Reverend Charles Lee Law, Sr., the youngest son of the late LeRoy Law and Helen Law-White was born on June 4, 1957, in Glendale, California. He transitioned from time to eternity on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.Charles, affectionately known to family and friends as Chuck or Chuckie, spent his early years growing up in Pacoima, California. He received his formal education at Vaughn Street and Canterbury Avenue Elementary Schools. In 1965, Helen joined the Salvation Army Church. It was through this ministry Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and established his relationship with God.
Charles’ extracurricular activities included the Los Angeles Police Department Academy, where he graduated as a Junior Cadet. He spent many summers hanging out with his neighborhood friends. He attended music camp and worked at the Salvation Army Mt. Crags and Camp Gilmore in Malibu, California. He created many lasting friendships with fellow campers and camp staff members. Charles continued his academic quest at Sylmar High School. He was a prominent member of the cross-country track team, winning many awards. He received his high school diploma on June 11, 1976, and continued his education at Los Angeles Pierce College.
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Army and his assignments included overseas duty. He shared various stories about covert operations; he left much to the imagination, never divulging too much information, but just enough to keep the family guessing and laughing. While on assignment in Hinesville, Georgia, Charles met and married Cheryl P. McNear. Their two children, Charles Law, Jr. and (Major) Malika T. Law-Rodriguez were born during his assignment in Germany, and live to carry on his legacy. Charles achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before medically retiring from military duty.
Ministry was an intricate part of Charles’ life. He was a Pastor of Full Gospel Holiness, Church of God in Christ, in Libelous, Germany. He held positions as Out-Reach Minister at the Liberty County Jail, Hinesville, Georgia and served as pastor at various churches in Hinesville, Georgia until his retirement. He was a member of Miller Swamp Baptist Church.
Charles took pride in his involvement with the Masonic Order serving in many capacities as: Past Master Brother Charles Law #32,Sublime Prince, Prince Hall Consistory #282, Gifford, SC, Royal Arch Mason, Solomon Chapter #22, Royal Arch Masons, Gifford, SC, Sir Knight, Order of the Knights of Pythagoras, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, The Tenth Masonic District Grand Lodge F&AM for the Jurisdiction of SC, Honorary Past Potentate, Jeddah Temple #160, Orangeburg, SC, Past Chaplin, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, The Tenth Masonic District Grand Lodge F&AM for the Jurisdiction of SC, Past Secretary, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, and The Tenth Masonic District Grand Lodge F&AM for the Jurisdiction of SC. Reverend Charles Law, Sr was recognized by the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Grand Lodge F&AM for the Jurisdiction of South Carolina for his dedicated service to the jurisdiction and the masonic order.
Charles lived an audacious life. He spoke of his opportunities to meet President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. He loved his family, his friends, his dog, Chance and his newly acquired pride was the boat given to him by his big brother, Bruce. Charles and Bruce had a unique and special brotherly bond. Their daily talks will be truly missed.
Life after military retirement included employment with the U.S. Postal Service. Soon after he began traveling the country as a truck driver for B.J. Hunt Transportation Company, Inc. Navigating life’s ups and downs, Charles met and married the late Ms. Betty Jean Youmans. Through this union, Charles gained his stepson, Jimmy Youmans.
He later was united into Holy Matrimony to the former, Theresa Grant. Through this union Stephen Murray, Cytrecia Murray, Jordon Davis and Hope Grant joined the Law family.
Reverend Charles Lee Law, Sr., was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Danny Roy Law. Charles leaves to cherish his memories; his wife, Theresa Grant- Law; son, Charles Law, Jr.; daughter, (Major) Malika T. Rodriguez; granddaughters, Kenya Lashay Smith and Nekaybah Isis Rodriguez; brother, Bruce (Georgia) Law; three sisters, Glenda M. Rushin, Mary Helene (Arthur J.) Cates; Stephanie R. (Marc) Law-Lewis; brother-in-law, Craig McKenzie; step-sons, Jimmy Youmans, Stephen (Tonia) Murray and Major Jordon (Tiffany) Davis; step- daughters, Cytrecia Murray and Hope Grant; uncle, Wallace Law; cousin, Williemae Braswell; dearest to his heart, Michelle Youmans and Mauri. A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends, who will miss him dearly.
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