JANUARY 24, 1941 – NOVEMBER 20, 2022
Charlie Rodemacher died on Sunday, November 20, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Charlie was a talented golfer with a deep passion for the sport. All who knew him recognized the twinkle in his eye and the grin that accompanied a conversation about the game. However, Charlie did not start out as a golfer. After a very successful high school career as a quarterback for Cathedral High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) on a football scholarship. While at USL, he joined the golf team and developed a love for the game.
For the next six plus decades, Charlie played golf as frequently as possible, securing tee times at golf courses across the country and internationally. He played at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Pebble Beach in California, Champions Golf Course in Houston, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in Idaho, and The Old Course at St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Charlie regularly competed in golf tournaments at the Pinewood Country Club, the Beaumont Country Club, and other regional courses, filling his family room with trophies and earning numerous accolades. He was a longtime Masters Patron badge holder and enjoyed sharing his passion — and homemade Masters sandwiches — with friends and family each year. He nearly qualified for the Senior PGA Tour.
In addition to playing and competing in tournaments, Charlie shared his love of golf with young golfers. He served as the Kelly High School Golf Coach in Beaumont form 1981 – 1986. Several of his young golfers went on to play golf in college. In 1987, Charlie became the Lamar University Golf Coach, a position he held until 1996.
Charlie coached in addition to his full-time job. He started his career with the Burroghs Corporation, a business machine company, in Beaumont, Texas in 1968. He worked twenty plus years as a salesman with Clarke & Courts, and finished his career at Sooner Container.
Charlie married Camille Mouton in 1973 and raised four daughters (Ann, Ashley, Kristi and Beth) in Beaumont, Texas. Charlie regularly grilled his delicious barbecue chicken on Sundays and enjoyed watching football games, especially LSU and the Houston Oilers (Luv Ya Blue!), with his girls. Quick with a smile and an occasional joke, the girls fondly recall his prank of placing a Houston Oiler bumper sticker on a Dallas Cowboy-loving friend’s car bumper. They also fondly recall family’s summer vacations in South Padre Island, Colorado, Disney World, Washington, DC, and New York City.
Charlie was born on January 24,1941 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Curtis A. and Marie Begnaud Rodemacher. He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Leblanc Rodemacher, and sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Pete Lavergne. He is survived by brother Gus Rodemacher and wife Sandy Rodemacher of Lafayette, Louisiana. Daughters Ann Senne (Chuck) of Conyers, Georgia, Ashley Profaizer (Joe) of McLean, Virginia, Kristi Westmoreland (Greg) of Austin, Texas, and Beth White (Kevin) of Nacogdoches, Texas. Grandchildren, Dani Senne (Ben Wilkinson), Catherine Senne, Max and Benjamin Profaizer, Will, Mark and Thomas Westmoreland, and Matthew Samford. Great Grandchildren Seth and Sophie Wilkinson. Many dear nieces and nephews survive Uncle Charlie. He was so beloved and will be missed by many.
The family would like to thank Dr. J. Michael Randle, Dr. Bryan Davis, caregiver Johnni Brinson, the Medical Center Staff, and the Magnolia Court Staff for all their wonderful care they have provided.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas. In honor of Charlie’s love for golf, please wear a Masters golf shirt or sports polo.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 6055 S Loop E, Houston, Texas, 77087.