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In Loving Memory

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Sunday, August 2, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. (just before camp meeting service began at God's Acres), Brother Charlie Green departed from this life to enter the portals of glory. His soul began its joyful flight from his tabernacle of clay and ascended upward through the clouds to safely land in paradise. Brother Green's death was the consummation of his prolonged and declining physical health. Poor quality of life resulted in his being placed in a local health care facility, as also was his dear companion, for many months.

Brother Charles R. Green, Sr. was born May 5, 1929, into the family of the late Carl F. and Ida (Shaw) Green of Highwater, Ohio. He met his loving bride-to-be, Lois Nicholson, and they were happily joined together in holy matrimony on July 15, 1949. God blessed the home of Brother and Sister Green with sons: Charles, Lee, Steve, and William; and daughters: Christina, Melissa, Beth, and Carla.

During the early years of Brother Green's life, he devoted his time and efforts toward those things in which the natural man indulges. Pondering on spiritual things, considering godliness, and giving thought to preparation for life after death seldom crossed his mind. Seeking the temporal pleasures of life, involvement in sports, and making money was his priority. After retiring from a local manufacturing company, Brother Charlie became deeply involved with several business ventures. Enthusiastically, he worked at such things as grocery, trucking, owning and operating a doughnut shop and a pizza shop, then finally, a farmer's market.

One day while traveling down life's busy highway, Brother Green began to feel some heavenly tugs that urged him to ponder and give heed to spiritual things. Old-time conviction began to work upon his heart and mind in a heavy way. Brother Charlie attended a revival at Carrolton, Ohio, in 1981. During this meeting, the Lord truly got hold of his tender heart. A brother explained the things of God to him, helping him to see the need in his soul. Brother Green fully surrendered his heart to God, repented of his sins, and was gloriously saved. God placed him in the body and prepared Brother Charlie for service. What a difference salvation made in this man who at one time was bound in sin and bound with the cares of life! Brother Green became a new creature in Christ; old sinful things passed away and all things became new, just as the Apostle told us in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

As Brother Green began to grow and mature in the things of God, he was not content to sit back and do nothing. Being the industrious man that he was, God impressed him to become involved with visitation when under the late Brother E. A. Wilson's ministry. Brother Green soon became very effective in his duties of visiting the sick, the shut-ins, and people who were lost or backslidden. He showed a real love and concern for those who were needy in soul or body.

As he successfully performed the duties in this active visitation program, He felt an urging to commit his life and efforts more deeply to the ministry. However, Brother Green felt that at his age, he would be unable to do the work that God was leading him to do. His son Lee told him that if the Lord was calling him into the ministry, God would help him to accomplish the task. In 1983, the Lord called Brother and Sister Green to pastor a Church of God congregation in Ashland, Kentucky, and later in Huntsville, Alabama. As they faithfully labored for the Lord, many souls were won to Christ and to the Truth.

When Brother and Sister Green finished their work of pastoring on the field, they returned to Newark to resume laboring in the local congregation. Working closely with Pastor Roger Decker, he was called on various occasions to preach a message. Being one of the main helpers, he was often left in charge of the services while Brother Decker was away or holding a revival. The pastor was comfortable with Brother Green and was confident that all would be well while he was away. Brother Green always kept in close contact with anyone who was missing from the services, bringing it to Brother Decker's attention. He was also quick to follow up with new converts, checking to see how they were getting along and always ready to encourage and help as much as possible. Brother Green was like a right arm to the pastor, which Brother Decker greatly appreciated.

Brother Green has now completed his course; his life's race is finished. The labor and toil of the day, the burdens and trials of life, the sorrows, the heartaches, and the disappointments are all past for him. He has passed on into the final phase of God's great plan called eternity. Brother Green can say with the Apostle Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day . . ." (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

A memorial service for Brother Charles R. Green was held during the August camp meeting in the tabernacle of the Church of God at God's Acres. Pastor Roger Decker officiated the service, using the words found in 2 Samuel 3:38 as a text. It reads, "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" Brother Decker considered Brother Green to be a true brother and a loyal friend, whom he cherished very dearly. Our dear brother will surely be missed by many who knew and loved him.

We trust that the Lord will comfort and be especially near and dear to his wife, Sister Lois Green. Also, we pray that God will be a help and strength to his children and grandchildren in the days to come.

Messages by Brother Charlie Green

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