Charles Lee Joiner

Published 2:46 pm Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Minister Charles Lee Joiner, 81 years of age, a righteous husband, loving Father, guiding grandfather, and supporting brother, was gracefully called home to Glory on March 22, 2021, at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson.

He was laid to rest at Gregory Cemetery near Blackwell/Cooper Road in Magee, on Saturday March 27, 2021, at 11 a.m.    

He was born June 12, 1939, in Oxford, to the late Richard Joiner and Mary Womack Joiner.

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As a child, Charles was raised in the Lord at Zion Hill M.B. Church in Mendenhall, and attended McLaurin High School in Magee.

He continued his education at Millsap Community College in Jackson, in pre-law for two years, then immediately joined the US Army on Sept. 8, 1958, where he served for three years.

After his military service, he made his residence in Chicago Illinois for 10 years.

He later returned to Simpson County, where he was called into the Ministry and married his first wife, the late Mary-Ruth of Mendenhall.

Minister Charles character is best described by a first necessary step which he preached one must take to dedicate their lives to the Lord according to Ephesians 2: 8-10 in that it states “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”   

His second utmost character is best embodied by his will to Love those around you according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in that it states “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love never fails.”

Charles was a born again believer, advocate for the Gospel, and a daily steward of love.

In his final devotional fellowship while still in his hospital bed, he expressed to his grandson Arthur McLaurin Jr. that all men should be encouraged to walk in the Christ-inspired words of the famous theologian Thomas Kempis who stated in a work entitled “On Four Things that Bring Peace”—Resolve to do the will of others rather than your own (Matt. 26:39). Always choose to possess less rather than more (Matt. 10:10). Always take the lowest place, and regard yourself as less than others (Luke 14:10). Desire and pray always that God’s will may be perfectly fulfilled in you  (Matt. 6:10).

A man who observes these rules shall come to enjoy peace and tranquility.