Visitation will be held at Charter Funeral Home in Saginaw today, Feb. 14, 2014, at 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. with Reverend John Haney Tackett officiating.
Victor Karabasz Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Victor S. Karabasz Sr. and Audrey Pie’ Karabasz on Jan. 3, 1938. Karabasz was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Karabasz of Coral Gables, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn C. Karabasz; his three children, Angela Karabasz-Smith and her husband, Doug, Stan Karabasz and his children, Camille and Jack, and John Karabasz and his wife, Jeannie, and their children, Karlie, Graylin and Whit. He is also survived by his brothers, Sam Karabasz and his wife, Norma, of Houston, Texas, and James P. Karabasz and his wife, Karen, of Portland, Ore.
He had two stepchildren, Jerrold W. Breazeale Jr. and his wife, Charlotte, and their children, Luke, Sam and Tyson, and Aimee B. Bates and her husband, Ashley, and their children, Jake Smith, Andy Smith and Nash Bates.
He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Yuvon B. Cox; sisters-in-law, Jeannine Ball and husband, Joe, of Atlanta, Ga., Rebecca Howard of Charlotte, N.C.; and brothers-in-law, Marc Cox of Somerville, Texas, and Kenneth Cox and his wife, Wanda, of Fallon, Nev. Victor and Jacquelyn Karabasz have been blessed with the love of a large extended family including many nieces and nephews and great-nieces/nephews
Karabasz attended Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee where he received his master’s degree. He was a teacher and coach in Nashville, Tenn., and at Walker High School in Jasper, where he coached the wrestling team to two state championships. He spent recent years as a farrier and horse trainer. He was an SEC fan, a friend to all who met him and a legendary storyteller. He always said that his personality could be capsulated in the phrase “Not always right but never in doubt.” There is no doubt that we loved him.
Charter Funeral Home, Saginaw; 205-621-0800