Charley Bevard Hargrave, 93, passed away on March 6, 2021. Beloved husband, father, teacher, friend and mentor, he was born September 9, 1927, in Amarillo where he lived most of his life. He was a loving and committed husband and is survived by his wife of 72 years, Janice Lola Hargrave.
He was a dedicated family man and caring father and survived by three sons and their wives, Charley and Tanya Hargrave of Denton, Texas, Gary and Paula Hargrave of Houston, Texas, and Terry and Sharon Hargrave of Pasadena, California. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Carol Painter.
He was a proud veteran of the Army Air Corps in WWII and served in Europe as a cryptographer through the Berlin Airlift in 1948. He also served in Greenland during the Korean War. He was a graduate of West Texas University and taught Chemistry at Amarillo High School from 1965 until his retirement. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and an active mission worker in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Belarus and Russia. After retirement from teaching, he was a mentor and tutor to hundreds of students and was a tremendous encouragement to many in their education, careers, families and spiritual journeys. Always a sports fan of Amarillo High School, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the school’s volleyball, basketball, softball and football teams.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo at 10:00 A.M. on March 20, 2021. The family requests that any gifts or memorials go to missions organizations of the contributor’s choice.