Bishop Eddie L. Long’s Funeral Services have a Set Date

Bishop Eddie L. Long’s Funeral Services have a Set Date

Elder Craig Heath said during an early morning international prayer call that homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25.

The church had said on Sunday that an email would be sent to members with further details.

Heath read from the New Birth in a statement yesterday that Long ” is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord.”

Leaders on the prayer call, which opened and closed with music, at times seemed emotional as they talked about how Long had always “sowed seeds” in them and in others. Heath said the service would celebrate his life, sacrifice and service.

He acknowledged that members were still is the midst of working their thoughts and feelings considering the life and legacy of Long.

“Even though we don’t know the details right now, Bishop Long wouldn’t leave us in a lurch,” said longtime member Lela Brooks, a member for 29 years. “His legacy will live on. He didn’t a lot of good and we won’t let that fade.

Talis Burrell hadn’t been a member as long. Having joined in 2006, she said even though the congregation held out hope that Long had won the battle with his illness, she wasn’t completely caught off guard at his passing.

“He hadn’t really come back physically, “ she said.

“I’ve been a member here for 34 years and it’s just devastating,” said Keith Crowley. “It’s sad for the world.”

Crowley, like many members of New Birth, found out about Long’s passing when it was announced during Sunday’s service.