Charles T. Louder was born on May 25, 1930, in Snyder, the youngest of four children of Jess and Era Coker Louder. He moved to Lubbock as a child and graduated from Lubbock High School.
Louder attended Texas Tech but left college to join the U.S. Air Force after the outbreak of the Korean War. After finishing his military service, he returned to Lubbock and finished his studies at Texas Tech, graduating in 1955, with a degree in business. He worked for Hemphill-Wells department store while attending Texas Tech.
Louder married Mary Louise Fenton on March 2, 1956, in Lubbock. He and Mary moved to the Petty community in northern Lynn County, where he began working as a cotton farmer and where they raised their family.
Louder purchased Fenton Bros. Gin in 1973, and operated Louder Gin Co. in Tahoka until his retirement from ginning and farming in 1993. Charles and Mary were able to travel extensively, and they were active supporters of Texas Tech athletics. They moved to Lubbock in 2003 and became part of the Carillon community in 2013.
Louder was a past member of the New Home ISD School Board, serving from 1964 to 1973, and also served for four years on the Lynn County Hospital District Board of Directors. He was a past president of the Tahoka Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Tahoka First National Bank Board of Directors for 34 years. He was also a member of the Tahoka Rotary Club.
Louder was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill Louder; two sisters, Katie Koontz and Flora Jane “Pody” Short; and two nephews, Steve Louder and Donnie Short.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Louise Fenton Louder; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Jeff Tinnell of Lubbock; his son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Lisa Louder of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Kristi Louder and Kevin Louder of Dallas, and Lindsey Lee and her husband, David of Odessa; and three great-grandchildren, Dasia, David and Danielle Lee.
Charles Travis Louder, 87, of Lubbock passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, with his family at his side, leaving his legacy as a businessman, family leader, community leader, and humorous storyteller.
The family suggests memorials to the Carillon Foundation, 1717 Norfolk Ave., Lubbock, 79416, or to Lubbock Meals on Wheels, 2301 34th St., Lubbock, 79411, or to a favorite charity.