Charles Ray Haley, 77, of Salina, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022 in Tulsa. He was born on July 1, 1944 in Salina; the son of Wade and Faye (Chatman) Haley. Charlie faithfully served his country in the United States Army for 6 years. He married Connie Crawford on June 21, 1968 and celebrated 53 years of marriage. Charlie worked most of his life as a mechanic at Haley’s Garage, where he owned and operated for over 25 years. Prior to that he worked for Crawford Pulpwood Company where he was the Lead Mechanic and kept the company up and running. He also had a heart for the Salina Community and served on the Salina Volunteer Fire Department for over 28 years, many of which he served as the Fire Chief. He also was a member of the Salina Football Chain Gang for over 54 years. Charlie was proud of his military service and was a member of the American Legion for 49 years. He loved the outdoors, especially when he was able to go fishing, camping, and traveling with his favorite traveling spot being Colorado. Above all, Charlie loved his family. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and never missed an event. He loved being able to be there for each and every one of them. If you knew Charlie, you would know of his love for people. He was Dad, Papa, and a friend to everyone he came in contact with, whether they were family or not, he would take them in as his own. Charlie was a well-respected man in his community and never missed an opportunity to make you feel loved. He leaves behind many memories for his family and friends to remember and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2022 in the Salina First Baptist Church with Pastor Lorne Beck officiating. Burial will follow in the Ross – Mayes Cemetery with Korben Budder, Shade Beck, Collin Cramer, Doug Hunley, Sonny Littlefield, JD Harris, and Brandon Daniels serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Steve Crawford, Richard Crawford, Dirk Cooksey, Joe Brown, Matt Haley, Jackie Ball, Bobby Leach, Cass Broadley, and the Salina Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Shipman’s Funeral Home. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Connie Haley of the home; daughters, Stephanie Beck and husband Lorne of Spavinaw, Oklahoma, Amy Cramer and husband Nick of Pryor, Oklahoma and Beth Haley of Pryor, Oklahoma; grandchildren; Haylee Beck and Doug Hunley, Paige Turner and husband Blake, Korben Budder, Shade Beck, Kennedy Cramer, Collin Cramer, and Atleigh King; great grandchildren, Hudson Turner and Jackson Hunley; brothers, WT Haley of Nebraska and Joe Haley of Salina, Oklahoma; sister, Sandra George of Pryor, Oklahoma; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Faye Haley; son, Michael Wade Haley; and sister, Mary Hair.