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Charles Joseph Vrla “Charlie”


vrla obitAll who knew Charles will remember he was a simple; kind-hearted; hard-working man with a great passion for the beautiful outdoors which he enjoyed and shared with his son in their favorite activities of fishing and hunting. At the memorial service Tim Vrla expressed in his touching personal thoughts and memories that his Dad showed him what really matters in our lives – love your family; always do your very best at everything; and most important … that life is so short, so make sure to enjoy every moment to the fullest. God called him home and Charlie’s pain and suffering and the past several years of failing health were changed instantly into eternal rest in Heaven with friends and family and his children who had gone before him. Charles Joseph Vrla was born on Jan. 10, 1948 in Ennis, Texas, the son of Henry and Mary Vrla. Charles passed away on Aug. 6, 2013 at age 65 after a long illness that was plagued with many health problems. He had not lived in Ennis for the last several years and was in the care of  Hospice Center in Wichita Falls, Texas at his time of death. As a small child, Charles and his family lived on a farm in Bardwell, Texas until 1956 when his dad, Henry Vrla died in a tractor accident. After the death of his father, the family moved to Ennis, to a home directly behind St. John School Gymnasium on Burnett Street. As a youth, Charles attended both St. John and Ennis schools; graduating from Ennis High School in 1968. Charles served in the Army and the National Guard Reserves for six years, going to Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. With three years remaining in the National Guard Reserves, Charles married Ann Walker in 1973. They resided in the same home on Burnett Street, where Charles lived as a child. They had three children. Charles was a carpenter by trade and was employed by several home construction companies in Ennis and became well known for his carpentry skills in the remodeling and painting of houses. Later, Charles went out on his own and began his own carpentry and remodeling business. He was the “hard working handy-man” that many people depended on for all their jobs and because of his quality of work, they became known as his “regulars,” relying on Charles for all of their big and small jobs for many years. Charles was an avid fisherman and hunter, going fishing at nearby Lake Bardwell and deer hunting every season when his job permitted. For 33 years, Charles had beautiful, bountiful gardens behind his home in Ennis. Charles was preceded in death by one brother, David Henry at birth in 1951, his Dad, Henry Vrla in 1956; his step-dad, Joe Vrana in 1990; his mother, Mary (Vrla) Vrana in 1998; and his children, twin sons, Joseph Michael at birth in 1974 and Charles Marcus (Mark) at age 29 in 2003. Charles is survived by one son, Timothy Alan (Tim) Vrla and fiance Kimree Alcala of Lewisville; Tim’s mom, Ann Thomason of Ennis; one sister, Lorraine and her husband John of Denton and many cousins and nieces and nephews in the Dallas, Ennis and surrounding communities. The memorial service “Remembering Charlie” to celebrate his life was held on Saturday morning Sept. 21, 2013 in the lovely, quaint Myrtle Cemetery Chapel in Ennis. Presiding over the large numbered gathering were Father Henry Drozd and Pastor Kenneth Cashion with loving spiritual, inspirational words and touching songs and music. Lots of keepsakes and pictures were displayed of Charlie’s childhood and his family. Long-time friends and relatives came forward to speak and shared their stories about Charlie and fun times with him. Final burial followed also at Myrtle Cemetery as the immediate family members tearfully said goodbye for now. This is not where it ends; because we will see Charlie again. We will remember the good times and the happiness we shared with him. We shall treasure, and cherish these moments and fond memories, and can perhaps not feel so far apart; keeping them locked safely within our hearts. Charles Joseph Vrla will be missed dearly for a very long time to come and will never ever be forgotten. “Precious Memories,” a favorite hymn was clearly demonstrated during the entire service for everyone. Tender emotions of sadness and joy were so sincerely felt as all present said goodbye to a special person – “Remembering Charlie.”

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