Charles Hunt Eldred, died Jan. 3, 2017.
Charlie lived a full albeit shortened life. His many interest included his love for family, friends, adventure, sports and business. He grew up in Overland Park., Kan., attending elementary, junior high and high school. He attended Kansas State University and he eventually joined the Marines.
Charles was based in Okinawa Japan, Twentynine Palms, Calif. and Camp Lejeune, N.C., while in the marines.
Charlie married his high school sweetheart and they had two children while traveling in the service.
After the marines, Charles returned to the Midwest specifically, Bentonville, Ark., to begin a robust sales career. He represented multiple manufacturers, selling primarily to Sam's and Walmart. He grew a successful business, leading his manufacturers and customers to extremely positive sales results.
He engaged in a philanthropic church life. He joined many Bible classes and participated in a very outward relationship with the Lord.
Charlie attended Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Ark.
He enjoyed the outdoors, as well as the friendly lifestyle in Bentonville. His infectious smile and "let's do it" attitude was contagious and family and friends will always hold life-long memories. His acreage of land around his home allowed for horses and various animals. He loved Beaver Lake and the boating, swimming, skiing, canoeing, fishing and hunting. He involved himself in all sports.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Hunt of Dawsonville; parents, Wayne and Sandy Eldred of Marco Island, Fla.; children, Kalen Eldred of Phoenix, Ariz., Charis Eldred of Little Rock, Ark., their mother, Kristi Rogers of Bentonville, Ark., children, Emery and Leyton Eldred of Bentonville, Ark., their mother, Jessica Eldred Betts of Bentonville, Ark.; siblings, Kyle Eldred of Southlake, Texas, Larry and Susie Krisman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tamm and Bob Martin of Dawsonville, Susan and Bill Marr of Rogers, Ark., Kelly Best of Marco Island, Fla.; various other relatives also survive.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Cedaridge, 10889 Arkansas Hwy. 72 W., Centerton, AR 72719.
In lieu of flowers, donations were requested made to Celebrate Recovery, Rogers, Ark., www.fellowshipnwa.org/giving.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.