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Charles Linwood Tomlin was accomplished guitarist

Friday, February 28, 2014 | 9:13 p.m. CST; updated 9:46 p.m. CST, Friday, February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — Charles Linwood Tomlin of Traverse City, Mich., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, after complications following surgery. He was 60.

He was a professional musician, teaching himself to play guitar during high school and playing professionally after graduation.

He graduated from University City High School in Missouri. In the early 1980s, he attended MU, where he took all the guitar and music composition courses he could. Before graduating, he went to Boston to play in a band. He also taught in a private school and set up a studio there, married and had two children.

In the early 1990s, he moved to Traverse City. He established a studio and music store and earned his bachelor's degree.

He was owner and teacher at The Music Factory music studio and director of guitar studies at Northwestern Michigan College. 

He had many friends in the music community and elsewhere across the nation. His three great loves in life were his children, his music, and his dog, Petey.

He is survived by his son, Dan, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; his daughter, Rachel, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his parents, H.B. "Tommy" and Anne Tomlin, of Columbia; a brother, Joe Scott, of Ketchum, Idaho; and a sister, Deborah Scott, of Columbia.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., followed by a reception.

Contributions may be made to a local humane society.


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