Charles LaRue Hill

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, April 28, 2020

On February 7, 1950 a baby boy was born to Olga DeWalt Hill and Edgar Samuel Hill Sr. in Port Arthur, Texas.

Some of us know him as LaRue, Big Red, Rue or Uncle LaRue, but they lovingly named him Charles LaRue.

At an early age, Charles was baptized and identified his faith in God.

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His journey to know God has taken him in many directions.

His journey in the road of Catholic, Methodist, Protestant, and Muslin; but ended in his faith with Jesus.

In his final journey none the less, he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

Charles attended Sacred Heart School and Lincoln High School in Port Arthur.

It was there he took an interest in basketball and became one of the team favorites.

As a result, he was offered a scholarship to play for Dome College Basketball Team in Nebraska.

After leaving Nebraska, LaRue relocated to San Francisco, California.

He often commuted between California and Texas. However, he eventually settled in Texas.

LaRue had various jobs in the places that he resided in Port Arthur, Beaumont, and Houston. Needless to say, the final place that be called home for the last seven years of his life was Wharton, Texas.

Charles life can be summed up as follows:

• C – Charitable – He would give his last food, cigarettes, furniture, or money to anyone in need.

• H – Habits – He loved to participate whenever he could in playing cards, dancing, basketball and listening to Jazz and Gospel music.

• A – Attitude – He never stayed angry with anyone

• R – Regularly – He prayed constantly throughout the day every day.

• L – Love – He loved the Lord, his family, friends and neighbors.

• E – Enjoyed – He really liked talking about the good times with, Donald, Bert, Emmett, Henry, Terry, Charlene, Olga, Wardell, Peter, and Carrie just to name a few.

• S – Settled – He was determined to live his life by his own standards, quiet, compassionate, peaceful, helpful, accountable & loving.

In 2018, LaRue was diagnosed with Colon Cancer.

This became a very challenging time for him, but he refused to have any surgery or treatments.

Charles LaRue was determined to defeat his illness through his faith in God and prayer.

His courage and will to live led him to disguise his illness by telling everyone he was ok; while maintaining an independent lifestyle.

He departed us in the second week of April at the Colonnade at Reflection Bay.

Charles LaRue is preceded in death by his parents Olga DeWalt Hill and Edgar Samuel Hill Sr., his two brothers Artist Joseph DeWalt Jr. and Edgar Anthony Hill, two sisters Bettye Hill Connor and Myrna Hill Rideout.

Also 5 aunts; Devona, Odette, Enola, Jessie, Laura, and 4 uncles; Charles, Theodore, Joe Jr. & King.

LaRue’s legacy will live on in the hearts of his family; one sister Sandra Hill-Figgs, 16 nieces and nephews; Artist III (Cherry), Angela (Martin), Alex (Monetta), August (Ruth), Angus (Sherri), Adrian (Serena), Anakajsa (Keith), Arturo, Shauna (Gene), Xiomar, Olga, Chaun (Annette), Raymond (Sonja), Eric (Katrina), Shannon (Letrice) and, Tabatha.

30 great-nieces, and great-nephews; Zachery, Taunya, Atilla, Destiny, Joshua, Paul, Ashley, Andrew, Alexis, Angelique, Anderson, Adam, Alexandria, Asia, Amber, Angus Jr., Adoriam, Ariel, Akedria, Aiden, Veronica, Breana, Larry, Jayde, Corbin, Roman, Erin, Trent, Cameron, Amanda & Mykayla, a host of cousins; Crystal, Marc, Steven, Marvin, Faye, Charlotte, Rita, Malcolm, Edward, Cynthia, Canthia, Robert, Frank, Cheryl, Barbara, Floy, Regina, Audrey, Joseph, and three special cousins Ingrid Broussard-Singleton (Wallace), Joyce Hill-Diggs (Warren) and Mary Fontenot Mahoney, two brothers-in-laws Carl Connor and Leo Rideout.

Service for LaRue will be held on May 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Midtown Family Worship Center 4209 Wayne St. Houston, TX Senior Pastor Derrick W. Lee