Charles “Chuck” Vernon West 1954 – 2021
Charles Vernon “Chuck” West, 66, died Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, at his home in Dresden, Tennessee. Visitation was held at Dresden Church of Christ on Evergreen Street on Friday evening, November 12. A funeral honoring his life was held Saturday, November 13, at the Dresden Church of Christ. Visitation was also held prior to the funeral. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Greenfield oversaw the arrangements.
Chuck was born on December 20, 1954, and was raised in Oneida, Tennessee. He graduated from Oneida High School and then attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He later completed his Master’s degree, along with additional graduate work in Educational Administration and Supervision. Chuck served for 42 years at Dresden High School as a beloved teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal. It was in these roles that Chuck had the opportunity to touch and influence the lives of numerous students, faculty, and staff.
Chuck and his wife, Katrina Robinson West, moved to Dresden, Tennessee, in 1979 where they raised their two sons, Jonathan and Justin. Chuck enjoyed reading newspapers and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Dresden Lions and the Tennessee Volunteers. In his most recent years, Chuck enjoyed watching his sons coach their teams and watching his grandchildren participate in various sports and activities. Chuck was a devoted family man who took great pleasure in spending time with his wife of 45 years, Katrina and their sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.
Chuck was an active and devoted member of the Dresden Church of Christ, the Dresden Rotary Club where he served as a past president, and the TSSAA Board of Control. Chuck was selected as District and Regional “Coach of the Year” on many occasions. He also received the TSSAA A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Principal of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2021. Under Chuck’s leadership, the DHS Lions made two substate and two state level tournament appearances including one final four finish. Chuck also enjoyed assisting his son, Jonathan, in coaching the Lady Lions who fondly referred to him as “Daddy West.”
Survivors include his loving wife Katrina, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan and Janie West and Justin and Katie West. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Jacie, Jencee, Jett, Case, Cannon and Kyler, who affectionately called him “Daddy Chuck.” Chuck is also survived by two sisters, Beth Armstrong, and Melanie (Bill) Duncan; and one brother, Tim (Christy) West; his mother-in–law Jeanette Gordon Robinson; and three brothers-in-law, Bob (Betsy) Robinson, Brad (Stephanie) Robinson and Brian (Janet) Robinson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Elizabeth Sharp West, his brother, Marvin West and his father-in-law, Bobby Robinson.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Chuck West Memorial Benevolent Fund for Dresden High School through BancorpSouth (139 North Poplar) in Dresden, Tennessee.
Paid Obituary: Williams Funeral Home