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Obituary for Elder Charles Douglas Strand

Charles Douglas Strand, beloved son of the late Preston Strand, Sr. and Rosa M. Dickerson Strand, was born on February 26, 1948 in Accomac, Virginia. God in his infinite wisdom, called him from labor to reward on October 25, 2022 at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Charles received his education in the public schools of Accomack County and was a graduate of Mary N. Smith High School. At the age of nineteen, Charles began his lifelong career in painting. He began working with Johnny Watts for several years. In 1998, Charles followed his entrepreneurial spirit and established C & B Painting Enterprise. He dedicated over fifty years to his craft.

At an early age, Charles accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at Macedonia AME Church in Accomac. He along with his family were instrumental in the music ministry at Macedonia. In later years, he joined the congregation at Miracle Temple of Faith Church in Mappsville. There he continued to serve in the music ministry as the Assistant Minister of Music and Sunday school teacher. He was also an ordained Elder.

On August 27, 1977, Charles married the love of his life, Bertie Wharton. Their union was blessed with forty-five years of love and two children.

Charles was a family oriented person. He enjoyed spending time with them, but especially enjoyed making music with them. For several years, he played alongside his siblings.

He leaves to cherish his fond memories his loving wife of forty-five years, Bertie Strand; four sons, Douglas Strand of Savageville, VA, Sean (Marlo) Wharton of Accomac, VA, Theutis (Melissa) Wharton of Nassawadox, VA, and Marcus (Keisha) Baines of Austell, GA; one daughter, Zwanda West of Clinton, NJ; nine grandchildren, Renee Davis, Akease Downing, Natavia Wharton, Ahmad Scarborough, Shiloh Baines, Julius Baines, Samaria Baines, Laila Baines, and Jyzere Baines; three great-grandchildren, Akease, Jr., Samir, and Sakari; six brothers, Herbert Strand, Carey (Sophronia) Strand, David (Kada) Strand, Lawrence (Cassandra) Strand, Tyrone (Virginia) Strand, and Derwin Strand; one sister, Barbara (Thomas) Hoy; three sisters-in-law, Bessie Strand, Barbara Strand, and Helen (Major) Parker; three brothers-in-law, George (Barbara) Wharton, Purnell Wharton, and Darrell Wharton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.