"You Only Have To Go Right Up The Middle."
Charlie joined the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club in May, 1965. Over the next fifty years, he led many hiking outings for the Club. At various times, Charlie served the Club as vice-president, president, and director. He was our long-time newsletter and handbook editor. He coordinated our spring and fall photo contests.Charlie was a maintainer of the Llewellyn Branch section of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies. He was a renowned off-trail hiking enthusiast and a staunch conservation and wilderness advocate.
Up until late 2014, Charlie was still serving as a director for the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, a contributor to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and the treasurer of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, a post he held for 42 years.
Charlie was diagnosed with prostate cancer several years prior to his death. He became seriously ill in November 2014 and moved into assisted living. His condition deteriorated rapidly in late January, 2015 and he died on February 7, 2015 at age 83.
Charlie will be missed greatly by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and all those who knew him. What an extraordinary man, and an enduring inspiration to us all. We celebrate his life and honor his fifty years as a vital part of SMHC. He exemplified the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. Charlie's legacy will live on in our hearts and minds.
Rest in peace, old friend.