Charlie Loudermilk

Charlie Loudermilk, founder of the Buckhead Coalition and Buckhead-based Aaron’s Inc. and the man many refer to as “Mister Buckhead,” suffered a heart attack Jan. 3 and is being treated at Piedmont Hospital, according to his son.

Robin Loudermilk said his 84-year-old father suffered the heart attack as he was walking through the Buckhead Theatre, which he owns and has spent millions of dollars renovating over the past few years. The son, CEO and president of Aaron’s Inc., said his father had been taken off a ventilator the afternoon of Jan. 5 and was “making progress.” It was the elder Loudermilk’s first heart attack. “it was minor as far as heart attacks go,” his son said.

He added that the doctors have said “there apparently was no serious damage and they do expect pretty much a full recovery.”

Robin said he is pretty sure his father will miss seeing Travis Tritt at the Buckhead Theatre  Jan. 29, “But knowing my father, he will find a way to sit up in the balcony for the performance,” he said.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.