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Charles Otis "Chuck" DeRieux

Charles Otis “Chuck” DeRieux


Devoted husband and father




Charles Otis “Chuck” DeRieux, 78, of Laurens, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at PRISMA Healthcare-Greenville Memorial with his family by his side.


Chuck was born March 15, 1944, in Vanport, OR, to the late Roland Franklin and Mabel Alice Wollman DeRieux. At the age of 10, the family moved to Netarts, OR, where they purchased the Terrimore Motel. Chuck would often recount the fond memories of Netarts Bay, helping his parents run the Terrimore Motel, and how he enjoyed his flat bottom boat. 


In 1962, Chuck graduated from Tillamook High School. He joined the U.S. Marine Corp where he was an Air Traffic Controller. While in the Marines, Chuck met the love of his life, Brenda Jean Blanton. The two were married on August 18, 1968. Chuck was honorably discharged in 1970.


The two started their family in July of 1972 when they were blessed with their first son, Roland. Chuck went on to get his BS in Forestry in 1977 from Oregon State University. Then in October 1978 they were blessed with their second son Drew.


Chuck and Brenda were owners of Simi Sewing Center in Simi Valley, CA and were avid square dancers.


He was the maintenance engineer at Tillamook Jr. High. After retiring, he moved his family to Laurens where he started working for All Dry of the Carolinas.


In addition to his wife Brenda, he is survived by his sons, Roland DeRieux (Kelly) of Anaconda, MT and George DeRieux (Wing -Sy) of Chino, CA; grandchildren, Charlie DeRieux, Gabriel DeRieux, Kendel DeRieux, Kaitlyn Nix, Trent Nix, Kamryn Nix, Kenna Cash; sister, Donna Wickstrum of Oregon; Sister-in-law, Margaret Blanton Thomas of California and a special family friend, David Coats. 


In addition to his parents, he predeceased by a sister, Norma Carter. 


A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 3:00PM at Greenhaven Memorial Park in Woodruff, SC conducted by Rev. Andy Watson with Military Honors.


The family will be at the home.


Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


A special thank you to DaVita Dialysis and Greenville Memorial for their loving care of Mr. DeRieux.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.




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For so many years our families were side by side, raising our kids together. We have such good memories. We send our love to your whole family. Richard & Debbie Coon, Rachel & Kasandra.

Deborah J Coon Apr 6 2022 12:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles DeRieux

Kathy Lommen Mar 29 2022 9:57 PM

Brenda, I just read of Chuck's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy as I thought the world of both of you. Good memories remain in my heart!💞

Cecilia Dwigans Mar 28 2022 10:24 AM

I just read about Chuck's death. Even tho' i have not seen him or you Brenda, lately, you both hold a special place in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss! He was such a gentleman and I will miss him, our visits and sharing lives!

Joyce Dennis Mar 26 2022 8:37 AM

So sorry to hear of Mr DeRieux passing . Praying for the family during this difficult time . My prayers are with you all .🙏♥️

Karen nix Mar 23 2022 11:20 PM

Chuck was always so kind to me and I will always be grateful for him. Brenda, you're in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry I never told you both thank you.

Alicia Bob Mar 23 2022 2:33 PM

Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. I enjoyed being with both of you when we were together at Fatz's when the Anderson girls got together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joyce Wightman Mar 22 2022 10:34 PM

I am so sorry for you loss. He was a good man and I have many fond memories of him.

Rachel (Coon) Martin Mar 22 2022 1:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles DeRieux

Debi Patterson Mar 20 2022 4:38 PM

We just learned of Chuck's passing, and the entire dental staff sends our love and deepest sympathy to you and your boys. Chuck was a wonderful friend to all of us, and we will deeply miss his wit and smile.

James C Todd III DMD and Dental Staff Mar 20 2022 4:23 PM

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