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Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home

2853 Sunset Point RD, Clearwater, FL

OBITUARY

Charles I BABCOCK III

August 31, 1952March 24, 2020

Charles I. (“C.I.” or “Charley”) Babcock, III; 67, of Clearwater, Florida, went to be with his Lord on March 24th, 2020; after a 22 year battle against aggressive cancer.

He was born in Coral Gables, Florida in 1952; the son of Charles I. Babcock Jr. and Mary (Hays) Babcock. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. He married the love of his life, Mary Anne (Westbrook) Babcock, of Gainesville, Georgia, in 1975. Charley was a devoted follower and disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a long time member of Harborside Christian Church, where he served as an elder and a Bible study teacher. C.I. was employed in the home building and community development business, and founded Cornerstone Communities, Inc. in 1981. Charley had a heart to serve his community, and in particular, to help those who are frail and vulnerable. C.I. and Mary Anne served on the board of Family First for more than 27 years. He served on the board of Vincent House, a recovery-through-work outreach to those suffering with mental illnesses.

Charley loved his family, one of his greatest joys was spending family time together. He was predeceased by his father, Charles I. Babcock, Jr. He is survived by his wife Mary Anne; son Charles Joshua (“Josh”) Babcock of Safety Harbor, FL; son Christopher Hays Babcock (Kacy) of Greenville SC; daughter Laura Elizabeth Baxley (Anderson) of Greenville, SC; four grandchildren; mother, Mary Hays Babcock of Vero Beach, FL; sister Dr. Evelyn Babcock of Dallas, TX; brother Calvin H. Babcock (Becky) of Ocala, FL; and sister Lisa B. Taylor (Jim) of Vero Beach, FL, and their families.

A memorial service will be postponed due to the current outbreak of the covid-19 virus.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations would be a blessing to many, and can be directed to Harborside Christian Church (https://www.harborsidechurch.org/), Family First (https://www.familyfirst.net/), or Vincent House (https://vincenthouse.org/).

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Connie and Eugenio Valentin

March 28, 2020

So sad to hear of Charlie’s passing. My husband and I will miss running into him in church, where we were always greeted with a sincere and infectious smile. He enjoyed speaking to Gene in Spanish practicing his skills and making light of their shared medical condition. We will miss you,our brother. RIP.

Brenda Rose

March 27, 2020

Charlie accomplished so much with the pastors in Nicaragua. When we first started the pastors were unsure of their calling and how to be a servant. Over the years they have become great servents.
Charlie also helped me to grow. I was always telling him that I was a nurse not a conference planner. He would just laugh and told me I could do both.
His legacy will live on in Nicaragua as well in many other countries.

Love you Mary Anne.

connie church

March 26, 2020

I met Charley when my husband and I attended a Sunday morning Bible Study class at Harborside. He was a marvelous teacher, blending his wonderful sense of humor with the subject matter very skillfully. Our daughter and Laura were close friends as they grew up in the same church and same school. Throughout the long struggle with his health, a big smile greeted us always, and his humble, outgoing nature made us feel special and loved. Simply stated, God's servant, Charley, made sure that we all knew to turn to God amidst any trials and be victorious. We envision Charley at the right hand of God in the heavenly realms, where we hope to join him some day.

Paul Landrum

March 26, 2020

My wife Karen and I are so sadden of the passing of C I! I have wonderful memories of our time at Coral Gables High and Georgia Tech, actually growing up together! The world lost a great person! We will miss him greatly! Our deepest condolences Mary Anne and to the family!!
Affectionally ,

Karen and PD Landrum

Chris Robinson

March 26, 2020

Charley had one of the all-time great laughs. His sense of humor was instilled in his children, and in turn, helped shape my own. I absolutely loved to make this man laugh. Terribly saddened by his passing and sending love to the Babcock family.

Jack Thompson

March 25, 2020

C.I. was my boss here in Coral Gables at the Babcock Company. He was the best boss. Fair, motivational, and honest.

And what fun he was to be with.

He loves Jesus. What an appeal he adds to Heaven.

Jim Roberts

March 25, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. My heart, thoughts and prayers are focused on Mary Ann, the children and their families. and Charlie's many friends and associates.

I will always remember him as an upbeat, positive and caring man who lived his faith with passion and devotion. He also cared for our country and for issues that reflected its values and promise.

God Bless his Memory and may it long endure.

Jim Roberts
Jacksonville, FL

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