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Charles Torrence

July 1, 1943 — September 21, 2022


Charles Torrence


Charles Dallas Leroy Torrence Sr., a.k.a. “Cotton Top,” age 79, of Indianapolis, IN passed away on September 21, 2022. Charles was born July 1, 1943, to Margurite Allen and Lawrence Torrence in Indianapolis, IN. Charles was preceded in death by his parents. 


Charles was the oldest of his siblings. Cynthia, Deborah, Anthony, James, Keith, Leon, Carmen, Charlene, Jerry, Rita K, Tony, Brenda, and James (Preceded in death). 

Charles attended Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis. IN. He also attended Cerritos College in Norwalk California for some years. In 1964 Charles met JoAnn Mallory and he pulled up on her at the bus stop and history spoke for itself. On August 12,1965 Charles and JoAnn were married in Indianapolis, IN. The couple had 6 children, 3girls and 3boys. They lived in Indiana for 7 years, then started a new journey in Los Angeles California. The Torrence family lived there for 39 years.

Charles worked at Gold and Silver plating company for 5 years. Then Charles found a career at Hitco Security. He worked there for over 20 years and retired in 2009. 

Charles and JoAnn decided after 39 years, it was time to move back home. For the last 13 years they have been home doing what they love most. Spending every single moment with family.


Charles loved to take his grandkids fishing, and they all looked forward to doing just that. He also loved to play chess, ride his motorcycles and work on computers. He loved jazz and old school music. He also thought he was “chef cotton.”

Charles was loved by many. He had nicknames for everyone, but we all had nicknames for him as well: Cotton Top, Pharoah, Mr. Wizard, Moose, Twit, Frosty, Moses and so many more. 

Charles is survived by his beautiful wife JoAnn; his 6 children, Michael Torrence, Renee Torrence, Michelle Torrence, Shoun (Kinnea) Torrence, Teresa Torrence and Charles (Jessica) Torrence Jr.; 

Grands: John, Tiffany (Aleric), Christopher, Cameron, Cassandra, LaQuenisha, LaKeisha (TaJuan), Paris, Breanna, Deshoun (deceased), Shounice, Tayshoun, K’Shounie, K’Shouna, Cheryelle, Ka’Yonnie, Jordyn, Jayda, Journee, Jaxon, and Cyiere. He also has over 30 great-grandchildren. 


                  Charles was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. 

Charles walked into eternity on September 21, 2022, leaving his footprint on the sand of time, he leaves with no regrets, the hearts he has touched, would be the proof that he lived, he has made a difference.  
Charles Torrence Sr. was HERE!

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