Charles Ancil Bridwell Jr

November 28, 1956October 9, 2020

Mr. Charles Ancil Bridwell, Jr., age 63, of Marietta, Georgia passed away Friday, October 9, 2020. He was born November 28, 1956 in Chamblee, Georgia.

A “Gentle Giant”, Chuck touched many lives. He was a brilliant man who knew something about everything and loved to watch Jeopardy. He could make people smile by just walking into a room. He was a jack of all trades and had several businesses which he owned throughout his life. Chuck knew any and everything about history and science. He was an electrician who provided home entertainment and security systems for his clients. He enjoyed tinkering with computers. In his spare time, he enjoyed scuba diving. Santa Chuck will always be remembered at the South Florida Mall where he worked for 14 years. He loved children and brought much happiness to many families who came to see him. True to the Santa character, everything he wore was red. His vehicle was a Blazer painted like a sleigh and he always carried peppermint sticks in his pockets for the children throughout the year.

Chuck was an amazing father who loved his children. He loved unconditionally and gave with his entire heart. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and was a member of Christ Central Church in Dallas, Georgia. He was a Godly man who lived his life pleasing to the Lord. His family and friends will miss him dearly, but they will celebrate his life and rejoice that he is finally in his eternal home with Jesus.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Melba Smith Daniel; and his brother, Chris Daniel.

Mr. Bridwell is survived by his father, William Daniel; one son, Cameron Jason Bridwell; two daughters, Rebecca (Bridwell) Smith and Kathryn “Kat” Taylor Ross; brother, Chad Daniel; former spouse, Lynda Culbreath Bridwell; nephews, Will Daniel and Tyler Daniel; and an aunt, Linda (Donny) Glisson.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Christ Central, 620 Paulding Plaza, Dallas, Georgia.

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Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134


  • Melba Smith Daniel, Mother (deceased)
  • Chris Daniel, Brother (deceased)
  • William Daniel, Father
  • Cameron Jason Bridwell, Son
  • Rebecca Smith, Daughter
  • Kathryn Taylor Ross, Daughter
  • Chad Daniel, Brother
  • Lynda Culbreath Bridwell, Former Spouse
  • Will Daniel, Nephew
  • Tyler Daniel, Nephew
  • Linda Glisson (Donny), Aunt

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Cecilia Castillo

October 19, 2020

I had the great pleasure of working with Santa Chuck for 2 years at the Wellington Green mall. We became friends instantly. He was so much fun to talk to. We would talk about everything and anything. The best advice I got was to pray a little and believe wholeheartedly. I am proud to say I was friends with Santa. We kept in touch through Facebook and I looked forward to visiting him on set every year. I’ll never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends. ❤️

Nikki Stinson

October 18, 2020

My 4 year old daughter and I were shopping at our local Walmart right before Christmas last year and as soon as my daughter laid eyes on Santa Chuck, she was ENAMORED. She couldn’t believe that she was seeing Santa Claus in the flesh! He didn’t have a costume on, but everyone just “knew” he was Santa. He pulled out his North Pole identification card and showed it to Brianna. She was elated! I will never forget the gleam in her eyes and his warmth. He was truly a magnificent man with a heart of gold. ❤️ We are thinking of your family during this time. He will be greatly missed.

Amanda Bradshaw

October 16, 2020

We are the Bradshaw family. Chuck was a part of our Christmas every year for the last ten years. With the exception of a couple missed years. We are devastated to hear of his passing. For us, Chuck was the real deal. He made the holidays magic for us we looked forward to seeing him and would often stop and just visit with them while he was working and it wasnt busy. My kids adored him. We so grateful for the opportunity to know him and stand with you in this time of mourning. We ask God give you peace in this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

Pete West

October 15, 2020

Santa Chuck and I worked together for 7 years at Wellington Green Mall in FL. along with my wife, Mrs. Claus( Barbara). Chuck had a great sense of humor and a jolly good laugh. We exchanged Christmas presents and I could never imagine what would be coming next; whatever it was, we got a good laugh from it. Chuck was a true to heart Santa; kids came first. He was a “Gentle Giant” and always took the time and effort to make every child feel special. He was one of a kind and will be missed by all.

Debra Mayfield

October 11, 2020

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Bridwell Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.


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