Charles Dennis Spurlin

August 4, 1932August 15, 2013

Charles Dennis Spurlin. Age 81, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013. He was born August 4, 1932 in Franklin, Texas to the late Robert Jerry “R.J.” and Effie Mae Freeman Spurlin. He grew up in Mart, Texas, where his father and maternal grandfather, Charlie Mills Freeman, operated a grocery and meat market. In 1950, he graduated from Mart High School. While in high school, he served as president of the local chapter of the Future Farmers of American and earned second team all-district honors as a tight end. After high school, he attended Texas Technological College for a year before enlisting in the Army. While in the service, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart. After returning to the Unites States from Korea, he was stationed in Washington State where he met Patricia Agnes Liston in Des Moines, Washington. The couple married on November 26, 1953, and had five children (Cynthia Ann, Debra Sue, Charles Jr., Preston David, and Steven Michael). Upon completion of his military duty, he reentered Texas Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956. For the next four years, he worked at various jobs, but in 1960, he became a teaching assistant at Sam Houston State Teachers College while working on his master’s degree. In 1961, after attaining his master’s, he was employed by Victoria College where he taught classes until 2003. While at Victoria College, he served as a chairman of the Social Sciences Department and Director of the Local History Collection in the VC/UHV Library. He inaugurated the Mystery History series published in the Victoria Advocate. He held various positions in local, state, and regional historical organizations. He is the author of several historical articles and books. Among his local achievements, he assisted in the establishment of the Victoria Women’s Softball Association and was a major factor in bringing the first women’s state softball tournament to Victoria. He was also a Mason. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Liston Spurlin; children, Cynthia Ann (Sam) Pena of Austin, Debra Garner of Victoria, Charles D. Spurlin Jr. (Antoinette) of Surfside, Preston David (Cheryl) Spurlin of Richardson, and Steven (Sharon) Spurlin of Cypress; sisters, Ruth Spurlin and Virginia Spurlin, both of Mart; twelve grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Francis Spurlin. Visitation will be held 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, August 16, 2013 at Colonial Funeral Home. Family graveside services will be held 10:00 am Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Williams officiating. Full military honors will be held under auspices of Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, Ex-POW, MOPH, VVA and the KWV. Serving as pallbearers will be Preston D. Spurlin, Charles D. Spurlin III, Rex D. Garner, Stephen M. Spurlin, Trevor J. Spurlin, and Terrence B. Spurlin. Memorial may be made to the Charles and Patricia Spurlin Scholarship Fund at Victoria College. Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Family Graveside Service Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Jason Hybner

August 19, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Charles Spurlin family. Mr. Spurlin was the best history teacher I ever had and was the sole reason that I chose to major in history for my degree. His voice and passion for history will live on forever. May the Lord comfort you all in your time of need. God Bless.

Trey DeAtley

August 17, 2013

Your dad was really a kind and respectful man. He was an enthusiastic, interesting teacher. So sorry for your loss.

Patricia (Angerstein) Williams

August 17, 2013

Thoughts and prayers to the Charles Spurlin Family, Dr. Spurlin was such an asset to our local history -- he will leave a void in many of our hearts.

I will always be grateful to him for his Leuschner Diary transcription. My great grandfather was a cousin to Leuschner and they rode together during the Civil War. I would never have known so much about my great grandfather without Dr. Spurlin's hard work to publish that diary.

God Bless Him and His Family.

August 17, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spurlin family during this difficult time.
Bob and Hattie Olle

Darrin Morrison

August 16, 2013

My family sends out prayers for Charles and the Spurlin family. May God provide you peace and comfort through these tough times. Take confort in knowing he has passed on to a better place. God bless.

Darrin Morrison & Family

Sheron Barnes

August 16, 2013

Charles was the director of local history at the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library until 2002 but continued to contribute valuable insight and experience to the development of what is today known as the Victoria Regional History Center. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Dwight Harris

August 16, 2013

To the family of Dr. Charles Spurlin,

Our hearts were saddened upon learning of the death of Dr. Spurlin. He was truly a wonderful man and a great asset to the community. We will not be able to attend the services but we want you to know that we will be praying for all of you over the next days as you lay him to rest. May God's peace be with you throughout this difficult time.

Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Harris

Valarie Chreene

August 16, 2013

I have never met him but I have known his son, David for many years. Im sure that he was just as great as his son. Prayers are with the family.

Brooks Herring

August 16, 2013

I have such great memories of Mr. Spurlin and all the time we spent together at the Spurlin home, especially during basketball season. In the midst of all the activities of his kids (and all the other kids they brought to their home), he was the picture of calm and steadiness.

I hope the great memories he gave to all of us will be a source of comfort and inspiration to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lynda Burchfield Ketron

August 16, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. He and dad are talking basketball I'm sure. You are in my prayers.