Norma Jean (Harney) Channels was born April 15, 1938 in Pulaski, TN. She was the youngest of three children born to James David and Lillian Earlene (King) Harney. Her parents moved with her and her siblings to Springfield, OH in 1942 and later that year to Cleveland, OH. Norma was educated through the Cleveland Public School System. She graduated from John Hay High School June 1957. She worked at the Internal Revenue Service for a short time and then the United States Postal Service. She met and married Charles Edward Channels, Sr. October 20, 1962. She had two sons from this union: Clinton Myron David Channels and Edwin Nolan Channels. Norma accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was an avid Bible reader and student. She and the family went to Temple Baptist Church for a short while. In 1970, they joined and served at Starlight Baptist Church. Later, Norma and her family joined Everlasting Faith Baptist Church where her brother, Rev. Clarence J. Harney is pastor. Norma retired after 30 years of service from USPS October 3, 1992. Norma and Charles moved to Columbus, OH in 2014. She and Charles attended Holy Ghost Revival Center where Rev. Betty Hairston was pastor. Rev. Michael and Min. Bridget Perrin are now the pastors. Norma, after a few years of attendance, joined Holy Ghost Revival Center.
Norma Channels had a love for cooking, clothing and family. She did all she could to bring the family together on her and her husband’s sides of the family. She loved on her husband Charles’ older children Charles, Jr., Harry, Steven, and Cassaundra. She had big dinners where she was known for her homemade barbecue sauce, butternut squash, potato salad, and sweet potato pie.
Norma Channels was such a family person that she took on family members such as Pastor Hairston and Mother Parham as sisters and Mervin and Sandy Hines as children. She was friendly, opinionated, giving and loving to those who accepted her love.
Macy’s and Especially Yours were like her fashionista sisters who kept her in style. She loved shoes, hats, purses, dresses and suits. It may look like she never wore the same thing twice but she knew how to put things together.
Norma peacefully transitioned from her residence to reward with her son, Edwin, and daughter-in-love, Belinda, at her side Friday, January 07, 2022.
Norma Jean Channels was preceded in death by her parents, James David and Lillian Earlene (King) Harney; her sister, Laura Emma Harney; her natural son, Clinton Myron David Channels and her son Harry Eugene Channels.
Norma Jean Channels leaves behind to cherish her memory: Her natural son, Elder Edwin Nolan (Min. Belinda) Channels; granddaughter, Cpl. Morgan LaChae Channels; Children: Charles Edward (Rolanda) Channels, Stephen Leon (Mable) Channels, Cassaundra Channels, Min. Keith (Valerie) Crochran, Mervin (Sandra) Hines, grandchildren Jason (Teresa Hiler) Channels, Alisha Channels; brother, Pastor Clarence James Harney; Niece, Tandalea Harney; great nephew Jaelan Harney; Sisters, Mother Clara Parham, Pastor Betty Hairston; Cousins, Charles (Wanda) Locklear, Earl (Gwendolyn) Locklear, Jacqueline Locklear; close friends, Jerry (Min. Deborah) Wells, Carolyn Sullivan, Pastor Ivory (Michelle) Jones, III, Pastor Ron (Mary) Lyles, Sr., Rev. Clifton (Velita) Harris; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and Holy Ghost Revival Center.
In Lieu of Flowers Monetary Donations can be made to Norma J. Channels No Fear Scholarship - 2486 Bethesda Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43219 - Checks can be made Payable to: Gatherlove Spreading Ur Wings
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