Family and friends remember Buckhead businessman Charlie Loudermilk – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA – Along Peachtree Road in the middle of Buckhead there is a statue of the man who helped make Buckhead.

“Lots of surprises, but always fun. But having fun meant working,” said daughter Lisa Loudermilk of Golian.

His kids will tell you that no one worked harder than Charlie Loudermilk.

The self-made millionaire started with nothing.

Loudermilk was the founder of the giant Aaron’s furniture and electronics rental chain.

He died last month at the age of 95.


“I think Charlie Loudermilk was the personification of The Atlanta Way,” former Channel 2 anchor John Pruitt said.

Pruitt described it as a consensus. It was never more powerful than in the early 1980s, when businessman Buckhead supported civil rights leader Andrew Young for mayor of Atlanta.

“Here is a man who loved life and loved people,” Young said.

The former mayor and U.S. ambassador delivered the eulogy at Loudermilk’s memorial service on Thursday, celebrating his life and legacy.

His kids say it’s actually easy to sum up.

“Just do the right thing. That’s the main thing he taught us in business and in life. Do the right thing. Be honest and do the right thing,” said his son Robin Loudermilk.


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