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Celebrating the life of
Rev. Charles William Castles
Passed away on July 01, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:30pm - Monday, July 08, 2019
  • The Sycamore Church
  • 1914 East 52nd Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-289-8949

Charles was a true friend. Charles would kindly give you his time to listen and counsel you in a time of need. I will miss him greatly. Charles was truly a great man. I am very sad of his passing.

Glenn Berny, Cumming, Ga

I was saddened to hear of Charles passing today. I know where he is today, in the arms of the Lord, I can hear the Lord saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant". I have thought about him often, following his and my retirement. He was truly a man serving God.RIP Jim Steward, SERO Retiree

James Steward, Marietta, GA

The Central Mutual family was saddened to hear of Charles passing. I got to know him during my own time in Claims and as Regional VP of the Southeast region. Charles was a man who personified Central's values of Integrity, Excellence and Relationship. More importantly, he had a heart for God that he would gladly share at work. I am praying for your peace, comfort and healing, but know he has found his peace and comfort with the Lord. God bless your family during this difficult time.

Keith Moore, Alpharetta, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.

Pam and Terry Stovall, Richmond Hill, GA

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Charles.

Fred & Ellen Bogler, Savannah, GA

I will always remember Charles for his kindness. In 1974 our youngest child was born and was in Intensive Care at Eagleston Hospital in Atlanta. One morning very early I awoke and went to check on my baby. Charles was just sitting outside the NICU unit in a darkened hallway. He told me he just could not sleep and had to come and be near our little Hope. Janice please know that my prayer for you and all who love Charles is that good memories will soften your sorrow and you learn to live without his earthly presence.

Lynn W. Brandon, Ph.D., Rome, GA

I went through discernment for ordination with Charles and was inspired by his strong voice for the poor.

The Ven. Carole Maddux , Roswell , GA

The Rev. Charles W. Castles departed this life on July 1, 2019 at Savannah Square. Born October 29, 1933, he was adopted as an infant by David and Catherine Castles of Lakeland, Florida. Charles was raised a Presbyterian, worked in his father’s grocery store; was educated at Lakeland High School and Florida Southern College, where he earned his AB degree. He enlisted in the Army and was stationed in France. Following his discharge, he studied at Columbia Theological Seminary and eared the degree of Master of Divinity. He served as Presbyterian pastor of a two church field in Macon, GA. During that time, he met and married Janice Louise Sapp. He then took six quarters of clinical pastoral education at Central State Hospital and the Georgian Clinic for Alcohol Rehabilitation. This training convinced him that he should take a break from ordained ministry. He was then employed for a quarter century with the Southeastern region of the Central Insurance Companies; during which time he continued in lay ministry. In 1984 he was confirmed in the Episcopal Church, where, his lay ministries were hospital visitation and singing in the St. Philip’s Cathedral choir, Atlanta. The death of his parents, within two weeks of each other led him to seek grief counseling from and Episcopal priest/psychiatrist, who encouraged Charles to seek ordination in his new faith community. Upon retirement from the Central Companies, he entered the Emory Hospital Center for Pastoral Services, and completed two years of residency as a chaplain. From there he went to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, a ministry to the mentally ill and physically disabled poor, who live in group homes. After several years he was ordained to holy orders as a deacon, and continued in this role at Holy Comforter. Upon moving to Savannah, Charles served as deacon at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Chapel until his retirement in 2013. He continued to attend the twice monthly services. He, also, attended Sunday worship and weeknight fellowship groups in his wife’s congregation, The Sycamore Church. He drew upon life experiences for his pastoral theology, best illustrated by the shortest verse in Scripture, “Jesus wept.” Our own grief equips us to minister to the bereaved and the dying. His own losses empowered his hospital chaplaincy and subsequent pastoral care to others.

Charles’ special interests included vocal studies in church and classical music, drama, short story writing, and poetry, (some of which was set to music). A member of the Savannah Lions Club he served as a chaplain in the absence of the regular chaplain was song leader at regular meetings, and was involved in several fund-raising projects.

He is survived by his wife Janice, his sister Cathy Tedder of Satellite Beach, FL and her husband Bob; several nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers-in-law: Corrine Allison Sapp, James Calvin Sapp, and numerous friends, and former parishioners.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at The Sycamore Church, 1914 E. 52nd Street, Savannah, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to The Lion’s Club of Savannah, for service to the visually impaired; 2141 Rowland Ave., Savannah, GA 31404 or to the Episcopal Mission of St. Bartholomew (C/O Diocese of GA); 1802 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401 or to the Friendship Center of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 or the Sycamore Church, (office at 2031 Grove Point Rd., Savannah, GA 31419).

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Candle tribute lit by Renae Moore — Georgia

Charles was a true friend. Charles would kindly give you his time to listen and counsel you in a time of need. I will miss him greatly. Charles was truly a great man. I am very sad of his passing.

Glenn Berny, Cumming, Ga

I was saddened to hear of Charles passing today. I know where he is today, in the arms of the Lord, I can hear the Lord saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant". I have thought about him often, following his and my retirement. He was truly a man serving God.RIP Jim Steward, SERO Retiree

James Steward, Marietta, GA

Candle tribute lit by Bill Coates - Central Companies — Georgia

The Central Mutual family was saddened to hear of Charles passing. I got to know him during my own time in Claims and as Regional VP of the Southeast region. Charles was a man who personified Central's values of Integrity, Excellence and Relationship. More importantly, he had a heart for God that he would gladly share at work. I am praying for your peace, comfort and healing, but know he has found his peace and comfort with the Lord. God bless your family during this difficult time.

Keith Moore, Alpharetta, GA

Candle tribute lit by Keith Moore - Central Mutual Insurance — Georgia

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.

Pam and Terry Stovall, Richmond Hill, GA

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Charles.

Fred & Ellen Bogler, Savannah, GA

I will always remember Charles for his kindness. In 1974 our youngest child was born and was in Intensive Care at Eagleston Hospital in Atlanta. One morning very early I awoke and went to check on my baby. Charles was just sitting outside the NICU unit in a darkened hallway. He told me he just could not sleep and had to come and be near our little Hope. Janice please know that my prayer for you and all who love Charles is that good memories will soften your sorrow and you learn to live without his earthly presence.

Lynn W. Brandon, Ph.D., Rome, GA

I went through discernment for ordination with Charles and was inspired by his strong voice for the poor.

The Ven. Carole Maddux , Roswell , GA


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