Charles Joy Naylor, 82, died on April 1, 2020, in Cherry Valley, where he and his wife lived for over 43 years.
He was born June 15, 1937, in Ogden, Utah to Joy William and Jane Elizabeth Clarke Naylor. He was the third of four siblings.
After spending his childhood and youth in Ogden, Utah, Roy, Utah and Boise, Idaho, Charles attended Brigham Young University, where he ultimately earned a master’s degree in music composition. While at BYU, he met Carma Baker, who he married on Aug. 20, 1965.
Nine children were born to Charles and Carma between 1966 and 1981. Charles provided for his family first as a schoolteacher and later as a sales representative for a major pharmaceutical company, where he worked for 33 years until his retirement in 2006.
Charles was an organist for Yucaipa Christian Church for over 20 years. In 1987, he became a born again and found grace by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Charles will be remembered for his fidelity to God, as well as his patience, compassion, understanding, kindness, sense of humor, being full of grace, and being content and uncomplaining during his final illness.
Preceding Charles in death were his parents; a brother, Russell William (Jan) Oakey; and a son, Nicholas Charles, who died shortly after birth.
Charles is survived by Carma, his wife of 54 years, as well as eight of his nine children. His children include three daughters, Nancy Joy (Kurt) Rowley, Linda Jane (Barry) Sparks and Jill Carma (Peter) Nelson and five sons, Lance Charles, Scott Charles (Alyssa) Naylor, Mark Charles (Isabel) Naylor, Bryce Charles (Kara) Naylor and Michael Charles Naylor. He also leaves behind 34 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, including one born and presented to him by live video just hours before his passing. In addition, Charles is survived by two sisters, Marylin Jane Oakey (LaMon) Neubert and Carolin Joyce Naylor (Earle) Larsen and a sister-in-law, Jan Dunklau Oakey.
Memorial services will be held at a time and place to be announced after meeting restrictions end. For further information, call Final Tribute Funeral Services at 234-4476.