Charles J. Earnhardt

December 28, 1925December 2, 2013

Greensboro, NC Mr. Charles J. Earnhardt, 87, of Greensboro, died Monday, December 2, 2013 at Heartland Living & Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. A funeral service will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel. Burial will follow at Westminster Gardens. Charles was born December 28, 1925 in Salisbury, the son of Ray and Pearl Albright Earnhardt. Charles was a US Marine Corp veteran. He attended Catawba College and later graduated from the Philadelphia Optical College. Charles was the owner of Earnhardt Optical in Greensboro for many years. He was a member of College Place United Methodist Church where he married his wife of 63 years on November 12, 1950. He also volunteered at the church and belonged to the Price and Cornerstone Sunday School Classes. Charles was a former member of the Kiwanis, Elks and Jaycee clubs and volunteered at the Industries for the Blind. He enjoyed woodcarving and gardening. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his son Bradley and his sister Rachel Grove. Surviving are his wife, Vivian Earnhardt; daughter, Louise E. Spence (Royall III) of Greensboro; son, Jeff Earnhardt of Delray Beach, FL, and grandson, Royall Spence IV (Jessica) of Greensboro. Friends will be received Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to: College Place United Methodist Church, 509 Tate St., Greensboro, NC 27403. Online condolences may be made at


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Beth Marsh

December 5, 2013

Mrs. Vivian,
Tracy and I were so sorry to hear about Mr. Chalie's passing. We always so enjoyed talking with you both and looked forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings. Mr. Charlie's personality and sense of humor always brought smiles to our faces. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tracy and Beth Marsh(Greensboro, NC)

Linda(Foushee) and Joe Miskovich

December 4, 2013

Vivian and family my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. You and Charlie were such good friends of Mother and Daddy. I always enjoyed his jokes. May God bless and keep you all.

Vinnie Gordy

December 4, 2013

Years ago, Mr. Earnhart was a customer of mine when I first began working. I was a teller at NCNB in the Jefferson building - just around the corner from the optical shop. I have thought of him often when passing through downtown Greensboro with many fond memories. He was one of our favorite customers and was always such a dear, sweet man. I'm so grateful to have had the privilege of knowing him.

December 4, 2013

Mrs. Earnhardt,
So sorry to hear of Mr. Earnhardt's passing. I always looked forward to him coming into the office. He was quite a character and a joy to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kathy Swaim
Piedmont Family Medicine

Michele Pridgen

December 4, 2013

My most heartfelt and deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Charlie will be missed by all who knew him. I am sure that I speak for everyone at the dealership when I say that we will miss his mischieveous spirit when the two of you would come in to see us. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you face the days ahead. Please remember that we are here for you if you need us. Prayers for peace, strength, and comfort for you all.

Lorinda & Duane Plapp

December 3, 2013

Vivian and family, Blessings of comfort and strength. We always enjoyed seeing you and Charlie at church when we visited Greensboro and listening to his jokes!