Charles Doyle Layne

Born in Crossroads, Tennessee on October 27, 1943

Departed on October 18, 2016 and resided in Greenbrier, Tennessee

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Charles Doyle Layne, age 72 of Greenbrier, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Layne was born on October 27, 1943 to the late Dillard H. and Anna Coreine Layne at the foothill of Mounteagle Mountain in a town called Crossroads. He was one of 5 children. After graduating High School, Charles took a road trip to see his older brother Harold who was stationed at the Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas. After spending just a few days there, Charles received FBI clearance, at the age of 19, to start working on placing missiles underground. This would begin his love for his country and later a 23 year career in the United States Army.

Mr. Layne was described as an adoring husband and father. Through everything he always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He loved singing in church, to his wife and his friends. Mr. Layne also had an ability to play by ear, whether it was the guitar or piano, he could pick out a tune. When he wasn’t singing, you could find Charles puttering in the yard planting trees and rose bushes for his wife Louise. Over the years, the couple planted more than 500 buttercups, which were their favorite. It was also their tradition to drive to Crossroads to see a beautiful field of buttercups which would bloom at the foot of the mountain each year.

They enjoyed many trips to Gatlinburg during their anniversary in September and late afternoon drives to Shady Clift Marina on Lake Malone in Kentucky. At the Marina, they would watch the sunset and have the best cheeseburgers around. Charles also enjoyed watching Hayden’s ballgames and walks on the greenway.

Being raised in the church and continuing his walk with God led Mr. Charles to be a wonderful man and have a faith that was unshaken.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Layne is preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Layne and aunt, Ruby Cox.

He is survived by his beloved and faithful wife of 22 years Louise Drake Layne; his children, David (Traci) Layne, Chase (Kris) Koch and their mother, Linda Gibson Stone; four grandchildren; stepsons, Bill (Shannon) Stokes and Bob Stokes; eight grandchildren; siblings, Harold (Brenda) Layne, Joyce (Donnie) Gipson, Brenda “Benni” (Steve) Mitchell and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00pm in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home with Brother Jack Odem officiation. Entombment will follow at the Chapel of Memories in Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 21st from 4:00pm -8:00pm then again on Saturday from 10:00am until the time of service.

Memorial Donations can be made to the Springfield First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, all donations can be sent in c/o Springfield Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

8 Comments to Mr Charles Doyle Layne

  1. Ruthe Threet says:

    Our family just suffered a great loss; however heaven has gained a wonderful man. Louise, I am sad that I will be unable to attend; we are in South Carolina for the next eight days. My love and prayers are with you and all our family. With our love, Ruthe and Stephen

  2. MGraziano says:

    Please accept my heartfelt condolence for your loss.There is little that I personally can say or do to ease your pain and suffering. May all of you find comfort and peace in all the loving memories you’ve shared together with your loved one.We look forward to the time when all things that cause sickness and death will be gone by means of God’s kingdom (Matt 6:9,10).” May God grant you guidance, strength at this difficult time.

  3. Mark Pritchard says:

    We want to offer our condolences to each member of the family and you can rest assured there is another member of God’s great choir singing and praising in the heavens today. Even though Charles and I never pet face to face but talked on the phone different times I knew he was a man that loved his Lord and his family. Please know we are praying for you all during this difficult time and asking for His strength to guide and direct each of you in the days and nights ahead. With Love from PA—Mark & Pam Pritchard

  4. Jerry and Zena Drake says:

    Louise and Family, So sorry for your loss, may God give you comfort, peace and strength in the days ahead. Love and Prayers; Jerry & Zena

  5. Michael & Julie Arbuckle says:

    Dear Louise, our friend. We are so saddened to have lost such a great friend as Charles. You and he know clearly how special you are to us. We do, however, rejoice that Charles is free from the restraints and difficulties he endured while here with us, and are confident that he is now overjoyed as he walks with those who have gone before him as they give him the grand tour of his eternal home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    Our prayers and support in anything you need, are with you.
    Blessings to you in all things,
    Mike & Julie

  6. Ray and Ella Mae......Louise, we will see you and the family in the morning. Ray has talked with Vernon twice today....he is discussing how he needs to, hopefully he and Shelvia will be there. Love and prayers. says:

    See you in the morning. Ray and Ella Mae

  7. Janice Duke says:

    Louise, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Charles. Praying for comfort for you, and his family and friends.

  8. Lerilynne Halas says:

    Louise , Ian very sorry for your loss , may the good Lord watch over and comfort you in theses next days .

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