Recommend Charles's obituary to your friends
Charles Smith

Obituary of Charles Anthony Smith

Please share a memory of Charles to include in a keepsake book for family and friends.

Charles Anthony Smith was born in Monroe, Michigan on January 29, 1958.   He was the son of James and Ellen (Ellison) Smith. He attended Monroe High School where he lettered in basketball and baseball. He later earned his GED.

For several years, Charles was employed by the former Industrial Steel Stamping, Inc. He worked as a Press Operator until an unfortunate accident cost him several fingers and forced a medical retirement. He stayed in shape by continuing his activities of daily living, as though his accident had never occurred.

Charles would be blessed with the birth of three children, whom he loved dearly, and chose a special nickname for each of them.

No matter what the “weather” Charles always kept a smile on his face, or a distinctive chuckle in his voice.

Known as “Pepa, Chuck, Goldfingers, Buzzard, and/or Collieboy” he was quite the pool shark. He loved being around family at gatherings, or on his favorite holidays; Christmas, July 4th, and all Birthdays. He enjoyed making others laugh and was always fun to be around.

He was “very” particular about keeping his personal space fanatically clean. He enjoyed watching sports and talking “smack” with his brothers during the games. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

Charles Anthony Smith, age 64, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022.   His passing was preceded by his parents; a sister: Pauline Allen; and two brothers:  Robert Ellison and Ronald Overstreet. To cherish his memory, he leaves three children:  Carla Mendez of Warren, Denesia Mendez of Monroe, and Charles Pugh of Monroe; seven siblings:  Carol Smith of Monroe, Thomas Ellison of Monroe, Isac Smith of Monroe, David Smith of Macomb County, Ronell Smith of St. Louis, Michigan, Richard Ellison of Flat Rock, and Lawrence Smith of Toledo; six grandchildren:  DeAndres Mendez, Chanel Cheatham, Aisha Harris, Cinnamin Warren, Romell Morrow, and Blake Morrow III; three great grandchildren:  Kamani Pressley, Kevin Pressley II, Alicia Gallegos; Longtime partner: Brenda Pugh; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Friends may gather from 12:00pm until 1:00pm for a Family Hour on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070. A Homegoing Celebration of His Life, officiated by Lito Mendez, will take place at 1:00pm also at Merkle's. Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.

In lieu of flowers a gofundme page has been set to assist with funeral arrangements.

Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting


Family Hour for Charles A. Smith

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Merkle Funeral Service - South Monroe
14567 South Dixie Highway
Monroe, Michigan, United States
(734) 241-7070

Homegoing Celebration of Life for Charles A. Smith

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe
14567 South Dixie Highway
Monroe , Michigan, United States
Online Memory & Photo Sharing Event
Online Event
About this Event
Charles Smith

In Loving Memory

Charles Smith

1958 - 2022

Look inside to read what others have shared
Family and friends are coming together online to create a special keepsake. Every memory left on the online obituary will be automatically included in this book.