Remembering longtime local educator Vivian Charles

Vivian
Vivian Charles

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Family and friends of Mrs. Vivian Hickley Charles, 87, reflected on her life and legacy on May 25 during a service at Living Faith World Ministries in Daytona Beach.

Mrs. Charles, a longtime Volusia County educator, died on May 16.

Delivering the eulogy was Pastor John T. Range. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery with R.J. Gainous Funeral home in charge.

She was a longtime faithful member of Living Faith World Ministries.

Campbell, Bethune grad

Mrs. Charles was born to Nixola Johnson and Marvin Hickley on June 4, 1931 in Daytona Beach. She grew up in Daytona but also spent several years in Chicago with her mother. Upon returning to Daytona, she was reared by an aunt and uncle, Maudestine and William Jones, who greatly influenced her.

She went on to graduate from the former Campbell Senior High School, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethune-Cookman College and a master’s degree from Rollins College.

Teacher and coach

For more than 30 years, she taught students in Perry, as well as at Volusia Schools – Turie T. Smalls Elementary, Campbell Middle and Pierson Taylor High Schools. She retired as an assistant principal.

Before becoming an assistant principal, she coached girls volleyball, basketball teams and majorettes. She also coached girls who participated in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Jabberwock contest.

Her family states that she “enjoyed her career as an educator and the impact that she made in her students’ lives, which was evidenced by the many encounters and interactions she had with the students and eventually with their own children too.”

Over the years, she received numerous plaques, awards, commendations and recognitions for her dedication to the public school system.

Flair for art, fashion

Her family also noted that she was known for her flair for fashion and home decorating. She was known for “finding many hidden and forgotten treasurers with her discerning eye for art and fashion, which was truly her favorite hobby.’’

In 2015, she relocated to Miami Gardens because of her declining health to be cared for by her son, Stacy Marks Charles, and his wife, Loretta.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Johnny L. Charles; and a son, Scott Marlo Charles.

She is survived by son, Stacy Mark Charles (Loretta); grandsons,  Jamelle Cameron and Jared Mark; brother-in-law, Bishop Charlie Charles (Mildred); sisters-in-law, Virginia Charles, Larla Hickley, and other relatives.

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