Dianne Pope, Tiny’s mother, took time to speak with Sister 2 Sister about the “gentleman” she loved dearly.
“He was a sweet, gentle man…gentleman. He wore a suit every day of his life. Every day,” Dianne shared. “Anybody could have came in this house and he was sitting there watching TV; he would have a suit on.”
Charles was 76 when he passed away in their Atlanta home. He was one of the founders of the Atlanta group The Tams. In 2009,he stopped performing with the group due to the progression of Alzheimer’s.
“He wasn’t forgetting the words to his songs. He was just forgetting to hold the mic up to his mouth but he was still singing!” Dianne told S2S.
The family hopes to continue to raise money for the foundation they started in Charles’ honor: For The Love of Our Fathers. There are plans to hold a benefit fundraiser in the near future.
Dianne said she hopes people will learn to give. She also hopes that caregivers will show patience to those suffering from Alzheimer’s, like her husband.
“Anybody who has anybody that has Alzheimer’s, you need to be patient with them because they don’t know. They don’t know what they’re doing,” Dianne said.
To make a donation to the For The Love of Our Fathers foundation visit fortheloveofourfathers.org