Charles Arnhart Jr.

February 5, 1921September 27, 2010

Arnhart, Charles R., age 89, of South Knoxville, died peacefully at Mercy Hospice on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. A life-long resident of Knoxville, Charlie served his country during WWII as an instrument mechanic in the Pacific Islands for the Army Air Corp. After leaving the army, he began his optical career at Bausch and Lomb before opening his own optical laboratory, Volunteer Optical, which he ran for thirty years. After retirement, he was co-owner of Tapp Optical, where he continued to enjoy the optical business. Retirement afforded him the opportunity to enjoy his hobby of landscaping, whether in his own yard or at his church. His beautiful yards attracted compliments from all who saw them. A faithful member for over fifty years of Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, Charlie served several terms as an Elder and served on the Property Committee until his death. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Dorothy Schettler Arnhart and five siblings. He leaves two daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Charles Child and Debbie and Mike Asquith; five grandchildren and their spouses: Julie Claxton (David), Andy Asbury (Gina), Brian Child (Holly), Christopher (Katie) and Steven Asquith; and six great-grand children: Abby and Andy Asbury, Lauren and Erin Claxton, Sarah and Emily Child . He also leaves behind a special niece and nephew, Mary Ann Pruiett and Rusty McNab and a companion of seven years, Dorothy Johnson. The family will receive friends at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church in the fellowship hall from 5:30 – 7:30 Wednesday evening, with a memorial service to follow at 7:30 in the sanctuary. Family and friends will meet Thursday morning at 11:00 at Sherwood Memorial Garden for an interment service with James McTyre officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, 3805 Maloney Road, Knoxville, TN 37920. Condolences may also be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 29, 2010
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 29, 2010
  • Entombment Thursday, September 30, 2010

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H.C. & Maria Schettler

October 1, 2010

Sherry and Debbie,
Although no words can dull the ache of losing one's parent(s), hopefully they can at least recall correctly many good times. Being the "kid" cousin, I have many grand memories of the many visits, dinners, and holidays spent in your home. Those times were always exciting and special to me. Your Mom and Dad made sure of that. I never recall seeing Uncle Charlie anything but thrilled to see me as well. I'm pretty sure he made everyone else feel that way too. He was, indeed, Genuine, and that is a rare quality. His patience and generosity will be long remembered by my family, and many others, I am sure.
Love, H.C. & Maria.

September 30, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy and the Arnhart family. Charlie was a special friend of many Boiseans.
Helen and Tom Gebhardt

Carol Oliver

September 30, 2010

Dear Arnhart Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Arnhart. He took radiation with my husband @ Thompson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Charles and Carol Oliver

September 30, 2010

Cheryl and Charles,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this
time of loss of Charles.
Rebecca A. Judy

Jeanie Humphrey

September 29, 2010

I grew up next door to Charlie's Mother Granny Arnhart I played with Mary Ann& Rusty McNab my Grand Mother was Eunice ( sally) Miller. I knew all of Arnhart children & several grandchildren when I was growing up.
My name is Jeanie Miller Humphrey I am praying for the family I have thought of the Arnharts through the years I loved them all.

September 29, 2010

Debbie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Sue Weaver Dunlap

sam craft

September 29, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jim Chamblee

September 29, 2010

fond of both your dad and mother and remember you girls when you were very young ladies. Joanna and I along with our kids had some good visits in your home on the river. Time passes so swiftly.

Jerry Cowan

September 28, 2010

Sherry & Debbie:

So very sorry for the loss of your Father.

My deepest sympathies.

What a prince of a guy he was.

The best to your both.

Audrey Jo Wingate

September 28, 2010

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.