Charles Herbert Beyers, Jr.February 10, 1924 ~ June 26, 2017 (age 93)
Charles Beyers, age 93, of Salt Lake City, UT, peacefully passed away Monday morning, June 26, 2017. He was born February 10, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri to Charles Herbert Beyers, Sr. and Hester Leora Corley. He married Cecilia Maycock of Springville, UT on November 30, 1946. Their family was sealed for time and eternity in 1970 in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Charles, known to many as “Charlie,” was blessed with a unique friendly nature, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Although it cannot be verified, it has been said that upon his arrival into this earth life, perhaps instead of crying, he arrived with a smile on his face, extending his hand to congratulate the doctor for a job well done!
Charles displayed his passion for adventure in his early years, and at the age of 14 he logged enough hours to fly a biplane solo, and earned his pilot’s license...before he reached the legal age of 16!
Charles continued his life adventure to Pasadena, California, where he graduated with a degree in theatre from the Pasadena Playhouse, and where he also first met his beloved wife, Cecilia (Cissie). They continued their acting profession, as he and Cissie starred in a pilot program for TV called “My Dog Sheppe,” which played a role in establishing a TV series that many are familiar with called “Lassie.” To further nurture his family, Charles decided to place acting as a second career, and pursued a job in the custom-tailored clothing industry, with Utah Tailoring Mills in Ogden, UT. This new adventure took him to Arkansas, where he settled his family in Hot Springs, building a highly successful business, which lasted for over 60 years. While establishing this new career, he also stayed connected with theater, and played a major role with Cissie in the success of the Hot Springs Community Players.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charles also shared his warm and friendly nature, talents, and leadership through his devoted church service in many callings, including Branch President, Bishop, High Council, and Stake Presidency Counselor, as well as serving as a Temple Worker in the Dallas Temple and Salt Lake Temple for the Church.
After 63 years of marriage to his beloved Cecilia, she passed away in 2009. As fate would have it, and while serving with his friendly nature in the Salt Lake Temple, his "southern charm" caught the eye of Dorothy Neddo, of Holladay, UT. They married shortly thereafter, and blessed each other with love and companionship for over six years. During the twilight of his time on earth, Dorothy remained faithfully at his side, offering constant attention and care to Charles, as he prepared to go to his heavenly home.
Charles has left a legacy as a husband, father, grandfather, and true friend. At his passing, his friends have commented that he was a 'Giant of a Man' and, "The world needs more Charles Beyers' in it." To his family, he was, and is today, their Hero.
Charles is survived by his wife, Dorothy Neddo; two children: Shauna (Rex) Wheeler of Salt Lake City; Steve (Perriann) Beyers of Draper, UT; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, along with many extended family members.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
Humanitarian Services, c/o LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Ave., Provo, UT 84604, or online at www.lds.org/topics/humanitarian
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the LDS Ward Chapel located at 4395 South Albright Dr. in Holladay. Viewing will be held at 11:00 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville.