Memorial services for Charles E. Beadles, Jr. D.D.S, of Knoxville, were held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Lane Riggle officiating. Geoff Shultz, pianist and Cindy Hauschildt, vocalist shared “On Eagle’s Wings”. Congregational hymns of “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” were also sung.
Charles Edward Beadles, Jr. was born Dec. 24, 1936, in Normal, Ill., the son of Charles Edward Beadles, Sr. and Garnet Mae (Wood) Beadles.
Chuck was graduated from Marshall High School, Marshall, Mich., in 1954. He received his B.S. Degree from the University of Missouri in 1958 and a D.D.S. degree from the University of Kansas City in 1962. From 1962-65 he served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, attaining the rank of Lt. Commander. Chuck worked for the V.A. most of his life, with the exception of two years in private practice. He moved to Knoxville in 1980 where he was the Chief of Dental Services at the Knoxville V.A. Medical Center. On April 10, 1982, he was united in marriage to Theodora Courtney “Teddy” Cooper at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville. In addition to his work with the V.A., Chuck was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and an instructor for the DMACC Dental Hygiene Program. He retired after 41 years of service as a dentist with the V.A. system.
Chuck was tremendously active in community affairs in Knoxville. He was past president of the Chamber of Commerce, served 15 years on the Board of the Knoxville Heritage Foundation and was the radio announcer for the Knoxville Raceway for many years. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Chaddock School in Quincy, Ill. Chaddock is a residential treatment facility for at-risk children, founded by the Rev. William Thomas Beadles. Chuck will be remembered by family and friends for his generous spirit, relaxed demeanor, and quick wit.