TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Farris Elburn Charles will be held on Monday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Audie Vaughan officiating. A visitation for Farris will be held on Friday, April 17, from 1 until 6 p.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Price Cemetery near Woodall. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Farris include Tanner Crow, Hunter Crow, Trent Patrick, Josh Gray, Dennis Hamby Jr., and Ricky Jones. Honorary pallbearers include Joshua Bluebird, Anthony Pritchett, Jarod Davis, and Rusty Hunt. Farris Elburn Charles was born on Jan. 18, 1935, in Stilwell, the son of Joe Leon and Lucy Faye (Padgett) Charles. He was raised with two brothers and four sisters, and attended Wyandotte Indian School in Northeast. He began his working career in construction. On Nov. 12, 1955, he married his best friend and companion for life, Dixie Stewart, in Kingfisher. This union was blessed with three sons and two daughters: Marty, Travis, Marlon, Lisa, and Staci. When he wasn’t providing for his family, he could be found at home, enjoying the company of his wife and children. He loved being outside and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, hunting coons and attending horse sales. He was a quiet and thoughtful man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as being outside in the sunshine or hearing his grandchildren play in the yard. He was a hardworking man, but he always found the time to spend with his children and grandchildren, attending their special events in life. His health began to fail him, and the Lord called this good and faithful servant home from his labors on April 14, 2015, in Tulsa, with his family gathered at his side. He was 80 years old. He leaves an empty space in the family that will be very difficult to fill. Farris is preceded in death by his father, Joe Charles; and his mother, Lucy Charles. He is also preceded by his son, Marlon Joe Charles; one grandson, Tyler Joseph Charles; one granddaughter, Samantha Jo Fishinghawk; one brother, Willard Dean Charles; and one sister, Patsy Maxine Dornbrack-Thompson. Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Dixie Louise Charles of the home in Tahlequah. He leaves two sons, Marty Elburn Charles and wife Nadine of Woodall, and Travis Glenn Charles of Tahlequah; two daughters, Lisa Ranae Charles of Tahlequah, and Staci Dawn Crow and husband Ronnie of Briggs; and one daughter-in-law, Edie Charles of Tahlequah. His brother and sisters include Don E. Charles and wife Leveda of Claremore, Ophfema McNeil of Fort Gibson, Carolyn McKee of Muskogee, and Sandy Charles of Okmulgee. His legacy lives on in his 11 grandchildren: Ava Charles-Ingram, Ashley Charles, Chris Dixon, Lisa Dixon, Bryce Fishinghawk, Evan Fishinghawk, Robert Doak, Dustin Doak, Paige Crow, Hunter Crow, and Tanner Crow. He also leaves eight great-grandchildren: Ricky Charles, Lance Charles, Chase Dixon, Megan Dixon, Coby Bailon, Ryan Ingram, Adrianna Fishinghawk and Evanlee Fishinghawk; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  April 17, 2015