Tributes for Charley
Tributes and prayers flowed at Brandons Beach last Sunday night when several hundred relatives and friends gathered at that beach for a memorial service for Simeon “Charley” Callender.
Following a candlelight march from Murphy’s Pasture in The City to Weiser’s On The Bay, Brandons Beach, friends and family shared their memories of Charley through testimonials, prayers and scripture readings at a two-hour-long informal service.
Ryan Callender, Charley’s eldest brother, said his sibling, with whom he shared the same birthdate, was loved by a lot of people. He described his brother as a quiet man who had no enemies and liked to make a lot of jokes. “He was the last child while I was the first, but I loved my brother. When he was younger, he had a hole in his heart and I would go to the doctor regularly to pick up his medication,” he recalled.
Ryan said the situation was especially painful for his mother Lolita Callender, who also lost a son a year ago.
Charley, the father of a one-year-old son, with another child on the way, fell off the pleasure boat MC Buccaneer on March 5. His body has not been recovered.