Charles “Charlie” Herbeck

Charles “Charlie” Herbeck passed away Sunday morning July 30, 2023 from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.  He was preceded in death by his mother Orabelle Courtney, father Frank Herbeck, brothers Frankie Herbeck, Billy Herbeck, Jimmy Herbeck & Paul Herbeck, wife Roma Herbeck, son Kelly Herbeck, step sons Todd Morris and Jim Morris.

In the 1960’s he worked full time as a laboratory technician at Monsanto Chemical and then drove from Texas City to Houston to attend The University of Houston and then South Texas College of Law, but still found time to spend his weekends with his three boys.

He began his law career with Mabry & Gunn in Texas City in 1971 in what was the original TC hospital.  His law partner, Ed Mabry, who was also the band director at Clear Creek High School when Charlie attended there, remained his partner for the next 40+ years.  He practiced family and corporate law and was one of the first environmental attorneys in Texas.  He was very active in the community through St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Optimist Club, Rotary Club, Texas City Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Bay Foundation and other organizations.  His sons fondly remember helping Dad at the Optimist Christmas tree lot and spending the weekends selling raffle tickets for the grand prize car at the St. Mary’s Church bazaar.

Charlie had many talents.  When at Monsanto he would bring home finger rings for his boys made out of scrap pipe.  It was a really big deal to little boys.  He, his brothers and father, built Charlie & Roma’s first home, he constructed a two-story playhouse with a climbing rope and fireman pole, made some beautiful hand carved boxes, restored cars and taught his sons how to be self-sufficient using our hands and smarts.

In his 60s, he married Linda Morris-Herbeck and soon after, retired from practicing law.  They lived in Rockport, Texas for several years but later moved back to Linda’s home in Katy, Texas after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  Charlie is survived by his wife Linda, his sister Martha Trammell, his sons; Kirk and wife Marcy and Kris and husband Scott Faber, Douglas Lyn Morris and wife Tina, two grandchildren, Erica Bailey and husband Matt and Matthew Herbeck and wife Kristy, plus numerous great grandchildren.

A graveside service will take place at the Seabrook Cemetery where he will rest near his mother and brothers, on Tuesday August 8, 2023 at 11:00 am.  Seabrook Cemetery is located at 615 Pine Gully Rd., Seabrook, TX 77586.  All are welcome.


  1. Charlie was a remarkable man and very special to our whole family, especially to Dad who had him as a student in his CCHS band and also as a law partner where they shared similar paths on the road to becoming attorneys. It was no coincidence that these “small town” lawyers became widely recognized as experts in certain areas, as Charlie was in Environmental Law, even while providing their Texas City neighbors every day legal representation. And they still found time to serve as community leaders. Charlie was already missed, and now even more so. Paul, Cliff and the entire Mabry family.

    Paul Mabry
  2. 🎶Go rest high on that mountain🎶 Son your work on earth is done 🎶 Go to heaven a shouting🎶 love for father and the son🎶✝️🙏🕊️💕💐

    Deanna Jenkins
  3. Charlie was a great man with a kind heart. He was a huge influence in our lives and I am so thankful for the time we had with Charlie while he was on this earth. He will be gravely missed by all.

    Meredith Morris
  4. I had the pleasure of car-pooling with Charlie to University of Houston night school in the 1950’s. An outstanding individual.

    Dale Laine Sr
  5. I’ll cherish all 40 years he’s been in my life but most especially the last 4. Even thru his short term memory loss and difficulty speaking we had loving, engaging, meaningful conversations. He never lost his sense of humor, or gratefulness to God for the life he enjoyed. He expressed on more than one occasion how much he loved his boys and proud of the men they had become. My life has been enriched by knowing him and I will miss him profoundly.

    Marcy Herbeck
  6. Charlie will aways be missed. I love him with all my heart. He will always be with me in my heart. He and I had a wonderful life together. We were hunters and fishermen. Never apart much until he got sick. I could not take care of him. He needed more help than I could help him with. I miss him so much.

    Linda Herbeck wife
  7. I love Charlie he made a lasting impression on me from the first day I met him. His presence would light up a room. It grieved me to see his decline and then to see him and Londa separated broke my heart. How they were so full of love for one another. It made my heart rejoice to hear his words of affection for her. I miss him every day and my heart grieves for his presence. I love you Charlie I will never forget coming in to see you cooking. Hearing your stories and seeing your smile. It was a pleasure caring for you. You will always be my adopted Dad. I know heaven is rejoicing over your presence. Love Always

    Nichole Green
    • I meant Linda Herbeck his wife. How he adored and cared for her.

      Nichole Green
  8. We are so thankful for Charlie being a part of our lives. He was kind, smart, resilient and patient. He always fascinated me…he seemed to know how to do anything and everything and was always busy doing something! He loved his family and sharing stories about his three boys growing up, his career and his hunting trips in West Texas. I will miss him during the holidays – he always loved all the holiday goodies I baked. I will also miss his smile and warm hugs. Heaven gained a good one. We will miss you Charlie and are so blessed to have shared our lives with you.

    Holley Morris
  9. Seabrook Cemetery – how appropriate. i was the middle child with Frankie, Charlie and Billy older and Jimmy and Paul younger. Growing up wild in the country – El Jardin to be specific, was idyllic and Seabrook Cemetery was visited by all of us from time to time for what? Canoodling, ghost chasing, just hiding out? Billy was always the one thinking up trouble and Frankie was the one who took the flack for it. Charlie was the peace maker. Jimmy and Paul got into their own mischief and I was pretty much able to avoid the fallout from all of them. Growing up Charlie would look after me, gave me my first ring, a prink birthstone. He even wanted my mom to send my picture to a modeling agency. Thank God she never did. I was a bridesmaid is his and Roma’s wedding. I am so proud of the man he became and the man he remained until his parting. I have no doubt that all the boys are hanging out on a cloud somewhere planning a party for the rest of us when our times come. Love you all, miss you terribly.

    Martha Herbeck Jenkins Trammell

Leave Your Condolences

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. Basic HTML code is allowed.