Remembering Jewell’s husband, Charles

Friends, today we remember Jewell’s husband, Charles “Charlie” House, on what would have been his 98th birthday.


Charles became a Texarkana, Texas, police officer after decorated service as a combat engineer in WWII in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Jewell had no better or more important partner or friend in her songwriting career than Charles.

Red Sovine and Shot Jackson loved him as did Webb Pierce, the Wilburn Brothers and other artists.

Charles was Jewell’s driver on promotion trips, her co-host for dinners with Louisiana Hayride visitors and made sure, on a Texarkana, Texas Police Department officer’s pay, that she and their sons had everything they needed.

He was an accomplished musician, playing the double bass, clarinet and trumpet.

Charles was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Hugo, Okla., to Roy and Lillian Hale House. He grew up in Boswell, Okla., leading an idyllic and well-cared-for life in the comfortable home of his beloved maternal grandparents, Dr. Charles H. and Belle Hale, who doted on their little black-haired grandson.

Jewell never recovered from the shock and pain of Charles’ death at age 51 on Dec. 1, 1970. She died of grief nine months later, also at age 51. They rest together beside the Hales at Restland Cemetery in Boswell, Okla.

Please join us in sending up prayers and good thoughts for Charles on this special day.

For more about Jewell and Charles, see For more about Charles, see the photos and captions on today’s post on Jewell’s Facebook page, @JewellHouseWriter.

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