Charles Connell

Charles Wayne "Bootlegger" Connell

November 6, 1946 - July 19, 2019
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Mr. Charles Wayne “Bootlegger” Connell, 72, of Tallassee, passed away July 19, 2019. He was born November 6, 1946 to Cary Connell and Susie Geraldine Connell.

He enjoyed dirt track, round track and drag racing and CB and ham radios. He loved to play practical jokes and was very stubborn. He was a family man and loved his family and friends. He volunteered for Tallassee Rescue Squad and contributed to important causes.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Ann Collum Connell; children, Tammy Connell Johnson (Steve), Wanda Connell Abrams (Kim) and David Wayne Connell; grandchildren, Brandon Hughes (Ashleigh), Bradley Abrams (Whitney), Britni Segrest Smith (Daniel), Baylee Elizabeth Johnson (Brett), Jonathan Wayne Connell, and Dera Ann Connell; thirteen great grandchildren; sister, Norma Grace Gonzales and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and great granddaughter, Hadlei Grace.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 pm, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Friendship Baptist Church with service to follow at 2 pm with Rev. Jay Woodall officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery, Linville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

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Linville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory
Eclectic, Alabama

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  • Visitation

    July 23, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    July 23, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friendship Baptist Church
    4345 Friendship Rd
    TALLASSEE, AL 36078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    July 23, 2019 | 2:00pm
    July 23, 2019 2:00pm
    Friendship Baptist Church
    4345 Friendship Rd
    TALLASSEE, AL 36078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jay Woodall
  • Interment

    Friendship Cemetery
    170 CR 155 (Cherokee Trail)
    TALLASSEE, AL 36078
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Gregory Thornton

Posted at 06:34am
I’m so sorry for the loss of Uncle Wayne.. my dad loved talking cars and I’m sure they are together and catching up. Even though I hardly get to see y’all I do love y’all and y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love you all- Greg Thornton, Barnwell SC

Don Short

Posted at 01:17pm
R.I.P. Mr Bootlegger. Prayer for family.Ya will be missed .Your buddy CoonDOG,alias SSG. KT4SSG.

Harold E Douglas

Posted at 11:49am
I have many fond memories of growing up with my uncles Wayne and Jeff. Wayne was only 6-1/2 years older than me and Jeff was about 6 years older than Wayne. I stayed with my grandmother Connell during the weekdays, while my mother worked. Me, Jeff and Wayne were always into something. We would go rabbit hunting together. I was only 5 or 6 years old, so they were doing the hunting and I was just tagging along with them. If they were lucky enough to kill anything, Grandmama Connell would cook it up. She could make a mean rabbit hash. I remember one time I got in trouble for something and I was grounded to stay in the house all day. Wayne and Jeff took a screen out of a window, lifted me out thru the window and we all 3 climbed up in a tree. But eventually we did have to come down and suffer the consequences. Those were the best years of my childhood, just hanging out with Jeff and Wayne. They are probably climbing trees in heaven right now.

Susan Gower

Posted at 07:55pm
I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Wayne’s passing. My sincere condolences to all of the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Gonzales Gower

Harold E. Douglas and family.

Posted at 02:42pm
Wishing we could be there for Wayne's immediate family. He was the best uncle I could have wished for when I was growing up there.
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