chwash.jpgCharles Henry Washington
March 21, 1938 – November 2, 2007

Charles Henry Washington, 69, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at the Veteran’s Administration in San Antonio. Visitation will begin with a wake service from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 9 at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, located at 333 Martin Luther King Dr. Funeral service are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, November 10 at the church. Interment will be on Sunday, November 11 at Riverside Cemetery in Hearne.

Charles was born March 21, 1938, in Hearne to General and Dorothy Ballard Washington. He received his early education within the Hearne school system and graduated from Blackshear High School in 1956.

He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Texas in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, where his principal instrument was the euphonium. He also attended the Naval School of Music.

Charles excelled as a professional jazz musician and vocalists and was beginning to make a name in the music industry when, during his service in the military, he met and married Mary Turner of Huntsville, Ala. They were blessed with four children: Nina Shirl, Laynette Caprice, Felicia Yudette and Tishauna Marcheryl, or as he affectionately called them, daughters one, two, three and four. The opportunity to be a father proved to be one his greatest loves. There was no opportunity he squandered to share with anyone he met of the accomplishments and love he held for his girls.

He was a band director and math instructor in the San Antonio Independent School District for more than 25 years. He worked at Dunbar Middle School, and retired from his position at Jefferson Davis Middle School in the early 80s.

It was then that Charles entered a third career in insurance sales, where he enjoyed a great measure of success and opened the Washington Insurance Agency. In 1972, he opened the Washington Music Studio on Crockett and Mittman. For more than 35 years, he taught music privately to generations of families in the San Antonio community.

Charles always found joy in offering his talents as a vocalists and musician in the church. He was often asked to sing for musicals and special programs. For many years, he was able to offer his gift of song to many audiences. His smooth baritone voice touched the hearts of so very many people.

With all of the wisdom God afforded him, he prayed without ceasing for his family and for his ability to be a competent and loving leader of his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, daddy, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. He lived as he spoke, and was willing to give whatever he had to anyone who needed help.

Charles will be sorely missed by his family, and remembered fondly for his exceptional musical talents.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Willie Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Mable; six children, Nina Smith, Laynette Collins, Felicia Washington, Tishauna Washington, Maria Johnson and husband, Alvin, and Warren Rutledge and wife, Jana; two god-daughters, Loretta Lee, and husband, Wyatt, and April Borrero and husband, Jose; their children, Romero Logan and Jasmine Johnson; six grandchildren, Marilyn and Darryl Smith II, Kala Price, Monica and Nicholas Johnson and Marlee Rutledge; and one great-granddaughter, Nalani Martinez; and many relatives who love him dearly.

Arrangements are entrusted to All Families Mortuary, 109 Alamo St., 979-280-5565, “Service with pride, respect and dignity.”

Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle.