With a wink and a beaming smile, Charlie Litel made the world a better place. Known for his compassion for others, his intelligence, his purposeful demeanor and his willingness to listen, Charlie was quick to help others and sincerely wanted to get to know them. He was selfless in his approach. Friend of all, his spirit was contagious and he liked to gather a good crowd.
Charlie was born in the Woodlands, Texas, and grew up playing outside every day with his brothers, Conrad and Collier, and the neighborhood kids who were drawn to this upbeat, action-ready and unpretentious leader. He loved and excelled at every sport he tried: soccer, basketball, baseball, swim team, football – he did it all!
In eighth grade, Charlie moved with his family to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he graduated with honors from Our Lady Queen of Heaven School and then St. Louis High School. He excelled at schoolwork and was always socially comfortable with his peers. He played soccer, golf and tennis. He was a natural leader… bright, active and engaged. After graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious SMU Cox School of Business School in Dallas, Texas with a major in finance. Charlie promised the Phi Delta Theta Brotherhood and joined his brothers living on campus.
Charlie was proud and cherished of his experience at Camp Spike ‘n Wave where he was a camp counselor for three summers with his friend John Thomas Savoie. Camp for Children with Epilepsy combines the outdoors with camaraderie and team spirit and was a great fit for Charlie. One summer he chose to spend the week at camp, instead of taking a sailing trip with friends to the Virgin Islands, a testament to his caring nature and selfless service to others.
Charlie was the happiest in the great outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing. He loved to ski on snow. He was an excellent shooter. He loved being in the duck blind, in the boat… getting up early, whatever the weather. And it was a joy to be with him because of his natural enthusiasm.
The moment of his death is simply heartbreaking for his family and friends. He was ready for such a bright future. Today we mourn his loss, but remember his love, gentle demeanor and positive energy. We love you Charlie and we will miss you very much! We know that God wanted your good soul. We will carry your spirit with us in all of our days. Thank you for your spirit, my son, we love you forever.
He is survived by his parents, Trey and Karen Karkalits Litel; and brothers, Collier (Los Angeles, CA) and Conrad Litel (Lake Charles); grandmother, Colleen Litel (Lac Charles); Aunt Dawn Litel-Murphy; Uncle Brian Murphy and cousins, Nick, Ty and Noah Murphy (Westhampton Beach, NY); uncle Tim Litel; Aunt Ryann Litel and cousins, Landry, Gentry, Jacques and Wesley Litel (Bâton Rouge); Aunt Kay Marcantel; Uncle Mike Marcantel and cousins, Sean and Mary Kate Marcantel (Lake Charles). He is predeceased by his grandparents, Dr Olin Carroll Karkalits and Barbara Sue Robinson Karkalits (Lake Charles).
Visits to Trinity Baptist Church on Nelson and Country Club Road are scheduled for Friday, December 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be at the First Methodist Church on Saturday at 1 p.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Consolata, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
One of Charlie’s passions was his work and his support of pediatric neurology. Memorial donations can be made in Charles Monroe Litel’s name to one of these charities: The Neurological Clinical Research Fund at Texas Children’s Hospital http://give.texaschildrens.org/goto/charlielitel
Houston Bluebird Circle. Please note support from the Center for Clinical Research in Pediatric Neurology on your check or on the website. The Blue Bird Circle, PO Box 66027, Houston, TX 77366 https://www.thebluebirdcircle.com/support/
On behalf of Charlie’s family, “Thank you for loving our Charlie”.
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