Charles Lee Witherspoon, Sr.

Jan 29 1948
Feb 1 2024
76 Years

Charles Lee Witherspoon, Sr., 76, of Coatesville, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 1, 2024. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Charles Bell and Lillian Witherspoon. He was raised by his late foster parents Mr. and Mrs. Brown in West Grove, PA. 

He was a 1966 graduate of Avon Grove High School and went on to honorably serve our nation in the United States Army.

From a young age, he developed a lifelong connection with his brother James Witherspoon who passed away in March of 2023. They supported each other in every endeavor, from foster care, to careers and shared personal interests. 

Charles was a car fanatic owning countless classic cars along with his beloved racer “Sweet Poison”. He spent his early years drag racing at Cecil County Dragway, along with a road race here and there for good measure.

When he wasn’t working Charles enjoyed bowling at Leisure lanes in Lancaster, talking shop to members of the Pennock’s Fiero group, watching Star Trek, and being with his family.

During his early career, he was employed by Culligan Water Company and later owned and operated his own business called Water Quality Network, Inc. Much like the care he provided to his beloved cars, he operated his business with the same enthusiasm and thoroughness. He was a man of his word, and integrity was the center piece of his business model.

He is survived by his son: Charles "CJ" Witherspoon, Jr, his wife Halli, along with his Granddaughter Lilah aka “Little one”. Additionally, he is survived by his beloved sister Geraldine Barton.

Charles is preceded in passing by his beloved brother James Witherspoon and sister Barbara.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Parkesburg United Methodist Church, 411 Main St., Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, 19365. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation period taking place from 10 AM until the start of the service. Interment will directly follow at Zeltenreich UCC Cemetery of New Holland, where he will receive Military Honors.

For those unable to attend the service, a live stream will provided. To stream the event the day of the service please click HERE. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Feb 8 2024 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Parkesburg United Methodist Church, 411 Main St., Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, 19365.


My condolences to the family. RIP Charlie.

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Dear CJ and family,  What a loss..  You are in our prayers.  

Cousin Carmen McKim Haston and family 

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Dear CJ and Family.  
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.  


Uncle Dickie and Cousin Sherry   


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Dear CJ and Family: Praying that the Lord will give you strength at this most difficult time. Love you! Uncle Dickie, Cheryl and Richie.

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Dear CJ and family, I am so sorry. My the lord give you peace.

Veronica godish aka Child

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CJ, I'm so sorry for your loss. 

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Please know my prayers continue for you and your family.

Timmy Nelson

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Cj I am so very sorry for the the loss of your dad. Sending prayers to Halli and little one!!! Hugs as well

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To CJ and the family,

We send you love and healing energy during this difficult time.  May your hearts find comfort in the quiet hours and strength in those moments where grief finds you weakest.

Love always,


The Graham's (John, Sana, John III, Marian)

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To CJ and the entire family we convey our heartfelt sympathy. We will miss him too. We hope you take comfort in the fact that his suffering was short and he is now at peace. Hang on to the wonderful memories. RIP Charlie. Sending you all Love with sorrow.

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