Charles Eugene Estes
1942 - 2020
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Charles Eugene Estes

Charles Eugene Estes, 78, passed away on August 18, 2020 at Rockledge Hospital, after enduring a difficult battle with Covid-19. He was born in Mooreville, Mississippi on May 22, 1942 to Holder Cecil Estes and Mary Ruth Brooks Estes. He grew up on a farm in Eggville, Mississippi with his three siblings. He graduated from Mooreville High School in 1959, attended Itawamba Jr. College, and Mississippi State University where he graduated in 1964 with triple majors in Insurance, Law, and Accounting. He had a long and rewarding career in the Insurance Industry and served as President of several companies, served on many boards, and had numerous articles published in various trade magazines. He was in the Air Force and Air National Guard where he proudly served his country for 15 years, including a tour of duty during the "Pueblo Crisis". He retired in 2010, however, remained active in the business community.

Charles was beloved by the community of High Point in Cocoa, FL where he lived for the past 10 years. Many have said he "never met a stranger". He attended Calvary Chapel, Merritt Island where he attended men's bible studies and church services on Wednesday and Sunday. He enjoyed helping those around him, often visiting, laboring, and organizing for those who needed a friend or help.

Charles had a huge heart and dearly loved every member of his large blended family. He spent the last 28 years of his life loving and serving his wife Linda Jane Estes. They worked hard and spent every extra minute they had together enjoying their community, helping those in need, boating, fishing, traveling with family, football, and enjoying the company of their hilarious Husky dog family Zorro, Dakota, Pearl, and the infamous Kenai Estes!

Charles was a father-figure to all teaching right from wrong, the importance of honesty and family. He always made efforts to affirm we knew our roots and spent time with relatives. He faithfully invested time attending special events for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He never hesitated to let each of us know how proud he was of the accomplishments made over the years. He always had time to talk, mentor, and navigate the issues of life. He would always remain calm and say, "It will be fine, we will get through it". Charles had a loving and encouraging smile that penetrated anyone around him.

We wish we had more time to talk, more meals to eat, more trips to take, more time on the boat, and more fish to catch, more football to watch with our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend "Charlie". Until we can be together again, we will be thankful for the memories of the life spent with us and most of all that he is with our beloved Savior and Father in heaven. May his soul be at rest and peace for eternity.

Charles is survived by his loving wife Linda Jane Holliday Estes, daughters Melissa Paquette, Brooke Forte (Frank), Jennie McCown (Scott), Angela McKinney (Joe Reyes); sons Brandon Estes (Angela), Justin Estes (Arlin), Joshua Estes; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister Brenda Spearmen (Jimmy); brothers Cecil Estes (Bonnie) and Jimmie Estes (Kaye); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Linda and family will host a Celebration of Life Ceremony at Calvary Chapel Church of Merritt Island, 3500 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, Fl. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:00. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Calvary Chapel Merritt Island Benevolent Fund.




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Published in FloridaToday from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
Words can not begin to describe what a true friend to all - loved by many - will be missed
Ed Estes
Family
September 19, 2020
Although I could not attend todays celebration of life, I was honored to join online and shared tears, smiles and laughs with the stories. I never had the pleasure of meeting Charles and after hearing the words and memories shared by his family today, he sure made a huge impact in the lives of many and will be missed. Linda, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, your friend and CNA coworker, Keri and Drew Broussard.
Keri Broussard
Coworker
September 19, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Nylda Pennington
Friend
September 18, 2020
I would like to offer my best wishes to each member of his family and extended family. May you remember the good things you remember about my brother and his joy of life We have lost a close and dear family member. But remember, we are on this earth for a pre-determined time. Also, life is much like a card game, we don't get to choose the cards of life we are dealt , we just have to learn to play the cards we are dealt and be ready to accept the outcome. Love to each of you and may your loss be tempered with the love you shared with Charlie.
Love,
Cecil & Bonnie Estes
Cecil & Bonnie Estes
Brother
September 18, 2020
Charles was at the top of his profession with his expertise and unapparelled work ethic. A gentleman's gentleman. It was an honor to work with him, and I am proud to have called him a friend. The world has lost a treasure. God Bless
Charlie Shriver
Friend
September 18, 2020
One month ago today on 8/18 I lost my husband, my best friend, the love of my life. I miss you every day. I miss your smile, your laugh, your hugs, your kisses, your partnership and reassurances that all would be well. We had so many plans made for the future that will now go unfulfilled. You were and amazing man. You loved God, family and friends. The Lord had other plans for you and called you home on that day. He would not let you suffer any longer in this world but give you everlasting life with Him in Heaven. I look forward to that glorious day when we can be together again. Until then you will remain in my heart always.
Linda Holliday-Estes
Spouse
September 16, 2020
Thank you for your love, your lessons, and your laughter. You were a wonderful father and I miss you so much. Thank you for loving me when I was pretty unlovable and challenging. Thank you for loving on your grand babies. There was so much left to say and share. I look forward to the day we reunite and I know you will be watching over me until then. "Nothing gold can stay". I love you Daddy. ♥
Brooke
Daughter
September 16, 2020
Linda
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

❤ ALWAYS
Sharon
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Friend
September 16, 2020
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September 16, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I am jealous of the angels...they got a wonderful man.
D Sammons
Friend
September 16, 2020
I met both Charles and Linda in 1991 when each of us moved to Tampa from various locations during the consolidation of CIGNA‘s insurance offices nationally. It led to a lifetime of friendship. I became Linda’s roommate and we all spent a great deal of time together in the 1990’s.

We shared a supportive network with others who had also relocated to Tampa. I recall many happy times, much joy and laughter. There was a cast of numerous friends and Charles was always up for fun and adventure. We enjoyed frequent field trips to the beach, theme parks, as well as country music & dancing. Linda hosted cookout pool parties and we also socialized at the homes of friends who were like extended family.

Over time, Charles and Linda‘s friendship eventually blossomed into an eternal love. There was an obvious love and admiration in Charles’ eyes when he looked at Linda. Their relationship weathered life’s joys and hardships. Their partnership was a true testament of love, support & commitment. They built a full and happy life together. Charles was unwavering in his love & devotion to his children and blended family.

Despite the years and distance, I was fortunate to maintain my friendship with Charles and Linda, even getting together in person when the opportunity would present itself.

Charles was a kind man and wonderful friend you could always count on. Charles had an quiet and easy, yet reassuring, manner. He had a great sense of humor and a joyous laugh. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Most of all, I will always remember Charles with a grin on his face and a gleam in his eye like he just thought of a funny joke that he was keeping to himself.

My heart aches for the loss of Charles. I offer my sincerest condolences to all his family & friends, church community, and others who mourn his passing. Yet I know Charles is in a better place waiting for us to join him with the Lord, where we can all spend eternity in Christ’s fellowship.

In fondest remembrance,
Kelli Irons
Kelli Irons
Friend
September 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Matthew 5:1: "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."

Christina Bouchard
Coworker
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