Charles Leon Redden, 78, of Fulton passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Fulton Nursing and Rehab in Fulton, Missouri.

Born on May 11, 1939 in Hartsville, South Carolina to Leon and Benzie (Staggs) Redden, Charlie grew up in South Carolina where he developed his love of outdoors and anything to do with hunting, fishing, swimming, and archery.  He had many friends from Hartsville High School where he graduated in 1957.  His competitive swimming skills were well known and he challenged and won numerous races, most with younger athletes.  He trained with non-stop swims in the entire 7 mile lake Robinson near Hartsville, South Carolina.  Charlie studied forestry at Clemson University before returning to Hartsville and graduating from Coker College with a degree in business.

From there, Charlie held management positions in Hartsville, Aiken, and Greenville, SC, and an overseas assignment with Daniel Construction Company, planning major building projects in Saudi Arabia.  This allowed him, upon returning to America, to realize his dream of building a beautiful waterfront home on Lake Champetra in Missouri.  Charlie and his constant companion, a large golden retriever, hiked, hunted, and fished vast stretches of Missouri, where he eventually became project manager for the State of Missouri.

His love of deer hunting led to a business deal with another avid hunter and investor. The two combined resources in the purchase and building of what would become one of the state’s largest and most successful deer hunting clubs, located in Fulton, Mo.  This finally allowed Charlie to do what he had wanted to do all his life, be a part of nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors every day.

Charlie’s health declined due to Alzheimer’s in 2015, which confined him to assisted living facilities. However, he often visited his beloved outdoors with friends.  His passing provided relief to his spirit to again return to nature.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving brothers are Curt Redden and his wife Petra of Hattiesburg, Ms., and Dave Redden and his wife Jan of Washington, Texas.

A Celebration of Life, led by Pastor Don Daniels, is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Hams Prairie Christian Church.

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We will miss you Charlie.

 Posted October 5, 2017 - 11:27am
Lyndal Gibson

Though it's been many years, I have fond memories of hunting, fishing, swimming, and laughing with Charlie and others during our teenage years around Hartsville, SC. We had all kinds of transportation, including my Dad's 1949 Chevrolet, Charlie's motor scooter, and Tommy's A Model Ford with "Rocket" painted on the door, plus the Henry J. We lost track when we pursued our careers in different parts of the world, but the memories are now deep seated treasures.
My sincere condolences and blessings go to his brothers and their families.

 Posted September 30, 2017 - 11:56am
Sandy Miller

Curt and Dave and families... Alzeheimer's is a horrible disease. It robs and steals from everyone. It stole my mom, Jobey Simpson Miller,
last February. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and if you are ever in Greenville, please contact me. Love to all,
Sandy Miller and family

 Posted September 28, 2017 - 8:13am
A. R. Hamlin

We in the State Office of Administration enjoyed Charlie and hearing his stories, especially about his golden Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rocky.

 Posted September 24, 2017 - 5:41pm
Kristi Perrin Jackson

I worked with Charlie @ the State of MO, and dated Charlie for 4 years of my life, and knew all the things he loved and cherished. Things didn't work out for us due to the age difference, but I knew Charlie as a spirited man with all passion for many things, and when he did anything he liked to be the best at it. So happy he ended his life in a place he loved doing what he loved and glad he didn't suffer long with Alzeimer's, it can rob many years, things, etc from a family and person. I met his beloved parents and one of his brothers, and to those living, my heart goes out to you.

I last saw him in 2002 and I'm shocked to learn of how his health declined.

 Posted September 24, 2017 - 3:28pm
Marty Kehoe

I worked with Charlie during the early construction years at Callaway. Visited at his Lake Champetra home a few times.
He loved where he lived and loved fishing & hunting. He was a good guy and had a good life.
RIP Charlie.

 Posted September 24, 2017 - 2:53pm

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