Bowling Green - It's very rare that a man of strong faith could also moonlight as a rock 'n' roll singer, but if you were lucky enough to meet Charlie Flener, this comes as no surprise. Charlie, who passed away Nov. 1 at the age of 80, had a zest for life and living it to its fullest. Not only did he share his passion of God and preach the good word to many throughout the years, he also brought smiles to everyone he encountered with his charm, wit and handsomely good looks (he made us write that).

Charlie is survived by his children Cameron Flener (Karey Flener), Heather Harrington (Doug Harrington) and Katie Daughtery, and his grandchildren Isabella Malatesta and Sophie Daughtery. He is the son of Carl and Jessie Flener of Louisville.

Throughout his long life, Charlie wore many hats – from entertainer, actor and musician to husband, father, pastor and author. He was very active in the theater program throughout his high school and college years, which is where he learned to hone his passion to entertain and use art to inspire. Charlie was inspired by performing, and his mission in life was to inspire others.

After graduating from Manual High School in Louisville, Charlie attended Western Kentucky University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After getting his degree from Southern, he happily took a job as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Taylorsville, Ky. He then became pastor at New Salem Baptist Church in Valley Station, Ky., where his youthful enthusiasm took hold. His services became so popular, the church had to expand to accommodate the overflowing crowds. Charlie ended his professional career as the chaplain of the Jefferson County Police Department.

But ... there is more to Charlie than just his resume, and it has to do with a little side hustle called rock 'n' roll.

Sometime after high school and during his first few years at Western, Charlie chased the spotlight into the music industry. With striking good looks, a devilish grin and a crooning voice, he recorded eight singles for Tempwood V Records and even toured the country as Charlie Flener & The Accents. His notable songs included "Moon in My Window" (1962), "So In Love With Him" (1963) and "Don't Forget Me" (1964).

Later, after becoming a pastor, Charlie continued his love of music and released four gospel albums. He was a sought-after personality in both the secular and religious circles. His most recent project was co-authoring a memoir titled "The Adventures of Charlie Chaplain."

On his Facebook page, Charlie detailed his career and creative passions in the bio section. And he ended with this sentiment, as we will do here: "I have had a memorable life with only a few bumps along the way. So, that's my story and I am sticking to it. Now having written all this, I have no idea how I send it."

At his request, Charlie's ashes will be scattered across the Green River in the spring in a private gathering of his children, grandchildren and close relatives. There will be a memorial service to follow in the spring. Anyone interested in being notified of the memorial can email CharlieFlenerKids@gmail.com.