Serivces

Graveside Service

Fri. Oct. 24, 2008
11:00 am

Fields Store Cemetery

Schnieder Rd
Waller , TX 77484.

Memorial Service

Sat. Oct. 25, 2008
1:00 pm

Copperfield Church

8350 Hwy 6 N
Houston , TX 77095.
Fri. Oct. 24, 2008
11:00 am
Fields Store Cemetery
Schnieder Rd
Waller , TX 77484.
Sat. Oct. 25, 2008
1:00 pm
Copperfield Church
8350 Hwy 6 N
Houston , TX 77095.
In Memory of
Charles Edward Beresford Sr.
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Charles was born in McComb, Illinois and was the youngest of 3 children. As a child he lived in West Virginia where he and his older brother, John, explored the area around Mt. Hope, including abandoned coalmines, dams and moonshine stills. After completing 5th grade, he moved with his family to Kansas, where he lived in a 100-year old farmhouse. He learned to drive a farm tractor at the age of 11 and attended a one-room country school with one teacher. He thought it was the best education he received because the older kids helped the younger ones. Charles helped harvest oats, baled straw and herded cows.

The family later moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he graduated from high school. His next move was with his family to Arlington, Texas where he attended Arlington State College (presently UTA). After graduation, Charles married Linda Parrish and they moved to Dallas where he began SMU Law School. By 1967 he had a law degree and 2 sons and his daughter was born 3 years later. Upon graduation from law school he began practicing law at various corporations including Great Southwest Corporation, Anheuser Busch, Oxirane Chemical, Tenneco and El Paso Corp. After winning a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, Charles retired from law and went to Houston Baptist University and received a Master of Liberal Arts degree. He has since taught history, government and business law at various community colleges. He was teaching Political Science at HBU this fall semester.

Next January Charles was about to take another step along his career as he planned to volunteer to teach adult education for the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in southeastern Kentucky. CAP is a Christian organization that was started 20 years ago by a Catholic priest to serve the extremely poor population in that section of Kentucky.

Charles never met a stranger and was known for his constant smile and servant’s heart. Although his earthly plans were interrupted, he leaves a legacy of serving others unselfishly.

Charles is survived by his 3 children; Charles (Chip) Beresford, Jr. and wife Meghan, Matthew Beresford and Gretchen Briggs; he leaves behind 5 grandchildren; Wim, Drew and Campbell Beresford, and Christian and Zachary Briggs; his sister Connie Hastings; and his brother John Beresford and wife Bev. Those also left to mourn his passing are his close friends and especially Mildred Dworsky and his former wife Linda Beresford as well as many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, October 24, 2008 at 11:00am at Fieldstore Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 1:00pm at Copperfield Church-- 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas 77095.

In memory of Charles, please consider giving a gift to
The Christian Appalachian Project
P.O. Box 55911
Lexington, KY 40555-5911
1-866-270-4227
For more information and to sign the online guestbook, please visit
www.beresfordfunerals.com.

The following is an article published in the Houston Chronicle on Saturday, October 25, 2008:

Beresford, 65, lawyer who turned to teaching
He had planned to volunteer in Appalachia to help adults get GEDs
By LYNWOOD ABRAM
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Oct. 24, 2008, 9:27PM

Charles Beresford Sr., a lawyer who left the legal profession to teach government and history in colleges in the Houston area, died Tuesday in a Houston hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 65.

"He was always a jokester and a prankster," said his son, Charles "Chip" Beresford, owner of Beresford Funeral Service in Houston. "He was always smiling. Lately he was a greeter at the Copperfield Church."

"He also worked at the funeral home, basically as a greeter. Sometimes he had to tone down (his enthusiasm) a little bit — he was very gregarious," his son said.

A native of McComb, Ill., Charles Edward Beresford was the son of Paul Beresford and Virginia Oblander Beresford. As a child, Charles lived in Mount Hope, W.Va., where he and his older brother, John, roamed the area, exploring abandoned coal mines and surprising furtive moonshiners.

"Those mines were beyond dangerous," said John Beresford, who now lives in Atlanta.

One time, "there was an old cabin, with a couple of guys on the porch, old mountaineers operating a still. I think we startled them as much as they did us. We saw them just for a fleeting moment, and we ran, but they didn't run after us."

Beresford also lived in Kansas, where he attended a one-room school with one teacher. He graduated from high school in Fort Worth and from what is now the University of Texas at Arlington.

He earned a law degree at Southern Methodist University in the late 1960s, and worked for several corporations, including Great Southwest Corp., Anheuser-Busch, Tenneco and El Paso Corp.

"After winning a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, he quit the law and decided he wanted to teach," his son said.

Beresford then earned a master's degree in liberal arts at Houston Baptist University, and taught at Lone Star College, Houston Community College and HBU, where he was teaching government at the time of his death. His specialty was early American history and the Civil War, Chip Beresford said.

Charles Beresford had planned to volunteer as a teacher in an adult education program for the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in southeastern Kentucky, where the dropout rate is high.

"He hoped to help them get their GEDs," Chip Beresford said. His salary was to be $150 a month, plus room and board.

In addition to his son and brother, survivors include his former wife, Linda Beresford; another son, Matthew Beresford; a daughter, Gretchen Briggs, all of Houston; and a sister, Connie Hastings of Arlington, Texas.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Copperfield Church, 8350 Texas Highway 6 North.

Graveside services were held Friday in Fields Store Cemetery in Waller County.

lynwood.abram@chron.com

Charitable Donations may be made to:

The Christian Appalachian Project
P.O. Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555-5911. Website Link

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Tributes

Message from
Chip
Wed, 10/22/2008

I love you Dad!
I will see you again.

Message from
Gretchen Briggs
Wed, 10/22/2008

Dad I love you and will miss you very much.
Love, Gretchen

Message from
Zachary & Christian
Wed, 10/22/2008

We love you and will miss you Grandpa. We will see you when we go there someday.
Love, Christian & Zachary

Message from
Brian Kane
Wed, 10/22/2008

I really enjoyed getting to know Charles this past Summer during our Financial Peace class. I count him as a friend and will miss seeing him around church.

Message from
Larry Womack
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles was a good friend, he will be greatly missed. He served in many areas including Delta Boot Camp. It is hard to imagine how we will do without him. Nevertheless I know God has something better for Charles and for all of us.
Psalms 116:15 (NIV)
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Message from
Mike Doyle
Wed, 10/22/2008

I'll miss you, Charles! This place won't be the same without you!

Message from
Gregg & Mary Griffin
Wed, 10/22/2008

Mr. Beresford,
Your fatherly influence extended well beyond your family and affected those of us who lived and grew up around you. Your kindness and warmth will be sorely missed. We look forward to the day when we can all share God's peace and comfort together in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
With all our love,
Gregg and Mary Griffin and Family

Message from
Jennifer Napier
Wed, 10/22/2008

The Adult Education Program at Christian Appalachian Project(CAP)in Mt. Vernon, KY was eagerly awaiting Charles's arrival in January '09, to serve as a program volunteer. He had such creative ideas for teaching others. He said history was his favorite subject and we thoroughly enjoyed his visit in July!
The Heavenly Father has plans that surpass our earthly ones and we shall now rejoice that Charles's services are with the Lord, who has called him home. He will be missed tremendously! Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Message from
Michele Piraneo
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles was my surrogate dad. I will miss him extremely, just as I do my own dad. Charles, give my dad a big hug for me when you see/meet him! Love and miss you with all my heart!

Message from
Sandra Harvey
Wed, 10/22/2008

I have lost a wonderful friend and colleague. He never met a stranger and he gave so much to so many. I will miss seeing him on campus and hearing his latest stories. He was a very special person who touched the lives of so many people. I will truly miss him. My prayers are with the family in this very difficult time.

Message from
Earl J. Brewer III
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles was a real wiseacre. His humorous comments would sometimes give me pause, and cause me to think about what he said. Kind of like a Zen koan.

His deep involvement in and service to the community is appreciated.

Message from
Mike, Jennifer and Ashlynn
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles, you are such a special part of our family. We will miss you so very much! We will see you again one day. We love you! Mike, Jennifer and Ashlynn

Message from
Debbie Ragsdale
Wed, 10/22/2008

How I will miss your Sunday morning hugs! You would always make a special effort to walk across the Atrium with a smile, words of wisdom or a story to tell. You are going to be missed by so many people. My the Lord give comfort to your family and they are in my prayers.

Message from
Johnny & Tammie Dworsky
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles was a wonderful and very unselfish person. He always had a new joke for us and always had a smile and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who loved him.

Message from
Steve Campbell
Wed, 10/22/2008

What a wonderful man of God. Thank you for allowing God to work in your life to touch so many people.

Message from
Steve Mitchell
Wed, 10/22/2008

I will miss the talks we had driving back and forth to Delta Boot Camp, the stories of his childhood, and his servant heart. Charles, you were a true friend to me, we'll see it other again.

Message from
Bart & Julie Salmon
Wed, 10/22/2008

We will certainly miss Charles' warm smile and friendly handshake as he greeted us upon entering Copperfield Church just about every Sunday morning. We are reminded of his gentle spirit and his desire to serve Christ in practical ways.

We are thankful to God for having known Charles and we look forward to seeing him again in Christ's kingdom.

We miss you Charles and we'll see you soon!

Serving Him,
Bart and Julie Salmon

Message from
John & Carolyn Lawrence
Wed, 10/22/2008

We'll miss Charles and the wonderful examples he provided through his actions as a true Christian leader. His friendship, humor, and fantastic attitude will be missed, but we have comfort in knowing he is with Jesus.

Message from
Glenn & Diane Rees
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles, Your time on earth has come to an end, far to soon, however you have provided us memories of a good man, your walk with God and ablity to teach others have touched many people. You will be missed.

Message from
Rob Coyle
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles joined Cy-Fair College as an adjunct faculty member for the 2002-2003 academic year. During his years at Cy-Fair, he taught classes in History and Government on both campuses as well as for the Houston Community College system. Charles earned the respect of his colleagues and students. The faculty of the college awarded him the inaugural Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award in 2002-2003. Many remember Charles as a very dear friend of the college and as an eager participant in college activities. He led programs for Continuing Education and the active seniors groups. He was quick to don a costume to assist with an event, appearing memorably as Uncle Sam and Santa Claus. He presented more than once as part of the Windows on the World series and participated in the Film Series. He was a super-sub, often covering classes for colleagues on a moment’s notice. Charles was a founding member of the Cy-Fair College Community Garden. He dedicated hundreds of hours to the care and upkeep of the garden and inspired many of his students to participate as well.

I am honored to have been friends with Charles. I will truly miss the long conversations, and occasional arguments, that we had in the team rooms, on the golf course or when he generously shared baseball tickets with my family. What I can say about Charles is that he had an agile intellect, a caring heart and a warm spirit. He was always generous, often selfless and always kind. He maintained that to the end. Death has interrupted his plans to return to his native Appalachia to teach in economically disadvantaged communities. We will truly miss him.

It is with utmost respect and love for Charles that we send our best wishes and prayers to his family as we all mourn his passing and celebrate his life.

Rob Coyle

Message from
Michael & Debbie Groff
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles always had a wonderful smile and a servant heart. The Holy Spirit radiated from his face and in his actions. We will always treasure our friendship. We will remember our last hug until we get our next one when we meet him at our Father's house.

Message from
Jimmy Breihan
Wed, 10/22/2008

It is obvious Charles touched many peoples lives in a truly positive way. He was always eager to lend a helping hand. I will miss him, but we will see each other again. Until then.

Message from
Sandra Braswell
Wed, 10/22/2008

Although our sons, Chip and Joel, went to high school together and lived in the same subdivision, I did not know Charles until visiting with him each month at Senior's Day at the church. We loved to tease about whose son was the instigator in their pranks and mischief. Well, Charles, I guess you'll finally find out who was REALLY responsible for the alligator in the neighborhood swimming pool! Charles, we'll all miss your warm and caring personality.

Message from
Lucille Pavlock
Wed, 10/22/2008

Charles was a good friend, always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Message from
Bud & Artela Tyler
Thu, 10/23/2008

We already miss Charles. He seemed to always live his life quietly seeking to please God and God gave him that wonderful gift, that rare ability, to make each person he talked to feel important.

Message from
Paul and Maril Bertsch
Thu, 10/23/2008

Charles,
We will miss you here on this earth, but will see you again someday in a much better place. You always had a joke for me and a Book for Paul.

Thanks for your love and friendship,
Paul and Maril Bertsch

Message from
Kathy Byers
Thu, 10/23/2008

I was a student of Mr. Beresford. He was one of my favorite instructors when I attended Cy Fair College. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I know he is in a much better place now and will be greatly missed by all. My prayers go out to the family in this time of sorrow.

Message from
Jennifer & Connor Prince
Thu, 10/23/2008

I did not know Charles very well, but what I do remember about him is he was always there every Sunday morning at church with a warm welcoming smile and sunny hello. He would even take the time to say hello to my little man Connor who is only 7wks old now and comment on how big he was getting. From what I knew of Charles he was a wonderful, kindhearted man who cared genuinely for everyone he met and loved the lord with all his heart as his face showed every time he smiled. He will be greatly missed.

Message from
Mike and Julie Mallette
Thu, 10/23/2008

We are so happy that you took the time to teach our bible study. We have many great memories of those times. You were a joy to be around on earth, and we can't wait to visit with you again in heaven.

Missing you,

Mike, Julie and all the kids

Message from
Laraina Hailey
Thu, 10/23/2008

I hope these online tributes to Charles will remind his family how much this man truly touched the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. I met Charles, or as we called him, Charlie Bear, during his tenure at Tenneco and El Paso. Always quick with a joke at just the right moment, always willing to correct an injustice, and always available to listen: that is how I recall Charlie Bear. I was fortunate to know and learn from Charles and will keep his family and friends close in my thoughts.

Message from
Mary Vranesevich
Thu, 10/23/2008

I didn't know Mr. Beresford, but I ride the Park and Ride bus with Matt and he talked about him often. He must have been quite a human being because his son is certainly one. I pray that family, friends and time will heal your loss and that he will live in your hearts forever until you see him again.

Mary Vranesevich
Friend of Matt's

Message from
Joanie Hoffner
Thu, 10/23/2008

I enjoyed meeting Charles during the beginning stages of the Cy-Fair College Community Garden. He was such a dedicated and fun person to work with in the garden. I really missed him when he went to work with his son, and I will always remember him. Joanie Hoffner

Message from
Connie Beresford Hastings
Thu, 10/23/2008

Oh, my dear beloved brother, how I will miss you. You were always there for me and we had so many great memories together. I always loved hearing you and John tell your tales of childhood. You were truly a man of God and I know you are rejoicing in seeing your Father's face at last and being with Mother and Daddy. You will always be in my heart and prayers as Mother and Daddy are. Oh, Char, I miss you sooooo much. My sons and their families loved you so much and will always remember the wonderful Uncle and man that you were. You now have all the answers about Heaven and when I get there you can share them with me and we can rejoice together. Hugs and kisses from your "big sister".

Message from
Richard Lorenz
Thu, 10/23/2008

I thought I would say something as someone who first knew Charlie from his employment at Tenneco Oil Company in the legal department.

Charlie was, in the best sense of the word, a "gentle man." He couldn't go a minute without a smile on his face. He was wise, thoughtful, resourceful, and always was ready to help anyone in the department. With Charlie, his willingness to go out of the way for others was not forced, I think it was very natural and a part of him.

I found him to be a "lawyer's lawyer," meaning to me, he was the one that lawyers went to for advice when there was something they needed counseling on. I also think he made the transition from one career to another with great thought and care. Charlie has, indeed, lived the good life.

He remained a life-long friend to me, and I truly appreciate it. I am sure he'll be missed by many people. I would like to express my sympathies to his family who I know, loved him dearly.

Richard J. Lorenz

Message from
Darlene & Jack Stich
Thu, 10/23/2008

Charles, You were a gentle giant of a man. Your sense of humor was a wonderful thing. You lifted everyone's spirit when they were around you. Your great smile, the way you cared for everyone but most of all your love for the Lord.
Jack and I enjoyed being in our small group with you and being in the Senior Adult group together. We had such fun with you at game day and on our trips. Life won't be the same without you. We miss you so very much Charlie Boy but know we will all spend eternity together.
Love, Darlene and Jack

Message from
Pat Odenthal
Thu, 10/23/2008

Just wanted to let Chip and his family know how very sad I was to hear of his father's passing. I didn't know Charles all that well, having only met him a couple of times, but after reading all of the tributes I can see he was a truly remarkable man and will be missed immensly by all. His life made an outstanding contribution to this world and I'm sure that God told him "Well done good and faithful servant, welcome home." He and all his family are in my prayers. Love Always, Mamaw

Message from
Floyd Etheridge
Thu, 10/23/2008

The "A-Team" won't be the same without you Charles. Every time I look around here I see that you were "just here". I will miss you & until we meet again up yonder.

Message from
Bob Pruessner
Thu, 10/23/2008

Charles was a long time friend from our Tenneco Oil days. I was an environmental technician that among other things did Environmental Assesments on company operating facilities. The assesment team included a Tenneco Oil lawyer to keep us on track. Young Charles was my favorite lawyer that kept us on track.
As I approached my retirment I acquired a farm in Caldwell, about 100 miles from Houston. I invited Charles to the farm to help me put out hay for the cows one bitter icy cold winter weekend morning. Happy Charles was there to help me bright & early in the morning. It was colder - 23 degrees - inside the 100 year old house than outside. We got the old tractor started and picked up a big round bale of hay to take to the pasture. Charles rode cowboy style on top of the bale with the freezing wind blowing in his face. I dropped the bale while the tractor was still moving which caused him to fall off right into some soft cow stuff. Charles never let me forget the error of my judgment.
Charles kept in touch with me and my "bride" over the years. He would pop in or give us a call to update us on his activities, mutal friends and his kids. The latest call, just a month ago, he shared his plans to dedicate a year to the Christian Appalachian Project. Charles was so excited about his acceptance and planned participation.
We will miss Charles for his many contributions and pleasant inspirations that he provided to all of us.

Message from
Deana Sheppard
Thu, 10/23/2008

I worked with Charles for several years at Lone Star College-CyFair. His dedication and commitment to service was outstanding. He rarely missed a chance to attend an event (several times as Uncle Sam or Santa) and share is enthusiasm for life with others. His genuine care for others was an example for us all. He will be deeply missed by his Lone Star College-CyFair family.

Message from
Nancy Gustafson Dando
Thu, 10/23/2008

Charles,
It has been so many years since we have seen each other. I remember all our good times in Lawrence when I stayed with your family. Of course, Connie was my best friend, but I still see your blue eye,red hair and sunny smile. Iam proud to hear you have given so much to this world and I know your family has many wonderful memories to keep in their hearts.
God bless you and your family.
Love,
Nancy Gustafson Dando(Gus)

Message from
grady hurley
Fri, 10/24/2008

Charles was like a warm blanket on a cold day . He provided comfort to all within his embrace . His quiet intelligence , quick wit and willingness to give of himself will be remembered . He was a good friend and good person who enriched the lives of all who knew him....he made a difference.....grady

Message from
John Gomila
Fri, 10/24/2008

"Never met a stranger" is in fact the perfect obituary for Charles. Within moments of first encountering him, a new person in his life was made to feel like a friend and probably had enjoyed a good laugh with him. He was a valued client but, more important, he was a good friend and someone who was easy to like. His integrity and his first rate mind shone through.

Message from
Skeeter & Leslee Macygin
Fri, 10/24/2008

Dear Chip & Megan, we want you to know how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Chip, you helped me with my mom when it was her time to go which meant more to me than you will ever know. You have been such great friends for so many years and we wanted you to know that our thoughts & prayers are with your family.

Message from
Rick & BJ Jackson
Fri, 10/24/2008

Dear Chip and Meagan,
We feel so blessed that we were able to meet your dad this past summer when we were visiting Jennifer, Jimmy and Hunter over July 4th. His passion and excitement about his future adventure in Appalachia was so evident and quite contagious. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.

Message from
Peter Pawlenko
Fri, 10/24/2008

Uncle Charles,

I had the pleasure of becoming part of your family when I met Emily Beresford over 18 years ago. Uncle Charlie was always there for us via his constant cards, phone calls, and stories that were shared via John("Dad"). I have always admired the friendship and love that you and John shared. "Two peas in a pod", were you and Dad. I can only hope that my family will admire, love, and depend on me when they have grown as yours does. You have shown me that being a successful man professionally, academically, and in your community, can be done with a sharp wit, great sense of humor, and compassion for those around you. I only wished that I had more time with you Uncle Charles, and could have observed you living your life the way that God had intended.

Pls say hello to my Dad, and your Mom and Dad, as I loved them all dearly, as they cared for me. See you in heaven, where I hope we can finally get our 18 holes in together.
You're gonna need to spot me about 30 strokes....Luv always, Pete

Message from
Matthew
Fri, 10/24/2008

Thanks for a wonderful life, I will miss you Pop.

Message from
Suzanne Patrick
Sat, 10/25/2008

When I first encountered Charles at Fairbanks College, he smiled shyly (I thought at the time), but his smile also said "Hi, would you like to be my friend." We shared archeology stories and stories about life in general. I valued his advice, freely given but never pushed. I admired him enormously and loved the way he could light up the faces of his friends when he greeted them on campus. I feel honored to have known him.
Suzanne Patrick

Message from
Dan & Vicki Reed
Sat, 10/25/2008

How blessed we all were to know Charles. We will always remember his fun-loving spirit he showed us at the sports events we shared together. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him, but he left us the special gift of you, Chip. There is so much of him in you that will live on and shine through. We love you all, Dan and Vicki

Message from
Richelyn
Sat, 10/25/2008

Mr. Chip and Ms. Meghan,
I love you! Hope to see you soon.

Message from
Drew Beresford
Sat, 10/25/2008

I love my grandpa and I know I will see him again someday.