With tears of grief mixed with consolation we announce that Charles Solomon ended his earthly pilgrimage on November 22nd. At 90 years of age, with diminishing strength and abilities due to Parkinson’s, Chuck went to sleep in his chair that night and woke up in glory. Prayers are appreciated for his children–Ron, Cathy and Susan–and the extended Solomon and Grace Fellowship International families. “…We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:6-8).
Cathy posted this notice: “My wonderful, sweet, and loving father, Charles Solomon, passed away this evening. He lost his battle with Parkinson’s, but won eternity in Heaven! I wish I could have seen his face when he saw Jesus and Mom. You are already missed but rejoicing that you are Home and healed! ‘Love you so much!”
Update 12/15/2020: A viewing was held on December 6th at Atchley’s in Sevierville, TN. The family had a private committal service in Newport, TN on December 9th. A Celebration of Life service will be hosted by First Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge on Sunday afternoon, January 17, 2021 at 2:00pm. The service should be live streamed on the internet and/or recorded: www.ForgeChurch.tv . Your prayers and sympathy are appreciated.
Dr. Charles Ronald Solomon graduated to his heavenly home on November 22, 2020 at the age of 90. “Chuck” was born and raised in Mosheim (east Tennessee), the second of four children. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and became an engineer with the Glenn Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin) in Baltimore, MD. Chuck married Selma (Sue) and they were blessed with three children: Ron, Cathy, and Susan. In 1959 they moved to Denver, Colorado and in 1965 he experienced life-changing renewal in his Christian discipleship journey. Wanting to help others through Biblical counseling, Chuck earned a masters and doctorate and began the ministry of Grace Fellowship Int’l. in 1969. His wife, Sue, partnered with him in a ministry that has influenced countless other people and ministries on 6 continents necessitating much travel. In 1995 Chuck and Sue moved back to east Tennessee and the ministry became based in Pigeon Forge. Dr. Solomon’s first book, Handbook to Happiness is a best seller and summarizes his ministry’s focus on how to find freedom and victory in Christ. Many other books and pamphlets followed including 5 volumes of poetry.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years: Selma (Sue) Vivian Solomon (Ragan), his parents: Charles and Ruth Solomon, and two sisters: Carolyn Baxter and Camilla Hurst. He is survived by one sister: Jeanine Parks (Mosheim), 3 children and spouses: Ron and Chris Solomon, Cathy Solomon, Susan and Dale Munk. 5 grandchildren and spouses: Joshua and Rachael Solomon, Brian and Tara Peloquin, Shauna and Shan Applin, Janea and Brian Cox, Aubry and Drew Hartman. 11 great grandchildren: Austyn Burgmeier, Caleb Solomon, Reilly Solomon, Reagan Applin, Vivian Applin, Charlotte Applin, Grayson Hartman, Everett Hartman, Elliot Hartman, Ben Peloquin, Bricen Peloquin.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Fellowship International.
A testimonial video interview of Chuck (2004) is online here: https://vimeo.com/331869044