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/).

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Steve Johnson

July 10, 2020

Charley and I were fraternity brothers at Ga Tech and spent time together in Florida years later. He had a great sense of humor and was a dependable friend. Still recall an evening with Charley and MaryAnne discussing the Old Testament's reliability not knowing that Charley had set up the situation to respond to Agnes Scott's teaching on the Bible.

I am saddened by Charley's illness and home going. I look forward to seeing him in Heaven. Prayers for MarryAnne and the family for His comfort in Charley's passing.

Grace and Peace,
Steve Johnson

Lisa Pickett

July 6, 2020

Our firm had the pleasure to work with Mr. Babcock, Chris and Bear on several projects over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. With our deepest sympathy, Jim Crookston, Clark Scherer, Lisa Pickett and your friends at Scherer Construction.

Pat and Jane Murray

June 30, 2020

Charley… now among the Great men of Faith surrounding us…
I remember studying this very verse from Hebrews 12:1 in the Babcock’s living room many years ago. Today I’m also reminded of the 12th verse of that same chapter, “ So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight smooth path for your feet, so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong!”
Today I pause in awe of our great Savior and forever thankful for Charley's Faithful life, as these verses have been proven, “well done” Charley! Thank you!
Love you MaryAnne.
And lets not forget the wild mountain trip to Guatemala Charley and Pat took … that introductory trip forever changed the coarse of your missional lives…
Grace Peace to the Babcock’s
Pat and Jane Murray

Ed Pollock

June 12, 2020

I met you two beautiful people on an Alaskan cruise in the 80's
Good time Charley as I called him spent time visiting with me in the dining hall. We became quick friends and I was blessed to visit you in Clearwater too. On that business trip you took me out for dinner and key lime pie. We lost touch but every chance I get to eat key line pie. You are in my thoughts. I am saddened to hear of Charley"s passing. My wife and I spent time in Florida this past winter and I hoped to visit with you again. Just today I found an old card from you Mary Anne and I thought let me try again to Google where my friends are. I was schocked to see an obituary. Am so dissapointed so much time passed since we all visited. Lesson learned. Your family will be in our prayers. May dear Jesus hug you all for me and my wife. Look forward to a phone soon. I am very sad for this news. Your old sailing friend from Seattle who now lives in Arizona. Anybody reading this call an old friend today . You just don't know about tomorrow. God bless you
Ed and Erin Pollock.

Tom Miller

May 9, 2020

So sorry to hear of this, Mary Anne. Had always hoped to run into you two again some day on a visit back to St Pete. Condolences and best wishes to you from Linda and me.

Ralph and Kristen Watkins

May 9, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing but are both warmed and inspired by his life and legacy. 💖

Charley and Mary Ann gave us marriage counseling and this year we celebrated our 37th anniversary, so it looks like they did a pretty good job.

We all attended church together more than 40 years ago, and Charley once told me he started his business because he wanted to be like my dad. I dare say that there are probably dozens or even hundreds of people who would like to be like Charley.

May the Lord settle his grace and peace on the entire Babcock family. 💝💝💝

Renie Eshler

April 4, 2020

Mary Ann, please know we are here for you when you move to Greenville. You made friends in your neighborhood, and we are mourning your loss. I have faith he has gone to heaven and will be looking out for you and your family. God Bless you! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Renie and Mark

Claire Clements

April 2, 2020

25 years ago I got a call about a property for a new church. I didn't sell Charlie the land but he sold me on Jesus. Over time ofcourse. His demeanor was a big selling point. I loved having long business and personal talks with Charlie. Hey Claire... You want to go eat lunch. The food police is not here! That's you ma. Hey Claire. What do you think of this. Hey Claire. Haven't seen you at church lately. He really taught me and saved me for Jesus. He taught thru his actions. And words. But mainly his careing love of people. His ripples are huge for the Lord and that is all that really counts. Because of Charlie. I will see him again one day. I know a whole bunch of people can say that too.

Bob & Yvonne Willer

March 31, 2020

Charley, we remember tp-ing your house with Ed and Cindy Selkow. So much fun, Ed was especially freaked out since he had a record. You definitely had an impact on us and we enjoyed spending time with you, Mary Ann, Josh, Chris and later on Laura. Loved our time at CPC, we will miss you dearly even though we haven't seen you for years and look forward to seeing you up there. Bless you brother and your family. cant wait to tp your mansion in heaven. Love you brother, Bob and Yvonne.

Carlos Lizardi

March 29, 2020

People come and go through life, but few leave an indelible mark in your heart. That was Charley! A godly man who loved the Lord and showed Christ’s love to his wife, family and everyone who crossed his path.
Love,
Carlos
Charlotte, NC

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