Charles S. Ferrell, 94, of Atascadero, passed away on the 25th. March 2021 peacefully at home with his daughter Christina Allen and son Tom Ferrell by his side. Charles was born on the 16th. December 1926 in Alhambra, California. Charles’ mother (Mabel W. Olson) died of tuberculosis in 1934 when Charles was 7, and his father (Thomas Jefferson Ferrell) died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of 55 when Charles was 14.

Charles graduated from high school and lived with his older brother Cliff and his new wife Maude Phifer. Charles’ life changed forever when he spent a year studying at UCLA, where he came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior by reading the Bible he had been given. Charles moved to Oregon to attend Bible College. He met his future wife, Earline, at church during his senior year of high school. Charles was president of Southern Oregon Christian Endeavor and guest speaker at a church youth event. Charles and Earline had known each other for two years before their wedding on the 19th. August 1951 in Medford, Oregon. They celebrated their 68th anniversary. Wedding anniversary just two months before Erlain’s death on the 21st. October 2019.

Charles and Erlaine have three children: Laura Ferrell of Sparks, Nevada, Christine Allen of Santa Clara, California, and Tom Ferrell of Atascadero. They have 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

For the first 13 years of their marriage, Charles and Earline lived in Eugene, Oregon, where Charles worked for the United States Postal Service. During their stay in Eugene, their three children were born. In 1964, they moved their family to Santa Clara, California, where they lived for the next 28 years. Charles worked for the Los Gatos post office and eventually became acting postmaster. He not only served as postmaster in Los Gatos, but also worked in several other post offices as acting postmaster and chief troubleshooter. Charles enjoyed the challenge of reorganizing complex operations and keeping them running efficiently. Charles was also very active in Los Gatos Christian Church as an elder, eventually presiding over the council of elders during the church’s most difficult times.

Charles and Earline moved to Atascadero in 1992 where they built a beautiful home in Templeton on 2 acres of land. With a clean slate, Charles put his passion for gardening and landscape architecture to work. He had green fingers and enjoyed the fruits of his labor, literally, his fruit trees and his beautiful flower garden. After moving to Atascadero, Charles and Earlene became active members of Atascadero Bible Church, where their son Tom was senior pastor. Charles was a very popular adult Sunday school teacher for over 20 years and faithfully served the hospital Atascadero Bible Church in Chaplin for about 20 years.

An outdoor ceremony in memory of Charles will be held on Saturday, 24. April at 1 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church.

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