ST. MICHAELS - Pastor Georgene O. Thompson, daughter of the late George Henry Cooper Sr. and Sara W. Cooper was born on Jan. 21, 1922, in Easton, Md. On Sept. 17, 2010, God in his infinite wisdom sent His angel down to bring the earthly pilgrimage to Pastor Thompson to an end. She slipped away quietly and peacefully, for God knew that it was time for His unique, cherished child to depart. Pastor Thompson acquired her formal education in the Baltimore City Public School System. Upon graduating from Douglass Senior High School, she broadened her skills in various capacities. She became employed at Glenn L. Martin as a welder for airplane parts. Later, Pastor Thompson moved back to Easton, Md. Pastor Thompson had an intimate relationship with God and dedicated her life to Him at a young age. She loved and believed in people and always enjoyed working even with the young people. Because of her commitment to her dream and the community to mankind, she was led to believe that life is a path that leads us onto greater heights from day to day. Her though of paths reflect what Christ declared: "I Am The Way." On July 16, 1945, Pastor Thompson was united in Holy Wedlock to the late Elder Ernest Conner. She was introduced to Holiness. Later she became a member of the Purity Gospel Mission of Ivytown, Md., under the leadership of Bishop Floyd Holland. She was ordained as a Minister by Bishop Charles Johnson. She became the Assistance Secretary of the Pentecostal Assembly of Churches of Jesus Christ, Inc. Later, she became the Secretary of the Incorporation. Later, Bishop Johnson gave Pastor Thompson a ten dollars talent to start her work in St. Michaels, Md. She was obedient to the call of God and He multiplied her work. She started her church, Gospel Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church #5, Inc., in 1959. As a result of this work, many souls were baptized and saved in Jesus name. Pastor Thompson was united in Holy Wedlock to Bishop Robert Lee Thompson on May 23, 1981. She had a vision to enlarge her sanctuary, which she was able to fulfill until her health began to fail. At this time, Bishop Thompson completed what she had envisioned. Her dedication, commitment to God, and love for her ministry has left a legacy for all of those whose lives she touched. One of Pastor Thompson's favorite hymns was "It's Your Time," by Luther Dornes. Grieving, but rejoicing in the privilege of having shared her love are, her husband, Bishop Robert Lee Thompson; two brothers, Richard (Neal) Cooper, and Arthur M. Cooper and wife Jalania; two sisters, Theola W. Gaither and Tissier C. Moaney; two brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends, as well as many God children. Funeral will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Union United Methodist Church, St. Michaels. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Gospel Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church # 5, St. Michaels, and two hours prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Coppersville Cemetery, Coppersville. Arrangements are being handled by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton. Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book may be signed at www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com
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Published in NewsZapMD from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2010