Funeral services for Charles “Charlie” Asher, Sr., 68, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Laird Funeral Home. Interment will be held at 9:00am on Saturday, August 17, 2019 in Donaldson, Arkansas at Ouachita Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Laird Funeral Home.
Charles was born in Monticello, Arkansas on August 3, 1951, the son of Everett Laverne Asher and Mable Odom Smith Asher Pemperton. He was raised with his siblings in Donaldson, Arkansas and enjoyed playing baseball. One evening he and his best friend were called by two young ladies who had walked to Dairy Queen but were stuck in the rain with no way home. Of course, the guys were more than happy to help. This is where Charlie met Kay. The two began dating and were married on June 6, 1970. They raised their children together and although they went their own ways later in life, they remained friends and enjoyed their time spent with the kids and grandchildren.
Charlie made his home in Nacogdoches where he spent many years as the irrigation specialist at the golf course. He took great pride in job; and of course, played golf every chance he got. He loved every aspect of being on the golf course, whether he was working or playing his favorite game. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and gardening. He missed his fast cars that he had during his teenage years, but having kids left him no room for that indulgence. He was happiest spending time with his children and often took them camping, to the boat races or to mud flings. When he was blessed with grandchildren, ironically, it was all boys. However, this made Charlie so happy! He spent every second he could with them and they were happy to have “Papaw” around. He was their best entertainment. He would carry them anywhere and do most anything they wanted, including having popsicles when mom said no, planting trees, running the roads, and playing with animals along the way. Snacks were always waiting for them, no matter if he picked them up or they showed up at the house. But their favorite part about Papaw was that he was silly with them. They were able to enjoy being a kid with Papaw right there with them!
Charlie was a hardworking man who knew the value of family and friends. He was dedicated and supportive. His greatest treasures were his children and grandchildren and he took great pride in teaching them by example of how to be good people.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Kay Johnson Asher of Nacogdoches; children, Charles E. Asher, II of Nacogdoches and Jennifer Asher James and husband, Michael of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Andrew Asher of Nacogdoches, Brandon Asher of Nacogdoches (stationed in Norfolk, Virginia in the U.S. Navy), Chase James and wife, Harlee of Nacogdoches; Josh James of Nacogdoches, and Christa Henson of Nacogdoches; siblings, Shirley McDade and husband Marvin of Donaldson, AR, Nancy Ferguson and husband, Robert of Malvern, AR, Karen Nottingham of Donaldson, AR and Kathaleen McMahan and husband Vernon of Midway, AR, Johnny Pemperton of Monticello, AR and Junior Pemperton of Monticello, AR; brother-in-law, J.D. Thompson of Arkadelphia, AR; Charlie is also survived by his best friend and brother by choice, Fidel “Felix” Cuellar.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, Mable and Bill Pemperton, and Everett and Bonnie Asher and sister, Joyce Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Asher, Andrew Asher, Chase James and Josh James.
The Asher family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.