Charles Roy "Charlie" Bristow


Charles Roy "Charlie" Bristow, 86, from Midway, TX; passed away on Saturday; July 6, 2019 in Lewisville, TX. A celebration of Charlie’s life is scheduled for noon on Saturday; July 13, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville, TX with Brandon Maness officiating. A private family burial with military honors will be held prior to the service at Madisonville City Cemetery at 11am. The visitation is scheduled for Friday from 5-7pm also at the First Baptist Church.

Charlie was born on September 4, 1933 in Corsicana, TX to Roy and Christine (Woodring) Bristow. He graduated from Corsicana high school and Baylor University, where he played football, with a Bachelor of Science in education. After graduating, he coached football at Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, TX followed by his service to our country in The United States Air Force and was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. Upon his discharge, he worked for Mobil Oil Company for twelve years before going into the restaurant and real estate business for several years. He then went to work for the First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX for ten years, where he served as a deacon and retired as the church administrator. Charlie and his wife (Mary Lou) moved to Midway, TX in 1985, where he worked with the family ranching and cattle business. They were members of the First Baptist Church in Madisonville, TX, where he also served as a deacon. He eventually taught school in Madisonville, TX for ten years and one of his greatest joys was being the "voice of Madisonville football" for over twenty years.

Charlie is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Mary Lou (Andrews) Bristow; his sister, Betty Bristow Prigmore (Bob); his children, Becky Bristow Graham, Laurie Bristow Shanks (Earl), and Chuck Bristow (Rhonda); his grandchildren, Jennifer Graham Guerra (Richard), Brooks Graham (Jamie), Drayton Shanks (Lauren), Sterling Shanks (Meredith), Christian Shanks, Brenson Bristow, and Blake Bristow; great grandchildren, Drayton Shanks, Bristow Shanks, Charlie Shanks, and Harper Grace Graham; niece, Julie Prigmore; nephew, David Prigmore (Laura); and numerous friends.

Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons and serving as honorary pallbearers are: Bob Prigmore, Gene Clowe, William Parten, Jerry Harper, Tony Leago, Marvin Stanton, and John Bankhead.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church; Madisonville, TX.