Charles Colson died at 3:12 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage. Colson was 80; he was born on October 16, 1931. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Inez (Ducrow) and Wendel Ball Colson. (Image source: Google.com) His descendants were British and Swedish. Charles was part of special council to President Nixon from 1969-1973. He was known as "Chuck” Colson. Charles was indicted in the Watergate scandel in 1974. He emerged as a Christian leader. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview were 2 organizations he founded.Mr. Colson led the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, and the Colson Center, which employed Christian worldview.
Colson graduated from Brown University and obtained a law degree from George Washington University. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine. He was married to Nancy Billings (1953-1964) and Patricia Ann Hughes in 1964. Colson had 3 children Wendell Ball II (1954), Christian Billings (1956) and Emily Ann (1958).Colson converted to Christianity after reading the book, "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis. He received 15 honorary doctorates.
He repented of his sins during the Watergate scandel opening admitting his faults. Due to his involment he had to serve seven months in prison in Alabama.
Colson has written over 30 books with more than 5 million copies sold. Colson once said:
"I live everyday to the fullest because I live it for Christ," he said of his purpose. "And no matter what I do today ... I'm going to do something to advance the kingdom of God."