Family and friends prepare to bid a final farewell to retired Jefferson County Judge Charles Carver who passed away Saturday morning following a long bout with cancer. Carver was 69.

Obituary provided by Broussard's Mortuary:

Judge Charles Dana Carver, 69, of Beaumont, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 13, 1943, to Russell and Mary Ann Carver, in Jackson, Kentucky.

He moved to Hope, Arkansas at an early age, where he graduated from high school and earned a golf scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University. After college he attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston. He started practicing law in 1971 with his uncle, Fred Carver. In 1981 he went to work at the law firm of Provost Umphrey Law Firm, eventually becoming a partner. In 1994 he was elected to the Criminal District Court and retired from the bench in 2006.

Survivors include his son, Ric and his wife, Shannon, of Groves; grandchildren, Stephanie of Nederland and Mason of Groves; brothers, Fred Louis of Fort Thomas, Kentucky and Melvin of Beaumont and his former wife, Jeane Rudd and her husband, Don, of Port Neches. He is preceded in death by his parents; uncle, Fred; and brother, Frank.

Judge Carver's memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 1900 Magnolia Avenue, Port Neches. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.