A Funeral Service in Kansas

June 2013

The funeral for Rev. Charles Norman was held on Saturday, June 1, in Abilene, KS. Three other ministers assisted me in various parts of the service: Mark Stanger from somewhere near Abilene; Charles Duncan from Alabama; and Stan Norman, Charles and Elaine’s son, also from Abilene. David Rohrer was the soloist.

The service was a glorious celebration of the grace of God, Jesus Christ as the cornerstone chosen by God (1 Peter 2:4-6), and God’s long-range plan for the resurrection of the body and the creation of a new heaven and earth.

Here are Elaine and Stan Norman.



Stan is the founding pastor and current pastor of New Trail Fellowship Brethren in Christ Church at Abilene. At the present the church meets in a barn at Stan’s home.




But the church has bought land northeast of Abilene and has plans to build a large facility that will combine an auditorium for worship, meeting rooms, an arena and stables.

When you visit Stan and Beth’s home, you will see this sign on the wall of their living room.


Burial for Charles Norman was at the cemetery of the now-closed Rosebank Brethren in Christ Church, located south of the town of Hope. Here is the church.






Thaine Plank has bought the church, has kept it in good repair and has set up a small museum in it. Thaine’s father, Rev Cecil Plank, was pastor at Rosebank in earlier years.

Rosebank was JoLene’s home church while she was a child and teen. Charles Norman was pastor at Rosebank for 14 years, from 1964 to 1978.









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