Sept. 20, 1934 - May 13, 2011  


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Charles Roland (“Charlie”) Heddins, age 76, was surrounded by his family when he went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:05 PM on Friday, May 13, 2011 at his residence near Fruitvale, Texas after a lengthy illness.

Charlie was born on Sept. 20, 1934 in the Willow Springs community (outside of Edgewood) in Van Zandt County, Texas to Early Clifford & Lillie Bell (Stanbery) Heddins. His grandparents were John & Mary Ellen (Barber) Heddins and Tom & Beula (Curtis) Stanbery. Ironically, Charlie died on the 100th wedding anniversary of his maternal grandparents.

Charlie was raised in a farming family in the Willow Springs and Lawrence Springs communities. He attended Willow Springs grade school and Edgewood High School, graduating with high honors in 1952. He received an associates degree from Tyler Commercial College, School of Radio & Television and began working as a staff engineer at KGKB radio and KETX Channel 19 TV in Tyler in 1953. In the summer of 1954 he took a job as staff engineer helping to build a new TV station in Lake Charles, Louisiana, KPLC channel 7. In late 1955 and early 1956 he also worked for Shreveport’s KTBS channel 3.

In 1959 Charlie married Barbara Ann Daigle, daughter of Lazime & Mellisa (Girlinghouse) Daigle. Also that year Charlie and his first cousin Truman Heddins went into the vending and wholesale restaurant supply business together for a couple of years in Lake Charles. Then in 1960 he worked for Catalytic Construction Company at the Hercules Powder Company in Lake Charles.

In 1963, Charlie, Barbara and their two sons moved to Rosario, Argentina where he was employed by Conoco at a petrochemical plant for seven and a half years. They moved back to Louisiana in 1971 with an additional son born in Argentina and ten years later they had their fourth son. Charlie worked as an instrument maintenance supervisor for Conoco VCM / Vista Chemical plant in Westlake, La. until he retired at age 55 in 1990 and then moved his family back to the farm where he was raised in Van Zandt County. There he started raising cattle and helping to care for his elderly parents until their passing.

Charlie had become a born-again Christian at age 12 and was involved in church and serving his Lord Jesus the rest of his life. He was baptised in Willow Branch ("Big Hole") on land owned by his great-uncle Fermon Barber. At the time of his death Charlie had served as a deacon in the Baptist church for nearly 37 years. He also taught Sunday School and discipled many people in their faith. Charlie loved people and also had a heart for missions. While in Sulphur, Louisiana he was a faithful member of Metropolitan Baptist Church and later Main Street Baptist Church in Grand Saline, Texas.

Charlie Heddins is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Barbara of nearly 52 years, four sons, Roland Heddins of Lindale, David & Kathy Heddins of Sulphur, Louisiana, Stuart & Crystal Heddins of Golden, and Jonathan Heddins of Tampa, Florida; four grandchildren, Caleb Heddins of Guam, DeAnn Heddins of Sulphur, La., Ryan Heddins of Canon Beach, Oregon, and Ethan Heddins of Golden; one great-grandson, Jesse Tassin, of Sulphur, La.; one brother & sister-in-law, Gerald & Ermal Heddins of Fruitvale; one aunt, Chloe (Heddins) Matthews of Irving.

Charlie Heddins' funeral was held on Tuesday, May 17, in Grand Saline, followed by internment at Haven of Memories Cemetery in Canton, Texas.

In lieu of flowers/plants, anyone wishing to make a memorial gift are welcome to do so to Heart To Heart Hospice (1402 Rice Rd., Ste. 100, Tyler, TX 75703) who did a phenomenal job of caring for Charlie and the family during the last six months of his life on earth. God bless you.

Charlie Heddins Life

Charles & Barbara Heddins family, 2007

Charles & Barbara Heddins family, 2008

Charles & Barbara Heddins family, 2010

Audio/Visual of Charlie Heddins' Funeral on May 17, 2011, Grand Saline, Texas

Click here to read Charlie's obituary in the Tyler, Texas newspaper




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