GALVESTON-Charles O'Neil Mickens, Sr., a loving father, adored grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin peacefully fell asleep in the arms of the Lord and received his reward of eternal rest on, Wednesday, February 7, 2007, in Louisiana with his beloved family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Charles was greeted with open arms at the Gates of Heaven by his loving wife, Joe Ann. They rejoiced and celebrated their reunion in the presence of their Lord and Savior.
Charles was born to the late Edmond, Sr. and Virginia Deyon Mickens on February 3, 1944, in Galveston, TX. He was the fifth baby of five boys and two girls. Charles was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1962. Charles was united in Holy Matrimony to Joe Ann Thompson on June 8, 1963. To this union three children were born, Tamesa Danette, Charles O'Neil, Jr. and Cory Andre'. Charles retired from the Galveston Fire Department after 20 dedicated years of service. Charles was an "angel in disguise" and loved by all. He will truly be missed and will now dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Charles is preceded in death by his loving wife of 39 years, Joe Ann
Mickens, his parents; brothers, Steve Mickens, Sr., Edmond Mickens, Jr., and Norman Mickens, Sr.
Charles leaves to cherish his precious memories to his children, Tamesa Taylor (Paul), Charles Mickens, Jr. (Audrey) and Cory Mickens (Stacy), grandchildren, Chris, Brandon, Courtney, Justin and Dandre' Mickens, Tiera Pope, Joseph and Anthony Sonnier and Jamaal Scott, Shawn Rubin (Verna), Gaylon Edwards (Sherrie) and Shaterral Taylor; great grandchildren, Na'Taya and Amyiree' Mickens and Devin Nelson, Rakayla, Gaylon and Shaylon Edwards, Victoria, Shawneece, Trey and Daylon Rubin, Shakerral, Shalestria, Jotrel and JaTerah Taylor; his brother, Don Mickens, Sr. (Margaret) of Hitchcock, and sisters, Deborah Lynex and Ruth Ann Body of California and brother-in-law, Tommy Lynex of Galveston, uncle, Calvin Deyon, Sr. of Palestine, TX. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Viewing will begin at 11:00AM on Saturday, February 10, 2007, followed a service celebrating his life at 1:00 PM at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with Rev. Norris D. Burkley, officiating. He will be laid to rest in Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX
Special thanks to the Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care, Acadiana Home Health, the Central High School class of 1962, Dr. Earl Washington, Jr., Dr. Luis Meza, Anna Mae Glaude, First United Full Gospel Assembly Church of Lafayette, La., to the Galveston Fire Department and E. R. Johnson Funeral Home.