Charles C. Couilliette

by | March 17, 2014 1:26 pm

PINEWOOD – Charles C. Coulliette, 90, husband of 53 years to Faye Elliott Coulliette, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 21, 1923, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late George H. Coulliette and Ethel Richburg Coulliette. Rather than play football at Clemson College, he joined the U.S. Navy after high school. “Cannonball” proudly served his country in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to his family farm to grow high-quality cotton, corn and soybeans.

The same determination Charles put into his crops made him a great sportsman known as “Reb.” Dove, quail and deer were sought with strategic measures that tired out many teenage boys. His nickname “Dead Eye” meant he did not miss a shot and you’d better not either. Since he was fishing the Santee swamp before Lake Marion was formed, he knew every part of the swamp landscape after it was flooded. He always came back with “a mess of fish” from his favorite fishing holes.

Mr. Charles’ and Miss Faye’s kitchen was a busy place, where they cooked the prize of whatever season it was along with any number of vegetables from their large garden. The generations of people who had the privilege of being a part of their lives all have stories to retell and mannerisms of “CC’s” to imitate for years to come, but “I tell you what’s the truth about it, there won’t be another CC.”

Survivors besides his wife of Pinewood include a sister, Mary Sue Blackwood of Corpus Christi, Texas; and several coveys of nieces, nephews and hunting buddies.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pisgah Church in Pinewood with the Rev. Robert Ward and D.L. Barwick officiating. Burial will follow in Elliott Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home in Sumter.

Memorials may be made to World Missions Ministries for Robert Daniel Murmu, missionary to India, Account No. 23000P, P.O. Box 12609 Oklahoma City, OK 73157; or to the Elliott Cemetery Fund, 2430 Tearcoat Road, Alcolu, SC 29001.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.

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