SALEM - Salem- Charles Samuel Grate Sr., 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, following a massive stroke suffered Aug. 16.
Charles was born March 14, 1932 in Lisbon, a son of the late Charles F. and Hazel (McGarvey) Grate.
A 1950 graduate of Lisbon David Anderson High School and a 1955 graduate of the Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, Massachusetts, Charles pastored the Minerva Nazarene Church until 1966, the Martins Ferry Nazarene Church from 1966 until 1968 and taught Sunday School for many years at the Sebring Nazarene Church.
Charles was employed with General Motors in Lordstown, Ohio for 30 years, retiring in 2000, where he led a weekly Bible study for many years. He was previously employed with the Minerva Wax Paper Company and Chester Hoist in Lisbon.
Charles is survived by his wife, Florence (Rea) Grate, whom he married June 14, 1956; his sons, Charles "Sam" (Debbie) Grate of Columbiana and Kenny (Sheila) Grate of Millerburg, Ohio; his daughters, Beth (Charles) Suchy of Salem and Ruth Ann (Dana) Carey of Mogadore, Ohio; his daughter-in-law, Rhonda Grate of Houston, Texas; his brother-in-law, Virgil Blosser of Columbiana; his grandchildren, Valarie and Angela Grate, Rachelle Betz and Zachary King, Sheresa and Shane Grate, Shanae Gudmunson, and Tyler and Adam Grate; and his great-grandson, Zane Betz.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his son, Wayne Grate; his sister, Mildred Blosser; and sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Warren Holloway.
Funeral services will be held at 1pm, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at the Lisbon Church of the Nazarene, 505 North Market Street, Lisbon with the Rev. Johnny Miller officiating. Burial will follow at the Lisbon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home and from noon until time of services Saturday at the church.
Friends may also view Charles' memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com