The Reverend Dr. Charles Edward "Ned" Steele
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The Reverend Dr. Charles Edward "Ned" Steele
July 27, 1923 - June 30, 2013
Macon, Georgia- The Rev. Dr. Charles Edward ("Ned") Steele, 89, died June 30, 2013, following a brief illness. The funeral services will be held at Martha Bowman United Methodist Church in Macon on Wednesday, July 3 at 10:30 am. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Private burial will be at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, followed by a memorial service at Asbury Memorial UMC at 5:00 the same day. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Epworth By The Sea, 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
Dr. Steele was born in Savannah, Georgia on July 27, 1923 and graduated from Savannah High School, Emory University, and Yale University Divinity School. In 1974, LaGrange College conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree.
Dr. Steele served for 42 years as a pastor in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served 8 churches: Sherwood in Columbus, Centenary in Macon, Park Avenue in Valdosta, Central in Fitzgerald, Pittman Park in Statesboro, Porterfield in Albany, Waycross First, and Riverside in Macon. He also served as district superintendent for the Savannah and Valdosta districts. Dr. Steele was instrumental in starting the South Georgia Walk to Emmaus movement in 1986 and continued to participate in it actively until his death.
In 1989, Rev. and Mrs. Steele retired to St. Simons Island, Georgia with their daughter, Sandra, where they lived for 16 years before moving again to Macon. Throughout retirement, he was actively involved in his local church and community organizations.
Dr. Steele is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn Meadows Steele, and his daughters Suzanne Johnson (Dave R.) of Lawrenceville, GA, Sally Black (David) of Cartersville, GA and his grandson, Hayes Johnson of Anniston, AL, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Alvie and Dale Neer Steele, four siblings, and his youngest daughter, Sandra K. Steele.
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Published by The Telegraph on Jul. 2, 2013.
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My prayers are with you. I learned so much from his expertly delivered Sunday School lessons. I will miss him.
Glenna Meyer
July 8, 2013
Ned's participation on my Emmaus weekend had such a profound effect on me on my walk. His life of practical Christianity shown through clearly in all he said and did. What a blessing to have known him, as I know so many feel the same way. Heaven has gained a great addition to those streets of gold.
Artie Helmey
July 3, 2013
Mr. Ned was a true spiritual inspiration in our Walk with our Lord. He simply radiated the face of Christ; beaming with Joy and Love. When we think of the description of "Disciple" Rev. Steele will always come to mind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve and Harriet Wade
Steve Wade
July 3, 2013
My husband and I were so saddened to learn of Ned's passing. We felt a special bond with him since he and my hubby are both called Ned. Now one of the Neds has moved on to Glory! We saw him last in Dr. Perofsky's office where both were patients of
the skilled surgeon. Even there, they joked that the crowded office folks couldn't handle two Ned's. We will always love his joyous spirit and his unselfish giving of himself for others. May God reward him richly in his heavenly home!
Rev. Sue and Dr. Ned DeJournett
July 2, 2013
Reverend Steele was our minister many years ago at FUMC Waycross. He was a wonderful leader, minister and person. My family always loved him. My prayers are with you, Mrs. Steele, Suzanne and Sally.
Jennifer Pinson-Harvey
July 2, 2013
It was a pleasure and blessing to listen to one of Ned's Sunday School lesson in the Nan Freeman Class. Ned was an inspiriation to all of us and we will miss his smiling face and cute remarks. Yes, Ned, you will be greatly missed and we thank our God for you and the love you had for all of us. Praying for God's comfort and peace to the family during these difficult days.
Naomi Creamer
July 2, 2013
Evelyn,Suzanne and Sally,
What a powerful and positive witness Ned was to me and so many of our South Georgia clergy! He was a great encourager who made you feel better about yourself and about life. We were all blessed by his triumphant spirit!
We are sorry we will not be able to attend the services, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
We love you! God bless you,
Benjy and Mary Varnell
Benjy Varnell
July 2, 2013
Dear Evelyn and family,
What an amazing man Ned was! He was such an encouragement to us, and I will miss seeing him! We pray blessings and peace for you and yours!
Buzz & Donna Harrington
July 2, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Ned's passing. He was one of the leaders on my walk to Emmaus. (H.O.G.W.T.E. #156)Ned was an inspiration to me and was a true disciple of Christ. He shared many stories with me during that time. He will be missed by many but he is in heaven praising and worshiping our God with the friends and family that have gone on to glory with him.
Donald King
July 2, 2013
Suzanne we are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. All we ever heard about him was his great work with us Methodist. I know you were very proud of him. We have lost a great man.
Mike & Sue Johnson
July 2, 2013
Praying for your family
Tami Gibbs
July 2, 2013
Dear Evelyn, Susanne, Sally and family.
Your loving Ned will surely be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you in this time of loss. He was a faithfull memeber of the Nan Freeman SS Class,as well as the ROMEO'S. We are sorry we cannot attend the Memorial Service on Wednesday as we have an appointment we can not miss. We we will be there in spirit and pray that God will comfort you and give you peace. We can all be greatfull that we will all be reunited when we get to Heaven.
Ed & Carolyn Gibbs
July 2, 2013
I loved this great man!! He was such an encourager, such a warm and friendly man. I have known Ned for years, and am so blessed to call him my friend.
BJ Funk
July 2, 2013
Pauline & I were indeed saddened to learn of Ned's passing. He was a saint among men. His passion for God, the church, & Emmaus was a joy to see. We know that he's now at "home" with the Lord whom he so dearly loved. We send sincere condolences to the family & all Ned's brothers & sisters in Christ.
Bud & Pauline Abbott
July 2, 2013
Evelyn, Suzanne and Sally.......Ned's last words to me on Friday were, "Sandra is just around the corner." He approached death as he did life.......with a witness for all to hear, "that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
Don & Eulalie Woeltjen
July 2, 2013
Evelyn and family--read with sadness this morning of the death of our much loved Ned. I'll be out of town Wednesday but I will remember with mind and prayer for you.
George Barber
July 2, 2013
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you Suzanne, Sally and Mrs Evelyn for sharing your beautiful memories with us. My prayer is that we will keep Ned's memories alive and prepare to meet him again. What a legend! I want to grow up to be just like him.
Sara Forehand
July 2, 2013
Dr Steele will be missed by so many of his friends. I was so glad that he was a member of our church. We will always remember your kind words and smile.
Jim Hickman
July 2, 2013
I am praying for you and the family in your time of loss. Rest assured he was welcomed home by the MASTER and told WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. He is now up there rejoicing and celebrating with Sandra. GOD bless you
David Griffin
July 2, 2013
Mr Steele was always a pleasure to see when he came in the office. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Matt Rogers Allstate Agency
July 2, 2013
Suzanne and Sally...My heart is heavy for your great loss but I know that heaven is rejoicing to welcome such a faithful servant home.
Carmel Hearn
July 1, 2013
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