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In Memory of

Bronson High Charles

September 16, 1923 - September 15, 2016

Obituary


Bronson High Charles died peacefully in her sleep just hours before her 93rd birthday. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas where she attended Paschal High School, graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA and later an MA from UT-Dallas. Bronson and her sister, Beverlee, started an illustrative advertising company in Ft Worth in the late 40's which was considered quite progressive for two young women. She continued illustrating for newspapers and magazines as she raised her children. She transitioned to oil portraiture naturally as she had years of informal training by her mother,...

Bronson High Charles died peacefully in her sleep just hours before her 93rd birthday. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas where she attended Paschal High School, graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA and later an MA from UT-Dallas. Bronson and her sister, Beverlee, started an illustrative advertising company in Ft Worth in the late 40's which was considered quite progressive for two young women. She continued illustrating for newspapers and magazines as she raised her children. She transitioned to oil portraiture naturally as she had years of informal training by her mother, also an artist, and then formally trained at the Chicago Art Institute, Evanston Art Institute, John Sanden Portrait workshops, and workshops with artists such as John Kinstler, Ramon Froman, Richard Schmidt and her mentor, Kazuya Sakai. She taught Oil Portraiture at Olla Podrida, held workshops and won many awards for her portraiture works. Her commissions include Dr. Charles Sprague, MD, President Emeritus of UT Southwestern Medical Center where the painting hangs today and George H. W. Bush, painted while vice-president, now hanging in the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station. Other notable Dallas family commissions include the Hunt, Murchison, Crow, and portraits of judges in the state courthouses, bankers, lawyers, physicians and lots of beautiful women and children. She painted over 5000 portraits during her career.
Bronson is known for her tiny frame, huge smile, love of bling and dancing! Her glowing face filled the world with energy, light and grace. She will forever be in our hearts!
Bronson is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lettie High; husband, Dr. Henry L. Charles; childhood "sweetheart" Charles Patteson; beloved sister, Beverlee Hanson and nephew, Wanz. She is survived by her four children: Thomas "Randy" Black, wife Olga and daughter Natasha; Suzanne Douglas Black, MD and wife, Melissa; Warren Mitchell Black, Jr. and daughter Katharyn Mitchell; Nancy Leigh Black and children Preston Mitchell and Madison Bronson; step-children: Ann Charles, partner Trish and children, Molly and Alan; Steve Charles, his wife Helene and children, Heather and Amy; nephews Karl and Kyle Hanson and their families; loving cousins Victoria DeBerry and Nez Hallett III. Special thanks to Reta McGee and Sonya Burton for making Bronson's last several years full of sunshine, great stories and superb care.
Services will be held on December 10, 2016 at 2PM at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:
GoFundMe.com for "Thomas (Randy) Black Medical Fund".