Charles Elmo Faires, Jr., 86, of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away on February 5, 2019.
Charles was born on October 10, 1932 in Victoria, Texas to Charles E. Faires and Venita (Duncan) Faires.
Charles grew up in Edinburg, Texas and graduated from Edinburg High School in 1950. He was called to join the Christian ministry and graduated from Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1954. He furthered his education with a post graduate degree from TCU’s Brite Divinity School in 1956. His lifetime of service to others began as pastor of the First Christian Church of Mineola, Texas in 1960 and then at Bethany Christian Church in Corpus Christi in 1964. With a move to Houston in 1964, Charles began his second career in the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. After retiring with 32 years of service, a move to New Mexico began his third career. While in his 70’s, he obtained his teacher certification and worked with Special Education students at Chavez Elementary and Capital High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as Bernalillo Middle School in Bernalillo, New Mexico.
Charles was an avid tennis player for many years and was an enthusiastic fan of high school football. In his later years, he became an advocate for Native American issues and attended many Powwows and gatherings with his grandson, Caden. He filled his final years with artistic pursuits, creating numerous works with a colorful, unique style that was all his own. With a profoundly kind and gentle soul, he was a steadfast example of love, compassion, and service to his children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Charles is survived by son Charles III of Philo, California, son Carey and wife Angela of New Braunfels, Texas, daughter Amber Faires and husband Glenn Dawson of Cedar Park, Texas, grandson Sean Faires of Austin, Texas, grandsons Jackson and Cameron Faires of New Braunfels, grandson Caden Faires and granddaughter Georgia Faires-Dawson of Cedar Park, brother Gene and wife Virginia of Euless, Texas, brother Darrell and wife Joy of Missouri, brother Jerry of New Mexico, brother Bob and wife Mickey of Clarksville, Tennessee, brother Don and wife Mary of Hendersonville, Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles is predeceased by his wife, Cathy Weldon Faires.
A Celebration of Life gathering was held on Saturday, February 9 at 11:00 am at Beck Funeral Home in Cedar Park, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the Native American charitable organizations: Association on American Indian Affairs (indian-affairs.org), Adopt-a-Native Elder (anelder.org), or American Indian College Fund (collegefund.org). Charlie would have considered that a worthwhile tribute.