Charles was born in Edwards, CA at Edwards Air Force Base on June 14, 1977. He passed unexpectedly March 13, 2019 at the age of 41. Charles was the beloved dad of Aleiah and Sienna Ballard, his adoring girls, and his son Daniel Murphy, who he looked forward to spending many years with.
Along with his parents, Charles and Lucinda, he is survived by his brothers Curtis and Derek, and his sister Samantha; half-sister Nicole, grandparents Yvonne Brum (Clem) and Richard Webster (Judy), his aunt Yvonne, uncle Michael (Sandy) and cousins Melissa and Michael, who he was especially close to. He will be forever missed by his extended family in Sumter, SC and his cousins Jackson, Maxwell, Angela and Scheherazde. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Rosalee Porter Ballard and his uncle James from SC, and uncles Richard and James from Oakland.
Charles spent his younger years in Vallejo before moving to the east bay. He went to school in Hayward and Union City and received his general education diploma in Pleasanton before living in Oakland and San Leandro. It’s notable to say Charles was a wiz at math and spelling too.
Charles was a kind person who always had his heart out for others. He believed in the golden rule, love was a verb for him, and he never had a bad word for anyone. Despite his own struggles his greatest joy was giving to others, sometimes more than he gave to himself. Whether it was work or play, family or friends, he gave one hundred percent of himself.
Charles’ passion was with the arts, he loved music, drawing, writing and singing sweetly to those he loved. He liked to take drives with booming bass, visit San Francisco and play dice. He prided himself to always look his best, dress his best (you can’t count the number of shoes he had) and, needless to say, smell the best (he liked his cologne).
Charles loved his family and all who befriended him through his life’s journey. Although he left us too soon, he will still be cheering us on and a spiritual shoulder to lean on.
Charles will be remembered privately by the family until arrangements can be made. We are taking our time in determining how Charles would want to be remembered.