MEMPHIS, Tenn — Funeral services have been announced for beloved Memphis pharmacist Dr. Charles A. Champion.
Dr. Champion will lie in repose Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. at 538 Martin Luther King Blvd. The Homegoing celebration is set for Monday, Jan. 30, at Mt. Olive Cathedral at noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Mt. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. or the Champion Family Foundation P.O. Box 16136, Memphis, TN, 38186.
Champion’s Pharmacy, which he ran for more than 40 years, announced Dr. Champion’s death Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. Champion was the first Black Pharmacist to work at a Memphis hospital and leaves a legacy of more than 60 years serving the Memphis community.
In February 2022 the doctor was honored as he received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award. He then celebrated his 92nd birthday in August.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland honored Champion's accomplishments in 2019 when a key to the city was presented to the doctor. On Saturday, Strickland paid his respects saying "I was saddened to hear about the death of Dr. Charles Champion. He was a true champion."