Charles Leon Ainsworth, 81, of Lake Jackson, TX, died June 1 in Houston, TX. Born October 20, 1931 in Lufkin, Texas to Florence Leona (Winthrop) and F. L. Ainsworth, Charles grew up in East Texas. He attended Texas A&M from 1950 to 1951. During college he went to work for DOW Chemical Company and met his future wife, Charlotte Nadine Webb, in Clute, Texas. They married June 13, 1953 in Baton Rouge, LA and were married for almost 60 years. In 1952, Charles served in the Texas National Guard and later joined the United States Air Force. He was first stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi then served for a year and a half in Japan where he operated ham radio and Air Traffic Control. During his time in Japan, he and Nadine corresponded by mail. Upon his return to the States, he was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Air Force was planning to redeploy him, but the order was rescinded by the Governor due to the birth of he and Nadine's first child. After his service in the Air Force, Charles returned to DOW where he worked in a number of capacities and finally retired as a computer analyst and programmer after 38 years of service. Charles was active in the Church of Christ, serving as a Deacon, Elder, and preacher. His hobbies included computers, photography, and family genealogy. He was reader and storyteller. He enjoyed serving as an Editor and artist for the Dow Texas in the 60's. Because of his interest in the area and photography, he donated historical documents and photos to the Brazoria County Historical Museum. Charles is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Wayne Ainsworth. He is survived by his wife, Nadine; four daughters, Debra Denise Vernor, Cynthia Diann Turney, Patricia Lynn DeVille, and Laura Lee Chapin; two brothers, Thomas Ray Ainsworth and Travis Lee Ainsworth; three sisters, Melba Joyce Anthony, Helen LaRue Bryan, and Betty Ruth Riley; seven grandchildren; six great-grand children, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service was held today, June 5 at the Restwood Funeral Home Chapel in Clute, TX. Brother Doug Raymer officiated the service and interment followed in the Restwood Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be directed to St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, 3100 Main Street, Suite 865 (MC4-251), Houston, Texas 77002 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Online condolences and remembrances for the Charles Ainsworth family may be left at www.restwoodfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to the Restwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park of Texas. (979) 297-2121.
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Published in The Capital on June 5, 2013