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Charles Latrail Kilsby

Charles Latrail Kilsby

July 4, 1938 – November 9, 2021

Charles, or some knew him as Latrail, was born in Guy, TX to Gilbert and Lorine Kilsby.  He grew up on Damon Mound as the oldest with 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  Charles graduated from Needville High School.  He married Jo Ann King Kilsby, June 27, 1959 and moved to Lake Jackson where they raised their family.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Kilsby Matula.  He will be remembered by his wife Jo Ann Kilsby of Lake Jackson; his children Ray and Vicki Kilsby of Clute, John and Teena Sikes of Richwood and Eric and Edna Kilsby of Winter Garden, FL; his brothers Ray Kilsby of Point Blank, WD Kilsby and wife Barbara of Damon, John Kilsby and wife Cindy of West Columbia, his sister Lillie Loraine Kilsby of West Columbia; his grandchildren Robert Kilsby, David Kilsby. Samantha Rochetti, Spencer Sikes, Skyler Sikes, Chelsea Henry, Camryn Haynes, John Puebla, Melissa Maldonado, James Roberts and Joseph Roberts.

 Charles was a barber with several shops around the Lake Jackson area for 35 years and another 16 years in Austin before retiring in 2013.  His barbershops were a center for discussion of all things historical, especially regarding black powder and shooting.  He provided a place in the community for men to share and be themselves, no matter what background they came from.  He was a hair cutter, a counselor, a spiritual advisor and a friend while you sat in his chair.

Charlie and Jo Ann were always helping others, opening their home to family and friends as a place to live while they pursued education and careers.  He was always full of stories and enjoyed when others, especially grandkids, would sit and listen.  He never met a stranger and would strike up conversations with anyone he met, even in the waiting room of the doctor or as they passed through taking care of him in the nursing home and hospital.

Charles Latrail was also actively involved with the Brazoria Militia, an historical re-enactment group to share the history of the beginning of the state of Texas in this area known as Brazoria County.  He would visit school children telling them stories about the early days of settlement here, dressed in his “garb” and showing them the black powder guns he had handmade and other items they would have used for surviving those times.

His spirit of gentleness effected people far and wide.  Even with all the days in dialysis and the hospital these last several years, he would share Christ with them and was always ready to pray with anyone.  Though Pa will be missed by family and friends, we know he is now with Jesus and we are looking forward to our reunion with him in the future.  We want to thank the staff at DaVita, Woodlake Nursing Home and Amed Hospice for the care they gave him over the years and these last days.  Their love was felt and very much appreciated by him and the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you give in Charlie’s name to the Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Visitation with family will be Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1-3 pm, followed by the funeral service at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 509 Stratton Ridge Road, Clute, TX. 

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