OBITUARY

J. Michael Chargois

November 27, 1944December 9, 2020
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Our hero, who loved so deeply, cared so widely, and was thought of so highly, passed away at home in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, at the age of 76, surrounded by his wife and children. Michael was born on the 27th of November, 1944, in historic Third Ward, Houston, Texas, to Sidney A. Chargois and Viola Judice Chargois.

He was a longtime Austin resident, and recently established dual residency in Houston. Michael is known to many as a humble, unassuming man who experienced extraordinary success in love, lifelong friendships, and his career.

Michael graduated from Yates High School and later attended Texas Christian University. His early passion for automobiles laid the foundation for his life's work in the automotive industry. At age 17 he built his first vehicle by hand, using his earnings from the lawn mowing business he started at the age of 12. His combined love of automobiles and his entrepreneurial spirit launched his career as a nationally recognized and awarded automotive dealer and business magnet. His Austin-based parent company Pavilion Lincoln-Mercury was named one of the country's top black-owned businesses within three years of its founding. This led to the formation of JMC Auto Group, the largest black-owned automotive business in the state of Texas, which included dealerships in Austin, Houston, and San Marcos, as well as Memphis, Tennessee. He later diversified and created JMC Enterprises to include real estate development and holdings, equity investments, restaurants, and most recently a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina.

Michael's ability to continue to break barriers and achieve unparalleled success received recognition in notable publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Black Enterprise, Automotive News, National Auto Dealers Association, and the Austin Business Journal. Revered for his tenacity and loved for his humility, Michael never allowed his success to affect his approachability or willingness to engage with anyone he encountered, which was demonstrated in the numerous mentoring relationships he established. Michael was a true philanthropist, giving generously to his local community as well as to national and global initiatives to better the world he so vigorously enjoyed. Some of his hobbies included drag racing, collecting antique cars, creole cooking, and golfing.

Michael was a lifelong Christian and devoted servant. He served as an altar boy during his early formative years. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas and St. James Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Sidney A. Chargois, his mother, Viola Judice Chargois, and siblings Sidney Chargois III, Alvin Chargois, and Rose Mary Grass.

Michael is survived by his wife of 36 years, Roxann Thomas Chargois, his children Katrina Chargois, Charles Chargois and wife Kellie, Nailah Pruitt and husband Balious, Julian Michael Chargois, Morgan Chargois, and five grandchildren, Brianna and William Polley, Kayla and Kiana Chargois, and Raegan Pruitt. He is also survived by his brothers, Carl Chargois and Gerard Greene, sister, Lois Ann Chargois, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The public visitation will commence at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in the Chapel of the Texas Liberty Mausoleum at Reflection Lake Estate, from noon until 1:30PM on December 19, 2020, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. The funeral service will follow the visitation and will be private to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, however, please go to www.MemorialOaksFunerals.com to join the family virtually.

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Sharon Tisdale

June 4, 2021

Just heard about Michael, my deepest sympathy to the family. Although it’s been many years I still have so many great memories of days gone by.
Love, Sharon

Eleanor Haynes

December 19, 2020

To the Family of Our Beloved Cousin Michael Chargois, we offer our sincere condolences and prayers during this difficult time. Michael was a man of great honor , humility and love. We remember him always being so kind, generous and thoughtful to us. Our hearts are heavy with the pain of your loss, but we know Michael is in the presence of our Heavenly Father. May you find comfort in knowing he is resting in the arms of Christ our Savior. Love and prayers - (Henderson Family)- Eleanor, Cambrie and Carmen Haynes -Amen!

Denise Smith

December 19, 2020


Roxann and the Chargois Family,

My deepest sympathies go to you and your family. May God's Grace give comfort, may His Mercy provide respite and His Presence provide healing.

with love,
Denise Smith
Oakland Bay Area (CA)

Marguerite and Stan Lathan

December 19, 2020

Roxann,
We will forever have you, your family and your beautiful Michael in our hearts.
The Lathan family
Stan, Marguerite, Sanaa, Tendaji, Liliane, Arielle and Colette

Tim Hardison

December 18, 2020

I considered Michael a friend, as the local Ford Credit Branch Manager, we had a working relationship that went beyond it. We shared many fun times, from playing golf to attending races in Dallas, Charlotte and Atlanta. Michael gave my oldest son his first summer job as a porter/service assistant.
Michael loved his family and often shared that with me.
He was an excellent businessman in a tough business.

My prayers for the family, he will be missed.
Tim Hardison

CHARLES CONDER

December 17, 2020

I wish to express my sincere condolences to Roxann and the entire Chargois family. Over the 36 plus years I knew Mike he talked of his family often and was so proud of all of his children. Mike and I met while working in the Cadillac business and our friendship grew even more when we became fellow Lincoln Mercury dealers. When Lauren and I became Lincoln Mercury dealers Mike and Roxann warmly welcomed us into the Lincoln Mercury dealer family and helped introduce us to the rest of the dealer body. Mike was well admired and respected in the auto industry as he grew his businesses. His successes were a direct result of his hard work and his ability to forge great relationships with the public and his peers. I had the pleasure of spending countless hours with Mike on automobile trips for both business and pleasure. We shared many great times and laughs and stories and I thank him for those memories. My life was brighter and happier and more complete because Mike Chargois was a part of it. For that I will be forever grateful of the time we spent together. For the past 35 or so years we have tried to speak on or around our mutual birthday. I will miss him telling me "Happy Birthday Old Man" when I was the younger by 10 yrs.
I will miss Mike Chargois and I know if there is a racetrack in Heaven he is on it right now (he liked to go fast). Rest In Peace Friend.

Robert Hatchett

December 17, 2020

On behalf of the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealership Association, we remember J. Michael Chargois as a pioneer for minority dealers and a valuable member of our association.

May you rest in peace.

William Adkins

December 16, 2020

Michael and I met the latter part of 1980s as dealers with Lincoln Mercury. Michael had adjusted himself as a very successful and welcomed me as a new dealer with this franchise. I have fond memories of his dedication, professionalism and willingness to help others succeed. I regret that time was not taken out of my schedule to take him up on his offer to visit with him in Texas. Our condolences and peace are offered to his family. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Based on Michael’s service, he should counted among those who rise during the resurrection.🙏🙏❤️❤️

Alva Adams

December 15, 2020

Mr. Chargois was such a kind man. I truly enjoyed all of my interactions with him as a Toyota dealer. He was always so positive. Your leadership will be missed. Thanks for leaving your positive impact on our lives and this world.
A true servant of God gone home to Rest In Peace.

Blessings Alva P. Adams
Toyota Motor North America

Leo Judice

December 15, 2020

Cuzn Mike we will miss you. You will always be in my heart. Rest in peace
Cuzn Marty