Charles Christopher Flood
Charles Christopher Flood
  • October 12, 1929 - March 18, 2017
  • Texas

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Charlie Flood, the 87 year-old smiling Irishman whose friends numbered in the hundreds and whose love of life and family was endless, finished his earthly journey peacefully, at home in Denison, surrounded by his children, late Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Denison. Following the Mass, co-celebrated by Father Stephen Mocio and Charlie's nephew Msgr. Peter Flood, interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Denison. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Rosary will be recited and family visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

He was born Charles Christopher Flood on Oct. 12, 1929, in the Township of Neptune, N.J. His parents were Joseph and Mary Catherine Flood.

He left New Jersey in 1947 when he joined what became the United States Air Force and was stationed at Perrin Field in Denison. During his service, which ended in 1951, he was a chaplain's assistant, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In Denison he met and fell in love with Helen Lee Jones. The couple married Jan. 15, 1951, at St. Patrick, and their union produced eight children, whom he lovingly referred to as his "Eight Strings."

Inspired by a passage in Ecclesiastes (4:12), he told each, often and sincerely, "I want you kids to always stick together. Remember, eight strings that are wound together will always be as strong as a rope, not easily broken."

While he and Helen Lee raised their children, he also served as a youth athletic leader and was a Scoutmaster of Troup 602 in Boy Scouts for a number of years, inspiring and helping shape the lives of young men, many of whom became community leaders in Grayson County.
The bulk of Charlie's working career was at Johns-Manville Pipe Plant in Denison, and after retirement he continued to work at various jobs. His volunteer services, which were numerous, continued through his residency at Mauk Circle in Denison, and he continued to cultivate new friendships throughout his life.

He is survived by sons Tom Flood (wife, Debbie) and their children Tommy (wife, Theresa) and Patrick (wife, Monika); Jerry Flood (wife Audrey) and children Bryan (wife, Jeanine), Casey (wife, Patricia) and Preston; John Flood (wife Cheryl) and children Christie (husband, Josh James), Danny (wife, Michelle) and Michael (wife, Ashley); and daughters Debbie Eldredge (husband Donny) and children David and Dianna (husband, Justin Roskey); Cathy Johnston (husband Vic) and children Jana (husband, Travis Nobles), Julie (husband, Rene Talamantes) and Jessica (husband, Joey Smith); Patti Osbourn (husband Charles) and children Brent (wife, Lynessa) and Craig (wife, Katy); Mary Lou Kimbrell (husband Kenny) and children Melissa (husband, Vinyl Manohar) and Jeremy (wife, Amanda); and Donna Aday (husband Jeff) and children Stephen Thompson (wife, Julie) and Lauren (husband, Steven Powless).
Also, his great-grandchildren, Juliette, Jillian, Sydney, Carter, Eryn, Austin, Sofia, Sawyer, Zavier, Izabelle, Jubilee, Harper Dolly, Caroline, Jack, Ethan, Eva, Zachary, Amy, Kolbe, Abby, Olivia, Lily and Andrew.

He is also survived by his special friend Velma Smith, who he met at Mauk Circle and with whom spent many happy times for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and sisters and his beloved wife Helen Lee, who died Sept. 20, 1991.

Charlie leaves behind a philosophy of living a full and faithful life, filled with love and compassion for others. His services are under the care of Bratcher Funeral Home, and the family wishes to thank the staff of Guardian Hospice for its loving care in his final days.