Charles Eugene


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Charles Eugene Forque

Jun 26 1930 - Jul 30 2005

Charles Eugene Forque, 75, former director of bands Robert E. Lee High School, Baytown, TX (1952-1978) and Plano Senior High School, Plano, TX (1978-1990) went home to be with his Lord and Savior after a five year holding pattern of Alzheimer’s. Charles loved flying, golf, his bands, NASA, and his grandchildren. Charles was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, Alpha Chapter, Texas Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame (2001). He held professional memberships in TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, and TSTA. He was choir director at First Christian Church, Baytown, and later, First Presbyterian Church, Baytown. He was a member of First Christian Church, McKinney. Charles held a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Sam Houston State University. Charles’ bands earned 34 Sweepstakes Awards in 36 Years of U.I.L. competitions, numerous other awards and championships, and were privileged to have “Doc” Severinsen perform 43 concerts with the bands over the years. Charles was born to Lillian Davis Forque and Asa Lee Forque on June 26, 1930 at Cedar Bayou, TX near present day Baytown. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Martha Peveto Forque and Seymour Lee Forque after his mother’s death when he was six years old. He was preceded in death by his beloved sisters, Agnes Marie Forque, Emma Forque Lain, and his brother, Asa Lee Forque, Jr. Charles is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ednajo, who patiently cared for him at home until his last day, his only child, Cheryl, and her husband, Samuel B. Melton, of Wilmington, North Carolina, his only grandson, Patrick B. Melton, of Charleston, South Carolina, and his only granddaughter, Colleen Denise, of Wilmington, North Carolina. He is also survived by his sister, Judy, and her husband, Patrick O’Brian of Oceanside, Doris and her husband, Joe Rountree of Deer Park, TX, and Becky and her husband, Jim Brawley of Channelview, Texas, and sister-in-law, Juanita Akagi of Rusk, TX. Funeral services will be held at First Christian Church, McKinney, TX at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, 2005. Graveside services will be held at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, TX at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2005. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the capital campaign at First Christian Church, McKinney or to the high school band programs at Robert E. Lee High School, Baytown, TX, or Plano Senior High School, Plano, TX.

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