Charles Bryant Harris of Pearsall, Texas passed from this life to the next at the age of 94 on August 11, 2023. "Charlie", to his friends and family, resided on his ranch near Moore, Texas.
Charlie was born on August 23, 1928, on the family farm in Waelder,Texas to Carl and Myrtle Harris. Charlie is preceded in death by his Parents... Carl and Myrtle Harris, Sisters... Sybil Teague and Lee Akers and Brother... Carl Harris.
Charlie is survived by Wife... Martha Vaughan Harris, Sons... Bill Harris, Ricky Harris (Mary) and Daughter... Julie Harris Crowsey (Chuck), Grandchildren... Chris Harris (Christie), Jason Harris, Matt Harris (Melanie), Jennifer Harris, Jaclyn Crowsey Lozano (David), Kelly Crowsey Vanderlaan (Nick), eight great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, Sisters.... Joann Barnhart and Juanita Blundell, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie grew up on the family farm and freely shared fond stories of planting and harvesting crops, feeding cattle, hogs and chicken. Trading and training horses... hunting, fishing and trapping all kinds of wildlife. Charlie graduated from Gonzales High School in 1946.
Charlie was hired by Petty Geology in 1947 operating a drilling rig for seismic exploration. This job brought Charlie to Pearsall in 1948 where he would meet his soon to be wife, Martha, who worked part time at the local bakery. They started dating in 1949 and were married that Christmas Eve in this very church! Charlie and Martha traveled across the south as part of the seismic crew.
Charlie went to work for TXDOT in 1954 and worked on the design, construction and maintenance of IH-35 from San Antonio to Laredo. While raising his family in Pearsall, Charlie served his community as a volunteer fire fighter, Boy Scout troupe leader and faithful member of First Methodist Church of Pearsall.
Charlie retired from TXDOT in 1984 and immediately went to work as an estimator for different highway contractors working in South Texas. In retirement Charlie was able to focus his attention on his two favorite past times... ranching and raising whitetail deer. Charlie loved his dogs and was a gifted trainer of cattle dogs and deer tracking dogs. His favorite being his beloved and faithful Border Collie Dolly.
Charlie could do pretty much anything he set his mind to.... Building homes, furniture, cabinets, rustic picture frames and custom rifle stocks. But his talents were not limited to wood.... Charlie was able to handle most electrical issues, he was a licensed gunsmith, an avid reloader of ammunition for shotguns, rifles and pistols, a fixer of automobiles and collector of arrowheads.
A celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023, 10:00 am at First Methodist Church, Pearsall, Texas with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be made payable to First Methodist Church, Pearsall, Texas.
2nd Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.