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From Labor to Freedom in Oakland, Obituary of Rev. Dr. Charles Larkrith, 101




Rev. Dr. Charles Larkrith, 101

Rev. Dr. Charles Larkrith, 101, went from labor to freedom in Oakland, passing peacefully on July 4, 2020.   

   He was born during the worldwide pandemic on March 5, 1919, left this world 101 years later during another pandemic.  

    He was an extraordinary orator and will be remembered for his ability to speak with a soothing tone through prayer, scripture, poetry and soliloquies. 

  Larkrith worked at the Naval Supply in Oakland, retiring to become a full-time minister.  He pastored several churches in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley of California.

     Larkrith was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille D. Larkrith, and one son, Harold R. Bell. He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy five children, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchild as well as additional family members.  

    He also leaves behind church members and friends who will always remember him as the “Ole Po Country Preacher.”

    He was laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas, next to his wife, on July 13, 2020, at a graveside service.  Due to current circumstances, only a gravesite ceremony was held. 

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