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Charles Thomas Perry Sr., 1936 – 2004

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"Loving Servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ"


  Charlie was called by Christ at any early age. He dedicated himself to Christ’s leading.

  After finishing high school he entered a three-year trade school, Williamson Trade School, to prepare for the mission field. Love in the earthly form entered his life and he married Rebecca Moore. This country boy then experienced city life/city church. The political life of the church was more than he could handle. Deciding that he could help the church more by being active and supportive of the local pastor, he became a lay speaker. He continued on this path for 20 years.

  In 1976, he became involved with Volunteers In Mission to Haiti. What an experience! In 1977, I joined him on his second trip to Haiti. Over the years he had prayed God would use him in whatever way was chosen. The Haiti trips brought great feelings of doing more for Christ and the church.

  In 1978, a door was opened and he stepped through "Here I am Lord" — starting the Course of Study, finishing some college work; there were many mountains to climb.

  He enjoyed 22 years of serving a variety of churches in the Virginia Conference. Always faithful to his calling and strong Methodist beliefs, he went wherever he was sent, preaching God’s love, plowing fields and planting seeds.

  He went Home to be with his Lord and Savior with great joy and anticipation.

"Charlie, a loving servant of our Lord and Savior."

— Rebecca M. Perry

 

 

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