Elder Charles Edwin Fisher, 69 - Normantown

Elder Charles Edwin Fisher, 69, of Normantown, West Virginia, departed this life at 5:50 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2010 at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and children, following an extended illness.

he was born April 10, 1940 in Gilmer County, a son of the late Albert Arthur "Art" and Verna Marie Smith Fisher.

In his younger years Charles worked with his dad and brothers in the timber business. In 1959 Charles went to work at the Ford Motor Co. at the Lorain, Ohio facility and once married moved his new bride there. In 1968 they returned to Cedarville WV, where he worked for Royal Oil & Gas.

Those who knew Charles will remember him best for the work that he did for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On September 24, 1972 he became an ordained Baptist Minister and over the years has traveled thousands of miles preaching the gospel. He has pastored several area churches and for years traveled back and forth from West Virginia to Ohio, pastoring The Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. Charles has performed countless wedding ceremonies and preached an undetermined amount of funerals. He has been a wonderful husband, father, granddad, brother, counselor, and friend for all who knew him.

Charles loved gospel music and especially loved listening to his four children sing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, and tending to his garden. Most of all, Charles Loved the Lord and dedicated his life to him. This we know by the way he led his life and from the words he wrote in the front page of his bible. "I regret that I have but one lifetime to preach the gospel of my Master."

On July 21, 1963 he was united in marriage to Linda Dobbins who survives at their Normantown home; also surviving are, 4 children, Craig Fisher and wife Elizabeth of Sutton WV, Dale Fisher and wife Sandy of Summersville, WV, Anita Fisher Deaton and husband Ray of Ellijay, GA, and Tina Fisher Mollohan and husband Jackie of Birch River, WV; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, Justin Fisher, wife Nani and great granddaughter Jessilynn Faith Fisher of Sutton, Ryan Fisher of New Martinsville, Matthew Fisher of Cedarville, Whitney Facemire of Ellijay, GA., Kevin Sartin and Wyatt Fisher both of Sutton; 2 sisters and 3 brothers survive, Linda Cook of Normantown, Reta Matz of Clarksburg, Farrell Fisher of Cedarville, Burl Fisher of Normantown and Elder Larry Fisher of Perkins; several nieces and nephews survive as well.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Earl and Dale Fisher, mother-in-Law Eva Opal Blake Dobbins, and father-in-Law Sherman Dobbins.

Charles will be missed, but we can find comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering and that he is now home with the Lord.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11 at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Elder Mike Richardson and Elder Richard Westfall officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Calling hours will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, WV and 1 hour prior to church services Thursday afternoon.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Elder Charles E. Fisher with arrangements.