\n“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:6-7\n\nCharie Michelle Pauley-Wood entered this life on September 20, 1979, in Dayton, Ohio and was called to eternal rest on August 21, 2023. Charie was the second child born to Charles Pauley and Dorothy Miller Pauley. \n\nAs a little girl, she enjoyed roller skating and swimming. Charie was also an avid reader and always had a book in her hands; she maintained this habit well into adulthood. Charie spent her childhood traveling the country with her parents and older brother, Demetrius. She kept this sense of adventure throughout her life and later traveled the world both personally and through her job. \n\nCharie loved her family, and that love would just keep growing through the years. Even though she was the younger sister, Charie was fiercely protective of her older brother Demetrius and was not afraid to take the lead. As adults, Charie and Demetrius enjoyed trying exotic foods and watching movies together.\n\nCharie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at the tender age of five and was baptized at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. Charie was an active member of her church’s youth group. She participated in Vacation Bible School, the girl’s ministry, and youth choir. \n\nAdditionally, Charie was a debutante. Charie attended the Dayton Christian School and graduated in 1997. Charie was very smart and excelled in school. She did things her way, but it worked! Charie was awarded multiple scholarships; her education at Tennessee State University was paid in full. Charie later earned her Master’s in Human Resources from Xavier University and an Executive Coaching Certification from Rutgers University.\n\nCharie was always an industrious worker who took pride in earning her own money and she was not afraid to try new jobs. She got her first job in high school and continued exploring options throughout her career. Charie worked everywhere from Kings Island amusement park, Target, to a Native American casino.\n\n Eventually, Charie found her life’s work with the Central Intelligence Agency where she was a Human Resources Manager who served as a trusted advisor to officers across the organization. Charie had over 20 years of human resources and leadership experience. \n\nIn addition to her professional career, Charie cared deeply about people and always saw their full potential, even when they could not see it for themselves. Charie believed in volunteering her time and talents to help those who were less fortunate. Charie helped serve food to unhoused people in Washington, DC and even assisted at an orphanage in South Sudan. Through her community service, Charie was able to positively impact the lives of many people across the globe.\n\n\nCharie was witty, outgoing and was the life of the party. She loved games, but she really loved karaoke! \n\nCharie was a loyal friend, and she never met a stranger. But, one day while enjoying a night out on the town in DC, Charie met Jamar Wood, and her life was never the same. Jamar and Charie explored the world together and developed a devoted friendship, which evolved into a strong partnership and marriage. Two children were born from their union, Jaye Marie and Chandler Jamar. Charie and Jamar worked together to raise their children in a loving, supportive environment. Charie was a devoted mother who made it her life’s work to expose her children to enriching activities. Charie and Jamar loved each other fiercely and truly became one; they accepted one another’s families as their own.\n\nCharie was a truly talented, yet humble person who believed in having a positive outlook on life no matter what she faced. Charie navigated her illness with a grace and dignity that truly displayed her faith and trust in God. Charie lived her life to the fullest and had no regrets. Through her perseverance and gentility, Charie taught us how to live and how to die. Now she is at peace with the Lord.\n\nCharie was preceded in death by her grandparents Ollis and Aleathia Pauley, Eddie and Mary Miller. She leaves to mourn her loss her devoted husband, Jamar Wood, her children Jaye Marie and Chandler Jamar, her parents, Charles and Dorothy Pauley, her brother Demetrius Pauley, dedicated mother-in- law, Muriel Wood and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.