Reverend Dr. Loyal Edward Featherstone
January 31, 1950 — April 27, 2020
Reverend Dr. Loyal Edward Featherstone was born to the late Robert and Eula Featherstone, the fifth of eight children. Brother, Maurice Featherstone preceded him in death.
After a whirlwind six-month courtship, Loyal united in holy matrimony with the former Rowena Allen. On February 09, 2020 they celebrated forty years of marriage.
Reverend Featherstone accepted Christ at the Castalia Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Calvin Mims. He was an associate minister at The New Sardis Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School Superintendent and Chairman of the Trustee Ministry. As Chairman of the Economic Empowerment Ministry, he taught and presented seminars locally and nationally on the subject. He was a former pastor of the New Zion Baptist Church, Olive Branch, MS.
Reverend Featherstone was a 1968 graduate of Melrose High School, Memphis State University (University of Memphis), Memphis Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). He was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters by the Tennessee School of Religion. He was a tenured Land Use Board Commissioner and Utility Overview Board Commissioner for the State of Tennessee. He served as Board Chairman of the Memphis Health Center and Treasurer of the Zion District Association and the African American Museum of Memphis. Reverend Featherstone was a past president of the Melrose Alumni Association. He was a successful businessman, land developer, home builder and real estate broker.
This devout Christian, faithful and loving husband and brother, dedicated father and grandfather, leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife and caregiver, Rowena; two children, Molik Davis and Dr. Mariel Featherstone of Philadelphia, PA; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Davis (Reverend Dr. Christopher); three precious granddaughters, Jaden Davis, Jenna Davis, and Morleigh Davis; four sisters, Lilly Williams (Kenneth), LaVern Lane of Atlanta GA, Roberta Reddick, and Frances Norphlet; two brothers, Billy Featherstone (Evelyn), and Carl Featherstone; two sisters-in-law, Bettie Frazier (Alvin), and Lucille Boyd of Inglewood CA; brother-in-law, Thomas Allen Jr. (Thelma); aunt, Lillie Brown; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.
Visitation - M J Edwards Funeral Home 1165 Airways Boulevard Memphis, TN 38114 Tuesday May 05, 2020 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Private Interment Service -New Park Cemetery, South Wednesday May 06, 2020 — Pastor Darell Harrington Officiant
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Apr. 30 to May 3, 2020.