Charles E. LaBounty, 95, of Rockport, Texas passed away on March 3rd and was preceded in death by his father, George LaBounty; mother, Roxie Ann; and his three brothers George, Roger and Jack.
He is survived by his loving spouse, Billie; his son, Chuck LaBounty, and wife Laura; his daughter, Renee Hale, and her husband Chip; and his four grandchildren: Clint LaBounty, Lauren Sifuentes, Charlie Hickman and Jessica Beaudette. All his family have remained close to him and have many cherished memories spending time with Charles in his Rockport home.
Charles was born in El Paso, Texas and was raised in Lampasas, Texas. He remained there until he joined the US Navy at the young age of seventeen, following his three older brothers also in the service during WWII. Charles spent his Naval career on the USS Augusta, a heavy cruiser, which received considerable recognition in the European theatre. Charles was on the USS Augusta during the Normandy invasion at Omaha Beach, invasion of Southern France, and several other significant engagements. After the war, Charles learned about the banking business and became a Federal Bank Examiner for several years. As they started a family, Charles and Billie decided they would rather limit his travels as a bank examiner and have more time together raising a family. In 1957 he decided he would take a position at The First National Bank of Rockport where he remained until retirement in 1992. Over the years, the bank flourished, and at the time of his retirement as Vice Chairman of the Board, the bank was acquired by Wells Fargo. Charles enjoyed many activities but making furniture and other woodworking activities were one of his favorites. He was able to enjoy a long retirement with Billie spending many wonderful years in Rockport with their children, grandchildren, and friends.
At the request of the family, no public services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your charity of choice in the name of Charles LaBounty.