OBITUARY

Charles "Charly" Louis Griffith

November 10, 1954July 25, 2018
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Charles “Charly” Louis Griffith, age 63 of Pike Road, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Charly was born on November 10, 1954 to Robert L. Griffith and Arleta Mollison Meeker. He is preceded in death by his fathers, Robert L. Griffith and William T. Meeker. Charly was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Beverly S. Griffith; son, Tyler Charles Griffith; daughter and son-in-law, Kendall Griffith Williams and Matthew; grandsons, Jackson and Noland Williams; mothers, Arleta M. Meeker and Eileene D. Griffith; siblings, Susan Taylor (Rich), Mike Meeker (Saideh), Cindee Kerns (Kacia), Lesa Keith (Al), Bobby Griffith (Cornelia), and Chuck Griffith; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Charly attended Aldersgate United Methodist Church and was a member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association. He was a commercial and residential builder for over forty years. Charly retired from Russell Construction of Alabama and began Griffith Fine Homes. Through his career and lifetime he was an inspiration to many people. With his attention to fine details and outstanding quality of work, his customers were not just customers to him, they soon became his friends as he built their forever homes. Charly was always so patient and understood how to take life easy, always smiling, making everyone laugh with his witty sense of humor, and always so generous with his time helping others. He was innovative and creative towards any project he started and succeeded with his constant positive attitude. His hard work helped provide for his family by building their homes and his hobbies helped fill their freezers with wild game from hunting and fishing. Charly shared his love for the outdoors with those he loved, teaching them how to provide for themselves by sharing his love for carpentry, cooking, and wisdom. The family will receive friends at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Celebration of Charly’s Life will begin at 3:00 pm. Honorary pallbearers will be, Marc Kirklin, Rhett Whynott, Samuel Isbell, Daniel Sullins, Hunter Keith, Griff Keith, Garrett Prescott, and Joseph Gardner. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charly’s honor to Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation; 1600 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233.

  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charly’s honor to Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, July 29, 2018
REMEMBERING

Charles "Charly" Louis Griffith

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Lois Mollison

July 27, 2018

I remember his smile as a child and teenager was so warming to see that smile in the picture with his grandaughter.My prayers are with all of you. God Bless, Aunt Lois Mollison

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Biography

Charles "Charly" Louis Griffith was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Charly always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Charly was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Charly was born in Elyria, Ohio to Bob and Arleta (Lee) Griffith. When Charly was about two years old his new stepfather, Bill Meeker, adopted him. Bill and Lee Meeker raised him in Ohio along with his older sister Sue, younger brother Mike, and younger sister Cindee. Unfortunately, his dad Bill Meeker passed away when Charly was 16 years old. As a young adult, Charly met his dad, Bob Griffith, stepmother Eileene, brothers, Bobby and Chuck and sister, Lesa who all lived in Montgomery, Alabama. Always able to express himself well, Charly possessed strong interpersonal skills and had a wonderful relationship with all of his parents and siblings! He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication.

Blessed with a balanced attitude and a great wit, Charly was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Charly had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

As a child, Charly showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated, enjoyed new activities, and pursued a variety of interests. He and his brother Mike used every opportunity to be outside in nature hunting, tracking, and fishing. Charly easily learned to work with his hands and, as a teenager, worked with his dad in the construction business learning and improving his carpentry skills.

Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Charly was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. His favorite classes in high school were math, English and shop. He also enjoyed track and field events and was a champion long jumper.

Friends and acquaintances found Charly an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Charly was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. Later in life, he became close friends with Shelby Cauthen, Marc and Heidi Kirklin, Rhett Whynott, and many, many others. He made friends easily and was generous to everyone.

On April 25, 1981 Charly exchanged wedding vows with Beverly Ann Snider at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Charly was attentive to Beverly's feelings, and he charmed her and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. He had an engaging personality and was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship. He was totally devoted to Bev for 37 wonderful years of marriage.

Very much like a kid himself, Charly identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was blessed with a son Tyler, a daughter Kendall, and two grandsons, Jackson and Noland. He was able to direct his energy, creativity and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. His creativity was evident on many occasions when he helped Tyler and Kendall with school projects. One example was the workable crossbow he helped Tyler build. He gave both of his children a love of nature and instilled in them a deep respect for the animals they hunted by making sure the animals did not suffer and by fully harvesting the meat. He encouraged their many activities and helped Tyler become a champion archer by building him an archery course on his property. He took Kendall to father/daughter dances, encouraged her when she played softball, and proudly walked her down the aisle. He taught both how to hunt and fish and always encouraged them to explore their talents. His children always wanted and respected his opinion.

Charly was an exemplary worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, his strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Charly was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Charly could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. He had more than 40 years in the commercial and residential construction business.

He had an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. For example, he designed and constructed a passive solar/rammed earth house for his family, built his children a dream tree house, and designed many custom homes. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes as well by building a solar hunting cabin, building a canoe, rebuilding a pontoon boat, fletching his own arrows, and flint knapping. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was always willing to share his interests with others.

Recreational sports included hunting and fishing. Charly also enjoyed watching college football whenever he got the opportunity.

Charly was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish goals. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Charly was an active member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builder's Association.

Family vacations were experiences Charly truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Noland family reunions at the beaches in Florida and Griffith family cruises. As much as he enjoyed family vacations, he loved hosting family events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July celebrations, and birthdays. He also greatly enjoyed visits from his mother, brother, and sister from Texas and Ohio.

Charly was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Zebulon, a Black Lab. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs Gypsy, Lady and many others, and cats Lacy, Tiger, Sassy, Lucy and Tom.

When Charly retired from commercial construction in 2013, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and started his own business, Griffith Fine Homes, LLC, shortly after he retired from commercial construction and loved every minute of fulfilling home owner’s dreams by building their “forever” homes.

Charly passed away on July 25, 2018 at Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama. Charly fought hard against many illnesses including lung cancer and a brain tumor without ever complaining. He is survived by his wife Beverly, son Tyler, daughter Kendall, his grandsons Jackson and Noland, mother Lee Meeker, mother Eileene Griffith, and all of his siblings. His service was held at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home in Montgomery, Alabama.

Charly was a kind, helpful and generous man. He was a Christian and a true believer in God. He was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Charly had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This, along with his infectious smile, is how everyone will remember Charly Griffith.