Mr. Charles Lewis Grovenstein, Sr., 91, passed away peacefully at his home in The Canongate Community on January 13, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul Lewis Grovenstein and V’Nona Naomi Exley and his sister Vernalee Mercer.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Marylin; daughter Terri & Tony Brown and son Chuck & Lucy Grovenstein; grandchildren Cassie, Anna Abbey, Ryan, Paul and Gordon and great-grandchildren Reagan and Finley; brother Lowell Grovenstein and sister-in-law Nellwin Moore; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Charles was born in Savannah, Ga. where he graduated High School and also worked in the US Post Office. He served in the US Navy for two years. Charles attended the University of Miami, and later received a BS in Education and a Masters of Education from Georgia Southern College. He also received a masters in School Administration from the University of Georgia as well as obtaining a masters in Divinity from Emory University (Candler School of Theology). Charles used his education and talents for over 32 years as a teacher, coach, assistant Principal and Principal. He loved coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and bowled in several leagues.
Charles served as a Methodist pastor for 42 years and cherished his members who dearly loved “Preacher Charlie and Mrs. Preacher.” He loved his family and extended family and rejoiced in their successes throughout the years. He and his wife Marylin enjoyed most of their hobbies and ministries as partners during their 60 years of marriage. They became increasingly inseparable as the years passed and expressed their love until the last moments.
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful people who played a role in his life and those who ministered to him so thoughtfully during his final days.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He lied in state from 10 – 11. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family had visitation on Monday from 5 to 7 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City – www.mowellfuneralhome.com.