Charles Bazhaw

Charles “Charlie” Franklin Bazhaw, II passed away surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Kaufman, Texas.

Charlie was born August 11, 1964 to Charles Bazhaw and Leta Lorraine (Little) Bazhaw in Dallas, Texas.  He graduated from Mesquite High School.  He joined the Balch Springs Fire Department in 1986 after completing Rookie School at Mesquite Fire Department.  He had a long and storied career at BSFD rising to the rank of Battalion Chief before retiring.  Charlie later returned to serve as Chief of Canton Fire Department until retiring a second time.  Charlie loved the brotherhood and comradery of the fire service and it embodied a huge part of his persona.  Charlie’s public service continued with the City of Seagoville and finally the City of Forney as a Building Inspector.  The only thing Charlie loved more than the fire service was his Lord and Savior.  Charlie served Him faithfully over the course of his lifetime.  His ministries varied from Small Group Leader, to Deacon, to Elder, and even teaching 6th grade at Kaufman Christian School.  Charlie was passionate about telling others of the lovingkindness of Jesus. His desire led countless people to come to know Jesus.  This is his greatest legacy and we are confident that he heard, “Well done good and faithful servant” as he arrived home.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jennifer Bazhaw and son Connor; daughter Taryn and son Brandon (and their mother Tami Shanafelt); brother Tom Stout, sister Cathy Greer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind many cherished friendships.

The funeral Service is Friday, March 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Forney.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Mission Church [8485 Michael Talty Avenue, Terrell, TX 75161 or online at]