Mobile Press-Register Tuesday, January 24, 1967: Headline reads: "Wreck Kills Charles Trimmier Ex-Mayor of Mobile Rams Into Overpass At Spanish Fort by Harry McDonnell and Buddy Smith
Former Mobile Mayor Charles S. Trimmier, 48, was killed Monday afternoon when his auto crashed into a concrete pillar of the U.S. Highway 90-31 overpass on U.S. Highway 98 at the foot of Spanish Fort Hill in Baldwin County....
...An official of Union Electric Company, with which Trimmier had been associated with since last June as vice president in charge of sales, said the ex-mayor was returning to Mobile after visiting a relative in a Fairhope hospital when the accident occurred.
Trimmier was elected to the Mobile City Commission in 1961 for a four-year term and during that time served two years as mayor.He ran for re-election in 1965, but was defeated.While serving on the City Commission he ran for the Democratic nomination for congressman from the First Alabama District, but was not successful.
Trimmier, in his initial bid for political office, was elected as a member of the Mobile County legislative delegation in 1958, serving in the Alabama House of Representatives until his election as city commissioner.
He was active in the civic, religious and fraternal life of Mobile and Baldwin County, where he resided prior to establishing residence in Mobile.He also maintained a summer residence in Baldwin County at Montrose.
Trimmier's survivors include his widow, the former Lucille E. Anderson, and five children, ranging in age from 12 to 27.The family residence is at 1832 Dauphin Street.
Funeral arrangements, in charge of Radney Funeral Home, were incomplete Monday night and will be announced today.
Trimmier was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 1918, son of Buford and Elma Bloss Trimmier, both now decreased.His early education was in the public schools of Chicago.He was a graduate of Aurora College, Aurora, Ill and did graduate work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, after serving as Y.M.C.A. secretary in Springfield, Ill. and on the business staff of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
He came to Alabama in 1948 to serve as a minister at the Fairhope Christian Church.He was named Fairhope's outstanding citizen in 1952.He served for a time as a captain in the Chaplain Corps of the 200th Infantry (Alabama Army National Guard) during the Korean conflict.Upon his return to Mobile, he established the Mobile Men's Meditation, a non-sectarian service conducted at a local theatre.
Trimmier was cited by the Veterans of Foreign Wars "for meritorious service" to the City of Mobile in 1953.
He was president of the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1954 and later served as state Jaycee president.
The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce presented him with a distinguished service award in 1955 for his record of service as state president of the organization.
The Mobile DeMolays gave him its 1955 "Top Hat" award for service to Mobile youth and he was chosen to represent Alabama at the Ninth World Congress of the International Chamber of Commerce.
He had a long record of community service elswhere: Chairman of the Seventh War Loan Drive in Springfield, Ill., Chairman of the Highland Community Center Board, Chairman of the Springfield March of Dimes, Chairman of the Holland Relief Fund in Mobile, Chairman of the Central Baldwin Red Cross Campaign 1952, Chairman of the 1953 Clothes for Korea campaign, chairman of the Junior Speakers Bureau for the 1953 Community Chest campaign, Chairman of the 1952-53 Mobile County Red Cross Blood Donor program.
He also served as an advisory board member of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra; a member of the Mobile Community Chest Cabinet, a member of the Mobile City Hospital Evaluation Committee and a member of the Mobile Tax Advisory Committee.
Trimmier also served three terms as state chaplain for the Alabama Department of the American Legion. He was a director and officer of the Kiwanis Club of the Eastern Shore from 1948 to 1952 and served as a director of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce in 1953-54.
He was active in the affairs of Abba Temple Shrine in Mobile, serving as its potentate several years ago."
(Mobile Press Register editorial 25 January 1967)
"Charles S. Trimmier: Mobile has been shocked by the traffic accident death of Charles S. Trimmier, whose career in public and private life established his name as a household word in the community. He died at the wheel when his automobile wrecked at the east end of the Mobile Bay Causeway early Monday afternoon.
Before entering politics, in which he became an energetic and colorful figure if often controversial figure, he made his name familiar to Mobilians as director of a religious program known as Mobile Men's Meditation.
First as a member of the House in the Alabama Legislature and then as mayor-commissioner of Mobile, Mr. Trimmier was almost constantly in the news in recent years until his defeat as a candidate for re-election in the 1965 City Commission race.
In instances, and these were numerous, when many of his constiuents disagreed with him on issues, he usually reacted in the spirit of an old pro, even when unyielding in his position.
But whether his stand was popular or unpopular, as measured by what seemed to be majority public sentiment, Charles S. Trimmier made news with notable consistency in public life and derived obvious pleasure from it.
Mobile will remember him as one of its widely known citizens who demonstrated exceptional energy in whatever pursuit he was engaged."