Charles W. Burd

Charles Burd

Our dearly loved Charles W. Burd Sr. departed on November 24, 2015 to meet his heavenly Father above.

He is preceded in death by beloved wife, Elsie Hewitt Burd and grandson, Kristopher Turner. 

He is survived by daughter, Patricia Mead (husband David) and Wes Burd (wife Patty); brother, James Mac Burd; grandchildren, Tiffany, Darcie, Lori, Karen, Wesley; brother-in-law, Lee Fegette as well as many nieces and nephews who remain to cherish his memory as well.

Charlie was a "certified" country boy who grew up farming in rural East Texas. Plain and simple, he learned early on how to make do with what he had and learned to be content with what he had been blessed with. He was always very hard working and appreciative, always willing to go out of his way to help those in need.

Charlie joined the Army and fought in Germany, 69th Infantry, during WWII.  He was a true war hero. Wounded seriously in the Battle of the Bulge, Charlie received a Purple Heart.  After recovering from his injuries and frostbite, he became a chauffeur for Gen. Eisenhower's secretary, Capt. Kay Summersby and her two assistants.  He was so very proud to have served his country and knew that freedom is not free.

He returned home from service and met his future bride, Elsie Hewitt. They both considered themselves blessed to have survived the Texas City Disaster on April 16, 1947. They married later that year. Charlie spent his working life as a machinist with Amoco Oil Refinery in Texas City until he retired in 1985. He was a real outdoorsman always fishing, hunting elk and deer in Colorado every year with his dear friends. Elsie was always along as the camp cook.  After retiring they travelled to Alaska and Canada, all the way to Nova Scotia and everywhere in between in their 5th wheel.

Charles and wife both loved God and were longtime members of League City Friends Church (it later became Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends). They travelled with Friends Disaster helping rebuild areas destroyed by hurricanes or tornadoes. When you said "God bless you" Daddy Burd always responded "He does, everyday", all the way till the last 2 days when he could no longer speak.

The family wishes to thank HCT Hospice, especially Jo, Rebecca, Nurse Kathryn and nurse Toby for their kindness.

Friends and family will gather Saturday Decmber, 12th at 2:00 pm to celebrate his life at Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends 925 3rd St. in old League City.  Come as you are, if you can.

Additional Readings of the Life of Charles Burd....

Staff Sargent, United States Army.  Burd served his country in World War II, from 1944 – 1946.

Born on March 27, 1926 in Pine Hill, Texas, he was drafted into the military, and although underweight with flat arches, rejected.  Due to his strong desire to fight for his country, they accepted him anyway, as a volunteer.  As a proud American soldier, he shipped out early from Camp Roberts, California to Europe, where he fought as a replacement on the front-line (the Siegfried line) of the 69th Infantry Division.  As a foot soldier, with a military issue Browning automatic rifle, he fought the Battle of the Bulge where he was seriously injured when the Germans broke through their front line.  Suffering multiple shrapnel wounds and severely frostbitten feet, he was sent to a nearby hospital and later to Paris.  

Burd refused to allow the doctors to amputate his feet, taking his chances that he would later recover, and he did.  When asked what he would like to do next, he answered, “To be a driver and body guard for someone important” and was assigned to General Eisenhower’s secretary, Captain Kay Summersby, a commissioned officer in the US Women's Army Corps (WACs). Her military awards included the Bronze Star Medals, Women's Army Corps Service Medal, European Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal with "Germany" clasp.  Burd spent his last months in service driving her and her two aides, throughout Europe, assuring that the countries who had been devastated from the war, had sufficient resources to reclaim their treasures and art and to rebuild their countries. 

He was discharged from the Army in 1946 with a Purple Heart and moved to League City, Texas, where he met and later wed his late wife, Elsie Hewitt.  Six months after being discharged from the military, while the two were still dating, they were both seriously injured in the Texas City Disaster, as employees of Monsanto.  Both were nearly killed when the ship docked at the Monsanto refinery exploded and killed hundreds of people.  They luckily survived this tragedy and went on to have two children and six grandchildren.  

Burd recently celebrated his 89th birthday on March 27, 2015. Not a day passes, that he forgets how grateful he is to have been able to serve his country, his family and to have shared the prosperous life with his late wife, Elsie Burd. A strongly religious and appreciative man, he is still an active member and founder of the League City Friends Church and is proud to say that has never turned away anyone in need.