Charles Lee Ham, age 74, of Uvalde, Texas went to be with his loved ones on Friday, October 14, 2022.
Visitation for Charles will be on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church Uvalde on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Brother Jim Jackson will officiate. Pallbearers are Jared Henry, Rusty Bookout, Michael Ham, Dwayne Ham, Andy Nelson, and Kahlob Bookout. Honorary pallbearers are Alvis Rummel, Cody Smith, Joe Peters, Chuck Feely, Tommy Leonard, and Mike Morris.
He was born on born October 29, 1947, in Uvalde, Texas to Roy Lee and Alpha Ham.
Charles received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I – Kingsville before returning to Uvalde and working in accounting. He was an active member of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, serving as Chief in 1984 and was awarded Fireman of the Year in 1981. A lifelong member of the Uvalde community, he invested his time in a variety of ways, including being a member of First Baptist Church Uvalde and Kiwanis Club, and an avid Coyotes and Lobos fan.
Charles married his soulmate, Kathi, on May 31, 1975. They were blessed with two daughters: Kirsten Cornell and Karalee Stripling; two grandchildren: Connor and Westlyn Stripling; two sons-in-law, William Cornell and Cody Stripling. He is also survived by his brother, Roy Joe Ham; his sister, Laura Oquin; a close-knit extended family, and many, many friends. He is proceeded in death by his parents and his sister, Pat Marston.
Charles was a devoted father and Papa. He loved to travel and plan cruises with his bride. He was the happiest cooking out on the Frio with family. He never missed an opportunity to support his daughters or cheer on his grandchildren at their various events. He will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, an affinity for storytelling, his bear hugs, and his larger-than-life personality.
He will be forever missed.
Those wishing to honor him, in lieu of flowers, may make a donation to the Herby Ham Activity Center or the El Progreso Memorial Library, Uvalde, Texas.