Charles Walls was the son Levina "Vine" (England) Walls and stepson of James Aaron Walls.Charles was born in February of 1881. The identity of his biological father is unknown. In 1900, Charles was living with his mother and stepfather outside of Ash Grove, Missouri, and working as a day laborer. No death date is known for Charles (Russel 2012).
Grave Marker: The grave marker for Charles Walls is a flat concrete monument about 18 x 10 x 2 inches in size. "CHAS" is inscribed on the upward facing side of the marker. This marker is almost certainly homemade, given the widespread domestic use of cement technology by ca. 1900 and the non-uniform nature of the inscribed letters. The uniform size and composition of the concrete markers for Charles, Joe, Bob, Baby, and Presley Walls may indicate that they were made and set at the same time, after all five of these individuals had died.
Overhead view of marker
South end of marker
Berry Family, Ash Grove, MO; Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum; Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University