Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man.
And a prepared man.
So it didn’t surprise those who knew him that he had instructions — a computer file called “Charleston Hartfield’s Memorial Service” — that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death. Nobody should wear black. There should be Johnny Cash and Nina Simone played at the service. Don’t exaggerate his accomplishments.
At Hartfield’s funeral Friday. Pastor Jud Wilhite read aloud from the file, which addressed Hartfield’s wife: “Veronica, if you're reading this, then I have been called home.”
But Wilhite later went on: “I would like everyone to enjoy themselves. And...