At an early age Charles was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church. He later joined Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries in Richmond, VA under the leadership of Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr., and Co-Pastor Elena Robertson. He loved worshiping the Lord and didn’t mind sharing his testimony.
As a child Charles loved and played sports: football, basketball and baseball. Charles was on the Nottoway High School “Cougars” V.H.S.L.AA Division 1 State Runner up Football team.
Dallas Cowboys was his all time favorite team, win or lose. One of the biggest thrills of his life was when he went to Dallas, TX to watch the Cowboys play. His life time friend, Robert Jones introduced him and Darryl Coleman to Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and the rest of the team. His prized possession was an autographed football from the players.
After graduation Charles joined the United States Navy and served on the Navy’s oldest ship, the USS Vulcan during Desert Storm. He also fought in combat in the Persian Gulf and Saudia Arabia.
On September 11, 1993 Charles married Trudy Jones and to this union Bernice and Montel Stewart was born, they were the joy of his life.
Charles was a loving and caring man who had many friends. His sense of humor kept us laughing. Charles worked as a Manager at Pizza Hut, as a postal employee at Longwood University, among other jobs.
He leaves to mourn: his mother, Gladys Small (Don); his children Bernice Stewart and Montel Stewart; sisters, Sandra Jennings, Shelia Stewart (Herman), Sarah Stewart, Nina Green (Bernard) and Pamela Neal (Tracy); brothers, Oscar Edmonds (Ruby), Vernell Edmonds (Chris), Nasa Childs, Dontae Childs, Andre Burgos and Dominique Childs; devoted nieces and nephews, Adrienne Jennings, Shamece Stewart, Alex Jennings, Jack Jennings and Andre Bates; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.
Funeral Services Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home Chapel, Blackstone with interment in the Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangments.
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