Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams 
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
personal cell (205)572-1359
Event on comforting families after tragedy to be held Sept. 23 next to West End Library
What: “Inspire Birmingham- Comforting and Encouraging Your Family Featuring Minister Charlie L. Holley”
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – 2  p.m.
Where: 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW in lot between West End Library and Cahaba Health Clinic 
Details: Join us for an informative and entertaining presentation geared towards families. Family members will be taught how to comfort and encourage each other. Charlie L. Holley’s books will be for sale at a discounted rate of $5. For more information, visit  
BIRMINGHAM, AL-A Birmingham couple who lost their 13-year-old son from a heart condition will be hosting an event designed to help families cope with tragedy and heard times on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, next to the West End Library. 

“Inspire Birmingham- Comforting and Encouraging Your Family Featuring Minister Charlie L. Holley” will take place 10 a.m. to  2  p.m at 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW in a lot between West End Library and Cahaba Health Clinic. During this informative presentation, family members will be taught how to comfort and encourage each other in times of trial. 

Inspire Birmingham is being sponsored by Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson and Alabama State Rep. John Rogers Jr. of Birmingham. The event is being organized by CL Holley Ministries Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Charlie and his wife, Cassandra Holley, four years after the tragic death of their 13-year-old son Torrell. While on his last day of basketball tryouts at school, Torrell suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest and died moments later. The autopsy attributed the collapse to a rare heart condition called ARVD.

Though strong Christians, the couple and Torrell’s younger sister, Kiana, went through very difficult times. They experienced depression, anger, and doubted their faith. As they struggled to find some sense of peace and understanding, Charlie and Cassandra Holley began to notice others around them were also struggling with their own life-altering issues. 

Charlie Holley began to write as a way of expressing his struggles and to help others. His first book entitled, “When Flowers Fade: Finding Hope After the Death of a Loved One”, was chosen for review by a publisher and is currently being re-written. Holley has since written four more books,”Forgiveness: Walk Me Through It”, “The God of My Midnights”, “Whispers From My Father”, and “Daily Inspirations From the Scriptures.”

Holley’s books will be available for sale at a discounted rate of $5 during the Sept. 23 event. Read more about Holley at this link:

Charlie and Cassandra Holley have found their purpose in life: to let others know there is life after tragedies. The couple has spoken before several organizations including churches, hospice, friends, and families who have lost loved ones to homicide. See a video of one of Charlie Holley’s talks about preventing bullying below:

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