Barnett Thoroughgood
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Barnett Thoroughgood
Virginia Beach - Bishop Barnett Karl Thoroughgood was born November 7, 1949 in Princess Anne Co., to the parentage of Mr. John Thomas Thoroughgood and Mrs. Mildred B. Cooper Thoroughgood. He was the 7th of 9 children, one whom (John Thourogood) preceded him in death. He received his formative education through the Princess Anne County School system and graduated from the former Union Kempsville High School in 1967. He received many educational honors taking him to his Doctorate of Ministry. In 1970, Bishop Thoroughgood founded the New Jerusalem COGIC. He served as District Superintendent of the Virginia Beach District and 2nd Administrative Assistant to Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr. He was very active in the community and received numerous awards. He also served as a member of the Virginia Beach Clergy Association and Ministerial Alliance. He was the founder and President of the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops. Bishop Thoroughgood leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 39 years, Mrs. Ernestine Thoroughgood; his sons Bertram, Emmanuel, and Jonnathan; One daughter, Mekia Bonita; four brothers, Olanda (Silvia) Thourogood, Darnell (Jean) Thoroughgood, YD (Shylene) Thoroughgood, Paul (Darlene) Thourogood; three sisters, Constance Spence, Alice Faye (Purnell) Major, Paulette (Joseph) Spence, one adopted sister, Mable Beckett (Robert) five grandchildren, many children they have adopted and helped through the Social Services Foster Care Program, the New Jerusalem Church family, and the members of the Church of God in Christ worldwide. On Thursday, the body will lie in state from noon to 5 p.m., and the memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church. His Home Going celebration will be Friday at noon at the Va. Beach Convention Ctr. Community Funeral Home Norfolk Chapel handling the arrangements.

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2012.
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December 4, 2013
To Sister Thoroughgood and Family,
You'all are constantly in our thoughts and Prayers.

THE 1967 Graduating Class of Union Kempsville High School
Shirley Brockett-Hughes
December 2, 2013
God continue to bless his family. A great man of God. Thank You Lord for his ministry
Ray Huff
July 23, 2012
Ernestine, How are you? I called you today 7/19/12 and left a message. The legacy guest book came up on my e-mail today! WOW!!! We're connected. Debbie
Deborah "Debbie" Brown
July 19, 2012
Gone but never forgotten...
Timothy Wright, Jr.
July 16, 2012
Domynick Egerton
The Egertons
July 16, 2012
Deanna Egerton
The Egertons
April 4, 2012
I had heard about the wonderful man who passed back in February . Yesterday the vet said my horse, my special buddy of 25 years has an extremely fast growing tumor. I shed a great many tears over this yesterday. Last night I had a dream I felt I had to share and I found this site. I dreamed Bishop Barnett and another gentleman who he said was his brother were with me. Bishop Barnett was telling me that everything would be fine that I had to have faith that the right thing was being done for my 33 year old horse. I asked who the other gentleman was and he told me that it was his brother that died before him. God Bless Bishop Barnett and my prayers go out to the family.
Sarah K.
Sarah KibbLe
February 24, 2012
Thank you God for sharing such a beautiful spirit! Bishop is a true example of LOVE, Obedience, Patience and Humbleness. He was Excited and Passionate about the Lord and was delighted in doing GODS work. May his Memory forever live in each life he inspired!

Victoria Webster
McDonough GA
victoria webster
February 21, 2012
I've often thought about Bishop and the New Jerusalem COGIC family over the years and the wonderful teaching I got there from Bishop. Thank God for him and God's peace to his family.
Brenda McCormick-Monroe
February 20, 2012
I am very sorry to see such a powerful man which preached the love of God to so many hearts.Condolences to all the family and my prayers are with you all. I was very touched by the story of how this blessed man was taken into our heavenly kindom.May his memories and his love be with us all forever
steve DiGiovanni
February 17, 2012
I'm still stunned by the shocking news of the passing of Bishop Thoroughgood. I served with him for many years in the National Adjutancy of the Church of God in Christ and was in awe of his dignified demeanor at all times. My love to Lady Earnestine, his children, siblings most especially Elder YD, church family. Rest on Bishop, You will be sorely missed from among us. Supervisor Sandra L. Taylor, New York, NY
February 15, 2012
Our prayer for God to keep the family in the arms of our God.
Addie Smith
February 14, 2012
RIP Bishop Thoroughgood. He was a true man of god. And to the family hold your head up , god will give you the strength to go on
Claudine Burrus
February 14, 2012
May God's warmest blessings be with you and your family. Let not your heart be troubled. The Heavenly Father is with you always. Love to your mother .
Reese (from the Old Road)
Estelle Jones
February 13, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Shirley Brockett-Hughes
February 12, 2012
February 12, 2012
I attended school with the Bishop for 12 years and in the 5th grade I knew he would preach the word of God. In 2005 my husband passed and the Bishop agreed to host my husbands funeral. I will always be thankful for that. It was a pleasure to know and respect the Bishop for the word. God truly blessed him. MYRIP
L. Lavonne Parker
February 12, 2012
February 12, 2012
To My Fellow COGIC Family,it is with deep saddness that you have suffered a great loss.I did'nt know him personally,but i know he was a great man who loved the Lord,my prayers are with his wife,family and all who loved him.Our Lord said..He will never Leave us nor forsake us,May our Lord comfort as you mourn your loss.


Carolyn Glover Of

Reeds Temple COGIC
Carolyn Glover
February 12, 2012
To the Thoroughgood Family and my family of the New Jerusalem COGIC, I know that God will be with us in the difficult hours ahead. Bishop Thoroughgood was truly a great man of God and he will be greatly missed. My Family loved him from the very first day we met him. My husband mother worked with him for years. So many prayers are with us in our lost and may God bless and keep each and every member. Evangelist,Dr. Barbara Edmonds, Robbie, Jalisa and Danille
February 11, 2012
To have served in ministry with Bishop Thoroughgood, or the The General as I called him was the experience of a life-time. The training, the wisdom, his kindness has proved to be invaluable in my life. Treasures that will forever remain in my heart, wisdom that will continue to echo. I am proud to call him Pastor, Leader, General among giants. Beryl Perkins, Charlotte, NC and Virginia Beach, VA
Beryl Perkins
February 11, 2012
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mary Hamilton
February 11, 2012
Sending prayers and love in this time of sorrow.
Ryann Barrette
February 11, 2012
i am sso sorry for ur loss. remember that GOD is n the mist storm. i will b praying for the family. with all my love. (ROBIN PALMER)
February 11, 2012
Deepest sympathy sleep on with jesus rest in peace Jackie Freeman
February 10, 2012
We are deeply touched by the homegoing of Bishop Thoroughgood. However, We know to be absent from the body is to be Present with the Lord. Bitter-Sweet. We Love you Elect Lady Thoroughgood and New Jerusalem Church Family. Elder Harvey & Evangelist Anita Lewis. Praying with and for you!!! St. Paul R.Z.U.A.(Dr. Edward Foreman, Pastor)
Anita Lewis
February 10, 2012
Our prayers are with your family and your church family. Comfort and peach be yours. MUCH LOVE Brenda Harrell & Mahagany Gwynn St Johns COGIC family
February 10, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Always remember to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Veronica Hardy
February 10, 2012
I knew Rev. Thoroughgood many years ago when he was a student at Union Kempsville High School. I was sent there to work as a Guidance Counselor and he was there as a student in his senior year. He was an extremely fine young man at that time and I felt that the Lord had great things in store for him. I am so glad I was privileged to meet him at that time and to know the kind of man that he became. My sympathies are with his family and the church family.
Joseph Liner
February 10, 2012
A Man of wisdom and Knowledge, We became Adjutants under his administration of the National Adjutancy...We will remember and Love the profound effect he had upon us....Texas South Central Jurisdictional Adjutancy, Elder Robert Garrett, Scribe, J.G. Strogler Chief Adjutant, J Norris, Episcopal......
February 10, 2012
Bishop you will be truly missed, I'll never forget what you did for me RIP! Family be strong he would want thatbe blessed!

Lisa & George Davis
Lisa davis
February 10, 2012
Our Prayers are with you 1st lady and the New Jerusalem C.O.G.I.C. Family. Bishop Has fought a good fight and God hath need of him. "Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal." Evang. Meyoshia Lee (Baton Rouge, La)
Evang.Meyoshia Lee
February 10, 2012
My prayers are with the family of such a great man of God. May God's grace sustain you today and every day.
Judith Beverly
February 10, 2012
R.I.P your work is done here now you have your wings.

Byron Howcott
February 10, 2012
My prayers are with the family of such a great warrior for Christ. May God's amazing grace sustain you today and days to come.
Faye Evans
February 10, 2012
I never met you, but I know you are in God's hands. May you rest in peace. My condolences to the family.
Verlia Caldwell
February 10, 2012
On behalf of Mother Waddell and family our prayers are with the family. It gave me great joy to finally meet this wonderful man of God. So glad to visit his church and function held there too. Mother loved him he always made her fell special mother, one of your favorite ushers.
Denise Waddell
February 10, 2012
"Well done thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joys of the Lord." Praying for strength for the family.
Minister Gloria Carter
February 10, 2012
Barnett and I were school mates from lst through 12th grade and from day one. I always knew him as Rev. Barnett. He was truly a man of God. To all his family, friends and associates may his memory sustain you all through this most difficult time.
Linda Felton-Cherry
February 10, 2012
Our prayers are with the family...Mr.& Mrs Leonard & Jean Williams sorry we could not met with you during your time of sorry.
February 10, 2012
Lady Thoroughgood
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God is the God of all comfort. May you be comforted by the many kind acts of family and friends and the memories that you shared over the last 39 years. We are praying for you. Blessed are they that die in the Lord for they rest from their labor and their works do follow them.
Elder David Bradshaw
February 10, 2012
Our prayers go out to the family. God bless you. Paul & Melverine Johnson.Boston Mass.
February 10, 2012
Your job well done, and your light will forever shine. We Love you still!

Save Thyself Inspirational Ministries Family Pastors Wm & Gigi Golden, VA Bch,VA
Gigi Golden
February 10, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gwendolyn Parker
February 10, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
The Prayer of Faith Temple COGIC Family Pastor Jonathan G. Willis
February 10, 2012
im so thankful that god granted his wish and let him go to rest doing what he loved so dearly .janelle my heart goes out to you and the rest of the church family your in my prayers.... marsha
marsha r
February 10, 2012
To the First Lady, family and Congregation of New Jerusalem COGIC, my prayers and condolences reach out to you during what I am certain is a most difficult time. Allow the joy of the Lord to continue to the the song in your hearts that takes you from day to day. Weeping may endure for a night- though it seems to be a long night, but know that joy cometh in the morning. May the voice and legacy of the Bishop continue to resonate within the hearts and minds of all who mourn his homegoing. I am new to the area and never had the pleassure of meeting the Bishop, but the Bible assures us that if we hold out and keep the faith, a sure reward awaits us in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Bishop answered the call to receive his reward. Peace and Blessings unto you all from God the Father.
Tim Robinson
February 10, 2012
'My prayers are with you. God bless and strengthen you as you celebrate Bishop Thoroughgood home going." Pastor Shirley, [Va Beach, VA]
February 10, 2012
Our prayers go out to the family as well as the church family ......Just remember to wait on that joy that's coming in the morning.....We'll keep you in our prayers and sprite

February 10, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
ElderDonnell and Roberta Fitzgerald
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