Charles "Chuck" Bible of Port Angeles, was born to Esther and Burl Bible in Del Rio, Tennessee on July 21, 1931.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep February 15. He was the oldest of eight children and a son of a sharecropper who later moved his family to South Carolina.
Chuck, who was called Houston by his family, grew up in Laurens, South Carolina, and went to Holmes Memorial Bible College. As a young man he felt God call him to be a minister and left South Carolina at the age of 20 with one suitcase in hand and traveled across the country evangelizing the Message of the Gospel. In 1954, at a revival meeting in Auburn, Washington, he met his future wife, Ruth Schager. Three days later they were engaged, and May 27, 1954, after a six-week courtship, they were married.
Ruth later found out that on the first night of the revival, her mother and sister were in attendance and her mother had turned to her sister and said as she pointed to the young preacher, "That's Ruthie's husband."
The couple lived in and pastored churches in Wapato, Randle, Pocatello, Idaho, and Reidsville, North Carolina, before coming to his beloved Pacific Northwest.
Chuck was an engineer for the Milwaukee Railroad while living in Auburn, Washington. The family moved to Port Angeles in 1974 when Chuck transferred with the railroad. He drove the last train out of Port Angeles in 1984.
He pastored Open Bible Church (formerly Christian Evangelical Church until 1995) from 1991 through 1998. Besides being a railroad engineer and a preacher, he had been a logger, an animal warden, a mortician, an ambulance driver, and a heavy equipment operator.
Above all, he was a husband, a dad, and a grandpa who loved his family more than anything.
He enjoyed his craftsman style home and endless projects and handcrafting beautiful, one-of-a kind Tiffany lampshades. He was also an avid reader, and enjoyed thrift store and garage sale finds.
Three years ago, before his health declined, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and traveled to Israel to the Holy Land.
His absence leaves a hole in our hearts, but he left us a legacy of love and memories that will remain with us for the rest of our days. Saturday before his death at a family dinner his fortune cookie read: ""The really great man is the man who makes everyone feel great." That was Chuck.
He was preceded in death by both parents and brothers David Bible, Ed "Burnett" Bible, and sister Barbara "Faye" Murray all of South Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Duane (Shannon) of Spanaway, Bob (Connie) of Port Angeles, and daughter, Kristi Hurley (William) of Port Angeles; six grandchildren; brothers, James "Lindsey", Bob, and sisters Kathy Nelson, and Judy Campbell, all of South Carolina.
A service will be held at Bethany Pentecostal Church on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. There will be a graveside at Mt. Angeles View Cemetery immediately following. A reception and refreshments are planned at the church after the graveside.