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Rev Dr. Charles E Valentine transitioned to his Heavenly home on December 31, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and integrity.
Rev Valentine was born to the late Elder Willie Thomas and Mrs. Annie Queen Valentine on August 19, 1952, in Marvel, AL. Eleven children were born to them, and he was the tenth child of eleven. He confessed Christ at an early age at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. He joined Carlton Hill Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent, and deacon for many years. One Sunday in July, he heard the still voice of God calling him into the ministry to go and preach the gospel.
He attended Prentice and Montevallo High School, where he graduated in 1970. He later joined the United States Air Force and married the love of his life (his honey sugar baby), his high school sweetheart, Dora Rutledge. They married while she attended Alabama A&M University. They were married for 51 years and were together for 53. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Maurice and Ketwana Valentine, and A special niece considered a daughter, Valisa Rutledge-Brown. While serving in the military and stationed in Okinawa, Japan, he was a certified Tae Kwon Do Instructor with a 2nd degree black belt.
After his Air Force career, he relocated back to Montevallo and jokingly said that his job as a policeman came knocking at his door. He never applied for the position; an officer knocked on his front door and offered him a job. Chief Needham acknowledged that a community citizen (Johnny Sutherland) recommended him as the guy he was looking for, telling him that Charles possessed the attributes of a policeman. Johnny said, "Any man who walked upon me with a knife during an altercation and was not afraid of me is a bad man! "That was the beginning of his second career; He found law enforcement very stressful and exhilarating all at the same time. Upon his hiring, after being on the job for a couple of weeks, he was on night patrol and was alerted by a clinging noise. He called for backup and found a robbery in progress. The man was apprehended and charged with burglary. An extensive news article was written about him that brought him many accolades. He was sought after by many cities. Officer Charles Valentine served for the City of Montevallo, Alabaster, and Jemison Police Department for many years. After leaving Montevallo and going to Alabaster, there was a tug of war; Mayor Sears asked him what it would take to get him back to Montevallo. The rest is history; he did return to Montevallo. He also served as Warden for Bibb County City Jail in Brent, Alabama.
He attended Birmingham Bible College, where he earned his theology bachelor’s degree. He also attended North Carolina College of Theology, where he earned an associate and bachelor’s degree in biblical studies under the tutelage of his son, Bishop Maurice Valentine.
As a family, we are deeply humbled by the great act of kindness implemented by the pastor of Carlton Hill. Pastor David Fuller, thank you for presenting my husband, our dad, with an honorary Doctorate Degree. We are eternally grateful. We know if our husband/father were here, he would be ecstatic.
He served life in many capacities. He was a father, husband, mentor, friend, pastor, uncle, brother, and one of God’s faithful servants. On or off duty, our phone would ring non-stop, night and day. He was always there to assist his community in any way he could. When people didn’t have money, food, etc., he was always there to give and to help. Rev Valentine found working as both a police officer and pastor rewarding. By day, he had the joy of leading people to follow Jesus. By night, he was a public servant, performing the standard duties of a patrol officer.
The most fulfilling part of His ministry was being called to Pastor Carlton Hill Missionary Baptist Church and serving faithfully for 18 years. He was a conservative preacher. If the Bible didn’t say it, he wouldn’t preach it. His motto was, “Do what Jesus did and say what Jesus said.” If you follow that simple statement, you will always be correct. Carlton Hill members saw a preacher who taught them to live in Christ. He never complained; he endured the discomfort of sickness but kept the faith and preached the Word of God. One of his most quoted scriptures was 1 Corinthians 15:58-Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
We all knew him as a man of Valor, courage, strength, and boldness.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his beautiful and faithful wife, Dora D. Valentine, and his devoted children: Ketwana Valentine of Montevallo, Al, and Bishop Maurice (Salisia) Valentine of Montevallo, Al. Siblings: Willie (Gwendolyn) Valentine, Elizabeth Perkins, Martha (Henry)Haynes, Annie Ruth (Johnny) McClain, Charlotte Valentine, and Mary Thomas, Sister in Love: Anita (E.J) Evans, Dorothy Valentine.
Brothers-in-law: Ervin Rutledge Jr., Theodis Rahman, Alfonso Rutledge, Adopted grandchild Isaiah Chapple (ZZ), and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents: Willie T and Annie Queen Valentine, and brothers: Solomon Valentine, Franklin Valentine, and sister, Queen (Theodis) Esther Young.
Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. at The Good Shepherd.
A Celebration of Life will be held, Monday, Jan. 8, 20204 at 11:00 A.M. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montevallo, AL with interment at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.
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