Alexander Funeral Home-West Chapel

2100 West Illinois Street, Evansville, IN


Charlene "Cholly" Smith

June 18, 1941February 7, 2020

Charlene “Cholly” Smith, 78, of Evansville, IN, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020, at her home. She was born June 18, 1941, in Boswell, Indiana, to the late Charles S. and Pinnie V. (Farrar) Wilson.

Charlene was the Bingo Queen and was an avid card player and loved games. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Charlene owned ZB Custom Steel Guitar Company with her husband. She loved dolphins. Charlene was a Boy Scout Leader for many years. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eastern Star. Charlene’s family meant a lot to her and she loved each and every one of them.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 45 years, Basil W. Smith; three sisters and two grandchildren.

Charlene (Mamaw) is survived by children: Kevin Smith (Mary), Pixie Smith, Richard Smith (Julie), Rosanna Funkhouser (Jim), Basil Smith, Gary Smith (Lisa), and Tim Smith (Crystal); 24 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and many cousins. Charlene was a twin and was one of 15 siblings.

Special thanks to Dr. Sash and Heart to Heart Hospice Staff for their selfless love and care.

Funeral services will be held at Noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Scott Hutcheson, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 2532 Waterbridge Way, Evansville, IN 47710. Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.


  • Kevin Smith (Mary), Son
  • Pixie Smith, Daughter
  • Richard Smith (Julie), Son
  • Roseanna Funkhouser (Jim), Daughter
  • Basil Smith, Son
  • Gary Smith (Lisa), Son
  • Tim Smith (Crystal), Son
  • Cholly leaves behind 24 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and many cousins to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Charlene "Cholly" Smith

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Robert Pointer

February 10, 2020

Debbie Pointer and Charlene were bingo buddies for years. More like sisters than friends. Many fond memories of Christmas eves together wrapping presents, , camping trips at Lincoln State Park, our motorcycle rides together, card nights at their house and many more fond memories. We were more like family than friends. She will be missed.

Larry Dimmich

February 10, 2020

I remember being classmates with Cholly and Dolly at Boswell High School in the late 1950's. I remember them giggling a lot.
Prayers of Peace and Comfort to the entire Family. 🙏🙏

Brenda Wilson

February 9, 2020

Dear Sister-in-Law Charlene. I first met you 47 years ago before I married your brother CV. We visited you on weekends and I have many good memories of spending time with you, Basil and your kids. You taught me how to make pumpkin pie (ha! ha!) and most importantly how to love children. Your deep love for your children has always stuck with me over the years. You were a perfect role model. I have so many other memories I can’t possibly share them all. I will not say goodbye. I’ll just say “Till we meet again”. You’re journey here is over. Your adventures have just begun! Love you and miss you! Brenda

Amanda Smith

February 9, 2020

I love u so much mamaw life is not going to be the same I remember when I was little and was being a brat and u would put me in timeout and then when I got done I would put u in timeout and say u were a bad girl and I’m also going to miss hearing u say how proud u are of me and to keep up the good work the next couple of days is going to be so hard to tell u goodbye but it’s not goodbye it’s see u later.... I love u so much mamaw fly high tell everybody hello and we love them for us.. you’re my best friend

Love always ur granddaughter Amanda Smith and great grandson and great granddaughter Leland Smith and Ashley Smith