Charles Edwin Prestridge
March 5, 1938 – April 15, 2021
Charles Edwin Prestridge, 83 of Sheridan, Arkansas went to his Heavenly home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 15, 2021. He was born March 5, 1938 at Dr. C. E. Kennedy’s Medical Clinic in Smackover, AR, the son of the late Leslie Josh Prestridge and Letha Mae Johnson Prestridge. He grew up in Smackover where his dad worked in the oil industry.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his siblings: Edgar Prestridge, of Vivian, LA; L. J. Prestridge, Jr. of Smackover, AR; Edna Mae Prestridge Cottrell of El Dorado, AR; Eloise Prestridge Holmes of St. Charles, MO.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn Ann Andrews Moore Prestridge of Sheridan, AR; sons: Russell Allen Prestridge (Jeni) of Hot Springs, AR and Charles Wesley Prestridge (Donna) of Oden, AR; daughter: Sharon Gayle Prestridge of Jackson, MS; Melanie Moore Rothwell (Jim) of Arkadelphia; Krista Moore Pyle (Michael) of Edwardsville, IL; and Holly Moore Baldridge (David) of Louisville, KY; grandchildren: Alexa Paige Prestridge of Little Rock, AR; William Prestridge of Hot Springs, AR; Stephen Rothwell of Arkadelphia; Mary Rothwell of Fraser, CO; Rebecca Baldridge of Lexington, KY; and Chase Pyle of Edwardsville, IL. He also leaves behind his faithful dog, Sasha.
After graduating Smackover High School, Charles played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks with Coach Frank Broyles. He then entered law enforcement in El Dorado, AR. While on the police force Charles became a licensed EMT and Paramedic. Charles devoted his entire career to law enforcement before retiring as Police Chief in Hampton, AR. After retirement he and his wife, Janis, relocated to Greeneville, TN where they enjoyed the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and were members of Greene Hills Baptist Church. While in El Dorado Charles was a member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Boys Club Athletic Coach for football and baseball, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
In his younger days he enjoyed rodeoing, bull riding, calf roping, and showing his horse, Joe Cracker. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, camping, and hunting. Charles liked to say, “I have lived my life to the fullest and have done everything I wanted to do and enjoyed it. I would like to be remembered for being honest and truthful.”
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery at 702 North Mosby Avenue in El Dorado under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors, with Bro. Michael Daugherty, Pastor of First Baptist Church Sheridan presiding. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm until service time at the cemetery.
Honorary Pallbearers are his former high school classmates: Jerry Roberts, Jim Andre, Hollis Labeff, James Leveritt, Wayne “Skeet” Bass, Ebb Darden, Elmer Givens, Donald Law, Bill McMahan, Dick Saulsbury, Wayne Warr, and Delbert Womack.
The family would like to thank friends, family, and Saline Memorial Hospice in Benton, AR who have surrounded us with love and prayers during this time.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Sheridan, AR or the Arkansas Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be made online at www.youngsfuneralhome.com
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021