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Charles Houston was born on March 22, 1926 in Austin, Texas to Oliver and Rosie Houston. There were four boys born to this union. His brothers were, Earlie, Leroy and Joseph. All preceded him in death.
On June 25, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife of seventy one years and his family, Charles was called home to be with his Heavenly Father.
Charles attended the Old Anderson High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954, and was honorably discharged as a corporal. He served most of his tour in Germany. After a twenty-four year career with the Texas Education Agency, Charles retired.
Charles accepted Christ into his life at an early age, uniting with The Friendly Will Baptist Church. Charles was a loyal and faithful member until his health failed. He served in several ministries: President of the deacon board, finance committee, the male chorus and church maintenance.
On October 14, 1948, Charles wed Fernell Bonner. No children were born to this union. They were married seventy-one years. He was a devoted, faithful and loyal husband. Charles and Fernell were inseparable soulmates.
Mr. Houston was a multi-talented man who enjoyed many hobbies and activities. He was an avid gardener, a long distance walker, a voracious reader, and a wonderful handyman who could repair or fix anything in his path. “Charlie” had a green thumb; he created an oasis in his backyard where he planted and grew vegetables, fruit trees and gorgeous crape myrtles. He was a passionate fisherman who looked forward to every opportunity to get together with his fishing buddy, Earl.
Charles is survived by his loving and devoted wife and partner, Fernell Bonner Houston. He is also survived by his two goddaughters, Nancy Howard and Linda Dawson, nieces, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.
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