Charles ‘Charlie’ W. Webster, 79

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CARROLLTON, Ky.—Charles “Charlie” W. Webster, 79, died April 22, 2012, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at noon Friday, April 27, at the St. John Catholic Church in Carrollton, with the Rev. Kavungal Davy officiating. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home, and 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. Evening Prayers will be said at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Carrollton. 

Mr. Webster was born in Silver Grove, Ky., June 6, 1932, to the late Jasper and Thelma Webster. He was a pharmacist who opened Webster Drugs in 1956 at the age of 24 and built a thriving family-run businesss that continues today. He was instrumental in local polio-vaccination efforts in the 1950s and 1960s, and served on the Carroll County Board of Health for many years until his passing.

Mr. Webster served as mayor of Carrollton for 20 years, having been elected to his first term in 1961 at the age of 29. He served the community in numerous ways, including assuming leadership positions with local organizations that successfully advanced industrial and business development, public utilities, tourism, housing, public health and the library.

Mr. Webster was a longtime member and lector at St. John’s  Catholic Church in Carrollton.

In addition to his tireless efforts in public service, he is remembered for many exceptional personal qualities, including his warmth, enthusiasm and sense of humor that endeared him to so many in the community. He was affectionately known as “Good Game Charlie Webster” to local radio audiences, who listened to his broadcasts of high school sports.

Survivors include three sons, Chuck (Nolia) Webster of Carrollton, Daniel (Jessica) Webster of Bethesda, Md., and Jeff (Susan Van Haitsma) Webster of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Sharon Webster (Dave Cavanagh) of Burlington, Vt., Kim (L.B.) Arney of Ghent, Ky.; grandsons, Shaman Webster and Ben Webster, and Travis (Mindy) and Patrick Arney; granddaughter, Susan Webster; and a great-granddaughter, Annabelle Arney.

Mr. Webster was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Kathy Webster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the St. John Food Pantry or the Carroll County Public Library, in care of the funeral home.