Hilton Head Island, S.C.
It is with a heavy heart
we announce the passing of Charli Jorden Bobinchuck, daughter of Bryan and Daisy Bobinchuck and a true child of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who left this earth on June 21, 2018, when she was struck by a car.
Charli is survived by her father, Bryan Bobinchuck, and her mother, Day "Daisy" (Barnes) Bobinchuck, (formerly of Cedar Rapids), both currently living in Hilton Head. She is also survived by her great-grandmother, Patricia Mehaffey; grandmother, Robin Mehaffey (Clark Rieke); grandfather, Robert Barnes (Carolyn); uncle, Mike Barnes (Tabby); and cousins, Ryer and Jewel Barnes, all of Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her great-great-grandmother, Elvira Barnes; great-great-grandmother, Pauline (Maca) Pendergast; great-grandfather, the Rev. Charles Mehaffey (whom she was named after); great-grandmother, Betty Williamson; grandmother, Barbara Lynn Williamson; and the many animals she came to care for, including her beloved dog, "Max," who was with her during her last moments.
Taken from us at just 11 years old, her light did not shine long, but while it did, it illuminated everyone around her. Hers is a spirit that touched every person she met, energizing them and inspiring them. She loved Hilton Head Island deeply and dearly, and found an endless fascination in learning about its wildlife and environment. Perhaps the only thing she loved more was passing on what she had learned and sharing her gifts with others.
Her love of animals led her to volunteer her time with Critter Management, assisting with housing and caring for creatures great and small and spending time around the animals she found so fascinating. She led regular animal education programs to give the community a better understanding of and minimize fear of wildlife on the island.
Since she first learned how to swim at just 1 year of age, she gravitated toward the water, and felt passionate that the local waterways be protected. She was constantly cleaning up what others had discarded and helping islanders see how vital it was to preserve our environment. Just weeks ago, on their last Father's Day boat ride on the May River, the plastic cap came off of a water bottle and she convinced the captain to turn the boat around so she could retrieve it. Such was her passion for the Lowcountry's delicate natural balance.
Beyond her passions and advocacy, she had a prodigious intellect that was celebrated through her school accomplishments. Wise beyond her years, Charli was reading at an 11th grade level by the fourth grade, she was enrolled in the Spanish dual language program, the highly competitive Gifted & Talented program, and was first-place winner of this past year's science fair.
The only thing more inspiring than her mind was her heart. She took special effort to befriend everyone around her, young and old alike. In her neighborhood, she was both big and little sister to a tight-knit group of children who became family thanks to her fierce friendship, loyalty and kindness. It was among these friends that she spent her last days on earth.
A celebration of life was held June 27 at Chaplin Community Park in Hilton Head with a walk and flower release event at the Folly beach afterward. This was an especially meaningful site to Charli and her family, as she grew up fishing and crabbing the inlet and playing in the Folly tidal pool and spent one of her last days there.
Charli grew to become a young lady full of life, hope and promise. The light she shines on all of us will continue to brighten the darkest corners of our grief.