Three Prominent African American Dallas Pastors Pass Away During the Same Week
We reported today that Pastor Jerome McNeil passed away on July 15 in the back of the sanctuary after giving his sermon. Well, we were listening to Christian radio in Dallas and heard Pastor Ray Campbell of the Ideal Church radio program tell his listening audience three of his pastor friends had all passed away this week. We are saddened by the news and so many people have stated that some leave us in three’s but these men of God seem to have a big influence in community.
Here’s the schedule for ‘The Celebration of Life Services for McNeil’ listed below:
Public Viewing *- Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m. – close
Public Viewing- Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Celebration of Life (funeral)- 11 a.m.
*Black and Clark Funeral Home, 2517 East Illinois Avenue in Dallas, TX 75216
Here’s some information on the three pastors that suddenly died this past week:
1) The Rev. Calvin Coolidge “C.C.” Robertson felt his calling to the ministry as an Army military police officer during the chaos of World War II combat.
In 1957, he became pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church in West Dallas, where he would serve for more than 30 years. He then succeeded his father, the Rev. Rolston Robertson, as pastor of Bexar Street Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Cliff.
The Dallas pastor was leader of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, where he was serving his second term as president.
Mr. Robertson, 86, died July 7 of natural causes at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas. He will be buried in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
2) Pastor Robert E. Price, leader of New Mount Zion Baptist Church of Dallas, TX, Inc for more than 40 years, died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at his home at the age of 80.During the more than 42 years that Dr. Price served as pastor of New Mount Zion Church of Dallas, Inc. his congregation grew from less than one hundred members to over 2,000 members. The church, New Mount Zion, was a direct reflection of his ambition, values and vision. The church now boasts 25 religious, educational, business and technological ministries to meet the needs of all its members. His inspiration compelled between 15-20 ministers to aid the pastor in ministering to those in need.More than 30 years ago, Dr. Price started the church’s day care center that now serves 110 families.In 2000, his dream of having a credit union was achieved when the New Mount Zion Baptist Church Credit Union was chartered. The credit union serves close to 700 members of New Mount Zion and the surrounding community.Dr. Price was a community leader for over 50 years. To this end, the Hamilton Park Post Office was re-named in his honor in 2007.