Charles Thomas Hargrove

October 24, 1942March 29, 2021

On March 29th at 6:00pm Mr. Charles (“Charlie”) Thomas Hargrove rejoined some great friends and loved ones. He was surrounded by his wife, Marilyn and sons, Travis and Jordon as he peacefully passed in Columbia, Missouri.

Charlie was born in Malvern, Arkansas on October 24th, 1942, to Louis and Mary Sue Hargrove. Charlie spent 34 years with the city of Columbia, serving as the Assistant City Manager for the vast majority of his career. He also volunteered with the Boone County Historical Society and the Cosmo luncheon club through his life.

Charlie was preceded in death by his Mother, Mary Sue, and Father, Louis Hargrove of Columbia, His second wife Sue Hargrove, and his brother Bill Hargrove of Boise, Idaho.

Charlie is survived by his wife Marilyn Sanford-Hargrove, two sons and wives Travis and Jessica Hargrove, and Jordon and Jennifer Hargrove, grandchildren Brooke and Christopher Hargrove, his sister Eva and her husband Dwight Fine of Jefferson City, and former wife Vickie Williamson. He is also survived by his stepchildren Scott Green of Portland Oregon, Matt Sanford of Columbia, and Mindy Robbins of West Palm Beach, Florida and numerous other extended family members.

Flowers are welcomed, but a donation to the Boone County Historical Society is also suggested. Dad, we love you and miss you so much already. We will continue to do our best to grow in your colossal image. We will be fair, kind, a little ornery, the life of the party, and the loving hand on the shoulder. You will forever be the finest man we ever knew. Now you, Bill, Mike Don, and Joe go finish a bottle of Wild Turkey and we will see you again. Love, your sons.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8th at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 from 1:00 pm till time of the graveside service at 3:00 pm.


  • Boone County Historical Society


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Graveside

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


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Carol (Whitmarsh) Eby

April 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Charley was a great person. The first thing I thought of was the good times he and Don would share. I always thought a lot of Charley.

Terry Hennkens

April 1, 2021

Charlie introduced me to harvey wallbangers in the late 60's. He also helped a young fellow City employee get accustomed to working life early in my career. I enjoyed our friendship over the years. Charlie was always kind and interested in how I was doing. I will miss him.

Bill Weitkemper

April 1, 2021

Charlie was my "financial advisor" while we were both at the city. Charlie used to enjoy playing jokes on fellow employees. I was told that Charlie once put small blocks under the legs of Lowell P. desk, replacing the blocks every few days with a longer block, until Lowell's chin was almost touching the top of his desk. Charlie will be missed. RIP Charlie.

William Margraf

April 1, 2021

I have fond memories of Charlie's activities regarding the Columbia Fire Department. In fact the CFD owes a great debt to Charlie. As I understand it he was VERY influential in the 1975 purchase of a new 85' aerial platform. When I became Fire Chief in 1988 Charlie continued his interest in, and help to me and the CFD. Because of the guidance Charlie provided several tax issues supported by our citizens have resulted in a modern fleet of fire trucks, two additional fire stations, replacement of two stations and remodeling of several stations. Indeed, a great deal is owed to Charlie. He will be missed.

Mike Griggs

April 1, 2021

All of us at Parks and Recreation are sorry for your loss.

For years, Charlie had an office in the Gentry building with all of us in Parks and Rec, HR and Fire Admin. I was just starting as the sports supervisor yet Charlie always made me feel like I was a long term valued City employee, even with my crazy "reinventing government" ideas.

He was a supporter of P&R programs and events and was involved with the model train club for many years.

He later encouraged me to teach some classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and always attended as many as he could, providing valuable perspective.

He will be missed.

Mike Griggs, Director
Columbia Parks & Recreation

Carroll Highbarger

March 31, 2021

Marilyn, sorry for your loss. We all lost something with Charlie's passing.
It was nice to work with Charlie on police department issues. He was firm, fair, and respected. Occasionally a group of us played cards with Charlie and enjoyed the give and take.
Charlie will be missed.

Susan Pendergrass

March 31, 2021

Some of our fondest Columbia, MO memories include gatherings at Charlie and Marilyn’s home, always with music, food, laughter and stories that might or might not be fiction!!! Dennie certainly could elaborate on their time together with the City. I know he now is free of the physical constraints that he dealt with so masterfully throughout the years.
Our love to Marilyn and family.
Dennie and Susan Pendergrass - Florida

John Dewey Watson

March 30, 2021

Charlie was my college roommate at Ouachita. He was my lifelong friend. We shared political and philosophical views of life. After our working years, we traveled to Chicago, New Orleans, and Cajun Country together with his wife Maryland and my wife Sandy. We had wonderful times. We met year after year in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, home of Ouachita, with our professor, Bob Riley, and his wife, Claudia. We shared those Riley visits with Dick Norton and Gerald Congleton, also Ouachita alums. What great memories we have. We truly solved all of the world’s problems; if only someone in authority had listened. Dewey