by Tom Childers

JACKSON, Tenn. (BNc) — Charles Edward McDonald, a gospel preacher for over 50 years, passed away at his home in Jackson Mon., May 31.

A funeral service is scheduled in Jackson on Thurs., June 3, with a graveside service at the Winfield City Cemetery on Friday in Winfield, Ala.

Charles was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Winfield, Ala. He was baptized by Raymond H. Crumbliss in Nov. 1945. He began preaching in 1950 while a student at Freed-Hardeman College. He did local work in Springfield, Vt., Munford, Childersburg and Greenville, Ala., Clarksville and Jackson, Tenn., Glasgow, Ky., and Maury City, Tenn.

Charles was a writer for Power for Today, The World Evangelist, Words of Truth, and founding director for North Atlantic Christian Magazine.

Charles was involved in Christian camps at Granderbrook Christian Camp in Gray, Me., Lylewood Christian Camp near Clarksville, Tenn., and Mid-South Youth Camp near Henderson, Tenn..

He was involved in civic organizations. He served as an officer in the Civitan Club and Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and Preacher Advisory Committee at Freed-Hardeman.

Charles gave his efforts to building strong local congregations through pulpit preaching, Bible class instruction, personal evangelism, and personal and family counseling. In 2000, Charles resigned local work and did interim preaching for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy McDonald of Jackson; son, Keith McDonald and wife Patty of Bartlett, Tenn; daughter, Charlene McDonald of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandchildren, Ryan McDonald and wife Carrie, Brooks McDonald and wife Cari Beth; three great grandchildren, Dylan, Conner and Brody McDonald. Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Nell McDonald.

Tom Childers has created a memorial for Charles with several biographical entrees and photographs.

Tom has served as adjutant teacher at Freed-Hardeman University and preaches for the New Hope church, Middleton, Tenn. Sources: Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tenn.), June 2, 2010; Preachers of Today, Vol. 3 and 5; Freed-Hardeman Annual Bible Lectureship, 1980.