Services will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, starting 1 p.m., at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Bonita. "A Time to Be Born:" Cleveland was the eldest son of late the West Christian and Clara Jones, but he was raised as their son by the West & Classic Christian.
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"A Time to Build Up:" He confessed to Christ at an early age at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Bonita, on September 10, 1937; he was united in Holy Matrimony to Ella Mae White at Second Baptist Church in Bastrop. Cleveland served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from April 19, 1943, to February 10, 1946. He also fought in World War II. He later moved to Oakland, California, and united with Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he remained a faith member, deacon and usher until his death.
"A Time to Laugh:" Jambo to some, uncle to others, he loved his Cadillacs, and you couldn't go anywhere with him unless your hair was neat and comb. "A Time to Mourn:" He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Christian, his Father: West Christian, the Mother who raised him Classie Christian Johnson, and one brother: L. M. Christian; four sisters: Leather Bland, Annie Mae Christian, Arlena Brown, and Armer Lee McCloud.
Memories left of legacy and generations; a devoted and outstanding great nephew whom he raised as a son, Jonas C. Hughes, of Oakland; one brother, Norvell (Delores) Christian, of Bonita; two sisters: Ethel B. Norris and Frankie J. Mack of Bastrop; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Final Arrangement Entrusted To: Loche's Funeral Home.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Mar. 3 to Mar. 7, 2012