Charles Allen Coward

October 25, 1952January 24, 2020

On January 24, 2020, Charles Allen Coward, son of Merrill and Marie Coward, was called to heaven after a 10-year courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Wharton, TX on October 25, 1952 and grew up in Port Lavaca, where he attended the public schools, and played in the Calhoun High School Band. He then attended Southwestern University, in Georgetown, TX, graduating with a degree in music education. After graduation, he taught Junior High and High School band with the Laredo, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Edinburg and Sharyland School Districts for several years. He began a second career in the IT department for TRACOR and BAE Systems, having recently received his 35-year plaque. He continued to live his passion for music as a loyal 30-year member of the esteemed Austin Symphonic Band, which he served as their trumpet section leader for several years. He also performed with several small German polka bands, frequently performing in the Central Texas area. It was not unusual to see Charles perform his trumpet for church services at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin. When he was not playing his trumpet, Charles served as an usher at his own Church, All Saints Episcopal Church in Austin. Charles’ first and foremost loves of his life were his surviving twin sons, Andrew and David Coward. He taught his sons to be honest, humble, and hard-working. He also instilled in them his love for fishing and the outdoors. Other survivors are his many cousins with whom he grew up. The Coward family would like to thank his oncologist, Dr. Fain, and the outstanding doctors and nurses at Seton Hospital, who cared for him with great compassion the last hours of his life.

Funeral services will be February 29, at 2:00 p.m., at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th St. Austin, TX 78705, followed by a Committal in Bennett Garden. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Charles’ memory may donate to the Austin Symphonic Band or All Saints’ Episcopal Church


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Monty Northrup

February 6, 2020

Charlie was one of the most truly decent men I knew. We worked together at Tracor/BAE. Many hours spent chatting with him about his health regimen (green smoothies) and his sons. Oh, and sometimes, work. And you wouldn't know it by casual observation, but he was really funny and never failed to crack me up when I least expected it. After I retired, I enjoyed being his Facebook friend and following his trumpet playing escapades. I will miss him very much. Blessings to you and all of his family at this heart-rending loss. I wish you peace.

Susan De Budden (Upchurch)

February 4, 2020

I am very sadden to her of Charlie’s passing. He and I were friends for several years and he Always put others before himself. Rest well my sweet, kind friend. In pain no more, now with ourLord. My sincere condolences to the boys and family!

Steve Martel

February 4, 2020

I worked with Charlie for about 2 years, and he was always willing to help, no matter what. He would always greet you with a smile and say your name. A truly loving and gentle soul... he will be dearly missed.

Brad Randolph

February 3, 2020

I will miss Charlie. He had a peacefulness about him that was contagious. I am blessed to have worked with Charlie for the past 12.5 years.

Debbie Mauer

February 3, 2020

I am so sad to hear this news. You were a great guy and I'm glad we got to reconnect on Facebook. I have a special memory of you when we took drivers Ed together in highschool. You probably would have never remembered though. May you RIP and be pain free now and God wrap your loving family in peace, love and strength. Know you will be missed!!

Dwayne Brightwell

February 3, 2020

It was a total shock to hear of Charlie’s death. He was a great friend to a lot of people and his helpful demeanor was always on display. I will miss his quick wit, compassion and willingness to help others before himself. Rest easy my friend!

Joy Rutherford

February 3, 2020

I am so sorry and very sad to hear of Charles death. I was his neighbor two doors down growing up in Port Lavaca. I can remember attempting to do pull ups on his bars he had in his yard. I wasn't very successful, but he always encouraged me to keep trying. Later in life, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and once again, he was sending me words of encouragement. I send my deepest condolences to his family. May his memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Ann Gaines. Tanton

February 3, 2020

Charles, I am happy that we were friends. Your life journey was one that took you a different direction, and I was glad when we met up again on Facebook.
May your family find peace, and lots of happy memories, in the years to come.
You were truly a blessed person.
Rest in peace my friend and former class mate.
Ann Gaines

Mike Gibson

February 3, 2020

Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles . He was a true friend and Highly Respected and Loved by us who knew him . My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends, he will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Charles and Thank You for being a True Friend .

Michael Perez

January 28, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with and calling Charlie a friend. Charlie always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him. I got to know Charlie more and more along the years and discovered he was an excellent musician. I will miss our conversations, friendship, and laughs. Rest in Paradise my friend! You will forever be missed!