Charles Henry Fritsch, Jr., 63, of Tillar, passed away March 25, 2021.
Charles was born Jan. 8,1958 at Dermott. He was the youngest son born to Charles and Ardell Fritsch.
He married Terry Lynn Hacker Boothe on Oct. 31, 2008. Their lives together spanned more than 12 years.
Charles enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, boating, and talking. He was a hard worker and held various jobs since he was 13 years old. He became the first Eagle Scout in Tillar, drove a school bus for the Tillar school district at the age of 16, was a 1976 graduate of Tillar High School, and his ASVAB test scored third highest in the state.
He was also a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received a degree in Geology. He traveled all over the United States studying rock formations, spelunking in caves, skydiving, scubba diving, water skiing, walking the Grand Canyon and loved to climbed mountains. He spent months in Mexico sleeping in the desert. When he got home, he slept on the floor for a while because he wasn’t used to sleeping in a bed.
Adventure was his nature. Race car driving and mechanics became a passion.
Charles worked at the Coca Cola Plant in Monticello for 10 years. He was an EMT, then went on to become a Registered Nurse, known as Dr. Charlie, the nurse with the ponytail.
Later, he attended Pine Bluff Truck Driving School acquiring his CDL, driving eighteen wheelers and modular trucks. He worked for Desha County, for six years then became the Landfill Supervisor for nine years. Charlie accepted the position of Mayor of Tillar on June 30, 2020.
Charles was a person that you could not forget. He loved people, leaving an impression on everyone he met. His many talents gathered up many resources. He and his wife, Terry, worshipped at McGehee Church of Christ.
Charles was preceded in death by his father, Charles Henry Fritsch, Sr.; his mother, Guilla Ardell Bush Fritsch; a brother, Sonny Vowell, and a sister, Bonnie McDonald.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Terry Lynn Fritsch; three daughters, Emerald Fritsch, of Dewitt, Estelle Fritsch, of Gillet, and Ana Fritsch of Pine Bluff; a stepdaughter, Joannie Holmes (Jamie, Sr.) of Oak Grove, Louisiana; three stepsons, Alan Boothe, of Oak Grove, Louisiana, Daniel Boothe, of Tillar, and Nickolas Boothe, of Tillar; a sister, Robyn Credo, of LaGrangeville, New York; six grand children and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation and services will be held on March 29, at Griffin Funeral Home in Dumas.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. with services at 2 p.m. Rickey Eppes will officiate. Burial will follow at the Tillar Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.
Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. Online guestbook at griffinfh.com.