Reverend Charles Elbert Herron, age 80, entered into eternal life on April 22, 2021. Charles was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on October 21, 1940 to Pelham Ward Herron and Susie I. Herron. He was a Methodist minister for 37 years serving as a pastor for many churches in West Alabama. In 1997 the North Alabama Methodist Conference awarded Charles the Harry Denman Evangelism Award, which is one of the Church's highest honors. Charles earned his Liberal Arts degree from Shelton State College and his Ministerial Certificate from Emory University.
Charles served in the Army National Guard and did his basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Charles graduated in 1959 from Holt High School where he was a talented All Conference basketball player. Charles also played fast pitch softball and was on the Pepsi-Cola team and won six State Championships and several National tournaments. In 2013, Charles was inducted into the West Alabama Softball Hall of Fame as a pitcher. In 2001, two months after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charles participated and completed the New York Marathon with his sons Keith and Kevin. Charles also had a strong passion for the University of Alabama Football team and was able to attend six National Championship games.
Charles was married to Annie Lou Bell Herron for 58 years. Charles and Annie Lou enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to visit most of the states in the United States. Charles and Annie Lou also enjoyed organizing and leading church delegations to the Holy Land. Their trips included visits to Israel, Jordan, Petra, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Egypt and side trips to Greece, Italy and Paris. Charles loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a talented minister and great storyteller and he led hundreds of individuals to Christ. During his travels to the Holy Land, he loved conducting worship services and baptisms at the Jordan River.
Charles was preceded in death by his father, Pelham Ward Herron; his mother, Susie I. Herron; his wife, Annie Lou Bell Herron; and his brother, George Gay Herron (Doris). Survivors include three children, Charles Keith Herron (Kelly), Kevin Elbert Herron (Christy), and Kristy Sue Herron (Jay); seven grandchildren, Brittany Nicole Price, Patrick Bryant Holley, Charles Keith Herron Jr., William Sims Herron, Caroline Elizabeth Herron, Alexa Grace Herron, and Caden Mathew Herron; one great-grandchild, Marlie Sue Price.
Charles served others humbly, generously and always believed the best in people. He was proud of his family and also loved his church family very much. Charles' life will serve as an example that God is Good for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild that will lead them for the rest of their lives.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the members or the following Methodist Churches in West Alabama- Hannah, Coker, Sand Springs- Northport and Gordo, Romulus, St. Luke, Cottondale and Christ Harbor.
The family will host a celebration of life event for Reverend Charles Herron and Annie Lou Bell Herron on April 26, 2021 (Monday) from 2:00-3:00 pm at Valley View Baptist Church located at 8820 Alabama Hwy 69 South.
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