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In Memory of

Charles William Gorbett

February 17, 1939 - June 10, 2017

Obituary


Charles William Gorbett Jr., perfectionist and trendsetter for the jumpsuit fashion industry, passed away on June 10th, 2017, at St. Luke's Patients Hospital, near his home in Pasadena, Texas."Charlie" enjoyed spending his retirement days working around the home and yard, correcting flaws and and improving on design defects that were beyond an ordinary craftsman's comprehension. He also enjoyed obsessing over his coal black F250 Ford, ensuring that the birds (Martins for which he built massive, elevated condos for) were ever unsuccessful in marring his immaculate paint with their arial "bombing" runs. Charlie also enjoyed using...

Charles William Gorbett Jr., perfectionist and trendsetter for the jumpsuit fashion industry, passed away on June 10th, 2017, at St. Luke's Patients Hospital, near his home in Pasadena, Texas."Charlie" enjoyed spending his retirement days working around the home and yard, correcting flaws and and improving on design defects that were beyond an ordinary craftsman's comprehension. He also enjoyed obsessing over his coal black F250 Ford, ensuring that the birds (Martins for which he built massive, elevated condos for) were ever unsuccessful in marring his immaculate paint with their arial "bombing" runs. Charlie also enjoyed using his handyman and mechanical talents (acquired trying to keep his ealier Chevys running) to aid his children, his friends, and his church, all the while maintaining near-perfect hair styling!

Charlie's primary obsession and passion centered around his loving wife Carol of 28 years; his time spent ensuring that their home was filled with momentos and beautiful reminders of his love for her and in recogntion of the love and happiness they shared. As it should be between a man and wife, he would always put her wants and needs before his own. He was rewarded with Carol's equally unselfish love and attained a level of happiness that had eluded him in ealier years.

Charlie was born and raised in Oklahoma where he enjoyed the outdoors. His happiest memories were made on his late uncle Charlie Owens' farms, where he helped his favorite uncle with raising cattle and farming cotton, alfalfa hay, and soy beans. When the day's work was done, he enjoyed hunting, especially ducks and shooting skeet. His last surviving sibling and only sister, Betty Ann Skelton still resides in Oklahoma, along with niece Stephanie Skelton Deville and her husband Mark DeVille. Tom Skelton, Betty Ann's late husband and Stephanie's father, was not only a brother-in-law to Charlie, but a very close and dear friend as well. The strong work ethic he developed on the farm and while working at his uncle's gas station with his cousin Steve Owens would benefit him later in his career, when he came to Texas to

work for Tenneco (now Occidental) Chemicals in 1962. Charlie quickly moved from starting as an operator to supervision and finally a project coordinator before his retirement from Oxy in 1997.

Charlie set the example that matching DNA is not a requirement to be a father to a child. "Papaw" as he was known to his grandchildren, loved all his children and grandchildren without limits. His legacy lives on through his 7 children and their prodigy. Forever touched by his unconditional love are son Charles "Trey" W. Gorbett III and wife Tammi, grandson and namesake Charles "Chase" Gorbett IV, his wife Jessica, and great-grandaughter Casey, daughter Tammy Carrico and husband John, grandaughter Amber Lopez and her husband David, son Ricky Ward and grandsons Richard Ward and Brandon Ward with great grandchildren Lanah, James, and Bailey, son Chris Gorbett and wife Liz, grandaughters Maegon, Holly, Ivory, and grandson Luke, son Mike Bain and grandson Josh Bain, daughter Jeanie Bain, granddaughter Carol Bain and grandson Isaiah Garcia, son David Ward, wife Kyra, grandaughter Beith, husband Philip and great-grandaughter EmaLee, and grandson David and wife Jennifer.

Charlie is preceded in death by his father, Charles W. Gorbett Sr., mother Betty Davis, and brother David Gorbett.

Not without mention is Charlie's beloved but psychotic cat, Fluffy.