Charles E. Lanningham
March 6, 1938 – September 6, 2019
Charles Eugene Lanningham, 81, passed away on September 6, 2019, at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was born in Ferriday, Louisiana on March 6, 1938 to R. N. and Myrble Lee (Godbold) Lanningham. Charles grew up in Fairbanks, Louisiana, graduating from Ouachita Parrish High School in 1956 and Northeast Louisiana State College in 1960. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began working at the local Baptist Book Store.
He married Roxie Ann Byrket on May 15, 1965. Charles managed Baptist Book Stores in Glorieta, NM, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston and DFW. He then became an independent insurance agent in the Arlington/ Fort Worth area. He was a deacon and an active member at First Baptist Church, Arlington for over 40 years.
Charles was a capable, creative, talented man. He could repair or rebuild all sorts of motors and machines. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, cooking and grilling, watching Jeopardy, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He had a quick smile, and a gift for telling jokes. Charles also had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed listening to music, especially hymns, classical and folk music. He was a faithful, committed husband and father, absolutely devoted to his wife, Roxie. Their marriage was a beautiful and loving example to their sons and family.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Cleta Lanningham. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Roxie Lanningham, son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Laura Lanningham of Rockport, TX and son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Sarah Lanningham of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Meredith Lanningham of Waco, Texas, Drew Lanningham of Rockport, Texas and Charlie and Harris Lanningham of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in law, R.N., Jr. and Barbara Lanningham of Tioga, Louisiana, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will follow at a later date at Seymour Cemetery in Seymour, Texas. Memorial gifts may be made to Mission Arlington, 210 W. South Street, Arlington, Texas, 76010.
- Mission Arlington
- Memorial Celebration Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Charles E. Lanningham
September 15, 2019
I met Charles when we were all in the winter of life. Charles was a good man who loved God and loved his family. I enjoyed being included at the family's dinner table where Charles was a good host. I use to kid him about watching the Rangers, since I'm originally from Chicago and rooted for the Cubs. He sure was an avid sports fan! My best memory is that I had told Roxie how much I liked a wooden stool she kept in her garden. Next I knew, Charles had made one for me. I use it to reach things, to set plants on, and to let my great nieces who are toddlers have a place to sit. Charles was so thoughtful to do this. I wish more men had the heart Charles shared.