Deaconess Earlean Cole
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
Deaconess Earlean Cole left a distinctive impression on everyone she encountered during her 100+ years in the world. A faithful member of Walker Temple A.M.E. Church, her life and testimony were recently celebrated during homegoing services on March 11.
“We had a wonderful time celebrating her life,” said Pastor Cedric V. Alexander, who delivered the eulogy. “Deaconess Cole was an integral part of this ministry and she truly reflected a child of God through her words and deeds. I praise God for the privilege of knowing this wonderful woman.”
Sis. Cole was born August 9, 1910 in Waxahachie, Texas. A family member said, “Earlean witnessed a lot in her lifetime. She lived through segregation, marches, riots, assassinations, and even lived to vote for the first black President, who graciously wrote a letter acknowledging her on her 100th birthday.”
After coming to Los Angeles in 1948, she united with Walker Temple where she was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, the senior choir, the Sunday School, and the Stewardess Board. During the tenure of then-Pastor Charles Brooks, she was consecrated as a Deaconess.
The family wrote in her program, “Earlean loved God, the church and her family, and served them all with great zeal. She studied the Bible, making notes in it as if it were a college textbook, and not only could she quote the scripture and the word of God, but she lived it in fullness every day of her life. She remained a dedicated servant of the Lord until she was called to His side.”
Offering words of encouragement, Pastor Alexander delivered a message from Psalms 127:2. He said, “The power of Scripture is not to be found in the number of words contained in a particular passage, but in the power of the promise that is often contained in a few words in a single verse. Such a promise is found in Psalms 127:2.
“Death is not some evil force that overcomes us from behind, but is indeed a way for God to grant the promise of eternal life He had made to Deaconess Cole, and that He makes to each and every one of us.”
Rev. Brooks participated in the service along with Rev. Dr. L. Fisher Hines, also a former pastor of Walker Temple; as well as Rev. James Gailliard, a former Walker Temple associate minister. Musical selections were provided by Brother Will Thomas, and Sisters Daisy Ingram and Goldia Jones.
Deaconess Cole’s survivors are daughter, Dolores Jefferson; sister, Winnie (Snookum) Stringer; grandchildren Martha Ann Jones, Kenneth Jefferson, Robert Jefferson and Richard Jefferson; and many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Walker Temple is located at 2525 Trinity Street in Los Angeles. For information, call (213) 747-7454.