Charles Tennant

January 16, 2022


Charles Paschal Tennant was born in Houston on August 9, 1953, and died at his home in Houston on January 16, 2022 after a short battle with ALS. He was the fifth child of Sidney Gail Borden Tennant and Eugenia Loughlin Tennant. He was a sixth-generation Texan and a third-generation Houstonian. All his life, he honored his deep Texas roots, followed his family’s traditional passions, and treasured the history of his place.

Chuck attended Saint Anne’s Catholic School, River Oaks Elementary, Rogers Middle School, and Lee High School. After service in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany as a medic, he made his way back to Texas where he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin graduating with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. A Reservoir Engineer, Chuck was a Geologist at heart, and led a successful 40-year career expanding his vast knowledge and expertise of the oil and gas industry. 

Oil and gas exploration was just one of Chuck’s passions. A disciplined and hardworking man, he always had time for fun – he was a traveler, surfer, golfer, skier, and storyteller at heart. He always looked forward to weekly golf games with his brothers and friends and was thrilled to finally convince his wife, Nancy, to take up the game. Chuck never did persuade Sidney to take up golf, but his pride in his daughter and her accomplishments was exceeded only by his love for her. Chuck’s loyalty and calm demeanor brought to him lifelong friends from his Stanmore group, from college days, and from the neighborhood where he lived for so many years. Those who knew him best knew his quirks, and we loved him all the more for them.

Chuck is survived by the greatest loves of his life, his wife of 34 years, Nancy Jacobs Tennant, and their daughter, Sidney Katherine Tennant. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses: twin brother, David Robert Culberson Tennant (Barbara); Sidney Gail Borden Tennant, Jr. (Jane); Eugenia Tennant Hoskins; Joseph Hamilton Tennant (Sarita); his sister-in-law Cynthia Jacobs Mayo (Michael Mayo); and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends like family. He will be missed by all.

We raise a parting glass to a good life shortened by a miserable disease met with courage and grace, and now peace.

Memorial contributions can be made in Chuck’s name to the Houston Botanic Gardens, on the site of the old Glenbrook Golf Course. 

Friends are cordially invited to a Mass with the family at 1 pm, on Friday, the 4th of February at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098. We ask that all take proper precautions with COVID-19 before attending.
Due to COVID-19 safety, at this time the family will gather for a private celebration of life and interment.


Memorial Mass
February 4, 2022

1:00 PM
Saint Anne Catholic Church
2140 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098

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