The Honorable Charles L. Albert, Jr. was born in Nassauville, Florida on June 29th, 1932 to his parents, Charles Albert Sr. and Pearl Blue Albert. He confessed Christ at an early age uniting with Prince Chapel AME Church. He attained his early education in a one room school and then attended Peck High School and later went on to receive a BS degree in Biology from Florida A&M University. Further courses beyond his degree included Organic Chemistry from Tuskegee Institute, CBA Chemistry from College of St. Teresa, and Biological Science from Wake Forest University. He also attended Edward Waters College, Institute of Marine Science and University of North Florida. While in the armed forces, he fought in the North Korean War, Veteran Graves Registration. As a civilian, Mayor Albert taught Science and Chemistry for 35 years before retiring from the Nassau County School District. On June 7, 1958 Mayor Albert married his 6th grade sweetheart, Ernie Tyson Albert. From this union was born two sons and one daughter.
In 1978, Mayor Albert was elected to the Fernandina Beach City Commission and in 1981, he became the city’s first and only African American mayor to date, rendering a total of 18 years with the City of Fernandina Beach. Seeing kids from the community active in a positive light was his pride and joy- this led to him organizing the Elm Street Little League of which he was also an avid coach. The field at the Elm Street Recreation Center was later named in his honor.
Mr. Albert served on the Governor’s task force for the reorganization of H.R.S., Take Stock in Children, Keep Nassau Beautiful, Rotary Club- Honorary Member since 1995, Juvenile Delinquent Council, Police Athletic League (PAL), NAACP, American Beach Homeowner Association. Board of Directors for the Nassau County Volunteer Center, Council of Aging, Chamber of Commerce, President of Nassau County Teachers Association (1973-1977), Paula Hawkins Commission of Education (1977-1978), President of NCCDC, President of Elm Street Little League, Teacher of the Year (1981), Who’s Who Among America’s Educators, Special Olympics, and most importantly, Father of the Year.
The Honorable Charles L. Albert, Jr. departed this life on Sunday, January 24, 2021 and was preceded in death by his father, Charles Albert, Sr., mother, Pearl Albert; brothers, Robert (Maudine) and Prince Albert (Vinesse); brother-in-law, Billy Chaney; sister-in-law, Marva Albert. He leaves to mourn his death- his wife of over 62 years, Ernie Albert; two sons, Reginald (Felecia) Albert and Rashad (Lateisha) Albert; one daughter, Regina Albert; six grandchildren, Patreace, Brittney, Taylon, Malcom, Alexus, and Dillon; two great-grandchildren: Kamden and Karter; one godchild, Marsha Grant; brothers, Eugene Albert and Spencer Albert; sisters, Helen Albert and Leola Chaney; close extended family, Eugene and Marion Grant (Michelle and Marsha). A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, students, and sorrowing friends.
The funeral service for Charles Laverne Albert Jr. will be held 12:00 pm Saturday, January 30th, 2021 at the First Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, 1600 S. 8th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 29th, 2021 at the Prince Chapel A.M.E, 95189 Hendricks Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234.