Mourners pay their respects to Rev. Earl Green one last time.
Sentinel News Service
Thousands turned out over a 3-day period of mourning, to say goodbye to Reverend Earl Green, longtime Assistant Pastor of First AME Church of Los Angeles. Â Reverend Green passed away on Monday, May 10, 2010, at the age of 76. Â Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church, Bishop H. Hartford Brookins, Reverend Dr. John J. Hunter Senior Minister of FAME Church and Reverend Dr. Cecil L. Murray presided over the funeral service for Reverend Earl Green on Monday, May 17, 2010.
“Earl the Pearl was a beautiful Gem, and that’s why so many think so much of him” was written in the program that described Reverend Green.
“We resolve to carry on his love and legacy,” said Rev. John J. Hunter who along with Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Murray, Rev. Eduardo Vickers, Rev. J.L. Armstrong, Rev. Leonard Jackson and Rev. John E. Cager III, served as pallbearers and spoke at the service.
“It is Well with My Soul,” was sung passionately by FAME’s Freedom Mass Choir as part of the moving tribute to Rev. Green. Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Murray delivered a powerful eulogy about his friend and colleague who was beloved to many south Los Angeles residents. Â The late Ministers’ life was highlighted on large display monitors in the church sanctuary depicting an instrumental figure who for three decades gave selfless compassionate ministerial service to every hospital and convalescent home in the county.
Shortly after the service, at the Murray Circle, Mrs. Lela Green, Rev. Green’s 97-year old mother, Bishops Larry T. Kirkland and H.H. Brookins, Rev. John J. Hunter, Rev. Cecil L. Murray and First Lady Denise Hunter of FAME, released doves in his memory. The funeral procession continued onwards to the Inglewood Park Cemetery where the late Minister who served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, received full military honors. Â His flag draped casket was laid on a horse drawn carriage as the procession moved to the mausoleum where he was to be entombed. Â A repast was held at FAME’s Allen House which was recently rededicated the Earl Green Pavilion by Rev. John J. Hunter at a ceremony in 2009.
Warmly described to many as “Uncle Earl,” Rev. Green is remembered as a humble gentle spirit and for his effort, has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with a certificate of appreciation.
“If you believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, then we will not die,” said Bishop Larry T. Kirkland of his dear friend. “Earl is living beyond this life and because of the love and promise of our Savior we will, meet again.”
To view exclusive video footage of the celebration ceremony or to download an Official Memorial Keepsake Program of Rev. Earl Green, visit www.famechurch.org.