Charles Richesin was born in Omaha, AR on January 1, 1928. He was the son of John Ross Richesin and Virginia Crumpler Richesin, and surviving spouse of Carolyn Hathaway Richesin. Charlie was raised by Georgia Huffman Richesin after the death of his mother in 1932. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He passed away March 15, 2005, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.
Charlie worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 30 years. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the first member of his family to graduate from college. He was a lifelong Razorback fan.
Charlie served in the Arkansas National Guard and spent 12 months on active duty in Korea during the Korean Conflict.
He was married to Carolyn Hathaway for 54 years and is survived by 3 children, Christine Richesin Thomas, Chuck Richesin and John Richesin. He had 6 grandchildren, Josh Thomas of Potomac Falls, VA; David Thomas of Centreville, VA; Jim Thomas of Tampa, FL; Eleanor Thomas of Tallahassee, FL; Somer E. Richesin of Jackson, MS; and C. Ross Richesin of Little Rock. He is survived by 2 great-grandchildren, Zachary and Payton Thomas. He is also survived by his only living brother Utah (Toad) Huffman.
Charlie was an avid fisherman all of his life. He loved fishing on Bear Creek, Crooked Creek and the White River while he was growing up. Later he spent many hours fishing on Lake Maumelle. For the last 20 years, he became known as a superb yellow tail fisherman in the Florida Keys.
He was nicknamed "Big C" by all the Keys boat captains. Upon learning of his death, the boat captains will perform a small maritime service for one of the "oldtimer" Keys fishermen.
A private service will be held on Friday followed by a reception at his long time residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CARTI in memory of Charlie and Carolyn Richesin.