Charles Wayne DuBose, 78, of Gonzales, passed away Friday, May 17. Charles was born July 1, 1940 in Gonzales to Leber and Rubeye Davis DuBose. Charles married Mary Lou Woodall on November 18, 1983 in Seguin. He had been a member of the Hochheim Baptist Church, the National Rifle Association and the Houston Gun Collectors.
Charles Wayne Dubose’s life passion for collecting military guns, holsters, and trench art was discovered while serving in the United States Army at an early age. He had been stationed in Heidelberg, Germany and cherished the time he spent there. He made many lasting friends on base, two fellow soldiers he remained in touch with to this day. The amount of knowledge he had was incredible and kept in his very own memory bank with a love for sharing it all, right down to the last detail. Knowledge that was unrivaled by any other person known. The stories and details were proudly communicated with a passion for sharing, certainly this will forever be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
During his lifetime he collected enough of his prized possessions to make his dream come true. With the help and dedication from his beloved hometown of Gonzales, his friends and family, the DuBose Collection was opened on Memorial Day 2018. It is located in the Robert Lee Brothers Jr. Memorial Library. Surrounded by family and friends, his dream of the Grand Opening came to fruition. To be certain, Charles was deeply touched and extremely grateful to everyone that had a part in making his dream a reality. So on his behalf, if you are one of the many who had a hand in helping his dream come true, Charles truly appreciated your labor of love.
He once said, “I just don’t think anyone will ever appreciate this like me” . . . clearly Charles underestimated the public interest in his vast collection. However, if anyone has not taken the time to enjoy the wonders and magnificence of the DuBose Collection, go, see it, take your time and realize what his passion and dream was all about, you will not be disappointed.
Charles the son, brother, uncle, husband, stepdad, grandfather, the person also known as Charlie and Pawpaw was a kind soul. He was generous, loving, and a jokester with a dry sense of humor, but still ever so funny. An example worth sharing goes like this; he hated chicken with a passion, seriously hated it! If asked what he wanted to eat? Charles would say without blinking an eye, “ABC” Anything But Chicken!
Charlie was bigger than life in so many ways, he will be missed, but never forgotten. Each person who knew and loved him will carry their own memories of Charles with them forever and as long as he is remembered, Charles will really never be completely absent from our lives.
Charles Wayne DuBose is survived by his step-children, Ellen Buras and husband Robert of Gonzales, James Rowland and wife Sherry and Rick Rowland all of Sheridan, Arkansas, step grandchildren, Shaun Sinks, Michelle Rowland, Curtis Rowland, Rachel Nalley, Moneica Feathers and Deon Peacock, step-great grandchildren, Isaac Knowlton, Macy Jo Knowlton, Wyatt Sinks, Ava Claire Knowlton, Grayson Nalley, Ansley Nalley and Avery Rowland, nephews, Kennon Dubose (Tamra) and Greg DuBose and great nephews, Brandon and Dakota DuBose.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Ramirez officiating. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery. Pallbearers: Ken DuBose, Greg DuBose, Wayne Wyatt, Danny Price, Tinker Brown, Jeff Koricanek, Brandon Zimmerman and Robert Herman. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home prior to the services. Memorials may be made to the Robert Lee Brothers Jr. Memorial Library the DuBose Collection. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.