Charles K. Word Jr.
The family and citizenry of Bosque County are mourning the passing of Charles K. "Chock" Word Jr., who passed away May 14, 2011, at his home in Meridian surrounded by his loving family. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, conducted by Pastor Cynthia Lee at the First United Methodist Church of Meridian. Interment will follow at Meridian Cemetery. There will be open visitation at Lawson Funeral Home 12 to 5 p.m. and the family will receive visitors 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Lawson Funeral Home.

Chock was born May 17, 1932, to Charles K. and Rosemary Dorman Word in Bosque County. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1949, and attended Clifton Junior College, Texas Wesleyan College and Baylor University Law School. Chock and his wife, the former JoAnn Cole Word of Kopperl, met and dated in high school and married March 17, 1956, in Lovington, N.M. Thereafter they lived briefly in Pampa, Texas, where Chock was employed with Mid-Continent Oil until they moved to Midland where Chock worked for Republic Exploration and JoAnn was employed by Shell Oil Company. While in Midland, their son, Cole Word, was born in 1958. They eventually moved to Graham, Texas, and Chock worked for Graridge Oil Company and JoAnn taught school. In 1962 the young couple returned home to Meridian, where Chock worked with his dad in the Meridian Abstract Company and JoAnn taught in the Meridian School System. Their daughter, Terri Ann was born Dec. 7, 1967.

The Word Family has always been civic minded, community oriented and have given generously of their time and talents to Bosque County and Chock was no exception. He belonged to the Meridian Fire Department and helped establish the Bosque Valley Golf Club where he was an avid member and golfer. He was especially passionate about his "Meridian High School Class of '49" and was always instrumental in gathering everyone up for a reunion in the Fall of each year.

As past president of Heart of Texas Council of Governments, he was instrumental in forming Bosque County Senior Service Centers throughout the county and was successful in bringing the Meridian Housing Authority to Meridian, and was on the Board of the Meridian Cemetery Association. Chock served as Mayor of Meridian for six years until he was appointed Bosque County Judge. He successfully ran for that office twice thereafter and continued to serve as Bosque County Judge for 10 years. He was a past president of the North and East Texas County Judges Association. A life-long Democrat; he ran for Texas State Representative and served two years in that capacity. In 1996, he again returned home to Meridian and the Meridian Abstract Company where he remained until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, J.P. Word.

Chock is survived by his wife, JoAnn Cole Word of Meridian; son, Judge Charles Cole Word and wife, Sonja, of Meridian; daughter, Terri Ann Dabbs and husband, Stuart, of Rowlett; sisters, Charlene Nichols and husband, J.C., of Austin, and Dorma Jane Nickels of Meridian; sister-in-law, Mrs. J.P. Word "Bobbye" of Austin; grandchildren, Kiley, Justin, Wade and Amanda; one great-grandchild, Ellia; and a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Pallbearers will be Kiley Word, Justin Thomas, Wade Dabbs, Rockwell Bower, Bennett Schmidt, Elliott Schmidt, Ryan Schmidt, Robert Phelps, Robert Schmidt, David Schmidt, Jason Schmidt, Sabre Schmidt, Hayden Schmidt and Stephanie Schmidt.

Chock and JoAnn Word were not only united in marriage but in their love and devotion to Texas, Bosque County and particularly to the City of Meridian. Their home, filled with love, warmth and welcome, has always been a gathering place for family and friends. Chock's wonderful dry wit and marvelous sense of humor was often a buffer for the more serious aspects of the many lives he touched and laughter was a freely shared commodity.

The citizenry of Bosque County, Texas, will miss Chock Word - a huge presence in their lives for many years. They'll always hold dear the memory of his astute wisdom, congeniality, compassion, community service and undauntable sense of humor. His family and friends honor and celebrate a life well lived.

Reputation and Character

The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation;

the truth you believe determines your character.

Reputation is what you are supposed to be;

character is what you are.

Reputation is the photograph;

character is the face.

Reputation comes over one from without;

character grows up from within.

Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community;

character is what you have when you go away.

Your reputation is learned in an hour;

your character does not come to light for a year.

Reputation is made in a moment;

character is built in a lifetime.

Reputation grows like a mushroom;

character grows like the oak.

A single newspaper report gives you your reputation;

a life of toil gives you your character.

Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor;

character makes you happy or makes you miserable.

Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone;

character is what angels say about you

before the throne of God.

- William Hersey Davis

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May 17, 1932 - May 14, 2011

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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald on May 15, 2011.
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Jo Ann and Cole
I have you in my thoughts and you have my deepest sympathy. There were many good times. He is missed.
Ralph Adams
May 17, 2011
While I never had the pleasure of meeting Judge Word, he was obviously a man of great character. That character lives on in his daughter, Terri. The thoughts and prayers of all of us who work with her are with all of you during this difficult time. God bless you all.
- Larry L.
May 17, 2011
What a rich legacy Judge Word leaves behind. We give thanks for his life, his leadership, and the heritage that will continue to be lived out through his family. Our love and prayers are with you.
Will & Betty Lowrance
May 16, 2011
Judge Word will be miss in Bosque county greatly, he was a man full of love for his county and the city of Meridian. He will be remember as a Great Person by all people of Bosque County. I am sorry for the lost and mine prayers will be with his family at this time of their lost of their love one.
Randy Grimland
May 15, 2011
My prayers and thoughts are with you and the children during this most difficult time. He will be missed by so many and yet remembered for his gracious manner and community service

Barbara Robinson Beard
Barbara Robinson-Beard
May 15, 2011