HERRIN — Charles Helleny, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at his residence.
Charles had a 50-year career with Herrin Security Bank, retiring in 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer.
He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Herrin Elks, Herrin Chamber of Commerce Board Member and a past Jaycee. He was a member of the Herrin Masonic Lodge and the Ainad Shrine Temple.
Charles was also a member of the Herrin Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and the Herrin High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles was a lifelong and ardent SIU Saluki fan. A men's basketball game each season is now named The Charles Helleny Tip-Off Classic. He considered Saluki players, coaches, and staff his second family.
Charles was born Dec. 30, 1934 in Damascus, Syria, to Joseph and Katie (Neckley) Helleny.
Charles was united in marriage with Sharon Ruth Stewart Pappas on Nov. 20, 1982, in Herrin. She preceded him in death on Oct. 13, 1990.
Surviving are nieces and nephews, Jamie (Jim) Bushong, Cathy Perucca Helleny, John (Sharon) Helleny, Joey Helleny, Jane (Craig) Herman, Robert (Cathy) Helleny; mother-in-law, Louise Stewart; and brother-in-law, Bruce Stewart; great-nieces and nephews, Joe (Nina) Helleny, Katie (Scott) McFarland, Margaret (Nick) Snyder, Andrea (Ryan) Pourcillie, Allison (CJ) Alexander, Paul Badgett, Brandy Helleny, Sarah Helleny, Kristen (Max) Schloemann, Rebecca (Matthew) Maloney, Mary Kate Herman, Kim (Shane) Alexander; and many great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and four brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis and Zella Helleny, James and Jean Helleny, Edward and Sara Helleny and Taffie and E.J. Helleny; also by nephews, James Jr. and Joel Helleny.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, with Pastor Michael S. Neubert officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Herrin City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to SIU Charles Helleny Men's Basketball Scholarship Fund, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Herrin, or St. Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education.