Charles H. "Charlie" Stamper

Charles H. "Charlie" Stamper, age 87, of Chandler, Arizona, a long time resident of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at his daughter's home in Chandler.  Mr. Stamper was born in Hindman, Kentucky on January 28, 1930, to Hiram and Martha Kelley Stamper.  Even as a young boy, Charlie loved music and learned to play fiddle by watching his dad play.  He joined the Army as a young man and was sent to the Korean War.  He was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, where he met his beloved wife, Akiko.  Together, he and Akiko raised four children - three girls and a boy.  Charlie was a good family man and provider; he worked nearly 40 years at Sears, Roebuck and Company.  Upon his retirement, he built a home on Lake Barkley in Cadiz, where his extended family and grandkids would come and visit; in fact, two of his grandkids - Lacey and Skylar - routinely spent their summers growing up with Grandpa and Grandma, fishing, water skiing, gardening, playing music, and racing around in the golf cart.  Charlie also loved a large garden and enjoyed working in it and watching it grow.  In his retirement years, he devoted himself to "old time" country fiddling, teaching a whole new generation of bluegrass fiddlers.  He also cut an album (with J.D. Wilkes) in his final years and was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, in which he was touted as a "Living Legend" Bluegrass Fiddler.

He is survived by: his wife of 67 years - Akiko Nishii Stamper, Chandler, Arizona; one son - Marvin Terry Stamper, Kuna, Idaho; two daughters - Carol Stamper, Chandler; and Patricia Stamper, Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren - Skylar, Lacey, Scott, John B., and Hayley; and one sister - Julianne Stamper Moore, Louisville, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by: his parents - Hiram and Martha Kelley Stamper; three brothers - Arthur, Matt, and Logan; two sisters - Mable and Sue; and one daughter - Jenette Stamper O'Brien.

Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home and Crematory, 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017.  The funeral service will be at Goodwin Funeral Home and Crematory at  2:00 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Burial with full military honors will be Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.   

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Dear Carol,Pat and Marvin, I am so sad for your loss,but you are all blessed to have Charles and Akiko for parents. They are both wonderful people and We will all miss Charles.I will miss the wonderful talks and visits we shared ..

Dear Carol, Kevin and Skylar and the Stamper Family, I am so saddened to learn about the lost of your dearest Father, Father-in-law and Grandpa. Rest assured that the Lord had taken him to a better place where there is no pain, sorrow or worry. "The Lord given and the Lord taketh away and may His name only be praised". I am with you all in this days of mourning. May the loving peace of God be with you all. God bless. Sai

My husband and I really loved charlie. He shared the gift of music with me and It blessed my heart. Thank you Akiko for sharing him with so many. We will miss him greatly Kathy (shellyrat) Croft

I spent many years taking fiddle lessons from Mr. Charlie at Jim's music shop and then later on at Mr. Charlie's home. Our favorite songs to play at the end of our sessions were the Tennessee Waltz and Over The Wave. He was a patient, kind and gentle soul....I couldn't have asked for a better teacher and friend. -Emily

We loved Mr Stamper, he taught my daughter, Nicole Hayek, violin, a few years ago. He was a gifted musician and a sweet soul. Always remember when Nicole was assigned to practice "BOIL THE CABBAGE DOWN", and she had never heard of it! With love, Rhonda and Nicole.
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