GLASGOW — Charles 'Charlie' Rich
HAYWOOD — Charles Donald “Charlie” Rich, 73, of Haywood, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at tNHC Healthcare facility in Glasgow.
He was born Nov. 10, 1939, at home in Hermitage Springs, Tenn., to the late Woodrow Rich and Willo Dean Green Rich. He was the first born of four children Charles, George, Nell and Steve. In 1958, he began working for Pace Equipment Co. in Glasgow as a diesel mechanic. In 1959, he transferred to the J.F. Pace Construction Co. In February of 1966, Charles began a new job for Tyson Bearings, a division of S.K.F. Industries, where he was employed as a maintenance mechanic for 36years. In November of 1959, Charles married Elsie Lee Matthews and had one son, Michael Matthew Rich. In 1969, Charles and Elsie bought a 13-acre farm in Haywood where he enjoyed raising beef cattle. His other interests include trapshooting, hunting, fishing, bowling and helping all his friends with mechanical issues. He was saved by the grace of god and baptized in 1960 and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elsie Lee Matthews Rich, of Haywood; one son, Michael Matthew Rich and wife Kris, of Clarksville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, William Charles Matthew Rich, Justin Michael Rich and Casey Alice Rich; two great grandchildren; one brother, Steve and wife Judy, of Hermitage Springs, Tenn.; one sister, Nell Birdwell and husband Stanley, of Hermitage, Tenn.; one aunt, Lavelle Dyer, of Radcliff, and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, George Eagle Rich.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in Happy Valley Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.