Charles Albert Tassin Sr.

September 11, 1930September 13, 2018
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Charles Albert Tassin Sr., a native of Ferriday, LA and resident of Prairieville, LA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the age of 88. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, who enjoyed spending time and making memories with his family and friends. Charles proudly served in the US Navy. He was a retired educator and director of Ascension Vo-Tech School in Sorrento. He is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Tassin-Rogers; son, Charles Albert Tassin Jr. and Stephen Wayne Tassin; grandchildren, Chad Tassin, Lauren Tassin Green, and Ashley Tassin; great grandchildren, Henry West Tassin, Elijah Green, and Jonah Green. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Cora Evelyn Wiley and William Albert Tassin, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales from 9:00 am until funeral service at 11:00 am officiated by Rev. Merlin Liverman. Interment will follow at Lusk Cemetery. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Legacy Hospice and Amediysis Hospice for their compassion and support. To offer condolences to the family, please visit . Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Burial Monday, September 17, 2018

Charles Albert Tassin Sr.

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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Charles A. Tassin who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Charles was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Charles knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were Evelyn Wiley and William Albert Tassin. Charles was raised in Ferriday and Jonesville, Louisiana. Even as a youngster, Charles learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      Charles's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Charles enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Charles took part in football. He was a member of the 4-H Club. In his spare time he liked fishing and playing outside. Charles' memorable achievements included.

      In school, Charles was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Charles was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Charles’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Block High School in Ferriday, LA in 1952. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. He will be remembered by his fellow students as the left guard on the football team.

      Charles’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Charles’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When Charles saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. He earned his Master's Degree in Business Education.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Charles reveled in the security of his family. One of Charles’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Charles was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Charles would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Charles was blessed with three children, Two sons, Charles and Stephen Tassin and one daughter, Phyllis. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Chad, Lauren, Ashley and two great-grandchildren, Henry Tassin, Elijah and Jonah Green.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Charles was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Charles was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Charles upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Education. He was the Director of Ascension Vo-Tech School in Sorrento from 1976-1992. Prior to he was a supervisor for the Louisiana Department of Education, taught Elementary level education and American History at the high school level. Charles was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Charles was a Navy veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was stationed in Guam and served as office manager on a naval ship anchored in Guam. Charles saw action during the Korean Conflict. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of yeoman.

      Charles approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. He was avid in working out at the gym, swimming, lifting weights and cardio exercise. He was a fitness fanatic. Charles was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Charles to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Charles played football. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football.

      A civic-minded person, Charles was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Charles was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the rotary club and masonic lodge. During these years, Charles applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      Faith was important to Charles. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of Parkview Batptist Church for 15 years. During that time, he was an ordained Deacon and Sunday school teacher and took pride in raising his children in church.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Charles could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Charles; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of his most prestigious awards include being a member of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Charles used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Charles had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included cruises to Alaska, Vacation in Washington, D. C. With Phyllis and Ashley, Disney Trips, and Northwest Vacation with Bertha. He loved to travel.

      Charles was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Charles’s favorites was Lucky, a dachshund an corgi mix puppy he adopted before his death. Lucky would lay next to him for hours. He was a loyal friend.

      When Charles’s retirement finally arrived in 1992, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Gonzales. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling, spending time with his children and granchildren, church activites and going to the gym. In many ways, Charles loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

       Services were held at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, LA. Charles was laid to rest in Lusk Cemetery, Gonzales, LA.

      All who knew him would agree that Charles was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Charles A. Tassin did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.