Charles Ellis Diggs, 53, of Bumpass, went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 7, 2019 following an extended illness.

Charles is survived by his parents, Willie Ellis and Ramona Diggs, also of Bumpass; four sisters, Kim O’Connell (Scott) and Jackie Marden (Brice) of Bumpass, Cheryl Diggs of Staunton, and Karen Snelson (Billy) of Bumpass; beloved nephews and nieces, Brice and Ashley Marden, David Marden, Will Hart, Pam Marden, and Ryan Wheeler; adored great-nieces, Adalynn and Eliza Grace Marden; aunts, Lucille Andrews of Bumpass, and Louise Kopcho of Amelia; and uncle E. K. Mallory (Doris) of Bumpass.  The family would like to express gratitude to Charles’ caregivers, Nicky McMullen, Barbara John, and Kate Rehard.

Charles was a cattle and hay farmer for his entire life, and even after he became ill spent much time at the fence with each year’s crop of new calves. He was an active member of Little River Baptist Church, where he served in a number of capacities and delighted children of all ages with the candy that he pulled from his pocket. He was known in his community as one who shared Christ’s love by looking out for his neighbors and meeting the needs of others as he lived life each day.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, October 11 at Little River Baptist Church, 4959 Buckner Road, Bumpass. A service will be held to celebrate Charles’ life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 12 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, or Little River Baptist Church.

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