The local community lost a huge source of laughter the morning of Jan. 13, 2021, when Charlesetta (Charlie) Bruce, 64, suddenly passed away. Her jolly personality, giving heart and upbeat spirit touched the lives of so many both far and near.
Charlesetta was born in Hughes Springs on Feb. 3, 1956 and grew up in Daingerfield. She graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1974 and attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins. She later received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Charlesetta worked for Hughes Springs, Linden-Kildare, and Daingerfield-Lone Star school districts as well as local nursing homes and home health care agencies. She also worked with before-and-after-care programs before she decided to dedicate the time she had remaining to help others in their times of need. She was a charter member of the PineyWoods Civic Club and served as its president. She also served as parliamentarian of the Morris County Collaborative Executive Committee and chaired the organization’s governance committee.
Charlesetta is survived by her daughter and granddaughter, Nisha Bruce of Columbia, Maryland, and Brioni Jones of Honolulu, Hawaii; one stepdaughter, Chelsea Lawson of Mesquite; two brothers, Darrel (Angela) Bruce of Temple and Jerry (Marilyn) Bruce of Hughes Springs; three sisters, Debbie (Timothy) Juhlke of Round Rock, Norma Elaine Evans of Daingerfield, and Rosie Neal of Hughes Springs; two aunts and uncles, Vickie and Larry Smith, Sr. of Daingerfield and Norris and Carlenta Bruce of Dallas as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Arthur (Tannie) Bruce and four siblings; Debra Wilson, Bobby Bruce, Sr., Ricky Bruce, Sr. and Mary (Leonard) Hatcher.
The memories of Charlesetta will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with and impacted. A public viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 from 2-7 p.m. at the Morris County Courthouse Annex. Share your stories of remembrance during a Celebration of Life Service held in her honor Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at the Daingerfield City Park from 1-2:30 p.m. A celebratory, processional parade will begin at the Daingerfield Public Library at 12 noon. This is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event and the dress code is “casual cute.” Face masks are required at all times and physical/social distancing will be strongly enforced. Final arrangements are under the direction of Harmon and Harmon Funeral Associates. In lieu of food or flowers, please help the family continue Charlesetta’s legacy of service to the community by donating to the Morris County Collaborative or PineyWoods Civic Club.