Charles H. Anderson

October 13, 1939 - March 17, 2020

Charles Herron Anderson was born October 13, 1939 to Albert (Bill) and Jewel Cottle Anderson. After a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, Charles passed away peacefully, in his home on March 17, 2020. He was born and raised in McKinney, Texas and graduated from Boyd high school in 1958. He later married his high school sweetheart, Madell Combest, and began their 62-year partnership. Charles took home courses and night classes while pursuing his career at Texas Instruments in Dallas. He retired almost 40 years later with many career achievements, including 29 registered patents in his name. Charles was known for a variety of hobbies including astronomy, music, and art, which were all a big part of his life. However, none were as important to him as the love he had for his family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who took his role as spiritual leader of his family very seriously. He always tried to live the example of a true servant of God. He loved studying scripture and for many years taught classes in Sunday school, nursing homes, and retirement centers. He also enjoyed using his musical and art talent to glorify God. Perhaps most notably, in his painting of “The Rapture “, which has been distributed worldwide through “Bible Believer’s Evangelistic Association”. The painting has been used as a teaching tool, resulting in many reported conversions to Christ. Charles also sang with the “Big State Gospel Quartet” in the 1960s. He later enjoyed choir and solo music through his church. The focus of his life was always his love for the Lord and for his family.


Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Jewel Anderson; sister, Kathryn Townsend, and son-in-law, Joseph Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Madell; one daughter Dalena (Dena) Miller of Dallas, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Virginia Anderson; and one granddaughter, Sarah Anderson of Arlington Texas. Charles also leaves behind many extended family and friends.

He will truly be missed.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic we are choosing to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and local restrictions. Out of concern for the safety of those attending we have chosen an outdoor service only.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Ridgeview Memorial Park, located behind Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow funeral home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, TX 75013.

For those wishing to honor Charles with attendance, please be conscious of social distancing during this public gathering.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles’ honor to the Alzheimer’s Association,



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Madell, We have such fond memories of times spent with you and Charles. He was such a fine person in every way. He was caring, thoughtful, and so kind. We have missed seeing him at church because of his illness. God has him in his hands now and forever. Love to his whole family.
Gary and Joanne Cox, March 26, 2020 Charlie always had an encouraging word to say to me during our years together at Texas Instruments VAM/CMTC. Encouragement is just another word for inspiration. Once when someone remarked about church, Charlie said "Church is just a hospital for sinners, that's all". This comment revealed his deep humility, which is just another word for reverence and piety. These and many other fond memories keep his influence alive to this day. The best we can do is to pass this influence along to others, so that they can benefit from and enjoy the legacy that this fine man has left us in his wake. Thank you, Charlie!
Don Christian, March 24, 2020 I am so awfully sorry to hear that Charles Anderson has passed away. During my five years at Texas Instruments he was a colleague of mine within CMTC and a very good friend. We shared a love of high fidelity music and stereo equipment and, as he did for some others, he built a pair of excellent speakers for me as well as a massive and formidable subwoofer. Perhaps his ear for music is best illustrated by the following incident. He asked me to come over to his house to hear with my own ears a commercial acoustic "outrage" he had been forced to react to. What had happened was that CDs were new at the time and Telarc Records was establishing themselves as a purveyor of especially high quality classical music CDs. So he had purchased one, taken it home with great expectations, and found that it contained a flawed recording. When I say "flawed" that needs context. Most listeners would never have noticed the fact that whoever had recorded the piece and then cut the CD had used a faulty amplifier in the process. The amplifier subtly clipped some of the high frequency content in the recording. Had Charles Anderson ever heard me call the clipping subtle he would have been horrified - and for sure the clipping became a whole lot less subtle when he played the piece with the bass turned all the way down and the treble turned all the way up. One couldn't possibly miss the outrage under those exaggerated playback conditions. So Charles had tried to return the CD to the store but when that failed he wrote a letter of complaint to Telarc. He was somewhat mollified and somewhat outraged when Telarc's Chief Engineer responded and told him he had the distinction of being their only customer who had noticed that Telarc's amplifier was faulty. Telarc had been aware but hoped that no one would spot it! Had they known Charles they would have known they were skating on some very thin audio ice indeed making that assumption. I'm very sad he is no longer with us. Bob Meyer, March 24, 2020 I'm very sad to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family as I know he will be missed. I have known Charles since he visited SAU Tech-Branch 40 years ago, recruiting new college graduates to begin their careers working for Texas Instruments. He managed to get three Arkies on that trip and two are still working at TI. I was one of the three and do not hesitate to say it was a real pleasure working with Charles. He was a true audiophile and taught me most of what I know about loudspeaker design. I still have a pair of speakers he built. They haven’t been used in several years, but still in my garage waiting for someone that will appreciate them as much as me. It has been several years since our last CMTC reunion lunch, which is the last time I talked to Charles. I recently began organizing our next reunion lunch and scheduled it for early June on my 40th work anniversary. Charles was the first person on my email list. I was hoping to thank him once again for convincing me to move to Dallas and work for TI. I was concerned, since I had not received a reply from him during the past seven weeks. He will be missed by all of us. Regards,
Paul Eaves, March 23, 2020 I worked for Charlie at TI for a number of years. Ours was not only a boss employee relationship, but a friendship that lasted for close to 35 years. Charlie grew up in McKinney when it was a small town. I grew up in Plano when it was a small town. That meant something. That gave us an understanding and an appreciation of where we came from. Charlie was always an honest, straight forward guy. When he told you something, you could count on it. RIP Charlie. The world has lost a good one.
Don Nance, March 23, 2020 I will never forget the man who taught me so much! I was fortunate to have Charlie as my mentor for so long. A great person and true friend! And by the way, I still have those awesome speakers you designed that I have enjoyed for so many years! Rest In Peace Charlie. Pablo Rivera Jr, March 22, 2020 We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family.
Ken and Bertha Barnett, March 21, 2020 Such a loving and wonderful person.
Kathy Dean, March 21, 2020 Charles was a fine christian man with many talents, abilities and achievements. He left a wonderful legacy for his wife, his children and to us all. Joel E. & Gayle H. Young, March 21, 2020 I’m so sorry for your loss. “Uncle” Charles and Madell you have always been special to our family. You were there for my moms Illness and cared for anyone sick or ill. Always checking in and making sure everyone was doing ok. Great memories growing up as well. Love you all and prayers for healing. Will respect staying distant today but wish I could be there. Love you all,
Joanna Kestler, March 21, 2020 Our friendship started with Charles when he was our Sunday School teacher in 1970! He was someone to 'look up to' as a Christian, and a friend. We enjoyed visiting him and his wonderful family upon occasion, over the years. It was our privilege to know Charles, Madell, and his two children. He will certainly be missed. Jim and Ann Richardson, March 20, 2020 I’m praying for you and your family at this time. I love you dear friend. Carol King, March 20, 2020 Charles and I have been friends since we were kids! I still have a picture he took of the Hale- Bopp Comet (1997) on my shop wall! Best picture that I've every seen! I will miss Charles coming by and working on our Optic Comparator!! Charles was one of the best persons I've ever known! I know God's angels will surround Charles as he enters heaven! I pray God will bring comfort to his family! He will be missed!
Doyle Nelson, March 20, 2020 Madell, Charles was a remarkable man. Kind, gentlemanly, friendly and such a servant of God. We loved him, and we love you. Kit and Katie Blakley, March 19, 2020 Love you Madell and praying for you.
Linda Shaw, March 19, 2020 Charlie and I miss him and you. We pray for you as you go thru your grief. Charles is in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a great Bible scholar and We always looked forward to his wisdeome. Blessings to the family We love you. Liz Butler, March 19, 2020 I am so very sorry for y’alls loss. He was always so nice and helpful to me as a child. Always offered to help and educate. Angie Ayers, March 19, 2020 Special prayers for Madell and all family members. So many special memories.
Barbara and Lowell McMichael , March 19, 2020 To the Anderson Family, Fond memories from long ago start to fade, but the few that remain are crystal clear. Being it was such an innocent time in my life, I will never forget the God like characteristics "mom & dad" portrayed to us kids doing our best to grow up in the safe boundaries you both provided. We tried our best to keep it between the lines and we have YOU both to thank for such a loving and structured atmosphere. My sincere condolences for the loss of an Ambassador for Christ, husband, father and grandfather. Love to you all, Tracey Lynn Farris (Mark's High School Friend) I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:23-24 March 17th - the far better scenario played its hand.
Tracey Lynn Farris, March 19, 2020 Sending our love and prayers for you and your family! Sent with love and prayers, Gerry and Jean Johnston
Jean Johnston , March 19, 2020