Charles Albert Chriswell, Jr.

October 02, 1941 - July 01, 2021

Charles Chriswell, Jr.

Charles Albert Chriswell, Jr., 79, of Kountze, died Thursday, July 1, 2021.  He was born on October 2, 1941, in Beaumont, to Mary Etna Chriswell and C.A. “Red” Chriswell.

Mr. Chriswell spent most of his life in the Beaumont area and was recently a volunteer at Elijah’s Place in Beaumont.

Survivors include his daughter, Stacy Chriswell and her fiancé, Florin Pais, of Quebec Canada.  He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jo Ann Cain, Mary Ann Jones, and Peggy Peacock.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, Silsbee. A memorial service will be held next summer when more people can be in attendance.

Charles' favorite place on earth was Camp Miniwanca, on the shores of Lake Michigan, where he worked for over forty summers.  He leaves behind many beloved friends from the camp who are like family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Youth Foundation at https://ayf.com/support/ways-to-donate/.

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Graveside Service
Forest Lawn Cemetery Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine Street Beaumont, TX 77703
Saturday, July 10, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Graveside Service
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (14)

  • Theresa Flatau

    21 July 2021 at 18:36 | #

    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Chriswell's passing. He substituted at Bingman Elementary School while I was secretary there. Mary Etna also worked there whenever she could. The whole family was such a joy to know. You have my deepest sympathy.

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  • Marie Glover

    18 July 2021 at 04:24 | #

    I was saddened to read of Charlie's passing in the local church bulletin. I knew Charlie for many years through his work at Camp Miniwanca and the service our pharmacy used
    to provide the camp. Later, we'd occasionally cross paths because of his involvement with St Joseph's Church in Weare. He was a kind, caring and entertaining man and I was
    very fond of him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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    • Stacy Chriswell

      20 July 2021 at 04:11 | #

      Thank you so much, Marie. And thank you for letting me know that the church printed a notice. I had called to let them know. I'm so glad they were able to let everyone know. I was visiting my dad one summer in Texas when he baked over a dozen Japanese Fruit Pies to pack in the car to take to a dinner at his church in Michigan. We left on the same day, and he was struggling to fit them all in the cooler!

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  • Wilhelmina Brown

    13 July 2021 at 18:30 | #

    I met Mr. Chriswell when he subbed at Dishman Elem. He was a really nice man.. He always talked about traveling and his friends. I offer my condolences.

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    • Stacy Chriswell

      15 July 2021 at 05:21 | #

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Wilhelmina. My dad definitely loved traveling and to visit friends all over the country.

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  • Barry Shelton

    13 July 2021 at 09:41 | #

    Dear Chriswell family. I first met Charles in 1964 at Marshall Junior High in Beaumont Texas. I believe I was in one of the first classes he taught as a teacher; he taught social studies. It was the beginning of long, long relationship with me and my family. Charles followed all of his students in their school life, family life and school extra curricular activities. He was always in the stands cheering on our football, basketball, baseball and track competitions. He was a welcome visitor in our home and we had many nights of sharing meals with Charles when he showed up with a bucket of chicken. I had the privilege of accompanying Charles to Camp Miniwanca to serve as his best man at his wedding. He never forgot his beloved Camp in Michigan. He belonged to a very special group of teachers that made a great impact on a lot of lives. He was a career educator and taught school for many, many years in Beaumont and Newton, Texas. His dad was Fire Chief in Beaumont for many years also. He was generous, kind, funny, energetic and loyal. I will miss him greatly.

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    • Stacy Chriswell

      15 July 2021 at 05:20 | #

      Barry,, this is Charles' daughter, Stacy. I found a picture of you from my parents' wedding in my dad's things recently. My mom was just trying to think of your name the other day. Are you related to Pete Shelton? I'm so glad the news of my dad's passing reached you and that you got in touch. Yes, my dad loved Camp Miniwanca and dreamed of going back one last time before he passed away. Sadly, circumstances didn't allow it. Thank you so much for your kind comments about him.

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      • Barry Shelton

        17 July 2021 at 21:02 | #

        Dear Stacy, If you ever wish to contact me. bjs913@aol.com

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  • James Longo

    09 July 2021 at 20:06 | #

    Charlie was the kindest man I ever knew. He had not one mean bone in his body. He was my first friend at Camp Miniwanca, my first co-leader and first canoe partner. His love for camp was infectious. To me he represented all that was good and true about it. He and Don Pierce were the only two people I knew who were deservedly given Indian names. His respect and affection for Don, Dorty,and Horace was deep and sincere. He held more jobs at camp than anyone- leader, workstaff, unit director, bus driver, security, cook etc. etc. While we were at Merrowvista he gave the most beautiful, touch, powerful vespers I have ever heard. He was an inspiration of what camp was, what it could be, and what it should be. His joy and laughter were infectious. As long as we remember camp, Charlie will be alive. God speed Charlie, a true Founder Friend.

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    • Stacy Chriswell

      15 July 2021 at 05:23 | #

      Thank you, Jim.

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  • Pope Mulherin

    05 July 2021 at 20:18 | #

    Charlie was one of the first people I met at Camp Miniwanca in 1968. I got to know him well over the next 15+ years. He was a fine Southern gentleman and exemplified all of the beliefs shared by the American Youth Foundation. I feel privileged to have known Charlie and consider it an honor to have been able to call him my friend.
    Charlie you were such a special person to so many people.
    I was. one of them.

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    • Stacy Chriswell

      15 July 2021 at 05:23 | #

      Thank you, Pope.

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  • mike cacioppo

    05 July 2021 at 18:41 | #

    i am so sorry for your loss. charles was a friend & one of the nicest people ever. for a time he attended st anthony cathedral basilica. charles would help us usher & greet. he was fantastic. no one was more friendly & welcoming.

    he will be missed.

    mike cacioppo

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    • Stacy Chriswell

      15 July 2021 at 05:22 | #

      Thank you so much, Mike. He spoke very highly of St. Anthony's.

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