- NW Foundation
By Natalie Ehrhardt, Communications Specialist
The Tim Charlton Industrial Maintenance Technology Annual Scholarship has been lovingly established at Northwest Mississippi Community College by Charlton’s wife, Carey Charlton, following his passing in January, 2022 at the age of 43.
Tim Charlton was born and raised in West Memphis, Arkansas. He was a graduate of Marion High School, where his future wife also attended. After joining the U.S. Army in 2001, he spent time in Germany and Korea, and was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2007.
Though they went to school together and grew up down the street from one another, Charlton and his wife did not begin dating until they were in their 30s. The couple married in 2012 and celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary in September, 2021. They made their home in the Memphis area, with Carey Charlton working as a respiratory therapist and Tim Charlton enjoying his work in industrial maintenance technology at Southwark Metal.
In 2019, the couple moved to Omaha, Nebraska, as Tim Charlton took on a promotion to maintenance manager with Southwark Metal’s Fremont, Nebraska, location. Passionate about the industrial maintenance technology field, he took pride in what he did and tried his best to help those around him.
“Tim never considered himself a teacher, but he did take a lot of pride in coaching his coworkers and crew members on how things needed to run,” his wife said. “He took people under his wing when they needed it.”
Charlton took an evening course at Northwest, but largely gained his career knowledge while serving in the Army. After his passing, Carey Charlton made the decision to create an annual scholarship in her husband’s memory, which will be awarded to a Northwest student in the Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology program.
“I want to help drive more people into this field; people who may be mechanically inclined and just need to finetune their abilities,” she said. “I also want to memorialize him in a way that helps impact this industry that he really enjoyed being in.”