Minister Charles Kirnon was born on the sunny island of Montserrat, West Indies, on July 7, 1922. His parents, Richard Henry Kirnon and Mary Alice Kirnon had a total of six children. Charles was the last surviving child of their five sons and one daughter.
Charles was born into the Methodist faith, and from the age of 3 years, Charles was known to have taken a stand for the Lord. Through the years, he has lovingly recalled the experience of being dressed in a crisp white suit and being ushered unto the lap of the Methodist pastor. When asked by this pastor what he wanted to be when he grew up, Charles clearly articulated that he wanted to be a minister for the Lord.
By the time Charles was seven years old, he was rehearsing the minister's sermons. At the age of nine, after searching the holy scriptures for himself, he recognized the Seventh Day truth. This prompting and obedience to the Holy Spirit resulted in him being the first of his family members to accept the Seventh-Day Adventist faith.
Charles' formal schooling was completed at the Cavala Hill School and Salem School in Montserrat. He then continued his education at the University of West Indies, Trinidad. It was after graduating, that he met and married the love of his life, the beautiful and caring Muriel Keturah Henry, on January 5th, 1955. The couple moved to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, where they helped establish an Adventist Primary School. Charles' leadership as head master was recognized by the executives of the Seventh Day Adventist Conference. The conference then asked Charles and Muriel to lead out in a primary school on the US Virgin Island of St. Thomas. The Kirnon's were also very successful in the growth of this school.
Charles left St. Thomas to further his ministerial studies at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He earned his Bachelor's Degree and then set up residence in Bronx, New York. Charles had an extensive career in accounting services and always served his church faithfully. As a member of the Jackson Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church, New York, he served as the Investment Secretary. He also worked as a Chaplain at the Mount Sinai Hospital.
Upon retirement, Charles and Muriel relocated to Orlando Florida and became members of the Forest-Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church. Charles continued to volunteer as a Chaplain with the Florida Adventist Hospital. From his first recollections at the age of 3, Charles lived only for his Lord. His favorite hymn was "I want to see Jesus, don't you?". His continual admonishment to those young and old was to put all cares of life aside and by looking to Jesus' loving face, always strive for the kingdom!
Charles rested from his labors on Sunday, July 29, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Muriel Kirnon, nieces: Lucinda Kirnon, Kathleen Kirnon, Sarah Rosalind Kirnon, Dulcina Hayes, Olive Kirnon, Vanessa Kirnon, Shirley Kirnon, Sonya Kirnon; nephews: David Kirnon, Eric Kirnon, Vincent Kirnon, a host of grand and great grand nieces, nephews, extended family and loving friends.