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Charles was born to a pioneer Texas family in the town of Leonard. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1958 and soon thereafter joined the United States Navy. During his time in the Navy, Charles served on the U.S.S. Sierra and in Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program of the United States, assisting with recovery operations of the Mercury crews. After his discharge from the Navy, Charles attended North Texas State University where he graduated with a degree in business. While at North Texas State, Charles was a member Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. He was employed by Employers Casualty Company in Dallas as a Claim Director for over 25 years and received the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. He was also an adjunct professor at El Centro College.
In 1973, Charles moved with his family to Kerens but continued to commute 140 miles roundtrip to Dallas every day for work. Upon his retirement, Charles enjoyed spending time at his farm in Kerens. He was an Elder in the Kerens Presbyterian Church.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence "Pud" and Helen Smith Partain, his sister, Myrna Partain Hilburn and grandson Wade Thomas Partain.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Campbell Partain; son Robert Partain and wife Bridget of Katy; daughter Kathy Lett and husband Billy of Dallas; daughter Lee Ann Partain and husband Jim Belcher of Galveston; his much-loved grandchildren Lee Lett, Lizzie Lett, Campbell Partain, Reilly Partain and Max Belcher and his brother, Bob A. Partain of La Guacima, Costa Rica.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Paschal Funeral Home.
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