938, where on Monday, November 22, 2021, there will be a visitation held for family and friends from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. Tuesday, November 23, 2021, there will be an hour visitation from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. with the funeral service beginning at 11 A.M. with Pastor Ryan Budde officiating. Charlie will be buried at the National Cemetery at the Marion VA, on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 11 A.M. with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Charlie to Westview Wesleyan Church.

Online memories and condolences may be left at


Susan Billbe wrote on Nov 19, 2021:

"I?m so sorry, Vangie, Charlie was like a brother and You Vangie is like a sister. If you ever need. Anything please call. ????"

Jack morgan jr wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"Charlie was a good guy, I started my trucking career with armes trucking....was quite an adventure....back when trucking was fun...RIH Charlie Armes you will be missed"

Harold and Norma June Landers wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"To Vangie and family, We got to know Charlie through Kim and Bill Purvis. He was a Kind, Funny and a Happy person. We enjoyed being around him. Since Covid 19 we have not seen him but a few times. He was always glad to see us and we also him. We are very sorry for your loss but know he is in a very happy place and at peace. Sincerely, Harold and Norma June Landers"

Staci Jefferies wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"I could never, in a million years, forget the experience Charlie, Sandi, and I had the third week of September in 2001, right after 9/11. Watching Charlie follow God's leading with the entire load of goods that were intended for firefighters and police officers working downtown in NYC was none other than simply God-honoring. God certainly brought the "fishes and loaves" to life for the three of us. I will never forget. ~Staci"