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Charles Floyd Sistrunk Sr., 80, of Bellville, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2010, in a Hempstead nursing facility.

Born Dec. 2, 1929, in Mitchell, La., Charles was the son of John Floyd and Gertha Ryles Sistrunk.

He grew up and attended school in Oak Grove, La., graduating from high school in 1947.

He then enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country from 1947-1950, attaining the rank of Corporal.

After his honorable discharge, Charles moved to Bellville and lived in the Wayne Motel. He met his future bride, Dorothy Ignasiak, at the Mewis Cafe. It was love at first sight and they were married on Jan. 24, 1951, in Bellville.

They made their home in Louisiana before returning to Bellville in 1967. 

During his working years, Charles was employed first by Dixie Drilling Company in Louisiana, and later Tenneco, as an oil field worker. He traveled so much with his job that, whenever he was at home, he treasured the time he was able to spend with his family. After his retirement, he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of over 59 years:  Dorothy Sistrunk; children Jennifer Sistrunk and Patrick McCarthy and Charles Sistrunk, Jr.; all of Bellville.  Also surviving Charles are his four grandchildren Rachel Johnson of Sealy, Sarah Buenger and her husband, Clint, of Brenham, Stacey Sistrunk of Bellville and Charity Sistrunk, also of Bellville; and four great grandchildren Haleigh Meyer, Kohen Johnson, Connor Johnson and Jack Buenger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Wanda Sistrunk Pfeffer, five brothers and one sister.


Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2010 at Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Funeral service was 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jonelle Hammack, officiating.

Interment was in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville.

Pallbearers were Donald Sistrunk, Collin Crawford, Clint Buenger,  Larry Duval, Billy Steb and Mike Newman.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Charles to the: Alzheimerís Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

Please visit our website at to light a candle and sign the register book in memory of Mr. Sistrunk.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.


Posted by Joy Neely


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