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Charles Ackerman Obituary
Charles Ackerman, 91

Charles Ray Ackerman died July 30, 2016 in Gassville, Arkansas, at the age of 91.

Charles Ray Ackerman, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, was born on May 30, 1925 in Batesville, Arkansas, to Frank Edwin Ackerman and Golda Lavenia Haley Ackerman. Later, his stepfather, Clarence Homer Sharp, moved the family to Oklahoma and then to Sharp County, Arkansas where Clarence and Golda raised Charles and their two other boys, Jack and Joe Sharp.

Charles joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II in radio communications. During a leave in December, 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Ida Dark. After his discharge from the service in 1946, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He and Ida travelled extensively during the early years of their marriage and lived in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Eleuthera in the Bahamas, New Mexico, and Texas. Charles worked for North American Aviation and was a Telemetry Engineer on the Hound Dog Missile Program during the late 1950s until the early 1960s.

In 1963, Charles and Ida settled outside of Hardy, AR on a large farm with their four children, and a variety of obstinate farm animals. Charles worked for John Cooper developing Cherokee Village and Bella Vista in the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. He and Ida opened various businesses, including the Mobil Station in Cherokee Village.

Always interested in whatever his sons were involved in, Charles promoted their love for motorcycles and racing. In 1971 he formed a motorcycle club called "The Wheelmasters" and led his three sons and several of their friends on a motorcycle tour through Florida to attend the Daytona races. Soon, he was teasingly dubbed "the Ol' Man" by the boys and their friends, a nickname that stuck for the rest of his life.

Charles and Ida divorced in 1974, and he married Evelyn Pierce Harvey of Houston, Texas, where he worked for land developer, Bruce Belin. Later, Charles became a Vice President in Land Development at Gibraltar Savings and Loan until his (official) retirement in 1991. Charles and Evelyn divorced in 1992.

After his retirement, Charles continued to work as a consultant for a number of enterprises, and relocated to southern Missouri. He finally got to spend more time pursuing his interests of travel and reading. He had a booming voice and a charming habit of politely thanking and tipping his hat to anyone who waited on him.

Charles was preceded in death by his stepfather, Clarence Homer Sharp, his mother, Golda Lavenia Haley Ackerman Sharp, his father, Frank Edwin Ackerman, his brother, Jack Sharp, and both of his former wives, Ida Dark Ackerman, and Evelyn Pierce Ackerman.

He is survived by his brother, Joseph Sharp of Hardy, AR, four children, Charles Anthony Ackerman and wife Vernita, of Mountain Home, AR, Nathan Bradford Ackerman of Alton, MO, Matthew Samuel Ackerman and wife Lee of Naples, FL, and Lori Ackerman Cornelius and husband, John, of Ft. Myers, FL; two step-sons, John Harvey of Houston, TX, and Darin Harvey, and wife Roxane, of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, Cheryl, Timothy, Michelle, Melissa, Megan, Danika, Katlin, Emily, and Natalie; one step-grandchild, Haley Rose, and four great-grandchildren, Allyson, Aiden, Colin, and Kai; four nephews and one niece, the children of Joe Sharp, Harold, Elwin, Wendell, and Norma, and Regina, and three nephews, the children of Jack Sharp, Danny, David, and Dennis.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The online obituary and guest book are available at www.connerfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Baxter Bulletin from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2016
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