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“We will miss Charlie greatly. He was indeed a friend of many and a Premier citizen of Battle Creek. The list extends from the youngest to the most...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: John Girardot - Ann Arbor, MI

“To Susan and the Dinkins family. Just found out about Charlies death on 10/18/21 Sorry to miss his memorial service. We live out of state. I have...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: thomas gothard - Mishawaka, IN

“An exceptional gentleman. He'll be remembered with great respect. RIP Mr Dinkins ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Eddy - BC, MI - Acquaintance

“Our heart goes out to all of you....sending prays to good neighborsand the best lawn on the street! ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Juanita ,Gary and Amy Pinkel - MI

“Sue, Chris, Todd and family - I'm so very sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. I've known Charlie for 30 years and whenever I would see him at the...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Schulz - Battle Creek, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear that Charlie has passed. He was a great man & will surely be missed! Thoughts & prayers to Sue & family! Didn't know he was from...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Carol West - Covington, KY

“So sorry to hear about Charlie. We did not know until we saw it in the Shopper or we certainly would have been present for services. He was a fine...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Ann & Tom Johnson - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“My sincere condolences to the Dinkins' family. Charlie was such a nice person! I've known Charlie since high school, he was two years ahead of me. It...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Kerner - Battle Creek, MI

“I have so many fond memories of Charlie. He was such a FUN and kind person. He always greeted you with a smile and made you feel like family. His...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Alicia Davis - Battle Creek, MI

“About 25 years ago as a school teacher in Homer and a daughter off to college, I had just started playing golf and needed a summer job! I happened to...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Margaret Michael - Friend

“Oh, Sue, I am so sorry to hear this. You are in our prayers and thoughts. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Ginger and Kenny Kamps - MI

“We're so sorry to hear of this loss - a loss for the Dinkins family and the Battle Creek community. Always a gentleman and always willing to help in...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Ken Tsuchiyama - Nashville, TN

“I’ve know Charlie for over 3 decades. He hired me as a member of his summer crew at the golf course for two summers. Charlie made an impact on...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Cobb - Friend

“I’ve know Charlie for over 3 decades. He hired me as a member of his summer crew at the golf course for two summers. Charlie made an impact on...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Sue, sending caring and loving prayers to yo and all of your family. Understanding this is always so hard. Please know I understand and stand with...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Sue Stiles - Howell, MI - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear of Charlie's battle with colon cancer. I ran into his daughter at a recent mutual friend's retirement party. She recognized...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Beard-Noakes - Marshall, MI

“I was so sorry to hear of Charlie's battle with colon cancer. I ran into his daughter at a recent mutual friend's retirement party. She recognized...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Beard-Noakes - Marshall

“So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing and my condolences to the entire family but special sympathies to Sue. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. It...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer McCaughna - Battle Creek, MI

“Rick and I are so very sorry to hear about Charlie's passing. We thought the world of him and so cherished his friendship and wonderful sense of...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Darlene Wells - Englewood, FL

“We are so saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. He was a customer of ours at BC Landscape Service and was the sweetest man. We all loved to see...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Angie Parsons - Battle Creek, MI


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Charles A. "Charlie" Dinkins, 78, of Battle Creek, died October 8, 2021. Charlie was born April 27, 1943 in Dayton, TN to Robert and Rosabelle (Brady) Dinkins. Charlie studied turf management at Michigan State University and was the superintendent/course manager at Binder Park Golf Course for 36 years, retiring in 2000.

Charlie married the former Susan Johnson on October 19, 1968, who survives. Charlie is also survived by his daughter, Christina (Todd) Johnson; four grandchildren, Lexi (Alex) Shelton, Trevor Johnson, Kendall Latshaw and Alex Johnson; a sister, Sharon Dinkins, and a brother, Bill Dinkins. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Bobby Dinkins.

Charlie enjoyed golfing, traveling with his wife, reading about the Civil War and the Wild West, watching Georgia Bulldog football, and making ice cream runs in his 1963 Falcon convertible. To Charlie, family meant everything. He never missed an event or game for his grandchildren. His second family were the people at Binder Park Golf Course, both coworkers and golfers alike. He was proud of his role in the construction to expand the course from 18 to 27-holes, and in starting "Charlie's League" on Tuesday nights so many years ago.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Parish Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Charlie's life will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 14 at St. Philip Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or The Haven of Rest Ministries. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.