Charles F. “Charlie” Burchfield, age 86, of Mt. Ida, Arkansas passed away on February 24, 2018. He was born on June 6, 1931 to Oba and Ailene Burchfield of Halley, Arkansas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth Burchfield Clark, brothers Bill Burchfield and Larry Burchfield.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Cook Burchfield, sons Gary Burchfield (Jean Ann), Mark Perry (Valerie), daughters Susan Gilbert (Larry), Laura Kelloms; brothers Jack Burchfield (Debbie), Bob Burchfield (Peggy); eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and a host of cousins and friends.
Charlie attended Dermott High School, played football where he was nicknamed “Saddlehoss”, his team won the state championship in 1947.
Charlie was offered scholarships to University of Arkansas and University of Mississippi but he joined the United States Air Force. He was a Kroger Company store manager at the age of 20 then he began his career with Arkansas Farm Bureau on March 3, 1953 as an agent in Ashley County and was promoted to Agency Manager. He accepted the position as District Sales Manager in the Southeast area of Arkansas, February 5, 1955. He accepted the State Sales Manager, Vice President Sales, for the Mississippi Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. on March 1, 1976. In 1993 Charlie retired and moved to Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Charlie also served as a board member for the Montgomery County FB.
A memorial service will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with visitation immediately following at Joplin United Methodist Church, 59 Mountain Harbor Road, Mt. Ida, AR. All Farm Bureau Insurance agents, and managers will be honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Joplin United Methodist Church, PO Box 89, Mt. Ida, Arkansas 71957 or the Hospice Home Care, 4332 Central Avenue, Suite J, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Arrangements are under the care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.
Link to Charlies’ Memorial Video