December 26, 1924 - June 9, 2019
Charles Bryan Valliant, of Dallas, TX was born on December 26, 1924 and passed from this earthly life on June 9, 2019. He was 94 years of age at his passing, the termination of a gracious, loving and faithful life. Charles lived a life dedicated to his family, his church and his country.
Born in the west Texas town of Barstow, he served his country in World War II. He was stationed in Honolulu as part of the Mid-Pacific Command during World War II, beginning in 1943 and was honorably discharged three years later, having achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant.
He returned to west Texas from Ft. Shafter and was enrolled at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). He was graduated with honors in 1950, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1973. Charles embarked on his career as an engineer first designing cotton gins, then working in the oil and gas industry. In 1956, he joined Peerless Manufacturing Company in Dallas as Chief Engineer, developing a vapor-liquid separation system. And was later promoted to Executive VP and COO. Charles continued overseeing engineering research and development, and engineering sales, until his retirement in 1979, a career spanning almost 30 years.
His work at Peerless required Charles to travel all over the world. His love of history was brought alive through his travels to Europe and Asia. A little camera he received as a gift when he was nine sparked an interest in photography, which he put to good use in his travels. Charles enjoyed writing anything from technical manuals to family stories and his own memoirs, which he intertwined with his genealogical research. When he was only five, he developed a love for music of all kinds, which brought him joy throughout his life.
While his career was his livelihood, his life was his family. He married Sue Boxley, a childhood friend, on June 7, 1947. Together they provided a loving and supportive home for their children. Charles and Sue, and their children were active members of First Baptist Church in Richardson, having joined in 1957.
Charles and Sue were married 46 years before she passed away in 1993. They had three children: Kenneth Charles Valliant (married to Audrianne, with son, Charles), Karen Valliant Burns (married to Dwight Burns, with son, Everett), and Robert Paul Valliant (then married to Holly, with children, Hannah, Miles and Annie).
In 1996, after Sue’s death, Charles married Bonnie Sample, whom he met in the Cliff Hangers Sunday School class, and they remained together until Charles’ passing, a union of 23 years. Charles said of Bonnie that she “added immeasurably to his life.”
Charles’ life was and is much more than a chronology of accomplishments. Charles was a Christian son, loving father, faithful husband, and Sunday School teacher. He was a businessman and executive, dedicated worshipper, an avid Cowboys/Rangers/Mavericks fan, a terrific grandfather, a soldier, a leader and a fine example for his kids and grandkids. He easily developed and cultivated friendships wherever he was.
In his most recent years, Charles continued to enjoy music, friendships and family. He was a friend to all, but overall, he was simply a caring man. In his memoir, Charles summed up his life by saying, “I truly have been blessed beyond measure.”
During his final months, Charles was lovingly cared for by the very special ladies of The Family’s Choice: Joy Mmbifwa, with Jane, Chella and Patricia. The family would also like to thank care providers Irene Karuga, and Sister Demetria who helped usher Charles heavenward during his final weeks.
A Memorial Service will be held
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Richardson
1001 N Central Expressway
Richardson, TX 75080
In lieu of flowers, the family would love for you to honor Charles’ memory with a donation in his name to First Baptist Church of Richardson.
A Signature Service under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238
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