Charles Evans Heath


Charles Evans Heath


“I was born November 17,1938, in the small cotton town of Rosebud, TX. My birth was at home because there was no room in the hospital. One of my aunts was at my birth.

“Later my family moved to Fort Worth ,TX, where I grew up and graduated from high school. Boy Scouts was an important part of my life. It introduced me to the outdoors which has been a life-long passion. I love being outside in the splendor of the creation. I fell in love with the mountains so it is no surprise that I ended up in Montana. I loved the mountains and I loved the values of the people.

“After college in Abilene, TX, I married Barbara Walker, attended seminary at Perkins Theological Seminary in Dallas at Southern Methodist University and had a daughter, Donna.

“I first pastored in Billings, MT, and after some months, we adopted Todd, Doug, and Wendy into our family. Some years later, after Barb and I divorced, I married Carol Hopkins Anderson and gained two great step-sons. I feel honored to be part of Carol’s extended family.

“My legacy that I want to leave to Carol, to my kids and step-kids, my extended families and my friends, is that I love you deeply. I am so grateful for all that life has brought me—the pain and the pleasure that has been part of my growth.”

Charles Evans Heath passed away at home on March 6, 2019, of congestive heart failure. We remember Chuck as a healer, listener and giver of love, as well as his making of pottery and having others enjoy his work.

Preceding Chuck in death are his father and mother, Lafayette and Ruby Heath; his brother and sister-in-law, Sonny and Linda Heath; and his daughter, Donna Lynn Heath Nichols.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; his sons, Todd (Jodie) and Doug (Michelle) Heath, Brent (Tara) and Hans Anderson; his daughter, Wendy Heath (Jim Mills); his sister, Mary Ann Kring (Gail); and numerous beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins.

We deeply appreciate all the loving care bestowed upon Chuck at Billings Clinic and StillWater Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Billings Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 31031, Billings, MT 59107 for the Pastoral Care Fund and to StillWater Hospice, 3737 Grand Ave., #4, Billings, MT 59102.

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Avenue B.

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18 thoughts on “Charles Evans Heath”

  1. Barb and Bob Garritson

    You were a blessing in my life. You helped me so much during my teaching years. God bless. Carol, you have many who love and care for you. We are here for you when you are in need.

  2. My mom thought so much of both of you. Chuck was always so good to her: talking to her and most of all, listening to her stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Nan Flynn Jones

  3. Maribeth and John Alder

    Sometimes a person comes along whose kindness and generosity shine so brightly that it illuminates all who are near, and whose absence diminishes the world. Chuck was such a man, and we and all of the friends at Henrys Lake who came to know and love Chuck will miss him greatly. Though our time together was too short, we feel privileged to have called him our friend. Our thoughts are with Carol and the family.

  4. Shirley Folkwein

    Oh, Carol. I am saddened to learn of Chuck’s passing. You and Chuck were an important part of our life at Grace UMC in the years we lived in Billings. May you feel the warmth and care of God’s arms wrapped around you in these days through the love of family & friends.

  5. Sorry for the loss of your beloved Chuck, you spent so many happy hours enjoying the beauty and splendor of this world. Sending prayers and hugs for you Carol and all of his family!

  6. My sincere sympathy, Carol. I know how different your life will be now. My prayers will be with you.

  7. Carol- I was out of town and just now heard about Chuck. My heart is heavy for you and I am so sorry. Chuck was an amazing man- his presence was always so peaceful. His journey has been a blessed life- his love for you and his family will be ever present. He is at peace now- May God keep you under his wing and fill you with peace as well. Love- Roni Kuzma

  8. It is such an honor to know and love this bright light of a human being named Chuck Heath! That light will never be dimmed, but his caring presence and twinkling smile will be so missed by so many. Carol and family, you are all in my prayers and my heart at this tender time.

  9. Ben and Shirley Sorrell

    Charlie…I love that your obit began with a personal message from you! Although I was not privileged to have spent a lot of time with you in the 45 years since Shirley and I married, I was aware even back then how much you were loved by her family. And the recent visits Shirley and I had with you and Carol at Henry’s Lake and then at Lizzie’s wedding down here at the ranch have impressed your memory into my heart forever. I will never forget your quiet acceptance that made me feel safe in reliving (on the deck of a packed restaurant even!) the emotional impact of my recent Vietnam reunion. Amelia and Lulan will always remember making pottery with cousin Charlie. How fortunate were all those who had the benefit of your counseling over the years. And how fortunate for that wonderful group of fun-loving friends who gathered around you and Carol at Henry’s Lake. You will be missed by all of us. God-speed, my friend.

  10. Vicki and Duncan Burford

    Carol, We were so sorry to learn of Chuck’s passing. He truly was a special guy – he was such a comfort and inspiration to so many people. He was one of the best listeners I ever knew! The world is going to miss him immensely.
    Our hearts and thoughts are with you, Carol. Be gentle with yourself.
    Drs Vicki and Duncan Burford

  11. I’m sorry for your loss Carol. I feel blessed to have known Chuck. He was an amazing man and so kind. I have fond memories of going to Chuck and Carols house for pottery and gingerbread cookies at Christmas time. Thanks for always being a great friend to my mother. Our prayers are with you Carol we love you. Chuck you will be greatly missed.

  12. Dear Carol
    We were sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing. Experiencing the death of a husband is so personal that very few of us can understand the grief involved. We can rejoice knowing where Chuck is today. We won’t be able to attend Chuck’s memorial but will remember you and your family in our prayers. God is our refuge and strength always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1. In Christain Love, Rick and Jen Dunn

  13. I am so very sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing! Having known him for a long time, I found him to be a loving, caring human being. He gave so much to others and to me. I truly valued his friendship. I will truly miss him. My prayers are with you now and in the difficult days ahead. Please know how much I care.

  14. Carol, I was so sorry to learn this sad news. May memories of your beloved Chuck bring you comfort and peace. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  15. My sweet Carol. I am so sorry to hear, just today, about dear Chuck, the light that retransfigured into eternal joy. Please know that I love you both and I am as near as a whisper. May angels surround you as you grieve and rearrange your days. Hugs to you, Kris

  16. Carol, I was so sorry to hear if Chuck’s death. I was not able to be at his service but many people have told me it was a celebration of Chuck’s kind spirit, his impact on so many & his legacy of his creative pottery that I cherish along with others

  17. Carol and family,
    May your tears wash away the sorrow leaving sweet memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Carol, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Your classmate, Julie Hehn.

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