Charles Henry Halter

Born in Watertown, new York on October 18, 1963

Departed on July 18, 2020 and resided in Franklin, Tennessee

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Charles Halter age 56 of Franklin, Tn, passed away on July 18, 2020. He was born on October 18, 1963 in Watertown NY.
He is preceded in death by his parents Samuel L. Halter and Helen Olds Halter He is survived by his sister, Susan Halter Savage of Franklin, TN and 2 brother, Jon C. Halter of Austin, TX and Sam H. Halter of Tampa, FL.
Charles was born at a time when there were few aids for children and adults with cognitive disabilities. His mother worked with him at home to learn to read and write and to expose him to novel experiences. His favorite TV show at that time was Password and he learned many words from this show. When he was 6, Sesame Street aired on TV and he enjoyed learning from this fun show.
It was difficult at that time for public schools to provide a special and appropriate curriculum for children with Down Syndrome.
When he was 18 he attended Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia, Mississippi where he learned a trade and developed a work ethic. He later moved back to Franklin, TN and under the help of Waves, Inc he started a career as a bagger at several supermarkets in the Franklin area. He and a friend shared an apartment and eventually he moved into his own apartment close to where he worked. He worked for Kroger until his retirement.
Charles was always happy and had great sympathy for others who were having difficulties. He loved to dance, and to listen to Country music. He loved to go on trips to visit his relatives. Although these achievements sound routine, for individuals with Down Syndrome they may represent unsurmountable challenge. Charles was a trailblazer and was not afraid to tackle new challenges. Today agencies like Waves, Inc and Arc of Williamson County are local and provide extra help to these individuals to live a life based on their abilities not their disabilities.
Visitation with the family will be on Saturday August 1, 2020 from 9-10 am with a Memorial service to follow at 10 am at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens and Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in the Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Waves, Inc or the Arc of Williamson County.
Due to COVID-19 face coverings are required for all visitors.

14 Comments to Charles Henry Halter

  1. Kelli Campbell
    July 25, 2020 11:17 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Charles was a kind man. Always enjoyed talking with him when he was working at Kroger. Charles had an amazing memory. My daughter attends Waves day program too. Praying for Susan and family. God bless you!

  2. Charlotte Baker
    July 25, 2020 11:34 am

    May God send the family comfort and Joy , Knowing Charles would have been wonderful, share and hold dear all your good memories till you meet with him again

  3. Kathie Moore
    July 25, 2020 1:40 pm

    He was a special man I always enjoyed seeing him
    I will remember him fondly.

  4. Julie Long
    July 25, 2020 1:53 pm

    I enjoyed getting to know Charles during my time at Waves. He had a good sense of humor and loved participating in many different types of recreational activities. He was very serious about the art that he created, and very much a perfectionist! He will be missed by so many and made a lasting impression on the community.

  5. Steve Wormer
    July 25, 2020 6:24 pm

    I have such good memories of getting to know Charles during my time at Waves. He was so intelligent and witty! He loved his family, his friends and his community. Susan, I am so sorry. I will be praying for you and Charles’ friends. It was my honor to have known him.

  6. Louise Scott
    July 25, 2020 8:28 pm

    Charles was great. I had the honor of knowing him when I worked at Waves a few years ago. I’m sorry to read of his passing. My condolences.

    • Becky and DeWayne Taulbee
      July 28, 2020 5:39 pm

      Cousin Charlie was a sweet loving human! I will not forget him dancing the night away at our wedding reception. We all had the best time dancing with him. He will be missed! Love you Charlie

  7. Jenny Cheatham
    July 25, 2020 10:35 pm

    Charles was such a sweet gentleman. He will truly be missed!!!

  8. Christin Edmondson
    July 26, 2020 3:35 am

    Charles was a frequent guest at a Restaurant I worked in for 7 years in Franklin. He was a Ray of Sunshine every time he walked through our doors. Praying for his loved ones and friends.He made the World a Better Place ❤️

  9. Jeff & Phyllis Booth
    July 26, 2020 2:33 pm

    Charles lived his life fully despite all sorts of challenges. His life is an example of an admirable resilience and redefinition of how to live regardless of the cards life dealt you. We enjoyed hearing his news over the years.

    Sending our deep sympathy to Susan.

  10. Melissa Blaurock
    July 28, 2020 1:04 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Charles. He always put a big smile on my face! One of my favorite memories was dancing with him at a wedding when I was little. Sending love and prayers!

  11. Rosemary and John Kent
    July 28, 2020 1:35 pm

    Rest in peace, sweet Charlie. We will miss your sweet sourl

  12. Kevin Grissom
    July 28, 2020 8:04 pm

    God bless the family and friends during this time and moments to come when the heart gets heavy from missing a brother and friend. God blessed us all with Charles, my heart is sad for the loss and the tears that will fall, keep your memories of the great joy Charles had on everyone, and know that God loves you and is there for you.

  13. Brian Grissom
    July 29, 2020 9:01 pm

    My favorite memory of Charles was playing and singing Elvira when we were kids. I always looked forward to his visits to Indiana. An occasional letter in the mail would always make my day. God bless.

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