Senior Chief Charles Raymond Shoults Jr. was born April 9, 1924, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of the late Charles R. and Essie (Brady) Shoults. He attended the Salvation Army Training College in Chicago, Illinois, and was commissioned a lieutenant on June 11, 1943.
He was allowed on military service break from his Salvation Army duty and joined the United States Navy in August of 1943. He completed the training at the Navy School of Music at Washington D.C. in November of 1945 and was sent to the band in Honolulu, Hawaii, for two years. Charles was brought home from Pearl Harbor on February 20, 1948, to teach in the Brass Department at the Navy School of Music at Norfolk, Virginia. Later he was promoted to be in charge of the Brass Department. He completed active Navy services in June of 1964 to resume duty as a Salvation Army Officer in Wichita, Kansas. He later transferred to the United Methodist Church as the pastor of the Atlanta circuit.
He graduated from the Northeast Missouri Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in music education.
Charles was preceded in death by one daughter, Eloise Mary, and a brother, Arthur Shoults, and one step-daughter, Mary Margaret Clevenger Tudor, and his parents. He was a pastor and friend to many through the years as he touched a lot of lives.
Surviving is his wife, Margaret E. Shoults, and former wife, Eloise Mary Shoults. He also has 11 surviving children, two step-children, 34 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, as well as his brothers, David and Harold Shoults and spouses, one sister, Evelyn Sellers. Upon his passing on November 15, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Charles had pastored several United Methodist Churches in the area and taught school at Purdy and Exeter while living in southwest Missouri.
He will be missed by all, but those who survive are rejoicing that he has gone on to glory.
There will be a small military service to honor Charles where his remains will be placed in the Wall on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.
Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral home, Monett, Missouri.