Charlie Gill, Jr. Today we celebrate the life of cigar smoking, cha-cha dancing, snappy dressing and loving husband and father, Charlie Gill, Jr. He passed away peacefully on August 19, 2014.
Charlie was born July 10, 1930, in Graham, Kentucky, to a coal miner, Charlie, and his wife Pearl. He worked his way through college as a dry cleaners' night watchman and earned a degree in accounting from Western Kentucky University in 1951. Charlie later attended the graduate accounting program at the University of Texas. He served two years in the United States Air Force as a Budget and Accounting Officer and attained the rank of Second Lieutenant while in Officer Candidate School.
Beginning his career at Price Waterhouse in 1953, Charlie became a CPA in 1956 and soon began specializing in federal and state tax matters. He was admitted to Partnership in 1967. Through his 35-year career at the firm, he became the first tax partner to serve as a regional partner. His professional activities included serving as the Chairman of Taxation for the Dallas Chapter of CPAs, Chairman of the Income Tax Committee of Georgia Business and Industry Association, Chairman of the Taxation-Education Committee of Georgia Society of CPAs, and as a member of the Finance Committee of Atlanta Country Club.
He served in numerous civic roles for organizations such as the American Heart Association and the Georgia Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology.
Charlie would want to be remembered and appreciated as honest, independent, dependable and as someone who always gave 100%.
He married the love of his life, Marlene Moreland, in 1955. Together in Dallas, Atlanta and Houston, they raised three daughters, Andy, Becca and Julie. Charlie laughed and teased his way through Friday night balloono, Hogan's Heros, cards and putt putt with his daughters.
Charlie took fashion cues from no one. His short-sleeved shirts at work during the energy crisis, dapper golf hats, stripe and plaid combinations, free-standing overalls and some of his more special yard work attire would make you smile right out loud.
Some of Charlie's favorite times were spent in Colorado, fishing, playing golf and topping the day off with a bowl of ice cream. He loved being outdoors, especially during quail hunting season. Charlie taught his daughters how to fish, insisting that they learn to hunt for worms and bait their own hooks. He taught his grandchildren the joy of dominoes. He loved working the remote control on the TV, and the invention of the VCR rocked his world.
Charlie will be remembered with love and laughter, as he lived his life by his wife Marlene, his daughters Andy, Becca and Julie and their husbands Steve, Dave and Roberto; his grandchildren Hunter and wife Ashley, Christopher, Jack, Sarah and Hannah; and great grandson Austin.
Just as Charlie was always thoughtful and supportive of those he loved, Charlie's family is extremely grateful to Bernardo Ragas, Marilou Leyson, Lorna Salig, Kim Davis, and Buckner Hospice for their dedicated and loving care of him.
A celebration of his life will be held at Tallowood Baptist Church Chapel at 555 Tallowood Drive, Houston, on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 pm.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2014