ST. PETERSBURG – Early Sunday morning, members of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church were readying the sanctuary for the early morning praise and worship service that begins at 7:45 a.m. But on the morning of Jan. 31, the church was being prepared not just for Sunday morning services, but also for a remembrance of the 22 members who passed away in 2015.
A special section was cordon off for the family members of those who have gone on to their heavenly homes. As their family member’s names were called, the bereaved entered into the sanctuary and each was greeted by Senior Pastor Dr. John A. Evans.
“We thank you so much for the opportunity to celebrated the lives of our beloved family members, church members, family and friends who you have been called from labor to reward,” prayed Pastor Evans.
He implored God to comfort, strengthen and heal the families, and thanked Him for the memories that are still alive in their hearts.
Immediately after the benediction, the families were invited to the Upper Room for a reception made possible by the Deacon, Deaconess and Youth Ministries.
Gone but not forgotten: 2015 members:
Sister Katherine J. Burr – Feb. 1, 2015
Brother Eugene Simmons – Feb. 10, 2015
Brother O.C. Houston – Feb. 11, 2015
Minister Renee Miller – Feb. 15, 2015
Sister Beverly Jackson – March 8, 2015
Sister Dorothy Taylor – April 1, 2015
Brother Charles Cheatum – May 10, 2015
Sister Carrie Rivers – May 9, 2015
Sister Barbara Jean Lynch – May 23, 2015
Sister Hattie Lee Newkirk Jones – May 24, 2015
Sister Patricia Ann Fikes-Lamb – June 5, 2015
Brother Thomas Papaleo – June 24, 2015
Sister Carneatha Connie Sierman – June 27, 2015
Sister Lucille Black – July 1, 2015
Brother David Copeland – August 7, 2015
Brother Arlanzo Byrd – August 13, 2015
Sister Diane Douglas – August 18, 2015
Sister Daisy Robinson – September 22, 2015
Sister Veronica Bryd Latimore – September 30, 2015