Transitions - Charles Thomas Gunn, February 5, 1933 -- April 15, 2011
Charles Thomas Gunn, 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed from this life on Friday, April 15 at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the result of a fall related to Parkinson's Disease.
Charles was born February 5, 1933 in Mexia, Texas, to Claude Thomas and Norene (Fife) Gunn. He moved to Arlington, Texas in 1953 where he was employed at the General Motors Assembly Plant.
On July 12, 1957 he married the love of his life, Patsy. He and his family resided in Bedford, Texas, for 33 years where he served the community as a reserve police officer and as assistant chief of the Bedford Fire Department from 1972 to 1985.
He was a member of Hurst Masonic Lodge 1387, a charter member of the Scottish Rite Temple of Fort Worth, the Elk Fork Valley Scottish Rite Club and the Southwest Conference of Football Officials from 1971 to 1988.
His loyalty to the University of Texas Longhorns was legend, and he eagerly awaited the start of each new football season. In fact, he claimed his blood was not red, but rather burnt orange.
Second to the Longhorns was his love of the Dallas Cowboys, and watching him watch a game was great entertainment for his wife. He was a skilled "42" and poker player.
When Charles and Pat retired in 1994 and moved to Lake Kiowa, Texas, he took up golf. He was a member of the Lake Kiowa Men's Golf Association but considered himself a "hacker."
Charles loved a good story, a practical joke, to dance and to laugh with those around him. Year by year, though, Parkinson's disease limited his physical abilities, and by the time he and his wife moved to be near their daughter, Kathryn, he was housebound.
His was not only a joyful heart, but one filled with love, compassion and goodness. A finer man never lived and he will be forever missed by his wife, Pat, daughter, Kathryn Gunn of Holiday Island, son, David Gunn and wife, Laurie of Casper, Wyo., honorary daughter, Suzanne Gunn of Littleton, Colo., grandsons Graeme Bice and wife, Julie; Sean Bice and wife, Marisol; and Colin Bice, all of the Dallas/Ft.Worth metroplex; Joshua Gunn and Jacob Gunn of Littleton, Colo.; honorary son-in-law, Eric White of Holiday Island; a niece, four nephews and countless friends.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denton, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, Charles would have preferred a memorial donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, www.michaeljfox.org . He had great hope that one day there would be a cure for Parkinson's, not for himself but for generations to come; and he supported The Michael J. Fox Foundation along with The National Parkinson's Foundation and American Parkinson's Foundation to the best of his ability. Any of these three organizations are places he would love his "flowers" placed. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.