Charlie Vinson

April 8, 1947July 28, 2013


(These words were written by Charlie, straight from his heart)

Charlie knew that he was approaching the horizon line, and he finally crossed over on the 28th day of July, 2013. As an avid river rafter, Charlie had gone through many horizon line rapids; those which you cannot see past a steep drop-off until the very last moment. This last horizon line could not be scouted, revealed no hints about what was on the other side, and promised no return. Charlie had a great life, and he tried to live every minute of it to the fullest. His parents, Randolph and Kate Vinson, now deceased, were honest, noble and hardworking, and started him on the good life’s pathway. Charlie is survived by a loving sister, Linda Vinson, of Springdale, Arkansas, and her exceptional daughters, Jennifer and Randi Gbur. He is also survived by a brother, Joe Vinson, of Albuquerque with whom he shared many adventures and experiences. Anna, his adored wife, who he regretted not having met earlier in his life, was his closest companion and provided strength and resolve as he passed over the horizon line. Born in El Paso in 1947, Charlie lived contentedly there his whole life. He treasured friends from grade school days, and built on them until the end. He graduated with the first class of Eastwood High School, and anxiously departed for the University of Texas at Austin. There he earned three degrees and a lifelong enthusiasm for the Longhorns. Also there, fortuitously, the Tejas Club found him and gave him many lifelong friends and a new understanding of life’s meaning and true rewards. He left UT with a law degree, and had the pleasure of practicing law in El Paso, which is recognized as one of the State’s most friendly and accommodating bench and bar. He was active in the bar in his earlier years, curiously even named Young Lawyer of the Year once. He also had a great love for El Paso, which was evident as he gave back to the community with service. He was a graduate of Leadership El Paso, was active in the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of the City of El Paso Housing Finance Corporation. As an avid sports fan, he was a longtime supporter of the Miner basketball and football programs; and served for many years on the Sun Bowl Selection Committee. Charlie’s uncompromising love of family, friends and community will remain as his legacy in the fond memories of all who ever came into his sphere. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 6, 2013 at Martin Funeral Home West. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Research at ( The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care and support received from Dr. Chesbro and CIMA Hospice, especially Mary Ponzio, RN, his personal friend and case worker. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Kelly Albers

December 17, 2013

Charlie: I telephoned your office to wish you a happy holiday season, and found that you had passed away, although when we last spoke, I knew that you were terminally ill. Thanks for putting up with me all of these years. My thoughts of you will always reflect on your humor, your professionalism and easy-going attitude. As I have said many times to you, but now with greater emphasis, Bless your pea-pickin' heart!

Robert Salazar

September 22, 2013

My brother just told me about Charlie's passing. I live in Portland Oregon. Charlie and I went to Burgess and Eastwood together. We played football, basketball, and track together. We went backpacking together, and went to a couple of Texas games together. His mother and father were wonderful people. My profound condolences to his friends and family.

Terri Garcia

August 8, 2013

You were always caring, thoughtful and and the best counsel. Thank you for all that you did for our family. I will miss you, friend. Gene will show you around. Thank you for being there for us in our darkest hour. To your family; I pray your warm and cherished memories will bring you comfort and peace throughout this difficult time.

Joanna Ray

August 8, 2013

Dear Charlie. So many years ago when I worked at Soutwest Title I had to walk about a block from parking lot to office. We apparently were always on the same time schedule which leads me to believe you honored commitments of time and enjoyed the same work ethic as do I. My day always started off on a positive note by looking forward to waving at you from across the street. We were across the street friends for several years then just friends for the remainder. I can't think of anyone who will be received with more loving arms in heavan than you. You are one of the geniunely nice human beings and I sure will be one of God's most favorite angels. Take care of yourself and keep waving at us. We all loved you very much Charlie. Sincerely, Joanna Ray

Mary Herrera

August 7, 2013

I had the privilege to work for Charlie for over two years. He was a kind man with a big heart. I will always remember what he did for me and my family. I am happy that I got to talk to him before his passing. Charlie you will be missed.

August 7, 2013

Dear Anna, Linda, Joe and family,
We were truly saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow. He planned a great Obituary and Memorial. May he be at peace with no more suffering.
Jim and Cindy Edgar
Eastwood H.S. Alumni

August 6, 2013

I am going to miss you dearly, Charlie Vinson. I'm going to miss the times you called me to do some work for you. The conversations we had, the laughter we shared. You were more concern about my health then your own. I know for a fact you're an angel in Heaven. You were so kind and caring. I know that you will take good care of Anna, the love of your life. Miss you Charlie!

Genie Orozco

John Ciavarella

August 6, 2013

I have so many memories of Charlie that includes his sister, brother and of course his parents. These people are truely the salt of the earth.

I met Charlie through his mother and later came to know the whole family. Charlie was proud of his family and would often talk about his brother and sister. Once you were a friend of Charlie, you were a friend for lifetime.

God speed Charlie and hope to see you on the other side when my time comes.

Tammy Ricca DeShazo

August 6, 2013

RIP in Mr. Vinson. You were one of the kindest people I ever dealt with in the legal profession. You will be missed.

August 6, 2013

We have some great memories of Charlie; ski trips, backyard picnics, Miner games. He was always kind and fun with our kids and they adored him. We will miss you, Charlie V.
Gary and Debbie Crutcher