Charles Franklin Herndon


Charles Franklin Herndon of Granbury, 84, broke the bonds of cancer and had his first conference with The Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Granbury First United Methodist Church. Entombment services will be private. There will be an open visitation Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wiley Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers are Herschel Winn, Gerald Muff, Ed Petrushka, Tom Lawrence, Lloyd Treadwell, Ken Taylor, Aubrey Stratton and Duke Johnson.

Chuck was born April. 4, 1928, in Hammond, Indiana, to Isome and Aline Herndon. He attended 15 schools and graduated from Champaign High in Illinois. There he attended the University of Illinois and earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was hired by Consolidated Aircraft Company, retiring after 42 years as Director, Structures and Design.

Chuck made his reputation during those years. Never doubt, if you knew him, you knew he was smart, honest and dependable. He loved the Church, God and was the hands and feet of Jesus.

Chuck married Jacqueline Hughes and they had three children, Dayna (deceased), Elliot and David. After Jackie’s death he married Pat Price and she brought to the union, Natalie and Nathan.

Chuck was Santa Claus for the area children for 12 years. He volunteered for United Way, Mission Granbury and his church in Granbury. At church, he was President of the Friendship Class for 10 years and made many mission trips to New Mexico.

Chuck taught classes at TCJC and when he wasn’t reading and learning, he was building. He designed his home and built ponds, waterfalls, light posts, decks and always had beautiful flowers.

All this said, his family was always his priority. He loved his family and friends unconditionally.

Survivors: Chuck is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Elliot, Wendy and Erin, David, Noelle and Trey, Skyler, Melinda, Sawyer, Brandi and Slade, Lauren and Landon, Whitney and Ava, Natalie, Paul, Ann and Patrick, Nathan, Dawnell and Zane, Carter and Jackie; sister, Patty.

Wiley Funeral Home made arrangements.