Charlie Aubrey Williford, age 87, passed away August 23, 2020. Charlie was born on September 16, 1932, to Annie Mae Lumley-Williford and Rufus Othledge Williford, in Emanual County, Georgia. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; by his sons, Charlie, Jr. and Dennis, and by his sisters and brothers Carolyn Williford, Otis Alton Williford, Ottis Elton Williford, Rufus Lester Williford, Annie Ruth Williford-Hall, Andrew McDonald Williford, Doris Geneva Williford-Waters, and Ervin Rudolph Williford.
Charlie served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked for Gulf Oil from 1956 until he retired in 1983. Charlie moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 1975. He belonged to the Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. Charlie served Tropical Lodge Number 56, Fort Myers, in many capacities over the years and held the position of Worshipful Master in 1996. Charlie was also a member of the Araba Shrine Temple in Fort Myers. He was a Jester and drove over 100 trips to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Charlie received his Gold Card from the Grand Lodge of Florida for his proficiency of ritual work.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Shirley Williford; step-daughter Joan Brown and son-in- law Charlie; grand-children Lori Jo Williford and Dennis Williford, Jr.; sister Margrette Williford-Foskey; and brothers James Ray Williford (Faye) and Bobby Franklin Williford (Jackie) and many nieces and nephews.
There are no plans for a service at this time. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to Shriners Hospitals For Children, Tampa, Florida.
Charlie will be greatly missed.