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WOLFF, Charles Charles Emerson Wolff, of Green Creek, NC, and long time Atlanta/Buckhead resident, died Sept. 11, 2010, from pancreatic cancer in Landrum, SC.   Charles found great happiness in his marriage to his wife Nance, and adored his son, Christopher Hampton Wolff. A 5th generation Atlantan, Charles was born Oct. 12, 1951, and predeceased by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Preston Wolff. Surviving are his siblings John McDowell Wolff, Bernard Wellborn Wolff, Susan Wolff Lindley, and Marian Wolff Nolan and many nieces and nephews.  His heritage includes GA Gov. Joseph M. Brown, Gov. Joseph E. Brown, Atlanta Mayor George Hillyer, VA Gov. James McDowell, Patrick Henry, and many more illustrious leaders of our country. Charles grew up in Buckhead, living first at "Knollwood," and then "Treetops" on W. Wesley, where he met his lifelong friend, Henry Bruns.  He went to Morris Brandon, Lovett, Woodward, graduating from Northside in 1970, and then attending Oglethorpe University. Charles loved all animals, especially cats, the Wolff family mynah bird, Gene ("What is it NOW?"), and his multitude of farm animals. Most people who knew him considered him to be their best friend. Charles was a lifelong rock and roll drummer, singer, guitarist, and songwriter, performing with many Atlanta groups, including Thermos Greenwood, The Brains, Fletcher and the Piedmonts, Rosebud, Dennis Yost and the Classics 4, Chuck Berry, Piano Red, and in N.C., The Lone Derangers, and the Trophy Husbands. He provided session work for major studios in the southeast and traveled internationally on tour with The Brains. In the 1970s, he was signed with the Lowery Group of Atlanta and Estelle Axton of Memphis, TN. Several years ago, Charles repaired part of the Fox Theatre organ's percussion, restoring the drum sound quality and autographing his work deep inside the organ. His last accomplishment was organizing the Piano Red Review held at Smith's Olde Bar in August. Several of "Red's" original band members played, along with Tommy Dean, and, Terry Adams of NRBQ.  Charles was too sick to attend, but it was one of the best rock and roll shows ever held. Charles helped organize the 1st Spindale Goat festival, now to be an annual event. His passing is a tremendous loss to the GA musical community, his family, and many friends in Atlanta and Western NC. His family would like to thank Doreen Cochran for keeping him laughing during his illness.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18th at St. Martin-in-the-fields Episcopal Church on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smith-Phayer Hospice House, 260 Fair Winds Rd., PO Box 127, Landrum, SC 29356.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 17, 2010.
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December 30, 2013
George & Susan Lindley, Nance and Charles
Mike, thank you for such a beautiful tribute to my younger brother. I miss him every single day and hate that he and I are unable to share our 'elder years' together. He found his soulmate in his wonderful wife Nance, whom I consider to be my sister. There has
never been anyone else like him! Sending you Love & Best wishes,
Susan. swlindley@comcast.net
Susan Lindley
December 27, 2013
I met Charles while watching him play with Thermos Greenwood. I instantly recognized a true musician of taste and artistry. I was a fan henceforth. Once I knew Charles, he was the most talented and unassuming musician I have ever personally known. He deserved much wider recognition for his skills and his depth of character as a human being and his gentle caring spirit. I was honored to have known him. He passed way too soon.
Mike satterlee
August 26, 2011
I will always miss Charlie. Always kind, always brilliant, always funny. He introduced me to just about every wonderful friend I have. I moved to Atlanta from Washington DC after my own mother died of pancreatic Ca. It was Charlie who was my first neighbor out in the world on my own. He taught me how to make a really good sandwich. Avocado, sprouts and cream cheese. He introduced me to all of my life long friends. What a great group of people, and Charlie, he was the corner stone of that group. I have so many great memories. He introduced me to the person I married when young, later, i found Nance for him. life is not the same without Charlie, that's for sure. He was one of the greats. Even the animals will miss his goodness. Rest in Peace Charlie, you were so dear to us all. Anita (AKA Mosquita. name given by charles to me on 20th birthday)
Anita Brannon
October 21, 2010
I want to thank Charles for a lifetime of unbelievable happenings. Of course since he is no longer with us I guess it will just be me talking to you, gentle reader.

We met when he was 14 or so (circa 1965) and started to become better friends shortly thereafter. I recognized him and picked him up hitchhiking on West Wesley. Charles grew up right around the corner from my home on Ridgewood Rd in Atlanta.

We spent time playing music in the basement of his parent’s home. We had fun. I developed as a vocalist and performer while Charles perfected his skill at drumming.

After many years of being friends, riding around in “Smaug”, his Greenbrier van, and hanging around a certain Drug store I sarcastically nicknamed “Big”, we started to get serious about making music.

By that time I was living on Piedmont Rd. in Buckhead. We built a studio and rehearsal space with the help of Cole Harrison and Charles, Bruce Baxter, Mark Richardson, Hank Bruns and myself started playing gigs as “Fletcher and the Piedmonts”.

The band worked steadily in the early seventies and later transmogrified into Thermos Greenwood and the Colored People. Throughout our early working years and for 45 years we never allowed the music business to spoil our strong friendship.

I was so lucky to make music, travel, and create with such a dear old friend. We played together perhaps many more than a thousand times in life. Much of that time was actually on stage or in a recording studio.

Charles informed me that he found evidence that we were somehow related. Perhaps cousins as a result of a long ago marriage he said. In any case, we were brothers in so many ways.

I have many stories but will not relay them here. Catch me sometime and I’ll be happy to discuss. I have lost a very close friend and will never really be quite the same without him knocking around in the world. Here’s to Charlie, Thanks for the memories of a lifetime!
Steve Wofford, F.A.L.
October 10, 2010
to the family and friends of charles wolff: unbelievable that charlie left us so soon; henry bruns introduced us in the late 70s, although i have not spoken to either one in years, their kindness to me, an NC transplant, forged many friendships that flourish today; what a great group to be intoduced to: lonesome hank X, commander wayne, joe roman, fly and amy, ron and gail tillis, dave michelson, pat creel, doug and ginger, anita; (who remains a friend to now) lost touch with charles and henry years ago, but always remember charlie's innovative approach to life, especially electronics,he and henry,what a pair, that later grew into such accomplished musicians; they sure helped me form a lifelong eclectic appreciation of music. the last time i talked to charlie, chris was very young;, all he said was: "i am just being a friend and father to my son";...later on, i heard: what a great r'ship he had with nancy; looks like charles self-actualized; love of wife,a great son,groundbreaking bands; he always seemed comfortable within himself;...will alway be an icon of my formative years.
noel thomas
October 3, 2010
Charles, knowing you enriched my life, and when I think of you, good feelings and memories flood my being.
To be continued, friend. Never say "good-bye". - Karla
Karla Linden
September 24, 2010
I offer my deepest condolences to all the Wolff family and kin. I had the pleasure of seeing Charles grow up as a close neighbor. I remember meeting him when he came over to see my brother's cool moped - he was but 13 at the time. And even though our paths diverged, my family and I will always regard him as a true individual - very caring and mature beyond his years. His passing is sorrowful for those who knew him, for he was a kind and gentle soul. Heaven has welcomed a truly beautiful being and a righteous musician as well.
Linda Kay Davis
September 21, 2010
I looked up to him, he was always nice to me.
The last time I saw him was at the 930 Club in Washington D.C. in 1980.
Joe Martinelli
September 19, 2010
Charles looked so good at the Great Southeast Music Hall Reunion and I hadn't seen him in over 35 years. He hugged me and knew who I was immediately, this old Buckhead Girl! Amazing that he was sick and didn't realize it. He played so well that night! I miss his word of the day on Facebook. Talked to Fly and I'm glad he and Charles got to visit. Charles was a kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and excellent musician. He will be missed by many. Rest Charles.
Elaine & Richard Manross
Lilburn, GA
Elaine & Richard Manross
September 19, 2010
John, Brother, Susan and Marian,

I'm so sorry to read of Charles' death. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your extended families as well as with Charles' family.
Harry Lange
September 18, 2010
I hadn't seen Wolff in a long time. It makes me sad to know he's gone. He had a certain spirit that's hard to describe...all I can say is he was always the same every time I saw him, from the time we were little kids through high school. I wish his family all the best.
Frank Walker
September 18, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nance, Chris and all who loved Charles SO much. May your memories bring comfort.
Jerry and Carla Willard
Carla Allen Willard
September 18, 2010
RIP Charles. You were an amazing musician and friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wolff family.
John and Becky Edwards
Becky Edwards
September 17, 2010
I am at a loss of words............memories is all that comes to mind. He will always be remembered. RIP
Alan Nicholes
September 17, 2010
May God Bless!
Bill Goldsmith
September 17, 2010
Rest in Peace, Charles.

Larry and Peggy Fisher
September 17, 2010
To all the Wolff siblings, I was so sorry to hear about Charles. My family and I moved to Florida about 5 years ago, so I will not be able to attend his funeral, but I just wanted to relay to you that despite his definitely earning the title of being the annoying little brother you all grudgingly tolerated decades ago, as a contemporary buddy of mine he was a barrel of laughs to be around and a great friend. I lost contact with him after Lovett, but I will fondly remember all the great times I used to have with him and his wonderful family at your house on Ridgewood and on the weekend trips to "the farm". My belated thanks to all of you for putting up with us/me.

Best regards and my deepest condolences to each of you.

Respectfully, Edwin Quin
Edwin Quin
September 17, 2010
Elisabet Rutschmann Hutchison
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