History of the Restoration Movement

Charles Griffin Lemons


The Life of Charlie Lemons

Charles Griffin Lemons was born June 8, 1918. He was the son of John Odie Lemons (1886-1940) and Virtue Algie Jaquess (1889-1952). He had one brother, William J. Lemons (1915-2000) and a sister Mildred E. (1923-1999). He baptized into Christ by R. V. Cawthon September 12, 1930.

He was married to Nellie G. Bandy on August 11, 1940. They had one child, Charles T. Lemons.

Charlie received his training at Watkins Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Continuing his education at David Lipscomb College, he began preaching in Nashville in 1934. Through the years he preached for the Sunbury church of Christ in Sunbury, Pennsylvania from 1940-1942; the Manchester church of Christ in Manchester, Tennessee form 1943-1944; the Strathmore Boulevard church of Christ in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 1944-1946; the South Central Avenue church of Christ in Valdosta, Georgia from 1946 to 1949; the St. Elmo church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1949-1959; the White Oak church of Christ in Chattanooga from 1959 to 1960; the East Ridge church of Christ in Chattanooga from 1959 to 1960; the Church Street church of Christ in Lewisburg from 1960 to 1963. Other churches include the East Side church of Christ in Phoenix, Arizona; the Central church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama; the Willow Avenue church of Christ in Cookeville; and the Highland Heights church of Christ in Lebanon, Tennessee.

While in Chattanooga, he began seven years of radio work. He moderated the television program, “Know the Bible” for three years. He conducted the “Ye Shall Know The Truth” TV program in Phoenix, Arizona. While in Chattanooga, he was a guest speaker at Highland Park Baptist church where he spoke on “Why I Am A Member Of The Church Of Christ.” Other things reported were that he made two films for “Herald of Truth,” and did mission work in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Charlie Lemons passed from this life May 26, 2002. Burial followed in the Lemons family plot in Crest Lawn Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee. His brother William J. Lemons is buried next to him.

Sources: Gleanings from Preachers of Today, Volume 3, page 246; various issues of Gospel Advocate; Ancestry.com; Newspapers.com.
-Scott Harp, 07.11.2021

Gospel Meeting Advertisement

Chattanooga Daily Times, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Saturday, June 7, 1947, page 5

Gospel Meeting Advertisement

Chattanooga Daily Times, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Saturday, September 2, 1950, page 8

Gospel Meeting Advertisement

Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, October 20, 1962, page 8

Obituary for Charles Griffin Lemons

Funeral services for Charles Griffin Lemons, 83, of Cookeville will be held at 10 A. M. on Friday, May 31, from the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Lemons died on Sunday, May 26, 2002. He was the son of the late John Odie and Vertie Algie Jacquess Lemons. Mr. Lemons attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville. He preached for more than 65 years throughout Middle Tennessee, Huntsville, Ala., Louisville, Ky., Phoenix, Ariz., and Ontario, Canada. His family includes a son, Charles T. (Chuck) Lemons of Pie Town, N.M.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed and Dorothy Dowell and Elsie Thrasher, all of Cookeville, Robert Polk of Nashville and Ellie Lemons of Enterprise, Ala.; three granddaughters, Tullie Jones, Rachael Hipple and Kellee Lemons, all of Tucson, Ariz.; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie G. Lemons; four brothers, William Jaquess Lemons, Fred Donald Lemons, Joe Freeland Lemons and John Junior Lemons; and three sisters, Mildred Estel Lemons Polk, Roxey Lemons and Anne Francis Lemons. 

Source: Find-A-Grave / no original source available

Directions To Grave

The Lemons family burial plot is in a plot in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee. The Funeral Home and cemetery are located on West Jackson Street. From I-40 take Exit 286 and head north on Hwy. 135. In about a mile turn left on W. Jackson St. The cemetery is on the left. Instead of entering the main entrance head up to Buffalo Valley Rd. and turn left. The cemetery will be on your left. Enter the second entrance and travel down the lane until you see the Garden of Prayer on you left. The Lemons Family plot will be under the trees. While in the cemetery note a photo below where it is pointed out where several gospel preachers are buried in the park. See overview photo below.


GPS Location
36°09'27.1"N 85°31'39.3"W
or D.d. 36.157520, -85.527573

William J. Lemons - 1915 - 2000
Ellie B. Lemons - 1921 - 2005
brother of Charlie G. Lemons

Charlie G. Lemons - June 8, 1918 - May 26, 2002
Nellie Gray Lemons - April 21, 1921 - January 10, 2002

Photos Taken 08.08.2016
Webpage produce 07.10.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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