Charles N. Prudames, vice president of sales for Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., died of cancer April 4, 2004, in Montgomery, AL. He was 64 years old.

Prudames started work at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. in 1984 as a regional manager following a successful career in field sales. In 1989, he was promoted to national sales manager, then a few years later to vice president of sales. Under his guidance, Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. experienced the longest and most prosperous sales and marketing growth in the company's history.

Prudames' warmth, leadership, and caring nature live on with his family and associates, and the employees and representatives who mourn his passing.

Prudames is survived by his wife, Wallene Prudames; his children, Tracey Prudames Horne and husband Blake, and Charles N. Prudames, Jr. and wife Ashley; and his granddaughter Katherine Brook Horne.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Charles N. Prudames' name to the American Cancer Society (by phone (800) ACS-2345). Acknowledgements may be sent to: The Prudames Family, 1024 Woodward Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106.