Native Texan, Charles Robert (Bob) Qualls, passed from this world July 17, 2023 in Eastland, Texas. He was born in Cisco, Texas, on July 2,1936 to Charles Jasper and Mary Loraine (Siddall) Qualls.
Bob grew up in Cisco and throughout his lifetime, he was no stranger to Eastland County. He began meeting the public between the ages of 12-14 as a paperboy for the Fort Worth Star Telegram in Cisco. He sacked and delivered groceries for the local A & P Grocery Store and Clover Leaf Farm Store in Cisco. In 1954, he graduated from Cisco High School where he was active in Lobo Football and other school activities. He continued his education at Texas Tech in Lubbock; Cisco Jr. College; East Texas State at Commerce; and numerous computer technical schools where he attained a Certified Data Processor Certificate. Additionally, he served the public as an accountant preparing public and private tax returns; teaching data processing to students while employed at Cisco College; and later following retirement in Houston, Bob gathered data from residents for the United States Census in Eastland County. These numerous opportunities introduced him to generations of families in the area.
In 1957, he married Lou Jane Walker, and three children were born to their union: Sharla, Greg and Patrick Qualls. They were divorced in 1979.
His vast professional career included oil and gas computer department management, field operations, and extensive senior level management in the industry; as a foundry controller, he coordinated the completion of a small business loan; with his income tax expertise, he operated a successful private tax business; and in the years prior to retirement, he worked as a tax consultant in Houston dealing with corporate sales tax issues. In 2001, he married Patsy Ruth Bartels, and in 2006, they gave up their careers and retired in Eastland to be near family and friends which he cherished.
During his full and varied lifetime, God and country were most important and held close to Bob's heart. While young, he and his family attended the Presbyterian Church in Cisco, and as an adult, he was baptized in both the Methodist and Baptist churches. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Eastland First Methodist Church. He deeply loved his country and commencing during high school and for seven years, his military obligation was experienced as a Sergeant in the 49th Armored Division, Texas National Guard, Division Artillery, Cisco Battery A. His political preference was Republican, and he was a proud member of the NRA.
His civic duties were fulfilled as a past member of the Cisco and Eastland Rotary Clubs for seven years, serving one year as president in Cisco. He was an active member of the Cisco High School Class of 1954 alumni and served as co-president along with classmate, Joe Ziehr, from 2006-2020. His class held many enjoyable luncheon meetings during and between the CHS 5-Year Reunions.
Bob's hobbies included woodworking, in which he excelled by crafting and marketing dining, game and end tables constructed of oak, walnut and mesquite as president of WOODCRAFT PLUS; additionally, he enjoyed making pen and pencil sets in wood and acrylic; his love of the outdoors was exhibited by hunting and fishing with family and friends; as well as traveling, which included extensive trips throughout Texas for business and many other states for pleasure.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luther Henry Qualls and wife, Abbie Mae (Ripley) Qualls; Lon Yancy Siddall and wife, Cora Belle (Herring) Siddall; parents, Charles Jasper Qualls and wife, Mary Loraine (Siddall) Qualls of Cisco; brother, James Jack Qualls of Pipe Creek; and sister Nancy Deann (Qualls) Haynes and husband, Rev. Jesse Haynes of Donie.
Survivors include: his beloved wife, Patsy Ruth (Armstrong) Qualls of Eastland; daughter, Sharla Carol Qualls of Newcastle; two sons, Charles Gregory Qualls of Cisco and David Patrick Qualls and wife, Kelly Christine (White) Qualls, of Graham; grandsons, Caleb Christopher Qualls and wife, Allison (Mayes) Qualls, of Austin; Jonah Qualls of College Station; and Lucas Zachary Qualls of Graham; brother, F. R. (Ron) Qualls and wife, Barbara (Blum) Qualls of Georgetown; sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn (Brandt) Qualls of Pipe Creek and Joanne Armstrong of Liberty Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins which he held dear.
The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Alan Mickish and his staff at B&W Clinic; The Woodlands Nursing & Rehab staff (especially James Tinkle for Mr. Qualls' physical therapy); and Solaris Hospice for their expertise during his extensive illness. The outstanding care given to Mr. Qualls is deeply appreciated, and all of you helped him to become "the miracle patient!" Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to Eastland First Methodist Church for their prayers and Pastor Dale Wilbanks for his visits, encouragement, and conduction of the Celebration of Life Service.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Qualls' preference is a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the charity of your choice. Family/Friends Visitation will be held 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at Kimbrough-Jacobs Funeral Home in Cisco, and a Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 11 a.m, on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Eastland First Methodist Church. Mr. Qualls' final resting choice was cremation.
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