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Charles Richard Carlson of The Colony, Texas, passed away Wednesday at the age of 79. He was born Feb. 2, 1937, to Verne Carlson and Portia (Fitts) Carlson in Chicago, Illinois. Charles graduated from high school in Washington, Indiana. He received a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University. Charles married Velma Chesnut on Aug. 17, 1958, in Washington. His career began with Jefferson Middle School in Washington as a principal, teacher and coach. Charles' career eventually led him to educational software and he traveled the country doing so until his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed his retirement time at the lake.
Charles is survived by his wife, Velma Carlson of The Colony; children Rick Carlson (Lisa), Randy Carlson (Hollie), Robyn Drake and Risa Martinelli (Dewey); 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Verne and Porita Carlson; grandmother (who raised him), Maryetta Fitts; and aunt and uncle, Robert and Dorothy Hyatt.
A funeral service was held Sunday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas, with Dr. Jack May officiating. Interment followed at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit TJMfuneral.com.
Published on November 28, 2016
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