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OBITUARY - Memphis L. Oates

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Saturday, Sep 01, 2018 at 11:00 AM
View Park | Fri. Aug. 31, 2018 | 2:00P - 6:00P
Pleasant Hill MBC
2009 W. MLK Jr., Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90062
Angeles Abbey Memorial Park
1515 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221

In Loving Memory of Memphis L. Oates

June 27, 1926 - August 9, 2018

Memphis Howell, the only child, born to Ivery and Daisey Oates, was born June 27, 1926, and departed this life Thursday, August 9, 2018. Memphis was born in Sampson County, North Carolina, but her family moved to Goldsboro, North Carolina when she was very young. There she attended Easter End Elementary School and Dillard High School, under Professor H.V. Brown, she loved reading and writing. Memphis was called to work with the library staff a lot, as well as in Professor Brown's office.

Memphis Howell accepted Christ at an early age and joined with the rest of her family at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church; Reverend B.F. Johnson was their pastor. Singing, speaking and working in the Jr. Mission was what she enjoyed most. She went with her grandmother often to visit the sick and shut-ins, Mary Catherine was her name. The mission became her life's work.

On December 24, 1942, she married her schoolmate, Hugh Howell, at the home of her Pastor. Hugh was called to serve in the US Navy in World War II, Memphis kept busy by working, keeping children, helping her mother take care of the house and being an elevator operator at the Goldsboro Hotel.

In 1946, after the war, Memphis and her husband moved to Los Angeles, California, In 1950 she united with Greater First Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. R.R. Williams. There she was a member of the Jr. Mission, the Senior Choir, Bible Band, Jr. Mission Chorus, and the Lerene Pennington Mission Chorus. She served as 1st Vice President of the Bible Band, Correspondance Secretary, Sick Committee, and Chairman of the Senior Choir.

After the passing of Pastor Williams, Memphis united with New Mount Zion Baptist Church in 1983, with Rev. James Toldson as her Pastor. There she served in the Senior Choir, on the Sick Committee, and as President of the Senior Mission. Memphis was a member of Heavenly Vision Baptist Church from February 1989 to 1999 serving as 1st Vice President of Senior Mission; she came out of Mission to be Sick Committee Chairman for 6 years. After moving Memphis joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in 1999, with Rev. Sylvester Washington as her pastor.

Because of failing health, and operations she wasn't able to serve on committees anymore, but she always did what she could from home and at church to help out. Memphis was appointed Church Mother of God's Temple of Christ Inc., Greensboro in May 2004.

Memphis worked hear as salad girl, Secretary No. 2 Lane Realty Company, kept children for 6 years in her home, was Community Service PTA President of Hooper Elementary School & Recording Secretary, Parliamentarian Carver Jr. High School, Parliamentarian Program Chairman Jefferson High School, and 10th District Parent Education Chairman.

Her parents, Daisy and Ivey Oates, adopted mother, Raxie Caley, aunts, and uncles all preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish her memory son, Allen Howell, daughters: Shirley Howell, and Shari Andrews Howell, grandchildren: James Andrews III, Allen Delree Howell and Tarina Johnson; greatgrandchildren: Angelique Howell, Sariah Andrews, Elijah Andrews, Kraymah Howell, and Alann Howell, an adopted sister, Lavern Caley of Greensboro, North Carolina, and a host of friends.

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The family of Memphis L. Oates would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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