Charles CHARLES A. DEBNEY Debney

November 12, 1952 – July 17, 2007

Charles A. Debney, 54, of Bryan passed away Tuesday at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Central Baptist Church in College Station. Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday at Central Baptist Church. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Kurten Cemetery in Kurten.

Mr. Debney was born in Beaumont to Buck and Estelle Sims Debney. He served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Major.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Debney of Bryan; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A. Debney II and wife Kacy of College Station and Karl A. Debney and wife Elizabeth of Lafayette, LA; mother, Estelle Sims Debney of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Suzy and husband Bill Mudge of San Antonio and numerous nieces – nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Charles A. Debney Endowed Pastoral Ministry Scholarship Fund, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Office of Financial Aid, P.O. Box 22510, Ft. Worth, TX 76122 or to SHIP, Shelter the Homeless International Projects (designate an orphanage in El Salvador), PO Box 3003, Bryan, TX 77805-3003.

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  1. No words can ease the pain or the sense of loss. Charlie will be missed.

    Our blessing is to have known him during his short stay here on earth.and to know that he is with the Lord.

    We will continue to pray for all the Debney family.

    Love, Eric – Brenda

  2. Oh wow! We will definitely miss you Charlie. I know those boys look up to you so much and your wife was so proud to call you her husband. Your smile will be missed most of all. You were here long enough to see both of your boys get married and that is a great thing. I know those pictures will be treasured for years. Save us all a place next to you in heaven. It’s not goodbye… just see you later. We love you!

  3. We are so blessed to have had you in our lives Charlie. Your sons definitely are an image of your passion for Christ and life. Your wife is a great friend. We will miss you greatly Charlie.

  4. Dear Margie and children:
    Please accept our sincere condolensces. You lost a father and husband. We, and the many people that counted Charlie a a friend have lost a strong dear friend who always had a cheerfull word for anyone needing it. Charlie was a true ‘Airborne’ soldier. His body may have losty the battle, his spirit never did. God surely has a special place for a kind fighetr such as Charlie.

    God Bless all of you.

    Fern Muzquiz

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Charlie taught us alot about the old testament at our Bible study. His life was a true example on how to LIVE as Christ.

    Love Danna – Mike Dowling

  6. To express our deep sympathy to you in your loss. Thank you for serving our country in the U.S. Army as a Chaplain during the Vietnam War. Because of you and other young men and women we have our freedon in this great country. Thank you for being a member of The American Legion. May God’s Speed Be With You Charles.
    The American Legion
    Earl Graham Post 159
    David P. Marion

  7. I have wome fond memories of being in Troop 65 with Charles in the 60s. I am sorry to hear of his passing. John

  8. We are grateful for the friendship, joy, inspiration and life example Charles shared with us and this world.

    Peace be with you,

    John and Gay Deacon

  9. Please tell Karl that he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot imagine the grief they are feeling, and we can only hope that the family will be brought closer by it.


    Rachelle Arechiga, formerly Scheel (‘Ro’)

  10. Dear Margie and Family,
    I was so saddened to here about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers and know that your faith will help you through this difficult time.

    Susan K. Forst

  11. We are so sorry for the loss and our prayers are with the family as you move through this part of life.

  12. Margie and Family, Please accept my condolences for your loss. I prayed for Charlie – will continue praying for your family. I miss you, Margie. I wish I were there with you to give you a big hug.

    ‘…whoever belives in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16

    ‘We know that our body – the tent we live in here on earth – will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever.’ Corinthians 5:1

    ‘Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven.’ Matt 5:12

  13. We will always remember Charlie for the joy and peace he carried with him and so freely shared with all he met.
    He will surel hear, ‘ Well done my good and faithful servant.’

  14. Margie,

    I’m sorry for your loss. Jason and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please let me know.

  15. Margie even tho we only talked a short while at Ross open house last year we felt you both were friends that we wanted to know better through the years. I enjoyed helping him on some of his projectsat A – M. Hunter say Hi.

    Take care an REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES! as BiG BIRD was told when Mr. Hooper dies on Sesamee Street.

  16. Estelle,
    We are so sorry to hear about Charles’ death. We had not heard of his illness. The best part is that he is now with Jesus and Buck. All of us are looking forward to that.

    You are in our prayers.
    Mildred – Neal Barton

  17. May the Good Lord bless and keep you through your time of sorrow. We love you and our hearts go out to you.
    P.S. I am recovering from back surgery but doing well. Roy.

  18. Dear Margie – family,

    Words cannot express how shocked we were to get the news. Charles (Debney) was so up beat – so eager to come to the reunions, an inspiration to many. We want you to know he, you – your family are in a prayers now – forever. We lost a great friend – man may he be at his Heavenly reward resting with Our Lord.

  19. I treasure the time I spent with my cousin Charlie last year. It was such a joy to revisit places of our youth. In fact, we tried to find the old creek that was down the road from our grandparents’ home in Jasper. It was a playground of our youth. Sadly, the area was overgrown, but we said we would return — some day — to find it. Charlie was a fine famliy man with strong Christian values. As we lunched and laughed over a burger at one of his favorite roadside spots, I knew I had to remain to close and continue to catch up on those missing years. He is one of America’s heroes and on that trip he became one of mine. I thank God for that visit. Charlie, I pledge to remain in touch with Margie, the kids and your mom. And when in Texas, I’ll keep lookng for the creek.

  20. Margie, ‘sons’ and family, our thoughts and prayers have been with you and will continue to be as you go through this difficult time. Jennifer has been giving us many updates over the last few weeks, but we were still surprised at how fast Charlie passed . He is with his Lord now, no more pain and suffering. We hope to see you when over that way in the fall. We are so fortunate to have known Charlie for a short time, and are so grateful he and the entire family, was a strong part of Jennifer’s life.Our love and prayers

  21. Margie and Chuck, you remain in our prayers. We were out of town Thursday-Sunday in Marshall for a wedding. Had we been at home and known, we would have been there. Charlie meant a lot to us in many ways. We know how close you all were and the times ahead will be hard. We love you all.
    Ritchard and Judy 072207

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