Charles Hulon Windham Jr.
Charles Hulon (Charley) Windham Jr., 87, died peacefully October 7. Charley was a native of Mize, and the son of C. Hulon Windham Sr. and Ruby M. Windham. He attended Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Southern Mississippi. He later graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.
He was a retired vice president and fund manager at Trustmark National Bank, serving there for 35 years. Charley was especially proud to have been the manager of the first stock mutual fund based in Mississippi. The fund had been ranked as one of the top funds in the country several times by various national rating entities.
Charley was active in many cultural and social activities in his community, including serving as a past member of the Board of Trustees of Laurel Speech, Language and Hearing Center; a past member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Trust School; a past member of the Board of Directors of The Hundred Club of Jones County; a past president of the Laurel Rotary Club (a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow); a past member of the Mississippi Society of Financial Analysts; past Chairman of the Trust Division of the Mississippi Bankers Association; a member of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Advisory Council; the Laurel Country Club; and the Laurel Little Theatre. Charley attended First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel.
Since his retirement, he continued to maintain his office at Trustmark National Bank and worked for a family trust. He also continued his participation and interest in his two hobbies, tennis and his two grandsons.
Charley’s survivors are his wife, Elizabeth (Bunny) Bissell Rogers Windham; daughter Elizabeth Murray Windham of Laurel; daughter Melissa Windham Hutchison and her husband Robert Hutchison of Jackson; grandsons Charley Hutchison (a freshman at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.) and Forrest Hutchison (a sophomore at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School), both of Jackson; brothers Dr. M. Ray Windham of Palm Desert, Calif., and Jimmy Dale Windham of Jackson; and several nieces.
Visitation will be at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel at 3 p.m. October 18 with the service following at 4 p.m. After the service, friends and family are invited to a reception celebrating Charley’s life at the Rogers-Green House, 566 N. Fifth Ave. in Laurel.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, 565 N. Fifth Avenue, Laurel, MS 39440 or lrma.org.