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Charles Frederick Greenwell

November 24, 1969 ~ January 25, 2021 (age 51)


Charles Frederick "Chuck" Greenwell, 51, native of Terre Haute and current resident of Danville, was called to finish his earthly journey after checking deep sea fishing off his bucket list on Monday, January 25, 2021, due to sudden heart complications while vacationing in St Lucia with love and princess, Terry Sampson. The son of Vera (Skelton) and Charles Wayne Greenwell, he was born in Terre Haute, on November 24, 1969. 

Authentic and sure to his own self, Its guts love and glory, one mortal’s chance at fame. His legacy is rodeo and cowboy is his name.  This is the life story of a showman, a man among men, he was loud, proud and present.  What you see was what you got and he claimed that superglue and duct tape could fix just about anything.  He wore rings on his fingers and many hats on his head. Chrome was not just a decoration but a necessity for sure; even if it meant drilling into the side of a new pick up and installing it himself.   A DIY youtuber and western movie fanatic, he was helpful and handy. Chuck genuinely carried compassion for most people and all animals. Offering a hand to many, he was always thinking of others and when given the chance he fed the animals. With pure intentions, he was social by nature and a nurturer by choice. A tough yet fair mentality, he could talk to anyone and was prepared with a story or impression to make others laugh. Making a promise to his mother to stand in his father’s absence, Chuck took on a big role at ten years old and was the man of the house; naming his little brother Matthew, he was his mother’s keeper and more like a second father to his brother.

Chuck went to North Terre Haute High School with the class of ’88 at the first opportunity he hit the road and went into trucking.  Driving a semi from coast to coast, Chuck was a diligent provider for his two sons and with total custody, he did what he could to be a great dad. In addition, he did floor maintenance, owned a pool hall and laundry known as Millennial Sports, had his DJ/Karaoke business and was even a bartender. Pristine and proud, he was confident and comfortable.  Following in his father’s bootsteps, cowboy was not just a style it was a way of life and helped to shape and define him into the man that he was. A rarity within his own gender and man of great stature, it was quite the sight to see him walk his little dogs, “Itty Bitty” and a peek-a-poo called, Pat. He shared a special bond with Kitler, a cat that looked like it had a mustache and acted like a dog.   A man of his word and the life of the party, he had a way with people and was one to not know a stranger.

Having a sense of respect and a unique understanding for women, it wasn’t until the second marriage that his luck panned out.   United in marriage with Sarah “Suzie” Davis, Chuck was blessed to share a decade of memories before her passing.   Lost and in mourning while in the hospital, he met a woman named Terry who also was losing her husband.  Grieving together, the two established a friendship that turned into a companionship and they were two of a kind.  Caring for both of Terry’s parents as if they were his own, he placed her on a pedestal, made her his princess and taught her what it felt like to be treated like gold.  It was unconditional love for family, friends and leisure that made his wheels spin.  The one to take the shot and throw up a toast, he loved to sing karaoke and listen to old country.  In addition to his desire to travel to warm places and be close to the ocean, he loved being a Papaw and he liked to take the kids camping, growing softer with the birth of each one. He also liked to craft model cars, boats, work puzzles, jump on the Harley for impromptu rides. Chuck was a good time Charlie and an all-around gentlemen’s jack.   Sharing many great memories and laughs, his absence leaves a void in the hearts of many and his name will continue in the colorful legacy that he packed into the last 51 years. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah “Suzie” (Davis) Greenwell; father, Charles Wayne Greenwell, grandmother, Harryette Skelton; grandfather, Fred Greenwell; and his beloved cousin who was more like a brother, Bob Shreve.
Survivors include his loving mother, Vera (Skelton) Greenwell of Terre Haute; fiancé and soulmate, Terry Sampson of Avon; sons, Justin Greenwell (Tabatha) of Brazil and Johnathan Greenwell (Marilyn) of Avon; adored grandchildren, Madison, Abigail, Jacob, Olivia, Tristan,  Nikkiera, Olivia and Payton; younger brother, Matthew Greenwell of Terre Haute; nephew, Bryce Greenwell. 

Funeral & Cremation Arrangements were entrusted to Light Memorial & Funeral Chapel in Monrovia and will be held in Terre Haute at DeBaun Funeral Homes & Crematory, 85 E. Springhill Drive. Friends and family are invited to pay respects on Monday, February 8, 2021, with calling held prior to services at 5:00 p.m. until the Celebration of Life Service begins promptly at 7:00p.m.  Pastor Larry Lilly will officiate the services and cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a local animal rescue or humane society in memory of Chuck and his love for all animals. To share a favorite story, send an online condolence to the family or light a candle in his memory, please visit

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