Johnny Oscar “J.O.” Charles, 85, of Niota, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late Clifford and Burnella “Sis” Daugherty. Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Frances “Frankie” Palmer Charles on June 5, 2007; two sons, Johnny Oscar Charles Jr. “Little Joe,” and Ricky Charles; two sisters, Wanda Barnes and Betty Lunsford; and one brother, Donny Dean Charles. J.O. was a former employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad as a crane operator and was a member of West End Baptist Church. Survivors include six daughters and four sons-in-law, Charlotte and Larry Boyd of Niota, Ruth and Ronnie Hearron, Johnnie and Jeff Garrett of Athens, Eva McKeehan of Athens, Janet and Darrell Gregory of Athens, and Cheryl Charles Moore of Athens; one son and two daughters-in-law, Randy and Teresa Charles of Niota, and Deb Charles of Athens; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Kenneth and Dee Charles of Athens, and Denny and Jerry Charles of Athens; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Estalene Deakin of Etowah, Peggy Smith of Niota, Mary Ellen and Mack Wilson of Sweetwater, and Kaye Wattenbarger of Athens; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones; and special friend, Lisa Ward. Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Stephens and the Rev. Jimmy Price officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Boyd, Josh Hearron, Jonathan Charles, Brian Moore, Brad Moore, Will Henry, Dillian Charles, Nicklaus Wright, Dustin Dake, and Marshall Watson. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family would like to thank all the dialysis nurses and doctors and the nurses at Amedisys Hospice for the care shown to their father. If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of Johnny “J.O.” Oscar Charles.

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