Charles Michael Pompey was born in Troy, NY on June 5th 1950, to the late Charles Edward Pompey and
the late Mabel Conyers-Pompey; was the beloved husband of 48 years to Virginia Keels-Pompey. On
Thursday October 15, 2020, he was surrounded by his loving family at Brigham And Women’s Health
Hospital, in Boston Massachusetts as he peacefully entered Eternal Life, after a courageous fight with
He graduated from Troy High School in 1968 and joined the United States Air Force where he served for
two years. In 1992, Charles graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz College, with a Bachelor
of Arts, in Psychology. In 2017, Charles retired from the NYS Department of Veterans Affairs, after years
of service as a Disability Benefits counselor. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and the people he worked
with. Everyone who worked with or knew Charles, always regarded him as helpful, loving and extremely
caring because he was well known for helping vets who sought out his help.
In 2019, he was recognized by Mayor Katherine Sheehan in Albany, NY for his contributions that were
attributed to the Henry Johnson memorial, where his name is currently engraved. He was a member of
the 369th VFW Organization, and was honored with a military banner that proudly hangs on 15th Street
in Troy, NY.
Charles was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Left to remember and cherish his memory, are his
three daughters, Stacey Howard (Wendell), Ebony Conway (Whitney) and Zarifa Williams who reside in
Troy, NY with his six grandchildren, Ayanna, Aaliyah, Christian, Mason, Madison and Nicolas. Charles is
predeceased by his three sisters, Gloria Moses, Barbara Horton and Pamela Pompey and survived by his
two sisters, Joyce June (Jimmy) and Linda Gulatt (Johnny) and a host of nieces and nephews.
Charles was known by all as “Uncle Mike” or “Mike” by his family and friends. He loved to watch boxing,
basketball and all teams that “Lebron James” played on. He thoroughly enjoyed being a grandfather and
is lovingly known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren. Michael loved and cared for his wife and girls every
single day, and enjoyed having movie night with the family in his earlier years. He was extremely kind,
had a heart of gold and enjoyed everything about life. His family misses him dearly but is comforted by
the fact that he is at peace and resting with our Heavenly Father.
The family requests that all donations be made to St. Judes Hospital in lieu of flowers, as he was an
active donor. The family would like to thank you for your words and acts of kindness during this time.
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