Charles Henry Southard, 63, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011. He was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., on Nov. 29, 1947, to Vernon Southard and Dolly Marie Pierce Southard and later was raised in the Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie.

Charles remained an active member of the ex-children alumni of the Texas Baptist Home and served many years as president of the alumni association and continued to serve in other capacities until his death. He had a passion for helping others, especially those in need. He had been a resident of Corsicana from 1981-2010. Charles was a beloved father, prideful “Papa Charlie,” and he never met a stranger. He touched many lives and words cannot express the love we have for him. He will live in our hearts forever. We love you, daddy and Papa Charlie, and look forward to seeing you again someday.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dolly Marie Southard,  and a brother, James Larson Southard.

Survivors include his children: Cheryl Huitt and her husband, Brad, Michelle Price and her husband, Greg, and James Southard and his wife, Mary; the loving mother of his children and wife of 44 years, Janice Lewis Southard; and a special friend, Thelma Huff and her family; grandchildren: Brett, Brittany and Cheney Southard, Claire, Wesley and Abby Grace Huitt and Emalee and Maycee Price; brothers and sisters: Mary Southard White and her husband, Richard, Doug Pierce, and Richard Southard and his wife, Tina. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law J.V. and Peggy Lewis; brother and sister-in-law Jack and Barbara Lewis and sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Wesley Parish; many nieces; nephews; and other family members.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne McKay officiating. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Hambrick, Rick Taylor, Clark Pickard, Chris Lynd, Clint Pickard and Karl Pace.

An on-line guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com by selecting the obituary for Charles Henry Southard.

Arangements are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home – Corsicana, 1530 North 45th St. Corsicana, Texas 75110?903-874-4774?450 E. Main St., Fairfield, Texas 75840?903-389-9217