Charles Allan Parker, Sr.

December 19, 1931February 7, 2013

Charles Allan Parker, Sr., also known as “Tuffy”, “Charlie”, ”Dad”, “Paw Paw”, & “Tootsie Roll Paw Paw”, passed away at his home on February 7th after a long, two-year battle with cancer. He fought long and hard, and was a very strong willed person, as we all know.

Charlie was born on 12/19/1931 to Lena & Charles L Parker in Merrilltown, TX, and grew up in the Schwertner/Bartlett area. He graduated from Granger High School, where he met his high school sweetheart Gladys Gorubec; they married September 6, 1954.

Charlie served 4 years in the US Navy aboard the USS Windham Bay during the Korean Conflict. Coming back to Central Texas, he and Gladys settled in Austin where they began their family and opened the first of several restaurants. The original was Charex on North Lamar and then later, “Charlie’s Steak House” in Pflugerville. Charlie’s served the Pflugerville & surrounding areas for 40 years, where Charlie could be seen standing at the end of the bar observing employees and visiting with customers. He believed the longevity of a business depended on serving a good consistent product and giving a person what they paid for.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, of 58 years, daughter Vickie Thornton & husband Rick; Son Charlie, Jr. “Frog” & wife Carolyn, daughter Sabrina Schmidt & husband Robert. Eight grandchildren & spouses, Christie Schmidt, Eric Smith & wife Laura, Chris Parker & wife Janna, Lance Thornton & wife Rachael, Ross Thornton & wife Jacey, Stephanie Shaw & husband Gene, Chase Parker & wife Kayde, and Jenna Thornton. Eleven great-grandchildren, Jaida, Kilee, Tye, Paeton, Chloe, Cooper, Colton, Brooklyn, Hanna, Hayden, and Corbin (due any day), along with sisters, Alice Durant of Bartlett, Hazel Drane of San Diego, Peanut Martinets & husband Doug of Temple, Linda Dunaway & husband Ron from Splendora, Carol Vaca & husband Carlos of Florence, Sister-in-law Shirley Davidson of Waco, Father-in-law Buck Spinn of Granger as well as numerous nieces & nephews; and two very special family friends that Charlie took under his wing at a very young age, Bob & Mike Cocke who are very special to him and the rest of us. Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Les Parker & wife Dorothy, father-in-law Hubert Gorubec, mother-in-law Elsie Spinn, brother-in-law’s Dick Drane, Jack Durant and Harley Davidson.

Pallbearers will be Charlie’s grandsons along with Bob & Mike Cocke as honorary pallbearers. A Rosary will be recited on 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, followed by a visitation.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 1520 N. Railroad Ave., Pflugerville. Burial will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.

Please visit Charlie’s memorial page at when you can share memories and leave condolences for his family.


  • Visitation with Rosary at 4:00pm Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 11, 2013

Charles Allan Parker, Sr.

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Lin Biar

February 25, 2013

My condolences to you Glady's and the rest of your family at your loss. Charlie, Frog, and you will always have a special place in my heart for giving me my first job and teaching me about hard work, integrity, and how to make the best enchiladas ever. My love of the restaurant business started there. May God bless you and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

donna kay wade

February 21, 2013

Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

February 21, 2013

Gladys and family - My mother and father, Harriet and E.J. Hocker, enjoyed Charlie's like a second home! We knew everyone there and the waitresses like family. I regret Mom is unable to attend the service or send a card as she dearly loved you both. Her health is very poor and she is in New Braunfels with my sister at a Memory Care section of Assisted Living. Please know we will never forget Charlie's and send our condolences from our whole family. Our love and prayers - Helen Hocker Jones for Harriet and the family

Larry and Pat Helbert

February 20, 2013

Vickie and family - we were so sad to hear of your Dad. We want you to know lots of love and prayers to all of you. I know he is leaving you with lots of memories that you will always hold dear to your heart. We are sorry we didnt see this earlier,but please know that we love all of you dearly. It is hard to think of this as a celebration, but he is at home and yes he is celebrating! Glory to God! and praying God gives you the peace that you all need.

Virgina Moerbe

February 18, 2013

Gladys and Family...
As I read today in the Taylor Daily Press Im so sadden to see the loss of Charlie...he was such a sweet & kind man. I am very blessed to have know him as to work for your family at such a young age. His kindness and smile will be missed. I pray for each of you for comfort from our Lord.
Virginia (Montgomery) Moerbe

Sam and Debbie Bartholomew

February 13, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss and your family is in our prayers.

Sue Jones

February 11, 2013

Gladys, Steve and I, Joe, Deborah, Eva, Stephen, Ashley and Harley, along with our families and friends are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Charlie will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Pat Dryden

February 11, 2013

Our condolences to the family.

The Dryden Family

Fry Family

February 11, 2013

You will always be well thought of Charlie. Thank you for being part of our life. Our deepest condolences to all of the Parker Family.

gloria wuthrich

February 11, 2013

We were so saddened for the loss of our long time friend. We love all of you and please know we are praying for you. Otto, Gloria and Dawn