Category Archives: Homegoing of a Saint

Homegoing of a Saint: The Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, Charleston, South Carolina

In a tragedy that has been well documented in the media, the Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, senior pastor of the historic “Mother” Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina, will be laid to rest today at 11:00 a.m. Several news organizations, including PBS.ORG will be live-streaming/broadcasting the service. The President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, will be delivering the eulogy. 

The official obituary:

 Funeral Services for The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney will be held Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the T.D. Arena at the College of Charleston, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina, with burial in the St. James A.M.E. Church Cemetery, 5344 Highway 41, Marion, South Carolina.

Senator Pinckney will lie in state in The Rotunda of the South Carolina State House, Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. He will also be viewed on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the St. John A.M.E. Church, 2740 Tillman Rd., Ridgeland, SC. A family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, 110 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC. Leevy’s Funeral Home, Columbia, SC is in charge of arrangements.

The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, was born on July 30, 1973, the son of Mr. John Pinckney and the late Theopia Stevenson Aikens of Ridgeland, South Carolina, and was educated in the public schools of Jasper County. He departed this life on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, along with eight other saints of God, studying the Word of God at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Honorable Reverend Pinckney graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina. While at Allen University, he served as freshman class president, student body president, and senior class president. Ebony Magazine recognized the Honorable Reverend Pinckney as one of the “Top College Students in America.” He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and a Master’s of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. The Honorable Reverend Pinckney was actively working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Reverend Pinckney answered the call to preach at the age of thirteen and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of eighteen. He loved the Lord, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the people of God. He served the following churches: Young’s Chapel A.M.E.-Irmo, SC, The Port Royal Circuit-Beaufort, SC, Mount Horr A.M.E.-Yonges Island, SC, Campbell Chapel A.M.E., Bluffton, SC and also served as the Presiding Elder of the Wateree District. He was serving with distinction as the pastor of the historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina at the time of his untimely death.

The Honorable Reverend Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of twenty-three. In the year 2000, at the age of twenty-seven, he was elected to the South Carolina State Senate. He was the youngest African-American in South Carolina history to be elected to the South Carolina State Legislature. He represented Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, and Hampton Counties. As a community servant, he served on the Board of Directors of Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company and was a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney leaves behind: his beloved wife, Jennifer Benjamin Pinkney; daughters, Eliana Yvette and Malana Elise Pinckney; his maternal grandmother, Gracie S. Broome, of Mullins, South Carolina; his fathers, John Pinckney and Lyneair Aikens, Sr., both of Ridgeland, South Carolina; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank Bejamin and Cleo M. Benjamin, both of Jackson, South Carolina; six siblings: Ralph Stevenson, of Lacey, Washington; Carmelleana Dupont, of Ridgeland, South Carolina; Kenya (Arica) Pinckney, of Grafenwoer, Germany; Lyneair (Lynea) Aikens, Jr., of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Johnette (Dexter) Martinez, of Irmo, South Carolina; Marvin Aikens, of Savannah, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Eric (Leila) Benjamin; his grand aunts Lee and Louise Pollins, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his grand aunt and uncle, Donald and Emma Stevenson, of Ridgeland, South Carolina; four long-time friends who were as close as brothers, the Reverend Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton, the Reverend Chris Vaughn, the Honorable Reverend Joe Neal, and the Honorable Gerald Malloy; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestate/obituary.aspx?n=clementa-carlos-pinckney&pid=175147838#sthash.MYC5vfwy.dpuf

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr., Mount Vernon, NY

Mt. Vernon’s legendary Rev. Richard H. Dixon, Jr. has died

Screenshot 2015-04-28 10.38.19Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr., minister, civil rights leader, and community leader, passed away on Saturday morning, April 25.

He was born October 3, 1923 to the late Beulah and Rev. Richard H. Dixon, Jr. The only son of three children.

Rev. Dixon was Pastor Emeritus of the Macedonia Baptist Church. He served forty-one years as Pastor of this great Church, and on December 31, 1999 retired as its Pastor.

He attended Public Schools in Dallas, Texas and Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received a B.A. Degree from Bishop College, Marshall, Texas; Bachelor of Theology Degree from the American Theological Seminary, Nashville, Tenn.; Bachelor Degree of Divinity from Colgate Seminary, Rochester, New York; D.D. Degree from the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan; Candidate for Doctorate Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.

Rev. Dixon was pastor of three churches, First Baptist Church, Lackawanna New York for four years; Historical Trinity Baptist Church, Pontiac, Michigan for ten years; and Macedonia Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, New York for forty-one years.
He was called to preach and was licensed in Kansas City Missouri, in the year 1946.

He served as President of the Mount Vernon Council of Churches; Westchester Urban League; founder and past president of the United Black Clergy of Mount Vernon; founder and past president of the Westchester Christian Leadership Conference.
He had the honor of being selected, with 25 outstanding people throughout the United States, to be a part of the group to accompany Dr. Martin Luther King to Oslo, Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. IN the addition, the People’s Republic of China invited him, with 17 other educators and religious leaders, as a guest of the Chinese government to tour, study and exchange views (the summer of 1980).

For several years, he was assigned as Second Deputy Commissioner of the City of Mount Vernon, and head of the Chaplaincy program of Mount Vernon Police Department.

He was once honored to provide opening prayer at the United States Congress in Washington, D. C. He also served as Chaplain for the New York State Senate and Assembly. He has also received countless awards and honors.

Reverend Dixon was married to the former Earnestene Wright. They had three children; Richard III, Sonya and Lori; two sons-in-law, Mark Stephens and George McClendon; two granddaughters, Styler and Kayla and three grandsons, James, Dabnus and George, Jr. He also had a son Carl and grandson, Cameron.

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Homegoing of the Saints – Dr. Samuel Eugene Thornton, Detroit, Michigan

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by Robert Earl Houston

Dr. Samuel Eugene Thornton, 90, went home to be with the Lord on April 22, 2015.  He served as pastor of the Derrick Memorial Baptist Church for over 35 years until his health failed.

Dr. Thornton leaves to cherish his memory: Wife, Helen Thornton; Son, Pastor Matthew J. (Nell) Thornton; Daughters, Veronica (Ronald) Thornton-Littleberry, Monica (Patrick) Holiday-Goodman; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to the Barksdale Funeral Home, 1120 E. State Fair, Detroit, Michigan 48203.  Fax: 313-368-7428.

Homegoing Services have been scheduled as follows:

PUBLIC VISITATION – Friday, May 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Derrick Memorial Baptist Church
2048 East Seven Mile
Detroit, Michigan

FAMILY HOUR – Friday, May 1, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Derrick Memorial Baptist Church
2048 East Seven Mile
Detroit, Michigan

FAMILY HOUR – Saturday, May 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Derrick Memorial Baptist Church
2048 East Seven Mile
Detroit, Michigan

HOMEGOING SERVICE – Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Derrick Memorial Baptist Church
2048 East Seven Mile
Detroit, Michigan

INTERMENT – Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Homegoing of a Saint – Chief Apostle William L. Bonner, COOLJC

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Homegoing of a Saint – Bishop James Neaul Haynes, Dallas, Texas

Source: The Church of God in Christ (www.cogic.org)

In Memorium

March 11, 2015

Dear Saints:

This correspondence comes to you at the request of the Adjutant General, Bishop Matthew Williams.

It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Bishop James Neaul Haynes, Former First Assistant Presiding Bishop and Emeritus Member of the General Board – Church Of God In Christ, Inc. At the time of his passing, Bishop Haynes served as the distinguished Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. The services for Bishop James Neaul Haynes will be as follows:

The Local and Jurisdictional Home going Celebration 
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Saintsville Church Of God In Christ
2200 South Marsalis Avenue, Dallas – Texas 75216

The National Home going Celebration
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12 o’clock noon

Inspiring Body of Christ Church
7701 South Westmoreland Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75237
Reverend Rickie G. RushPastor

Services are entrusted to:
Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home

6449 University Hills Boulevard – Dallas, Texas 75241
214.376.1500 (Office) / 214.376.1523 (Fax)

Hotel Accommodations:
The Renaissance Dallas Hotel

2222 North Stemmons Freeway – Dallas, Texas 75207
214.631.2222 (Office)

bishop-jnhaynes

All expressions of kindness to the Haynes Family can be sent to:

Mother Vivian King Haynes
c/o Saintsville Church Of God In Christ
2200 South Marsalis Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75216

The Adjutant General is requesting that all Hotel Accommodations and Ground Transportation needs for the General Board be emailed to me at rudolph@cogic.org on or before Saturday, March 14, 2015.  The Adjutant General is requesting that all Bishops who will be attending the national celebration, please wear your “Class A” vestments.  All National Adjutant brothers, who will be serving, please wear your “Class A” vestments. National Adjutant sisters who will be serving, please wear your white habits.

Let us be in prayer for the Haynes family and the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction during this most difficult time. If I can assist you further concerning this matter, please call my office at 501.712.0048.

In His Service,

Bishop Robert G. Rudolph, Jr.
Assistant General Secretary / Records and Archives
Scribe of the Adjutancy
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

Bio from Wikipedia:

Bishop James Neaul Haynes (1932–present), the sixth child of the late Bishop F. L. Haynes and Mrs. Ola Mae Haynes, was born in Denton, Texas. He matriculated at the Denton Independent School District, graduating from Fred Moore High School with valedictorian honors. He then attended the University of Denver in Colorado, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating, he attended the Dallas Theological Seminary and he received a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1986.

Career

Haynes began to preach the gospel in 1949, and was licensed as an elder  in 1952 at the Open Door Church of God in Christ. He went on to become the pastor of that church. In 1962, he moved to St. Emmanuel COGIC. He also served as pastor at: Jackson Memorial COGIC, Wheatley COGIC, Haynes Chapel COGIC (which was named after his father, Bishop F. L. Haynes), and lastly Saintsville Sanctuary COGIC in Dallas, Texas. In 1967, he became a superintendent in the COGIC and was elevated to the office of Bishop of the Texas Northeast Jurisdiction in 1978.

After becoming a bishop, he was appointed to the National Trustee Board of the denomination. In 1984, Bishop Haynes was appointed to the General Board of the denomination. In 1997, he became the Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ serving under Presiding Bishops Chandler D. Owens , Gilbert E. Patterson , and most recently Charles E. Blake . In 2008, Bishop Haynes was not reappointed to the office of Second Assistant Presiding Bishop; however, he remained a General Board member. He officially retired from the General Board in November of 2012, and was declared an emeritus member of the General Board by Bishop Charles E. Blake on November 12, 2012.

Personal life

Bishop Haynes is currently married to Vivian King Haynes. From this marriage they had two children: Pia and Vrai Haynes. They also have two sons-in-law: Reginald Williams and William C. Morris. Bishop Haynes now has four grandchildren.

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Curtis Raines, Sr., Macon, GA

From http://www.macon.com/2015/02/21/3598890_prominent-macon-pastor-dies.html?rh=1, February 21, 2015

Dr. Curtis Raines Sr., a Macon pastor who led a large state organization for black churches, died Saturday. He was 67.

Raines was pastor of New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Macon and was president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia. According to the group’s website, the convention is the largest black organization of any kind in Georgia.

Henry Ficklin, a former Macon city councilman, knew Raines for 40 years.

“I think anyone who knew him will remember him for his wonderful deeds,” Ficklin said.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Raines was pronounced dead at Medical Center, Navicent Health, of an undisclosed illness. Jones knew Raines well, and remembered going to New Pilgrim many years ago when it was much smaller.

“He was a good person,” Jones said. “He was a person who thought community and he was a leader. That church came a long way.”

Ficklin said New Pilgrim has more than 700 members today. According to the church’s website, Raines served as pastor since shortly after it was founded in 1981 with 33 members. He was named president of the state convention in 2012, Ficklin said. Raines also pastored Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe County.

Ficklin said Raines died of “complications.” He said Raines had survived a kidney transplant, prostate cancer, heart bypass and back surgery.

“God had delivered him from a lot of things,” Ficklin said.

Bentley & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements, which have not been set.

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. George Moore, Atlanta, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 13, 2015

ATLANTA – George Moore was a jovial, humble pastor who spoke with purpose.

“He believed in what I was doing and encouraged me to be the best at what I was doing,” said his son George Moore Jr.

A Decatur native, Moore began working at age 9 as a delivery boy for a local drug store. He graduated from Atlanta’s Washington High School and went on to work for several restaurants including Lucas’ Grille in Atlanta. He co-owned the clothing boutique Vine City Village and became a driver for one of the first black-owned cab companies, The Atlanta Car for Hire. He eventually became part owner.

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Moore went to church with his grandfather and joined Cosmopolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1951.

“He became so attached and interested in the life of the church,” said his son. “One day the Lord called him to preach while he was a member of Cosmopolitan AME Church.”

Moore attended Turner Theological Seminary at Morris Brown College. He was ordained a deacon in 1958 and ordained an itinerant elder in the AME Church in 1960.

He was appointed the pastor of Woosley Mission AME Church in November of 1958 and Davis Chapel AME Church in November of 1961. In July 1962, he was appointed to Amanda Flipper AME Church, where he served for eight years.

In 1970, Moore was appointed to Saint Philip AME Church in the Reynoldstown community, and he moved the membership of 200 to its current location in 1977. The membership has since grown to more than 10,000, and the church has more than 50 ministries. He served as senior pastor for more than 42 years.

George Moore died Sunday. He was 79. A funeral will be held 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Saint Philip AME Church, 240 Candler Road SE, Atlanta. Gregory B. Levett & Sons is in charge of arrangements.

“He knew how to encourage and lift you up,” said Kevin Moore, his grandson. “He would always tell me, ‘I am encouraged just because you showed up. I love you just for being you.’ It means a lot for someone to believe in your gifts more than you do. He was always behind me saying ‘you can do it, you got it.’ ”

Moore received honorary doctoral degrees from Wilberforce University in Ohio, Morris Brown College and Turner Theological Seminary.

His grandson said Moore liked to help younger pastors. In 2002, Moore and his family established the George Moore Foundation, which provides mentoring for men and women in ministry and their spouses.

In addition to his son and grandson, Moore is survived by his wife Nettie Mae Lewis-Moore, daughter L’Tanya Moore-Copeland, daughter L’Tarra Moore, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Joseph Roberts, Atlanta, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

ATLANTA, GA – Handpicked by the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., Joseph Roberts led Ebenezer Baptist Church as its pastor for 30 years. Roberts died Sunday. He was 79.

Born in Chicago, Roberts attended that city’s public schools throughout his childhood and graduated from Knoxville College in 1956. He received a Masters of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City in the 1960s. He then attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Theology.

In the early 1970s, Roberts became senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Under Roberts’ leadership, more than 2,000 members were added to the congregation. He launched a community outreach program that included the Teenage Mothers Ministry, tutoring and counseling programs, a food co-op, and a daycare center for older adults.

Roberts envisioned a new sanctuary for the growing membership. In 1999, the building of the Horizon Sanctuary was completed. The 32,000-square-foot sanctuary seats 2,446 people.

He was a recipient of awards from Union Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2006, Roberts published a collection of sermons titled “Sideswiped by Eternity: Sermons from Ebenezer Baptist Church.”

Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Alonzo Twitty, Sr., Albuquerque, NM

by Robert Earl Houston

One of the legends of Albuquerque, New Mexico has been called home to be with the Lord. Below is the obituary provided by the Daniels Funeral Home:

Alonzo Twitty, Sr., age eighty-five (85) was born February 29, 1929 to the late Mr. Albert Twitty and Mrs. Viola Dixon-Twitty on the Ward Morn farm in Brazos County, better known as Brazos Bottom located ten miles outside of Bryan and College Station, Texas, one of eleven children. He departed this life at a local hospital on Saturday, January 3, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Albert, John D, Napoleon, Grant; sisters Annie Mae, Frances, Estelle, Othell, Loraine, and Jewel Lee; daughter Linda Kay Hopkins-Twitty; son John Jeff Twitty I, and granddaughter Shavon Earl Twitty.
Reverend Twitty accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of the Salem Baptist church. Although called to the ministry at the age of five, he did not accept the call until the age of thirty-one and was ordained at the age of forty at the Antioch Baptist Church by the late Dr. James A. Hopkins, former pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church, the late Dr. W.W Williams, former pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, the late Reverend Walter Green, former pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church and the late Dr. C. Trotter, former pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He focused on a dream that became a reality and in 1970 he organized the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he pastored faithfully for 44 years. He was a member of the National Baptist Conference of America, USA Inc., the Baptist Ministers Union, Ministers Fellowship Alliance, the Progressive Missionary Baptist State Convention of Central Arizona and New Mexico and the Saint Luke District Association.
He received his early school education from Salem Elementary and attended High School at Fair View High School. After moving to Albuquerque he completed his education and received his High School Diploma from Albuquerque High. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Unites States Army, where he served for two years, with his basic training in Camp Rucker Alabama he then went to Germany and stayed 18 months. After relief from the army he met and married his sweetheart of 62 years, Edna Earl Walton. He then spent twenty-two years in the Army Reserve, which allowed him an opportunity to travel the world.
He became a certified Pastoral Counselor by the Institute of Pastoral Counselor Division of Universal bible institute in 1977; earned a Bachelor’s, Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education from the World Institute of Religious Education, Farmington, New Mexico in 1983. In 2012 he received his Doctorate in Religious Education, from the World Institute of Religious Education.
Rev. Twitty loved to sing and in 1968 he formed his own singing group known as the Twitty Family, who sung all over the state of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Virginia. During their singing tour he and his family recorded two records, which include My Life Is in God’s Hand, Old Ship of Zion, Somewhere Around God’s Throne, and Any How My Lord. Where ever you would see Rev. Twitty he had a smile on his face and a song in his heart. His theme song that he carried with him for many years is “I know my life is in God’s hand”, of which he was able to place his life stories in the book that he Authored called Free Grace, “My Life in God’s Hand in 2009.
Reverend Twitty received numerous accolades in appreciation for his distinguished and invaluable service, support and contributions to the communities of Albuquerque, Belen, and Rio rancho, New Mexico. He received special honors from Kirtland Air Force Base, Lacy Kirk Williams Institution, Dallas Texas, Albuquerque Black Economic League, National Baptist Congress of Christian Workers, and Baptist Ministers in appreciation for outstanding service and community development. He was a recipient of the Living Legend Award in 2008 and the Community Service award from the Grant Chapel AME Church Lay Organization-Dr. Martin Luther King.
On the 23rd day of May, 1953, he married Edna Earl Walton and to this union they were blessed with eleven children. He is survived as follows wife, daughters Vivian Jean, Edna Jewel Whitaker (husband Fredrick), Annie Marie Miller, Sheniqua Shanae, daughter-in-law JoAnn Lackey; sons Alonzo, Jr. (wife Diane), Donald Ray, Sr. (wife Sandra D.), Jeremiah Guy (wife Roberta), Isaiah Matthews., and Brian Moses all of Albuquerque. Sixty-eight grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren and now in the fifth generation; grandchildren include, Veronica, Dee Ann, Louis, Adrian, Tasha, Ariel, Jordan, Chrystal, Briana, Jackie, Don Jr, Tiffany, Moniqua (husband Kenneth), Henry (wife Patricia), Jeannette (Jason), Queannette, Apollonia,(husband Kharia), Allonnia (husband Marcus), Leanne, Amanda (husband , John Jeff II, Lamar, Jeremiah Jr, Tierre; and a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was a pastor, daddy, husband, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Rev. Twitty was well known and loved throughout the various Communities of Albuquerque and Vicinity and across the nation. Pastor Twitty was loved by all who came in contact with him and never met a stranger. He was always dedicated to assisting those in need, reaching the unchurched, and enlightening believers to receive all God has promised, including healing, deliverance, and the fullness of God’s spirit. He was devoted to community service, brotherly love and a “friend” to all who knew him. He was a man called, anointed and appointed by God, he trusted in the Lord and never wavered in his faith. He will be missed by many for years to come, but his spirit will live within each and every person whose lives he touched with his selfless giving, compassion and strong faith and spirit. The family would like to thank the hardworking staff at the New Mexico VA Health Care Services for their compassionate love and care, the Ministers Fellowship, and a special to Bishop Shelby and God’s House and Rev. Darnell Smith and the Macedonia Baptist Church.
The services will be as follows, there will be a private family viewing on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 10-12 at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 315 53rd Street, Albuquerque, NM 87105, following this there will be a visitation from 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m., with a service immediately following the viewing from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at God’s House, with internment to follow at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers: Kharia Jordan, Robert Jordan, Adrian Twitty, Marcus Cook II, Jordan Johns, Jason Hobbs, Jason Quiniones, Donald Twitty, Jr., Honorary Pallbearers: Alonzo Twitty, Jr., Donald Twitty, Sr., Jeremiah Guy Twitty, Sr., Isaiah Twitty, Alonzo Lamar, Fredrick Whitaker, Brian Twitty, Jeremiah Twitty, Jr., John Jeff II, Jaylen Quiniones, Christopher Romero.

Homegoing of a Saint – Rev. H. David Parker, Baltimore, MD

From http://www.newsday.com . . . January 7, 2015

The Rev. H. David Parker, who spent 20 years in the nation’s military before becoming pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church in Elmont for 45 years, died Saturday of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He was 93.

Parker, who was drafted into the Army in 1942, was the nation’s youngest regimental sergeant-major when, in 1943, he attained that rank at age 21, his family said.

After serving in England, France, the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan, he returned to the states, serving at Fort Benning, Georgia, until he was honorably discharged in October 1948.

That December, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he would serve in the United States and overseas until retiring in October 1962.

He was the recipient of more than a dozen military awards, including the Commendation Medal for meritorious service. He was assigned to Mitchel Air Force Base in Hempstead in 1952 and married Willie Mae Bates of Hempstead in 1953. They had six children. She died in June 1987.

In those last military years, while stationed at Mitchel Field, Parker joined the Antioch Baptist Church in Hempstead and there became the Eastern Baptist Association of New York’s first ordained assistant pastor, said Antioch’s current pastor, Bishop Phillip Elliott.

He said Parker was the first Nassau resident to be the association’s moderator, or leader, serving from 1976 to 1980. The association covers Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

Parker came to Emanuel in 1963, when it had about 60 members. He was its fifth pastor. When he retired in 2008, the church had more than 700 members.

In 1972, Parker founded and organized the Nassau Council of Black Clergy.

In 1992 he became an area vice president for the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention. In 1994, he was appointed ambassador to the United Nations for the National Baptist Convention USA Inc.

In 1979, he was appointed chairman of the Nassau County Interracial Task Force by County Executive Fran Purcell. Parker also served for 16 years on the Nassau County Human Rights Commission.

Former Hempstead Mayor James Garner extolled Parker as a man who believed in doing the right thing all the time. “He was a role model that I only hoped to emulate,” he said.

Survivors include wife Flora Covington Parker of Baltimore; four daughters, Wanda K. Parker of Hempstead, Helen M. Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale, Joyce A. Parker of Topeka, Kansas, and Dorothy J. Parker-Guana of Amityville; two sons, David K. Parker of Chicago and Daniel K. Parker of Atlanta; three sisters, Alma Bowie of Anniston, Alabama, Ruth Parker of Clanton, Alabama, and Ethel Carr of Dayton, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The wake is from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015 at Emanuel Baptist Church in Elmont. The service will be there at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Burial will follow at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale.

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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