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David Clayton & Sons

200 W Center ST, Duncanville, TX

OBITUARY

Charles Roland French

October 22, 1941June 7, 2019
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Charles Roland French was born on October 22, 1941 and died on June 7, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents O.B. and Florine French.

He and his two children Douglas Neal French and Shannon Denise Truesdale were married to Terri Lee Hale on 5/31/1973. Together they created a new family that today consists of daughter in law Rebecca Joy French, 5 grandchildren – Robert Lee French, Misty Rhea Koerkenmeier and Shawn, Kristy Khea Hendricks and Jason, Melissa Emily Helle and Robert, and Trevor Christian Truesdale; As well as 8 great grandchildren – Jayce, Paris, Emily, Jenna, Ryan (his birthday buddy), Maggie, Maci and Harper- all of whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by his sister Joan Turner and her husband Jerry. Charles was known by many names to different people – Dad, Papaw, Charlie, Big and Cookie to name a few.

He was almost always self-employed. He owned and operated auto parts stores, hauled sand and gravel and trained race horses at different times in his life.

He loved horses and horse racing, all Dallas sports teams, NASCAR, Law and Order, and the news - all of which he prerecorded and watched later while fast forwarding through the commercials which he hated. He never met a stranger and was liked by most everyone he met. He was out spoken and opinionated which he definitely passed down to his children and grandchildren. They are all just like him.

Charles had a quiet love of God and was secure in his faith.

We will love him always and will miss him every day until we see him again.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Reception Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, June 14, 2019

Memories

Charles Roland French

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Shannon Truesdale

June 16, 2019

Happy Fathers Day, Dad! We are celebrating you today, miss you so much. You will always be my rock and be by me always. Love you so very much! Daddy’s girl

Terri French

June 14, 2019

I love you and will miss you always.

Misty Koerkenmeier

June 12, 2019

It is incredibly hard to imagine life without my Papaw. I will miss so many things; the big hugs, the Facebook messages with a funny cartoon, the text messages that say “Hey, bring my big girl (Harper) by to see me sometime. But most of all I will miss hearing “Hey Missle” as I walk through their backdoor. I was very lucky to have my Papaw. I will miss him every single day.

I love you,

Missle

Rebecca French

June 9, 2019

I loved this man he was the best father in law and Papaw to me and my kids always there ! He would walk in the hospital with my first born and say yea I’m Doug!
Just so many memories ! Rest In Peace till we meet again.

Rebecca French

June 9, 2019

I loved this man he was the best father in law and Papaw to me and my kids always there ! He would walk in the hospital with my first born and say yea I’m Doug!
Just so many memories ! Rest In Peace till we meet again.

Audrianne Schneider

June 8, 2019

Shannon and I have been best friends since junior high. Charles was always there when we had sleepovers (and other teenage girl shenanigans), high school “stuff”, jobs, marriage, kids, etc. He was always interested in what was going on in my life. He believed in me, he encouraged me, he told me he was proud of me, and he always made me laugh. He was direct - that’s for sure! I’ll never forget his smile, his laugh and his big heart. Sending my love to the family. Audrianne

Jo Ann Kuhnell

June 8, 2019

I remember not long after Charles & Terri got married, they came to mom & dad's for a visit. Charles always thought we (Terri's siblings) were just goofy teenagers. One of us did something stupid, and Charles look mom in the eye and said "Alice, did you have ANY kids that lived"?? We still laugh about that 46 years later. Love you & miss you, Charles

Charles Kirtley

June 8, 2019

One cold winter night while I was still in Kimball High School Charlie came by my house and gave me a ride on a motorcycle and I froze my ears off and he laughed and laughed at me! Charlie loved my father who had a grocery store on Kiest and Hampton in Oak Cliff. Prayers go out to the family and I will dearly miss talking to "Frenchie" and listening to that unmistakable voice. We shared and knew a ton of the same people in our lives and we loved talking about our "go-fast" cars we owned. I'll see you again one fine day my friend.

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