Charles Edward Young was born November 5, 1948 in Searcy, AR to Henry C. & Dorothy (McCarty) Young. Between the age of nine or ten months his mother, sister and Charlie moved to Lufkin to live with his mother’s parents. They lived with them until Mrs. Young remarried where they then moved to Houston and bought a place in Winnwood Acres off of Oats Road. Charles went to Furr High School where he excelled in Basketball. He then enlisted in the United States Army to go to Vietnam. He did his one tour and returned home and married Martha Cash. A few years later a son, Bryan Christopher Young, was born in 1973. A few more years passed and the marriage dissolved.
On November 20, 1979, Paulette was looking for someone to remodel her business office. Her son, Earl, sent Charlie over to Paulette’s house and it was love at first sight. They were married November 20, 1981. Charlie worked as a carpenter and Paulette ran a Pest Control business. They helped each other. Charlie got licensed to do Pest Control and Paulette helped Charlie do a lot in remodeling. In 1985, they bought a ten acre tract fifteen miles from Centerville, Texas with plans of building a new home. However, the economy in Houston went south so they instead purchased a mobile home and placed it on the property so that they could work on their house little by little. At that time there were so many carpenters in Centerville you couldn’t buy a job, so Charlie went where there was work. Paulette built up her pest control business in Centerville and the surrounding area.
During this time, Charlie’s relationship with the Lord grew and he began visiting numerous churches but he wasn’t satisfied in his spirit. He and Paulette began praying about the situation. One day while Charlie was preaching to Paulette and the kids in the backyard sitting in a big swing under a tree, a bee or wasp kept bothering everyone. Charlie stopped preaching and exclaimed, “In the name of Jesus, you bee or wasp, you leave NOW!” And that’s just what it did. It not only flew out of the backyard, but left the pasture. Charlie had faith in Jesus Christ! He, Paulette and their family began attending Chapel of the Hills in Centerville when it was in a storefront building on Highway 75. Charlie helped with some of the building projects on that church and they remained members there for eleven years.
The Lord spoke to Charlie again, and in 1996 Bro. Ron Nissen ordained Charlie as a minister. He started holding church services in his home for ten months and had over fifty adults, fifteen children and six teens. This home church began on June 4, 2000, meanwhile Bro. Charlie and others started building on the ten acres next door to his home that they had acquired. At the end of ten months, on Easter Sunday 2001, the congregation moved into the church which was completely paid for when it opened its doors. What a glorious day!
Charlie was also involved in the Prison Ministry & jail service for Leon County, which he loved. He also hosted a radio ministry with Nita Price called “Here Comes the Light.” Charlie visited nearly every prison in the southern parts of Texas. He also still had his carpentry business remodeling kitchens, bathrooms and more and built several houses. He performed a lot of work for elderly men and women, whether it was changing a light bulb, fixing a water heater or taking someone firewood for the winter. Anything Charlie could do to serve people, he was happy to do.
Charlie Young’s family will always remember three things in his life that they considered awesome: 1. He was a man of God inside and outside, 2. He was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather, and 3. He was outstanding when it came to work, never afraid to get dirty and get it done, and he could do anything he laid his hands to do. Charlie was blessed and shared his blessings with others.
Charlie passed away June 11, 2021 in Crockett, Texas. He was preceded in death by both of his parents; grandfather, Ossie Ladell “Mac” McCarty (1979) and Fannie Miller (1985); grandson, Earl Wayne Hailey, III (2000); mother-in-law, Maude Smith (2008) and son, Earl Wayne Hailey, Jr. (2010). Surviving family includes wife, Paulette Young of Centerville; children, Bryan (Wendy) Young of Elkhart, Darrell (Tina) Hailey of Conroe and Hymie Love Wagers of Centerville; sister, Betty (Charles) Smith of Centerville; half-sister, Bobbie; grandchildren, Haley, Ethan, Abigail & Janyra Young, Mykala & Cole Follmar, Jessica (Blakely) Norwood, Joshua (Myca) Hailey and Cory Hailey and great-grandchildren, Jaden & Parker Norwood and Avery & Brantley Levi Hailey.
Funeral services for Charlie were held 9:30 A.M., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at River of Life Church, Centerville, Texas. Rev. Ron Nissen officiated the service. Interment was in San Jacinto Memorial Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
Walters Funeral Home, Centerville, Texas was entrusted with arrangements.