Reverend Charlie Young



The Reverend Charlie Joseph Young, better known to some as “CJ” was born in the Hartsville Community of Darlington County on July 03, 1933. Charlie was reared in the home of the late Isaac Young and the late Mary Lillian Jackson Young, being the youngest of four siblings.

Reverend Young was educated in the public school system of Hartsville, South Carolina. After graduation from Hartsville High School, he furthered his education at Morris College of Religion, Sumter, South Carolina obtaining a Bachelor of Theology Degree and later to attend the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Connecticut and Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence, South Carolina receiving a Certificate of Principles of Supervision.

In October, 1953 Charlie entered into the Armed Forces of the United States where he received a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal; after two years he was released from active military service and transferred to Army Reserve to complete eight years service under the Universal Military Training and Service Act. After his military career came to completion Reverend Young was employed and retired from Union Carbide, Bridgeport, Connecticut, only to return home to South Carolina, to be employed by Herald Office Supply and Logistic Care Transportation where he remained until his health failed.

Reverend Young’s first pastoral assignment was to the Second Baptist Church, Hartsville, South Carolina. During his tenure in the Baptist Denomination a desire to enter into the Methodist Denomination led him to join the membership of Pleasant Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, Cheraw, South Carolina. The Methodist Denomination afforded Reverend Young to travel across the South Atlantic Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of the Pee Dee Annual Conference to pastor churches of the Lancaster and Cheraw-Bennettsville Districts and later to retire from the six year tenure of the Greater Fair Plain A.M.E. Zion Church, McColl, South Carolina.

In 2008, Reverend Young came to work with Reverend Darlene Stuckey as an associate pastor at the Poplar Hill A.M.E. Zion Church, Pageland, South Carolina; not knowing that his health would have many challenges. Reverend Young moved across the Cheraw-Bennettsville District along with Reverend Stuckey being his primary caregiver for ten years. He was surrounded by an abundance of love from those who helped care for him and he will be missed from across the Cheraw-Bennettsville District.

He leaves to cherish his memories five children; Loretta Massleino, Jacqueline Wallace, Theresa Ann Evans, all of Camden, South Carolina; Charles (Yvette) Young, Sr., Silver Springs, Maryland; and Karen Young, Bridgeport, Connecticut; a twin brother Reverend Samuel J. (Mary Jean) Young, Hartsville, South Carolina; a special niece Gloria Ann (Lucious) Green, Creedmoor, North Carolina, a sister preceded him in death, Mary Ella Young Jackson; ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, a host of other loving relatives and friends.