Charles Asher

Obituary of Charles Forrest Asher

Charles "Chuck" Forrest Asher, aged 50, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

To know Chuck was to live daily in the kindness, happiness, and joy he brought to others - friends, family, and strangers alike. So, Chuck would like you to remember him as a man who never met a stranger.

Chuck was born in Augusta, Georgia, to Jim and Norma Asher. He graduated from Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Georgia Southern University, where he studied nursing, but he saw an equal opportunity to nurture and care for others by pursuing a culinary career. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University with honors, Chuck embarked on a varied culinary career, from opening the 755 Club at Turner Field and Phillips Arena in Atlanta to prestigious positions at the Grand American Hotel in Salt Lake City and the Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana. More recently, Chuck was proud of his work improving the nutrition and quality of meals in K-12, university, and hospital settings, believing that everyone needs wholesome and delicious nourishment for learning and healing. In addition, Chuck was a remarkable teacher and public speaker, captivating his audience with his passion and humor. In his free time, when not spending time with friends and family, Chuck enjoyed writing poetry, drawing, interior design, dressing up, arranging flowers, and golfing, a hobby he picked up at a young age from his grandfather. In recent years, Chuck enjoyed playing golf at Pinehurst with his dear friends. He also loved to cook for holidays and special occasions for family and friends. Yet, despite a young family, and an engaging career, Chuck always found time to help others. He was kind, loving, hard-working, and generous.

Chuck is survived by his loving partner, Anne Buisson, who he met on eHarmony. His one-word dating profile of "Chef" was also the perfect match for her single-word profile, "Wine." Chuck is also survived by his best buddy and son with Anne, Ian (aka Wee Man); his parents, Jim and Norma Asher; his brother, Jim Asher III; uncles John Shamblee (Jackie), Ken Asher (Iris), Ben Asher (Sharon); aunts Peggy Asher, and Rae Cook (Bill); cousins Kimberly Shenk, Jason Asher, Matt Asher; niece, Taylor Asher; nephew Christopher Asher; Anne's parents, Bernard and Evelyne Buisson; Anne's sister, Aurelie Buisson (her husband Laurent Butaud and son Victor Butaud); and many other family members.

Chuck was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Mary Asher, and Forrest Guinn and Betty Shamblee.

Instead of flowers, donations in Chuck's name to Camp Luck in Charlotte, which provides a healthy and worry-free camping experience for children with heart disease, or to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, are preferred.

Chuck's family will receive friends from 12:30 pm to 2 pm on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203. A celebration of his life service will be held a 2 pm in the funeral home chapel. There would be a reception to follow. While Chef's whites are strongly encouraged for many attendees, the family asks that mourning black remains at home. This is, as Chuck would have wanted it, a celebration of his life.

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