Charles Steuart Estes

November 11, 1977November 15, 2018
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Charles Steuart Estes was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to Richard and Linda Estes. He is survived by his wife Cathryn, children Richard and Alexandra, mother Linda and stepfather Rick Davis, brother Arles and sister-in-law Erin, nephew Richard, father and mother-in-law Chris and Liz Lancaster, sister and brother-in-law Cara and Quillan Sneed, nephew Coda and niece Calla, step sisters Heather Compton, Haley Davis and aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Estes, grandparents Estes, and grandparents Moore.

Charles earned a performance arts degree from University of Oklahoma and Masters Degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Charles was the Music Program Coodinator at Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas. Charles was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, friend, and most of all an educator. He loved creating music and being outdoors.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in Charles’ name to non-profits dedicated to advancing music education. Two they have selected are MusiCares ( or MusicDoingGood (


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Charles Steuart Estes

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Lila Shah

November 26, 2018

Dear Cathryn,

I was shocked to hear the sad news. I have not spoken to or seen Charles since I left Baton Rouge but I will always remember him fondly. Such a kind and gentle soul. His love of music and his patient way of teaching Kung Fu will not be forgotten. I remember when you two started dating and how quickly and deeply he fell in love. It was the talk of the studio. What a magical love story. My heart breaks for you and your children but I know how resilient children are and I trust that your love for your children will see you through these dark times. You will be in my prayers.

Lila Shah

Kyle Coffey

November 22, 2018

Being in Dumas over the holiday I was remembering being at Arley & Charlie's house a real lot. We were thick as thieves when they lived across the street from us. Charlie was always in the mix! One memory really stands out ... Charlie was misbehaving one day & kind of throwing a fit so his dad grabbed him up & put him on top of the refrigerator! He was crying & carrying on up there. For many years in our family we'd say "don't make me put you on top of the fridge"! Charlie was full of zest & will be missed.

Natasha Sartin

November 21, 2018

Things just won’t be the same without you, Charles!
Kat, I remember hearing all about your first date with Charles and the immediate chemistry between the two of you. It was quite obvious, with the constant laughter & smiles every time I saw y’all together! Charles was such an incredible person, with a easy going personality, & wonderful since of humor. Not to mention he was SO much fun! He did splits on the dance floor at my wedding! However I most appreciate Charles for taking care of Kat & the children and bringing them the happiness they deserved. I’ll see you in heaven, Charles!

Cara Sneed

November 21, 2018

How can I say bye to you
When you are not even 42,
How can i say bye to you,
When i knew you protected my sister with your kung fu,
How can I say bye to you,
When your daughter is barely 2.
But I cant and I won't because you are all over the place,
I see you in that little boys face.
You had a wicked sense of humor,
In your daughter it sure did find her.
When the Saints and Astros play,
I know I will see you on those days.
And I know ghost hunter was your favorite show,
So maybe I'll see ya when the lights are low.
Today I placed the funny meme in your hand,
When I saw a bunch in your desk I knew your plan,
Cara, keep'em laughing, no crying, no fuss,
Ok brother will do, you just watch over us.

Kevin Chin

November 21, 2018

I am sorry for your loss. I knew Charles from White Crane. He was a fantastic martial artist and an amazing musician. Whenever I was around Charles, there always smiles and he seemed to make smiles contagious to those around him. We are saddened that the world is without his talent.

Courtney Harmon

November 21, 2018

Dear Estes and Lancaster Families-
We are so very saddened that Charles is no longer with us. He was an absolute delight during the few years that we had the privledge of knowing him. He was an often quiet and always comforting presence- until everyone else went home and we could really sit down and connect- we will miss those late hours. His sense of humor and perspective are an enormous loss, however we look forward to the opportunity to share our love of Charles will his family and children for many years to come. Please know that Charles is in the air- we feel him with the unexpected memories that flood back and find peace that he is still with us in that way.
Thank you, Charles for the times we shared- you will be sorely missed.
All our love to those he left behind.
The Harmon Family

John Guglielmo

November 21, 2018

Cathryn, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Odette Ovies

November 21, 2018

I still remember so clearly meeting up with Charles & Kat in a hole-in-the-wall oyster place in NOLA, and Kat's uncontrollable smile as she slowly raised her left hand up to show me that she had JUST got engaged. I am so happy that you found each other, but I wish that you had so so much more time together. Kat - you know I'll always be here for you whenever you need me. Much love, Odette

Krista Stroh

November 20, 2018

I remember the day Kat called and said, "I'm going to marry Charles." I can still hear her saying it. She had so much joy in her voice. She was giddy.

And then yesterday, I found the photos of when the two of you came over to ask if Sophia could be your flower girl and share your day. Phi was so excited and there was nothing but joy in the photos.

In fact, I don't remember a time that you didn't look joyous or steadfast (or maybe a little mischievous). You will be so dearly missed.

Joann Foster

November 20, 2018

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I pray that you will find hope in the midst of your sorrow and comfort from the love of your family and friends in the midst of your pain. We are all here for you.

Joann Foster