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Charles "Bird Dog" Ivy

February 2, 1938 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Charles "Bird Dog" Ivy Obituary

Mr. Charles "Bird Dog" Ivy age 86 of Parsons, TN passed away on Tuesday February 20, 2024 at his home in Parsons, TN.

Charles Lee (Bird dog) Ivy was born on February 2, 1938 to Alton and Golden Ivy.  He was the “baby” of the family, with older brothers Van Ray and Coleman.  He was raised in Decatur County on a family farm, that he still maintained until his death on February 20, 2024. 

As a young boy, Charles enjoyed baseball so much that he would walk from his home on Old Lexington Hwy to Beacon and would then “hitch hike” on to Lexington to play in American League and Babe Ruth.  He was a pitcher and first baseman.  Even after he no longer played baseball, he would watch the St. Louis Cardinals on tv, making sure no one interrupted him!  He even attended a St. Louis Cardinals game in St. Louis. 

In early 1965 he met the woman who would be his lifelong partner, Margaret McKnight.  After dating for approximately 8 months, they married on August 15, 1965. 

Together they worked the farm and started a family.  Charles “Dale” Ivy was born on November 19, 1969. 

Charles worked at Thermo Dynamics for over 20 years.  He then went to work at Gilson in Lexington for a short period of time.  After the closing of Gilson, Charles then went to work with his brother, Van Ray, building houses. 

After that, he went to work at Farmer’s Bank, where he later retired.

Charles enjoyed deer hunting and quail hunting (which was his passion) and raising bird dogs.  He would raise the quail and train his own dogs.

Charles enjoyed riding horses, especially with his granddaughters, Whitney and Ashley.  Several years, they rode horses at Ames Plantation at the National Field Trial Championship, which combined his love of horses and his love of bird dogs.

Charles (PawPaw) was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Whitney (Jared) Funderburk, Ashley (Dustin) Whitlock, Lynleigh (Lain) Butler and Mason Parker. Next, he was blessed with 5 great grandchildren, Laken Funderburk, Emberly and Aniston Whitlock and Layton and Lainey Claire Butler. Charles enjoyed riding them on the golf cart around the farm.

Charles was a member of Parson’s Church of Christ where he attended regularly when he was able.

And last, but certainly not least, Charles’ love for his fur baby, Toby, was beyond words.  Toby made every move that Charles made and slept by his side each and every night.  They made many trips around the farm on the golf cart. During his brief hospital stays Charles worried more about Toby being left at home by himself than he did about his own health problems. 

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ivy of Parsons, TN; son, Dale (Kim) Ivy of Parsons, TN; grandchildren, Whitney Nicole (Jared) Funderburk of Darden, TN, Ashley Danielle (Dustin) Whitlock of Parsons, TN, Lynleigh Rianna (Lain) Butler of Selmer, TN, Mason Dale Parker of Lexington, TN; great grandchildren, Laken Nicole Funderburk, Emberly Grace Whitlock, Aniston Jean Whitlock, Layton Butler, and Lainey Claire Butler.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Golden & Alton Ivy; brothers, Van Ray Ivy and James Coleman Ivy. 

Mr. Ivy's visitation will be held on Thursday February 22, 2024 from 4:00PM until 9:00PM at Parsons Mortuary. Visitation will continue on Friday February 23, 2024 from 9:00AM until time of funeral service. Funeral services will be held on Friday February 23, 2024 at 2:00PM in the Parsons Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow in the Center Hill Cemetery in Parsons, TN.

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