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Huntington's Charles Gumbs Dies

Updated: Funeral Friday for popular figure around Huntington.

Charles Gumbs at the Huntington Awareness Day parade in September. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
Charles Gumbs at the Huntington Awareness Day parade in September. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
Charles Gumbs, a former Huntington High School athlete who was honored at the Huntington Awareness Day parade in September, died Saturday. He was 84 years old.

The lifelong Huntington resident was cited for his work with the Huntington Knights of Columbus and other activities.

As a member of the armed forces stationed in the Middle East in the early 1950s, he was a champion middleweight boxer.

Visitation is set for Wednesday and Thursday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at  M. A. Connell Funeral Home. The funeral is Friday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Huntington.

Mourners expressed their sympathy on the funeral home website.
"Charlie was "the best' ... gentleman, friend, and lifetime Huntingtonian ..we will miss him," one wrote.

"A true Huntington legend and a class act. RIP Charlie you will never be forgotten," another wrote.

No further information was immediately available. 

Rocket 88 January 05, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Charlie was the best. He loved old cars. I have a collection. Everytime he would see me in town with one of my cars, he would walk over and say Hi! I would ake him for a great ride and he was my best friend forever! I also knew his younger brother back in the day. A boxer as well. Also like Charlie. Never ask for anything, hard worker and by this post a person that stood out amongst the march of the ordinary, God speed..I will miss you for not only you, but what you stood for.
Joe F January 06, 2014 at 06:12 AM
Going to miss Charlie hanging out with all the ladies in the village and cruising through town in his cadillac RIP Charlie going to miss you Huntington will never be the same
tony January 06, 2014 at 09:22 AM
There were no strangers to Charlie; only friends he hadn't met yet. R.I.P.
paul January 06, 2014 at 10:44 AM
A great gentlemen. Rest in peace, Charlie.
Phil Fortuna January 07, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Charlie was my Dads best friend, they worked together at Long Island Blood Services....RIP Charlie you will be missed

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