Charles was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Feb. 13, 1947 to Charles and Maxine Holder. His family moved to Indiana to find work before he started school. When Charles was in the 6th grade his family returned to Arkansas where his father ran for and was elected sheriff of Pike County Arkansas. Charles graduated from Murfreesboro High School in 1965 and entered college that fall at Henderson State University. A few weeks after beginning the 2nd year of college and with the war in Viet Nam going badly, he dropped out of college and enlisted in the United States Air Force.
After completing basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, He was given a direct duty assignment to the Accounting and Finance Office at Fairchild AFB, Spokane, WA. Charles remained in that career field over the next 10 years with assignments to Clark AB, Philippine Islands, Bolling AFB, Washington DC and Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC. In 1975 he was received an assignment to the Air Force Audit Agency at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. His last assignment as a non-commissioned officer was as Chief of Funds Control, Non-appropriated Funds, Division of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Osan AB, South Korea.
Charles entered the Air Force with 30 semester hours of college and throughout his Air Force career he continued taking college credits at every place he was stationed until he got enough credits to apply for the "Operation Bootstrap" program. While finishing his last semester he applied for and was accepted into the Officer Training School located at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. Charles received his B.A.A.S. degree in Business Administration from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX in December 1979 and began Officers' Training School in January 1980. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force on April 1, 1980 and attended the Accounting and Finance Officer Course at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX before being assigned to RAF Alconbury, England as the Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer in July 1980.
In August 1983 Lt Holder began his last assignment with the Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, Fairborn, OH in the Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC). As a Program Analyst he directed the business management of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Grant Aid programs with the governments of Jordan, South Korea, Malaysia, Tunisia and Turkey.
Lt. Holder retired after 20 years of service with the United States Air Force in May 1987. He began his 2nd 20 year career with the government in 1989 by working for the Internal Revenue Service in Nashville, TN, first as a tax law specialist and then as a collection representative. He retired from this position in May 2010. He began working as the Veteran Service Officer for Cannon County in June of 2016. He and his wife Myrna celebrated 50 yrs of marriage on December 14, 2016. They have three children and five grandsons all living the Murfreesboro, TN area.