Charles Albert Chriswell, Jr.

October 2, 1941 - July 1, 2021

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

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Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955 pine st beaumont tx 77703

Graveside Service

Graveside Service
  • 4955 pine street beaumont tx 77703
  • 07/10/2021
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (1)

    Rachel Johnson says:

    So sorry to see the passing of Mr. Charles. Met him through Elijah’s place and he was the kindest man. Prayers to his family and friends left behind.

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mike cacioppo

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

Pope Mulherin

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.

James Longo

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.

Barry Shelton

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.

Wilhelmina Brown

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.

Stacy Chriswell

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.

Stacy Chriswell

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

Stacy Chriswell

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

Stacy Chriswell

Thank you, Pope.

Stacy Chriswell

Thank you, Jim.

Barry Shelton

Dear Stacy, If you ever wish to contact me.

Marie Glover

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.

Stacy Chriswell

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!

Theresa Flatau

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.