Charlie Oldham Broaddus, Jr. famously known for saying, I’m the “Largest Car Dealer” in Southwest Kansas “by a several pounds”
Charlie at age 91 died on Friday, July 6, 2018, in Hugoton, Kansas, at Pioneer Manor.
Charlie was born in Amarillo, Texas, to Charlie Oldham Broaddus, Sr. and Stella Hazel Bennett on May 5, 1927.
Charlie’s passion in high school was ROTC where he achieved the rank of colonel. Quite the marksman, he won several competitions and graduated in 1945. Charlie enlisted in the Navy in March of 1945 and started active service in May of that year at Naval Training Center in San Diego, California. His service rank was SK3c (Storekeeper Third Class) and served on the USS ARENAC, the USS APPALACHIAN, and the USS CYGNUS. His awards and decorations were the American Campaign Medal WWII, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign WWII, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal WWII, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.
Charlie returned home in 1946, attended Amarillo College and earned an Associates of Arts degree in Business in 1948. He was employed with International Harvester for a short time before moving to Hugoton in 1955. He worked at Doll’s Motors before the purchase of Broaddus Chevrolet, Buick, Inc. He owned the dealership for 35 years and sold the business with the intent to retire. However, he could not give up his passion for “the deal”. Charlie opened Prestige Motors in Liberal and later Charlie’s Cars in Hugoton.
Charlie was a member of Rotary, VFW, Kiwanis, and the Masonic Lodge at various periods in his life.
Charlie’s favorite pass times were helping his girls with their 4-H horsemanship, racing his thoroughbreds in Raton, and discussing anything concerning car deals. Fishing was also among his favorite leisure activities. Long time Hugoton residents could always recognize Charlie about town in his little navy blue Chevy S10 pickup truck.
Charlie and Juanita Evelyn Miller married on August 3, 1950, in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The couple had five children: Beverly Elaine, Barbara Charise, Charlie Oldham III, Virginia Ann, and Mark Kevin.
Those who preceded Charlie in death was his wife, Juanita Evelyn Miller Broaddus; his son, Charlie Oldham Broaddus III; parents, Charlie Oldham Broaddus Sr. and Stella Hazel Broaddus; brother, William (Bill) Eugene Broaddus; and sister-in-law, Louella Lee Kesterke Broaddus.
Family left to cherish his memory include: daughter, Beverly and husband Colonel (RET) Morris Young, of Niceville, Florida., daughter, Barbara McCaskill, daughter-in-law, Cynthia Bressler Broaddus, daughter, Virginia and husband Jeffery Martin all of Hugoton, Kansas; son, Mark and wife Jennifer Isaacson Broaddus of Rossville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, Brandi L Broaddus, of Trinidad, Colorado, Chip H. Broaddus of Woodward, Oklahoma, George P. Martin of Hugoton, Kansas, Sarah A. Martin, of Liberal, Kansas, and Sophia E. and John A. Broaddus of Rossville, Tennessee.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at The First Christian Church in Hugoton, Kansas with Pastor Pam Peachy officiating. Interment will follow at Hugoton Cemetery with military funeral honors by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Guard and the American Legion 8th District Honor Guard. Friends may call Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, with family present, at Garnand Funeral Home in Hugoton. Memorial contributions may be given to Charlie O. Broaddus, Jr. Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 423 S Main, Hugoton, KS 67951.