Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 5:00 pm
The Messenger, May 24, 2013
Charles Steven Baxter died at his home in Bristow, Va., May 13, 2013.
A memorial service was held May 18 in Bristow. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association at donate.americanheart.org, the UCHS band or Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church.
Born in Akron, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1947, he was the son of the late Dr. J.R. “Bob” and Sara Baxter. The Baxters made their home in Union City in 1950. This began his lifelong love of the place he called home and the people he loved there and never forgot. He visited Union City a week before his death and attended his Aunt Lucille Houlle’s 100th birthday celebration in Paris. He also “visited with many friends and reminisced about what a wonderful place Union City was to grow up. He especially talked about UCHS band days and how they greatly molded his life” during that visit. He made a supreme effort never to lose contact with home and his cherished friendships. Before leaving Union City on May 5, he attended Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, the church he was raised in.
A tribute to Steve is evidenced in the many comments following his death:
“Steve was a warm and generous friend who returned often to Union City and who cherished his fellow classmates of UCHS Class of 1965.”
“Bax spent his life helping his country, his family, and his friends.”
“Such a great guy — generous, kind and giving person … what a sense of humor. I can hear his laugh. He knew his wines and hot sauces and lived life with gusto.”
“He was the best brother a sister could ask for… never judging but always there.”
“I guess Steve’s life was a life of loyalty … to everything and everyone he believed in.”
The teachers who influenced his life the most were his band director, Marion Reithel; his senior English teacher, Gertrude Bingham; and his physics teacher, Wilford Gray.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Helen: his daughters, Jennifer Baxter Butler of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Nicolette Watkins and Darren Harris of Manassas, Va.; his sister, Susanne Baxter and Kelly Dasher of Augusta, Ga.; his brother-in-law, George Braun of Saint Louis; five grandchildren: Taylor, Keith, Kristen, Alexis and David; and three nephews, David and Chaunte Turner, Stephen Turner and Matthew Braun.