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BLACK, Glenda GLENDA J. BLACK Mrs. Glenda J. Black, of Lithonia, GA passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at her home. Mrs. Black was the wife of Rev. Jerry D. Black, Pastor of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church of Decatur, GA. Mrs. Black grew up in Luxora, Arkansas and received her primary education in the Mississippi County School System of Arkansas. She received her B.A. degree in Education at Arkansas Baptist College, and furthered her studies at Arkansas State University, earning a Master's degree in Education. Glenda was a fifth grade Teacher for many years and later transitioned to a School Counselor. She worked in the field of education until moving to Atlanta, GA with her husband and family. Glenda supported her husband's ministry, and served as the First Lady of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church for sixteen years. It was here in Atlanta that Glenda started her second career as a real estate agent. She also founded Good News Magazine, a nationally distributed publication. More recently, she founded the Sisters of Faith non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness and survival. This organization is still active today. She faced her personal challenges with cancer with tremendous fortitude, poise and grace. Glenda became a strong example of how to endure hardness as a good soldier. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:00 AM Beulah Baptist Church, 2340 Clifton Springs Rd. Decatur, GA (In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to: Sisters of Faith , 5300 Memorial Dr. Suite 201-G, Stone Mountain, GA 30083) Viewing will be Friday, July 10, 2008 from 9:00AM to 6:00PM at Willie A. Watkins Historical West End Chapel (404) 758-1731. She leaves to cherish her memory a loving husband and lifetime friend, Rev. Jerry D. Black, Sr.; four wonderful children: Tangie, Jerry Jr. (Antilik "Princess"), Erica and Terica; two adorable grandchildren, Yahliel and Kindred; devoted mother, Mrs. Verla Harris; sister, Mrs. Catherine Harris; mother-in-law, Mrs. Helen Brewer; brothers- in-law and sister-in-law, her Beulah Baptist Church family and a host of other relatives and friends.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jul. 9 to Jul. 11, 2008.
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Gone but never forgotten
Cheryl Gardner
June 28, 2019

Dear Pastor Black and family,

My family and I were saddened to hear of Sister Glenda Black’s death. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was a quiet and gentle spirit encased in an abounding faith, a great love for her husband and family and an even greater love for her God. We pray God’s great comfort, love, and strength for you and your family, both now and in the times to come. As Christians, we are taught that God is the source of everything that we need in and for life, remember. Many of us in Arkansas (former church members) continue to love and pray for you and your family. Be blessed.
Shirley Byers and Family
October 11, 2009
To Pastor Black and family, I pray that God will continue to comfort you and keep you in perfect peace. We love you.
Randolph and Danielle Roach
July 12, 2009
Pastor Black you and the first family are in my prayer during this difficult time. RIP Sister Black (the best first lady in the whole world). Love and miss your beautiful smile.
Desmond and cheryl gardner
July 3, 2009
To Our Precious Black Family:

I could never come up with the words to fully convey our Love and appreciation of Sister Glenda J. Black's Life & Spirit"! As Members of the Beulah Family, It was a blessing beimg in Sister Back presence on any given Sunday or Wed. Im greatful I had a chance to meet and get to know such a Anoited, Spiritful, Praying Women of God. Please know that our family prayers will always be with the Black family .
Love Charlene & Chalse Peck
Charlene Peck
July 3, 2009
Pastor Black and family, through it all I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God. Keep your trust in Jesus and he will continue to lead and guide you. I will forever remember that lovely warm smile that she carried everytime I seen her. I will continue to pray that God strengthens you daily.
Angela Daniel
July 2, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
justine akufo
July 2, 2009
To Pastor Black and Family: God is a healer, but even more than that, He is a keeper. My prayer is that He continues to keep you as time moves on and you revisit the sweet, sweet memories of your beloved wife and mother, Sis. Black and our beloved First Lady, wrap a blanket of comfort over your hearts and peace in your hearts. May God's continued blessings be upon you all. Love, E. Jean Kimble
Jean Kimble
July 2, 2009
To the entire Black Family, I know that words can't express your emotions may GOD continue to cover you all with much strength, my prayers are with your family. You all have conquered so much this past year, GOd is well pleased with your continuous praise. Continue to STAND STRONG!!!

Loraine Trammell-Simpson & Family
Loraine Trammell-Simpson
July 2, 2009
May God continue to bless you Pastor and your family. Lean on Him and trust Him for understanding, peace and strength. As you always tell us, the Beulah family, "Trust Him even when you can't trace Him". We all will miss and love Sister Black, but her presence and spirit will be with us forever.

Sister Justina Smith
Justina Smith
July 2, 2009
To the Black Family; I was working and thought about Mrs. Black and tried to find a number to reach her to see if she was doing better. It had been years since i have spoken to the Family only to be saddened by her passing. Mrs. Black was a beautiful woman inside and out and she open the door for me and gave me a chance when she had GoodNews Magazine. the entire family was full of peace which gave me a since of peace and i love them all til this day. Please contact me Tangie when ever you can. 678-898-9320
Tope Kazeem
July 2, 2009
I can still see and feel Sis. Black’s smile. Smiling… Her smile was soothing on any given day whether she was in my presence or not and it still is. Her smile reflected so much of Whose and who she was that even now when I see it in my mind, or on a picture tears fill my eyes, some of sadness but mostly peace and joy. Peace and joy because I know she served God by serving others and she fulfilled her God given purpose while touching my life as well as so many others.

Through you guys, Pastor, I saw that a marriage can be a honeymoon even beyond the first year allllllllllllllll the way beyond the 30 plus years and then some. Thank you! I often remark to family and friends that you guys were like 30 plus year honeymooners. I know it takes the faithful work of God to keep a marriage godly and strong. Though I am in no rush, I have an example to follow.

I can still hear her voice from the Sunday when she told us about the cancer, “Beulah I don’t know why God is taking me through this, but when He shares it with me I will share it with you.” She did just that through Sisters of Faith, her faith walk, her faith talk, her smile, her will to endure with such patience, love, dedication, commitment, laughter, inner and outer beauty and her obedience, not just within you guys’ home and Beulah but beyond.

I can still see Sis. Black on that same Sunday throwing out blessings (not physically, but spiritually) like she had a pale in one hand and using the other hand to grab hold of the blessings and throw them out to us. Smiling… She said, “Beulah if I could…” I can still fill her sincerity. She was true to her Lord and her word. She did pour out upon us the blessings God extended to her. (Funny that was the last Sunday I think I wore mascara, because someone approached me to let me know the mascara was smeared beyond my eyes. Not cute at all. Smiling…)

Sis. Black was an awesome woman of God!!! The Proverbs Woman! Dorcas! Ruth! Her spirit wasn’t only willing, but giving! She gave of herself unselfishly.

May 2007 as I stood to do the welcome during Revival, nervous as always, I looked over at Sis. Black. I saw her smile. I smiled back and continued to look at her from time-to-time. Her smile was comforting and as I stated still is. It’s staying forever and ever!

Haaaaaaa I remember one Sunday (4:00 o’clock service) I was sitting in the vestibule with a youth (Aleah) who had smashed her finger in a car door. Sis. Black stopped as she was headed into the sanctuary. She asked us what was wrong. I shared what happened. She asked Aleah “do you want me to kiss it and make it better?” Smiling… Aleah shook her head no, but through the pain she was able to smile. Sis. Black was indeed a comfort. A few seconds later Sis. Black said, “okay it’s time to go into the sanctuary.” I thought I misunderstood what she said. Was I just told to get up? Smiling… I told Sis. Black that we were waiting for the nurse to put a sling on the finger. I laughed to myself and shared it later, because Sis. Black went from Nurse Mom Let Me Make It Better to Discipline Mom Get Up Now and Come On & I Mean It. Funny!

I also remember when Sis. Black stood in the pulpit and said, “Beulah I know something you guys don’t know about your Pastor. “ I believe those were her words. Ooooooooooo when she told us, “he is good, good, good,” Pastor you turned the color of a fire truck. You attempted to say something three times, but no words would come out. Finally you just laughed. There are so many wonderful memories of Sis. Black.

When I think about Sis, Black, I remember the last time I stood close to her. She was wearing yellow sitting in the car with Jennifer McClain and her mother (Sis. Black’s). I looked at her and saw an angel. I had to hurry away from the car, because I could feel the tears. As Sis. Black endured I often thought about what Sis. Lacy shared with me, something that Sis. Jacquelyn Black stated as she endured. “Sis. Lacy God wouldn’t entrust the type of pain He has entrusted to me to just anyone.” God trusted Sis. Black, you, Pastor, and the entire family. I shared with many during the last few months before Sis. Black received her wings, that you Pastor and Sis. Black. were not being tested. God had tested you guys four years before and found you worthy of being trusted with such a task and season. He was testing the Beulah family.

Sis. Black is greatly loved and missed. We love you guys!

Love, Prayers, & Hugs,
Shawana Larry
July 2, 2009
To Pastor Black and Family,
Our hearts are still heavy for you and your family. But, I know you know that you can rest assured that God is still in control. I am not a member of your congregation but I watch you every Saturday on TV. You are an inspiration to me and I can see our God in you when you are teaching and preaching. We know you misses Mrs. Black very much because she was such a beautiful person inside and out. Keep on doing what you are doing in the name of Jesus because He is the only one that can heal your pain. May God continue blesssing you and your family and always keeping you in His favor...
We love you...
Carolyn J Phillips & Family
July 1, 2009
Pastor Black, I continue to ask my mother how you are and it always makes me feel so good when she tells me "how you preached last Sunday!" God is! You and your family are still in my prayers. Continue to be blessed in Jesus' name. Love you all!
Susan Franklin (daughter of Sarah Minor)
Susan Franklin
June 30, 2009
To our Precious Black Family:

Words will never be able to fully convey our acknowledgement and appreciation of "The Essence of Mrs. Glenda J. Black's Life & Spirit"! As members of the Beulah Family, please know that our prayers will always be with each of you as well as ourselves.
"Great is Thy Faithfulness".
Patricia & Jernine Trott
June 29, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Robert Worthy
June 29, 2009
Pastor Jerry D Black, Tangie, Jerry Jr., Erica and Terica please know that your entire Beulah Church Family is in Prayer for you and the rest of your family and close friends but, also for ourselves as we sadly remember losing our Loved One, Sister Glenda J. Black one year ago on July 3, 2009. We remember her with Much Love and Affection.
Dilcie Stallworth
June 29, 2009
Love to Pastor, Jerry D.Black, Tangie, Jerry Jr., Erica,& Terica Black

Because so many people loved and knew your family, prayers,thoughts and well wishes will be forever on your side.God had a wonderful place in his Kingdom just for Sis.Glenda Black, and He was ready for her to start at her new Worship Position.He also needed some new Leaders, and as you already know, Oh what a Leader she was, and what a great help she is going to be in the KIngdom of God. God needs strong soldiers on earth, as well as with him.He is Pleased! We all will miss Sister Black and all that she did, and will continue to carry on her Legacy.God hs prepaired a place for us too! My family sends our love and prayers God Bless
Belinda, Nyles,& MIchael Gregory
Michael Gregory
June 29, 2009
May God continue to console and bless the Black family. Glenda, may you rest in God's eternal and great love.

June 27, 2009
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean unto thine own understanding. In all the ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths Proverbs chapter 3:5-6
May the lord see you through this tough time in the name of jesus amen.
Roget Price
May 22, 2009
Cast thy burden upon the Lord,and he shall substain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22 God WILL SEE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THIS LOST OF Sis Black
jonnie warren
May 12, 2009
May God Bless you through this hard time, and may he strengthen you.
Christopher Dillard
May 11, 2009
Oh I was so touched to have learned of Sis Black passing. Although I never knew her I was always touched by Rev Black's ministry and his love for God. I lost my mother to Breast cancer just last March, but she is resting in a better place just as Sis Black is with the Lord
Ruth Notice-DeBose
January 3, 2009
Dear Pastor Black,
I was checking the obituary for an upcoming service and came across your wife's announcement and her beautiful picture. I know neither one of you personally but know you both are brother and sister in Christ. My husband and I have attended your service before and enjoyed it and have had the pleasure of enjoying you perform a wedding service. I even remember going to your old church during your transition to the new one and the announcement that your wife was giving her commission from the sell of the church to the church. I thought that was so admirable and I have admired you and your wife both afar since then. After reading the amazing comments about her beautiful personality, none of it suprises. She is everything I imagined and more. Reading about her is encouragement for me to work toward the goals of the true Christian woman.
I think of you and your family always and pray for your strength. After seeing this announcement, I felt compelled to encourage you, especially during this season. This is a time to reflect on the great choice you made in a wife and how magnificently she represented you and smile. The pleasant memories can be one of the most comforting things during a loss and the seasons you most miss them. You will continue in my prayers.
Especially in Christ.
December 27, 2008
On behalf of my family and I we want to send our condolences, also to let Pastor Black and family Know that we really love you and we have been praying for you. Pastor Anthony Oliphant, and The Abiding Faith Fellowship Church, From Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Anthony Oliphant
December 20, 2008
An epitome of classiness and finer womanhood, elegant, faithful, graceful, and intelligent are some of the thoughts that come to mind when I remember Sis Black. In my nearly 20 yrs. of knowing your family, there were only a few times I recall her speaking publicly. However, she had such a beautiful spirit and strong presence that spoke in volumes. She has been such a compelling example of how ladies should conduct themselves. I am very sorry for your loss Rev. Black and children. I am praying for all of you. I hope you can find comfort from the words of one of my favorite songs as a child at Greater Paradise “Your Tears” often sung by a local pastor in Arkansas we would fellowship with. Know that your tears and sadness are just temporary, but there will be a day where He will wipe all tears away.

Here on earth we may say that she lost the fight with her illness, but I’d like to think that she gained the victory in Jesus.
Chiquita Puckett (former GPMBC member, Beulah member)
October 10, 2008
Deepest Sympathy goes out to Rev. Black and Family Beulah Baptist Church
Mary TRammell
October 5, 2008
Pastor Black & Family you are in my prayers, I can somewhat feel your pain, I lost my husband to cancer in 2004. I assure that the pain will get better by the grace of God.
When you feel sad think of the life she lived and the person she was. Keep looking to the Lord for strength.

Sister Sandra(Rev. Melvin) McDaniel
Tifton, GA
Sandra McDaniel
October 2, 2008
I received a hope in christ un
September 29, 2008
Just keep holding on to GOD's unchanging hand. My prayers are with you Pastor Black and your entire family.
Rev. Aaron Jackson
September 8, 2008
Did not get to meet Glenda.Heard Rev. Black at Bethel Church in Longview.I lost my wife 0n 10-3-07 Ihave an idea of how you and the family feel.Time does not heal wounds this great. We learn to bear the grief with God's help- Horace Bryant-Longview,Texas
Horace Bryant
August 21, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Patsy Brown
August 18, 2008
Don't think of her as gone away-her journey's just begun, life holds so many facets-this earth is only one. Just thik of her as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where ther are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched...for nothing loved is ever lost-and she was loved so much.

May God continue to remind you of the fond memories of your loved one!
Deborah D Purvis
August 7, 2008
Pator Black and Family
Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven can't Heal. Sis. Black will be deeply missed but always remembered as a true warrior for Christ. God bless you and your family. I'm the young lady that lived with your mother ( Mrs. Helen Brewer) in NLR.
Susan Hayes
August 5, 2008
Pastor Black and Family,
God has promised to hear our prayers, and so we are asking Him to watch over you now. We know you all are going through a difficult time, a time that would test the faith of anyone. The Murray family wants you to know that our hearts go out to all of you. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We know that our Father in Heaven hears our prayers and we know He will help you. Sister Black is truly missed, for she was "Gods Woman". We loved her and we will always remember her.

Deacon Eberhardt & Sharon Murray
Eberhardt & Sharon Murray
August 5, 2008
On behalf of our Pastor, Rev. Dennis Earl Thomas, M.Div., the Ministerial Staff, Official Boards and General Membership of the First Corinthian Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA, we extend our deepest sympathy to Rev. Jerry Black and family as well as the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church congregation. While your grief may seem insurmountable, we are compelled to remind you that there is no weight of the soul that our Savior Jesus Christ cannot help you bear. He is with you and wants you to trust in him as you cope with your sorrow. Never forget to allow him into your heart so that he may heal your wounds and relieve your pain. As Jesus says to all of us, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” It is our prayer that the Lord will lift you into the light of His countenance and cause His light to shine upon you so that your sorrows may be turned into peace.
First Corinthian Baptist Church
August 1, 2008
To the Black Family,
We the Robinson Family in Little Rock Arkansas would like to send our prayers to you. Although we are not worried about the soul of our dear Sister Black we all will miss her dearly. We love you very much
Cassie Kent
August 1, 2008
To Rev. Black and family,
We know you are grieving. We pray every day that God will wipe your tears away. Good is a good God and He know how much you loved His child. Sister Black is safely in the arms of God and I am sure she is happy. We pray that He will soon make you whole again. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers...
Carolyn Joyce Phillips and family
August 1, 2008
Dear Pastor Black and Family,
You and your family have Our Deepest Sympathy.During Our Period
Grief and Sorrow, You become Our
Guiding Star.We will allways be Grateful. The: Sams, Harris. Moore and Garrison Families of " PIN PIONT, Ga.
Adolphus Sams
July 31, 2008
There isn't a day that goes by that I am not thinking about Sis Black, and the impact she has made in my life. She was what we as women in Christ are striving to become; a Proverbs 31 Woman (and she was so cute at it (smile). I thank and PRAISE God for choosing to anoint Sis Black with a gift of presence that silently instructed me how to live and conduct my life as a Christian woman. I am FOREVER changed for the better because of her.

Praise and Blessing to the Lord Almighty,
Marlyce K. Green
July 31, 2008
May God ever keep you in His hands in this most difficult time. We pray your healing and your continued hope in Christ. God bless you and yours.
Rev. Gerald Phipps
July 30, 2008
My prayers and thoughts for you and your family in the lost of your love one. Sister Black was a beautiful woman. May God continue to bless and strenghten you and your family.
Apperwhite Hill
July 30, 2008
My deepest sympathy.
R.L. Brewington (Greate Piney Grove Bapt.)
July 30, 2008
Hello Pastor Black,

I am praying mightily for you and your family during the loss of Sis. Black. Words cannot express my deepest sympathy during this time of bereavement. As I continue to uplift you and your family in prayer, remember that there is no hurt that God cannot feel and no sorrow He cannot heal.

Be Blessed ~
New Salem-Pkwy
Terry Bell
July 29, 2008
God is still good and His blessing renew every day . We love you and your church family Pastor Black
Karl A Rivers
New Salem Baptist Church Memphis, TN
Karl Rivers
July 29, 2008
Hello Rev. Black and Family,

I am writing from New Salem MB Church. Pastored by Rev. Frank E. Ray, Sr.

Ps. 116:15 states, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints and Eccl. 12:7 states, Then shall the dust return to the earth as is was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it".

With those words I pray that God will bless you daily with brand new mercies that will bring you and your family through.
Stephanie Duckett
July 28, 2008
Rev Black you perfomed my son Bernard Cyrus and Kawan Johnson wedding cermony and I had the pleasure of meeting your beatiful wife and she glowed just like a shinning star and I will never will forget her. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Marjorie Purifoy
July 28, 2008
angela riley
July 27, 2008
Dear Pastor Black,
I'm very sorry for your lost. I offer all my condolences to you and your family.
Briana Nixon
July 26, 2008
No one ever asks for these thing. But, when they came, it is good to know that there is someone there with us, during our time of need.

Rev. Black, even though you are a Pastor; no matter how many times you have comforted others during their time of loss, it might still be difficult to believe that God is here with you during your time of need. But, Rev. Black and family, I assure you that He is here with you. He is with you every step of the way.

You may say, Lord, why didn't you spare her life? God could have, but remember as He told us in Genisis, man is also flesh. So, it was not Him, but the flesh that we were made of that failed and could no longer detain God's spirit. So if you are going to be angry, be mad at the ground that we walk on. Had there been something stronger than soild of the earth, I promise you, Mrs. Black would still be here with us, today.

As the saying goes, God may not be there when you need him, but he is always on time. He may not have arrived in time to save Sis. Black, but He did show up afterwards, to keep you from having a mental breakdown and giving up on life as well.

That is why it is important, to not ever think that things can get no worse. They can. They can be a whold lot worse. And if we refuse to look around and count our blessing, the is no doubt in my mind, it will get worse. So, Rev, Black, Lil' Jerry, Tangie, family, friends, members, guests, and the members of the Greater Paradise Baptist Church. Me and my family would like to encourage you to keep on doing the work of God.

No matter how rough times get and dispise how many things do not go our way, God is still God. His power and Glory can not be measured by the small number in calender days. His mercy endureth longer that the 24 hours a day on our clocks. Well after Heaven and earth passeseth away, we will still see the strenght of of Father.

Be strong. Keep your head up. And remember, that Sister Black was just a loan that was given to us.
Byron Daniels
July 26, 2008
Rev. Black and family my prayers are with you. I truly understand your pain. Just keep your head up and trusting in God, I know he will see you througn. You can depend on him to get you through it. Just remember to celebrate her life and remeber the time that you shared. May God continue to bless you and give you peace and comfort.
Eleanor Miller
July 25, 2008
In Heaven you rest in our heart you shall stay….I never seen love so beautiful like the love that you and pastor Black shared …..Like Mrs.Coretta Scott King you stood tall behind your husband…..Like Mrs. Coretta Scott King you was more than a great mother to your Kids….And Like many others your GREAT legacy shall and WILL live on….You Made a difference in the world….You made a difference in our life….You inspired the young and the old….All I think about is your smile and How I wanted to be like you…So now when I look up in the sky and see the sun I’ll think of You…Smiling as bright as the sun …Know matter How much it rain ,know matter how much it storm the SUN shall rise again………
Jessica Johnson
July 25, 2008
Pastor black I always go see you when you come to arkansas.I love to hear you rightful divide the word of truth,stay encouraged and know that the littleton family in osceola ark is praying with you and for you.
Shirley Littleton
July 24, 2008
Rev. Black, since my 8th grade year at Dunbar, you taught me American History, but more importantly, you taught me how to trust in God. Even in the worst of times, we still have to trust in God, even when we don't understand his decisions. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers.
Phyllis Dickerson
July 24, 2008
Pastor Black our prayers are with you and your family as you go thru this time of sorrow. I recall looking at your message " It's a Fixed Fight" know that you have the victory, all you have to do is show up for the fight. I, too, have suffered this type loss but the Lord told me He'd never leave me nor forsake me and He has been true to His word, with that having been said just know that He is with you every step of the way. I am a friend of your cousin Ricky and Michelle Sims, and attended college with your cousin Harriet.
Jane Bell
July 24, 2008
To Pastor Jerry Balck and Family:
We extend to you and your family our heartfelt sympathy and shall keep you lifted up high before the Lord in prayer. May the blessed spirit of our comforting Christ be upon you as you press through this process.
Rev. Dr. & Mrs. George R. Scott,Sr.
July 23, 2008
Rev. Black, we go back to the early Greater Paradise days on Wolfe Street and you and your family have also been apart of my family. Words cannot begin to express what is in my heart. I love you all and my prayers will be continually with you.
Sandra Carter
July 23, 2008
New Home Missionary Baptist Church
433 East First Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
Pastor Jerry L. Cato, Sr.

Church Number (309)289-8788 Fax Number (309)289-8788

July 21, 2008

To the family of Mrs. Glenda Black,

Once again we find ourselves bowed down in humble submission to the divine will of almighty God.
Be assured that the passing of your loved one was his will and that all things done by him are not to be doubted even through we don’t understand.
We hope that these few words will comfort you in the tomorrow’s to come.

There is promise in each sunrise.
There is hope for each new day;
There’s a sunbeam for each raindrop,
There is help along the way.
There is faith for all life’s problems,
There is strength for the trials you face,
There is mercy and compassion,
Even in life’s darkest place.
That makes all life’s sorrows dim.
When you place your hand in God’s hand,
And walk life’s path with him.

We, the Pastor and Members know that she will be missed.

Respectfully Submitted

Pastor Jerry L Cato Sr.
Church Clerk
Annette Cato/Morrison
Jerry Cato
July 22, 2008
Rev Black,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayer .
Carolyn Carolina
July 22, 2008
To Pastor Jerry Black and Family,
I know you all already know the common things that are said when your love one passes on, it does not take away the hurt or the pain. I pray that God will give you the strength to go through your grieving process leaning on each others faith. May God Bless You and continue to keep you in His loving arms.
Veronica Tucker
July 21, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. May God continue to bless you and yours.
Brenda Davis-Heath
July 21, 2008
To our Pastor, Jerry D. Black and the first family,

At this time we just want to say we will surely miss Sister Black since she has gone on to glory. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your many memories bring you comfort when all the phone calls, visits, and letters stop coming. Just look to God and he will surely remind all that your ministry means to Beulah and the community.

We joined Beulah in 2005 after moving here from Shreveport, Louisiana. When we moved to Georgia none of our family lived here and then we joined Beulah and Beulah became our family. I still remember one Easter when my youngest daughter froze up during her speech and began to cry she then walked off the stage but you comforted her with a big hug and a few brief words- You truly are a man God uses to touch the lives of others! We tape th TV ministry and attend services just to hear the word God gives you so keep on keeping on! Your Beulah family is here for you and the family.
Darrin, Keshia, KaTerica, Quineshia Ashley, Bennett, Claiborne Family
July 20, 2008
Our deepest condolences goes out to Pastor Black and family. We will continue to lift you in prayer during this difficult time

Franchasia Jeffries&Michael Briscoe
Franchasia Jeffries
July 20, 2008
Pastor Black and Family,You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gwen,Candace,Brittany Herrod
July 20, 2008
To Rev. Black and Family:

My sincere condolence. My daughter is a Member of Beulah and I am a TV and CD member. Pastor Black I recall listening to your sermon (CD) "Desperate" II Kings 5:1-3,10,14 and the choir singing "All Is Well" and of course you backed the choir up and concluded. Singing "All Is Well, All Is Well, "All Is Well With My Soul"

Know that now "All Is Well" " All Is Well, "All Is Well with Sister Black's Soul. She can now shout, "Hallelujah"

Mother Pauline Wynn
July 19, 2008
I would like to sincerely express my heart felt condolences to the Black Family. I was one of her members in Little Rock and I can truly say that she was the greatest First Lady I've ever met or had. We learned a lot from her and know that there is not another First Lady in the world like the Angel that God came and took home. I know it's not easy to deal with this pain Pastor Black and those beautiful children, but just know that she is in excellent hands. Be strong and take care of one another. She would want you all to take care of each other as she took care of all of you. We love you all and please be strong.

Shelia, Richard, Tehzra and Kiono
Shelia Austin
July 19, 2008
Words can not express how my heart feels right now...Mrs. Black was truly one of God's Angels. Beulah was my first church home since I have been saved and I remember how strong our First lady was and how anointed she was. God definitely knew what he was doing when he created Glenda Black. I send out mighty prayers to the Black family. I really wished I could have made the funeral and to just be with the church family, but I am in another state. God knows what he is doing and during this time, we must remember that he promises to never put more on us than we can bare. God knew that it was Glenda Black's time and that our church family is so encouraging and strong, that we would come together as the strong family that we are and pray stronger and of course be there for Pastor Black. I Thank God for Sister Black and her wonderful spirit and I am so glad I had to opportunity to meet a strong, black, woman of God like her. May her soul rest in peace until we meet again up in Heaven.

Love Always, Chante and Aaron
Chante Jones
July 18, 2008
July 18, 2008
July 17, 2008
Pastor Black & Family,
There's nothing wrong with crying. You have lost something so dear to you and I truely understand. God has not left you; He's right there by your side. Whenever you need him just call His Name and He will here your cry. My prayers are with you. I pray God continue to give you Strength, Guidance and Direction. I speak Peace, Love, Joy, and Happiness upon you all!
Miranda Lairry
July 17, 2008
To Pastor Black and Family, I would like to share a poem that I wrote for First Lady Glenda J. Black. God put it in my heart and spirit to express how she was welcomed home. Although she will be missed dearly, she will never be forgotten: The poem is titled Celebration Day because this was her homegoing Celebration and the Lord was glad to Welcome her in.

Celebration Day

Don't weep for me at the grave for I am not there,
I’ve a date with my saviour up in the air
When God called my name on that 3rd July day
I put on my long white gown and we danced to heaven every step of the way
The golden gates slowly swung open and the bright lights quickly went dim
As the Lord himself took me by the arm and gently escorted me in
The angels all cried holy and welcomed me with a serenade of Praise as trumpet's sounded in harmony and harp's softly played
The Lord walked me down the streets that are paved with gold as he shared my life’s story, he commended me for a job well done and then crowned my head with glory
The saints in heaven welcomed me with love on my homecoming day as your hearts grieved my loss on my joyous celebration day
I wanted to bring you with me but we must go alone
For you will have your day, to meet the Saviour that sits on the throne
Thank you for your presence, and loving kindness that you’ve showed
The love that you gave to me means more that one can ever know
Don’t weep for me at my grave for I am not there,
I’ve ascended with the master in Heaven up in the air!

To the family of First Lady Glenda J. Black
Written by Sis. Kenna Herring
July 11, 2008

May God's Peace, Grace and Mercy keep you as you go higher in the Lord!
Kenna Herring
July 17, 2008
May God Strenghten you during your loss. You and your family are forever in our prayers. We love you.
Pastor Larry and Holly Johnson
July 17, 2008
pastor black my prayers are with you and your family. remember you've got to press your way threw god's got something waiting. bishop neal roberson
bishop neal roberson
July 17, 2008
Dear Pastor Black and Family,

May God continue to provide you, the children, and the rest of the family comfort during this time of bereavement. Sis. Black was such a special jewel and an inspiration to me and my family. We treasured the years that she was our "First Lady" at the Greater Paradise Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was more than a First Lady, she was a friend.

We will continue to keep you in our prayers.


The Addison and Coleman Family
Sis. Shaun Addison
July 17, 2008
Rest in Peace Mrs. Black. *Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all the ways acknowledge him,and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6* Love, DD and Greg Bennett
The Bennett's
July 17, 2008
Be blessed in knowing that she is no longer having to go through difficulties. Our GOD in his omnipotence knew she had suffered enough. We love you and yours and he will give you the strength that you need. Be encourage and encourage yourselves. To the family.
Lavonia Williams
July 17, 2008
Mrs. Verla Harris, Rev. Jerry Black and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept my deepest sympathy. First Lady Black was a schoolmate, neighbor, and friend.
Sherry Henton
July 17, 2008
Rev. Black and family. You have always served others as a Good Shepherd. May God keep you in perfect peace. His Peace that surpasses all understanding. .
Rev. Joseph B. Clopton
July 17, 2008
Pastor Black,

Our prayers are with you and your family. We will miss her dearly!
Patsy and Walter Thompson
July 16, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Nadine J Brooks
July 16, 2008
My prayers will always be with the Black family, my your days and nights get better.
Tracy Reaves
July 16, 2008
Rev.Black, you and your family will be in my prayers, always. May God bless you and keep you, always.
Monica Bohannon
July 16, 2008
July 16, 2008
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in knowing that one day soon God will put an end to all sickness, pain, suffering and even death.
Ivy Faber
July 16, 2008
To Rev. Black and Family, My prayers are with you in this hour. Sister Black was such a wonderful and giving person. She touched the lives of many in her lifetime.
Beverly Anderson, Shades of Pink Choir
July 15, 2008
Pastor Black and Family, May God through His grace and mercy, comfort your hearts now and always. Feel joy and gain strength in the precious and wonderful memories of your beloved wife and mother.
Carol Gardner
July 15, 2008
Pastor Black & family,

Be encouraged because there is a brighter day ahead. God will bless each of you with his love and he will heal your broken hearts.

Allow the spirit of the Lord to rest and abide in you always, for he will show favor in all that you do.

With prayers for healing!
Deborah Tate
July 15, 2008
Rev.Black and family.I am praying for you and your family.I remember the wonderful 4 church fellowships you all had in Littlerock,Ar.I am a friend of Denise also.I will be praying for you all.Love you all.Mrs.Black was very friendly and loved.
Robbie Johnson
July 15, 2008
Pastor Black,
My prayers are with you and your
family. May God bless and keep you.
Marilyn Lindsey
July 15, 2008
Pastor Black, my prayers are with you and your family.
Ouida Jordan
July 15, 2008
Pastor Black and children, I attended the service on Saturday, for Sister Black and everytime I think of her and how beautiful she was I get so full. Pastor Black I know that you're hurting now but, God is able to bring you through this pain. Sister Black will always be apart of your heart and she's closer now than you know. Keep your head to the sky and know that God, will always take care of you and the kids. Sister Black is looking down and smiling because she Loves you so much. Take care and know that we at Beulah Love You. One of your sheep. Sister Devella Stephens & Sister Phyllis Russell.
Devella Stephens
July 15, 2008
Although it's been years since we've communicated, your family has been and will always be a part of our prayers. Sister Black will be missed but never forgotten. Our deepest condolences to you and the family.
Michael & Terrye Cooley
July 15, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Barbara Parker-Hayes
July 15, 2008
Rev. Black and Family,
May you have hope in the midst of sorrow,
Comfort in the midst of pain, May God give you strength to overcome your grief and pain.
Heartfelt Sympathy,
Anne Williams-Aplin
July 15, 2008
From Sorrow to Remembrance

To Rev. J. Black and the blessed Beulah Family

Sis. Glenda Black's faith was an inspiration, her wisdom a guide and her love for others indescribable. Yo are celebrating the blessings of a special woman. It was a joy to meet this remarkble lady on arrival at the airport a few years ago. She gleamed with the beauty of an angel and her attire was sacred white. Her magnificent demeanor as a woman of God exemplified the spirit of a chosen vessel. Escorted by her son she walked with grace & favor. She left her ailing earthly anchor to show love and concern. On departure she whispered "you are special" embraced and smiled.
Later she communciated "Thanks for caring for us while we were in Houston; your kindness was greatly appreciated." This communication will always be a dear keep sake.
Helen Doris Day
July 15, 2008
Pastor Black, Family & the Beulah family

In knowing that a beautiful picture has returned to its original image is just confirmation of TRUTH. He too, loves beautiful flowers. Now let's celebrate and give thanks to God for the stewardship He gave you over His child. And, because you know too much about Him remain steadfast.

To God Be The Glory!!

Love & Prayers
Lucille Richard & Family
July 15, 2008
To Rev. Black and family,
Sister Black was and still is, in our hearts, a very beautiful and sweet Lady. May God continue blessing you and your family. We love you and we pray that He always grant you favor.
Carolyn Phillips and Family
July 15, 2008
My prayers are with you and your family. "All is Well." God bless you and keep you. JeNell Lowe, Little Rock, Ar.
jenell lowe
July 15, 2008
Pastor Jerry Black and Family,
In times like these....
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget the many trips you made to the little town of Altheimer, Arkansas for soul stirring revivals at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. You, Sister Black and the Blackettes (as you called them).
We pray God will give you strength to continue on.

Mrs. Unity Coleman, Altheimer, AR
Stacy Coleman Bohannon & Family
Stacy Bohannon
July 14, 2008
To Pastor Black and Family, Sister Black may be gone physically but her spirit will be with you always. With sincere and heartfelt sympathy.
Betty Leonard
July 14, 2008
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