San Diego, TX – Charles T. Stansell III, age 84 passed away peacefully on March 18, 2023 after a sudden illness. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Donna, his parents Charles T. Stansell Jr. and Alicia G. Stansell, his daughters Kathy and Kimberly, his brother Thomas Stansell, and two
grandsons Jeremy and Johnathon.
He is survived by his sons Chuck Stansell and wife Patricia, Mike Stansell and wife Phyllis, Bob Tamplet and wife Donna, daughter Lisa Fulcher, and two honorary sons, Tommy Bunting and wife Lynn, and Jason West and wife Angie.
He had 17 grandchildren, 25 great- grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Charles graduated from Cy-Fair High school in 1956, as a standout in Football and Basketball. After a short time at Texas A&I University, he started on his longtime career in the vending business. This career would span almost 40 years in the business, with him starting out as a route salesman and ending up as VP of sales for South Texas Vendors. In April of 1970, Charles became a Master Mason and was the Worshipful Master of the Fairbanks Masonic Lodge # 1363 in 1973 – 1974. He stayed active in the Masonic Lodge until his passing, as this was a very special part of his life. During his time in office, my brother and I had the privilege to work at the Fairbanks Lodge as helpers doing the painting and lawn maintenance. Of course, we received the expected pay of $0.00/HR, which was the going rate for kids back in the day.
Charles had a host of friends, family and colleges that he could count on if needed and it seemed he always knew just the right person for whatever the job was. He put more people together the old fashion way, than any web site could handle today. The one thing that you could always count on was that if dad called in a favor, you were definitely going to be fed and fed well. He believed that food could bring everyone together for any reason, as long as there was a brisket involved.
Dad helped raise four kids that he loved dearly, and he pushed hard for them to be the best they could possibly be. In sports, he never minded if you failed as long as you worked hard, gave everything you had and you learned something from each lesson. He taught us that failure
is just a part of learning and sometimes more important than winning. Dad did whatever it took
to keep the family vacations together and make sure we all enjoyed our summers. He would
drive back and forth from Summerville to downtown Houston every day, just so we could play
and swim during the morning and ski in the afternoon. He would drag us around the lake as
long as we wanted, or until it was getting dark. He would get something to eat, sleep on a hard
cot then get up very early the next morning, and drive back to Houston and do it all over again.
Webster could have used this in his dictionary as a definition of love, because as I look back on
it now that is exactly what it was.
Dad loved the outdoors and he was an avid sportsman. He was always setting up for the next hunt or fishing outing. He hunted and fished all over the state of Texas and loved to try new places. From Del Rio to Toledo Bend, from Coleman to Mc Allen. He never minded a long drive for a good time outdoors. It was great to just sit and listen to the stories about all the places that he had been. Pop had a way with words that only a few possess. He was the most articulate man I have ever known, and he did his best to make everyone at the outing feel at home. One of the things he loved to talk about was his beloved bird dog, Sue. She was an amazing bird dog with a sweet disposition, and she loved to hunt. That was until the girls got a hold of her, and she starting sleeping inside the house with them.
Mom and Dad finally slowed down just enough to retire and moved back to San Diego to help care for dad’s mom, Alicia. He never would admit it, but we all feel that he felt more at home there in South Texas. They attended the Morning Side Church of Christ in Alice Texas, where they made lifelong friends while worshiping or lord. After Grandma passed away, they moved to Shepard Texas to be closer to the girls and help where they could. While in Shepard, they attended the Shepard Church of Christ and as always mom and dad made more lifelong friends.
Dad was a wonderful person inside and out and all who knew him will sorely miss him. Dad knew his lord and savior Jesus Christ and was a faithful follower of the word of the lord. Dad, we love you and we will see you again one day.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Prayer service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home - San Diego followed by a Burial at San Diego Cemetery.
Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
1016 East Gravis San Diego, Tx 78384
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