Loudermilk, Charles

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Charlie Loudermilk got his business start in the late 1930s as a 10-year old entrepreneur selling one of Atlanta's most famous products. He and a buddy walked and took street cars from their blue-collar neighborhood on off Howell Mill Road to Buckhead, where they would sell bottled Coca-Colas to people going to movies in what is now the Buckhead Theatre.

In 2008, Loudermilk, the founder of Atlanta based Aaron's furniture and electronics rental, brought his life full circle by stroking a seven-figure check to refurbish the rundown former movie palace into a community entertainment venue.

Robert Charles Loudermilk Sr., 95, who helped shape late 20th and early 21st century Atlanta through his businesses and his philanthropy funded by those successes, died Tuesday from the effects of a stroke, his son Robert C. "Robin" Loudermilk said.

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