Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Death Notice - The Rev. Amos Joshua Creel

[June 25, 1919 - February 10, 2009]

The Rev. Amos Joshua Creel, age 89, of Rome, GA passed away Tuesday morning, February 10, 2009, at his residence.

Rev. Creel was born in Dora, AL on June 25, 1919, son of the late Rev. Chester V. Creel and the late Pearl Carlisle Creel. He was also preceded in death by a son, Alan Creel, by a sister, Betty Love (long-time Alabama COGOP pastor), and by a brother, Homer Creel.

An ordained minister in the Church of God of Prophecy, Rev. Creel was ordained as a Bishop in 1947. He served as Pastor, State Overseer, and Evangelist all over the United States and overseas during his ministerial service of over 70 years. He retired from Pastoral Ministry in 1990, following 8 years as Pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy in Dawsonville, GA.

Rev. Creel was attending the North Rome Church of God in Rome, GA at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Louise Reese, to whom he was married on January 1, 1947; a daughter, Mrs. Donna Brooks, and her husband, Rev. Bert Brooks, Rome; a son, Rev. Darrell Creel, and his wife, Joy, Rome; 3 grandchildren, Ms. Linda Creel, Nashville, TN, Mrs. Beth Kline, Lithia Springs, and Nathan Creel, Rome; a great grandchild, Piper Kline, Lithia Springs; 2 sisters, Ms. Zella Creel, Cleveland, TN (long time personal secretary to COGOP General Overseer M. A. Tomlinson), and Mrs. Oneeta Andrews, Harriman, TN; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday evening, February 11, 2009, at 7:00 PM at the North Rome Church of God with Pastor Harold Jones, Mr. Creel's son-in-law the Rev. Bert Brooks, and COGOP General Overseer Randall Howard officiating.

Interment services will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 11:00 AM at the graveside in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the North Rome Church of God on Wednesday evening from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Rome, GA has charge of the funeral arrangements.

On a personal note, my mother (Ruby Brock) was the same age and close friends with Brother and Sister Creel. Bishop Creel served as Overseer of Alabama while my Mom was pastoring in Alabama. That makes the Creel children, Darrell and Donna, about my age. We worked together in youth camps many of my developmental years - memories I will cherish forever.

Bishop Creel's sister, Betty Love, was one of my Mom's fellow-pastors in Alabama when women pastors were not fully appreciated. They were close comrades. Zella Creel was an icon in the International Offices of the Church of God of Prophecy for many years. She dedicated her life in support of the ministry and leadership of M.A. Tomlinson.

This entire family had a positive impact on my life and ministry. I could relate many colorful stories about A.J. Creel, including the first tri-state camp in Mentone, Alabama. But on a serious note, I will forever remember and appreciate the leadership and encouragement this family provided for me and mine. My prayers are with the family. I will be at the funeral, and I will miss him dearly.


cristinet said...

cctan64Thank you Brother Don for this great insight.The Creel Family were very dear to us, as you know. I talked to Dorothy a few Months ago and also to Donna today.
Blessings to you, Virginia Tanner

Anonymous said...

Hello Virginia,I am sad to hear the passing of brother Creel,I remember visiting us in Canada years ago.I still remember some of his inspiring messages he preached then.He touched my life positivly.
My condolences to his family.

Anonymous said...

Our loss is heavens gain. It is with tearfull eyes I write these comments. It was Easter Sunday 1979 when Brother A. J. Creel preached about the death, buireal, and resurection of Jesus at the Oak Glen COGOP in Houston, TX. That was the first time that this Veit Nam Vetern (U.S.M.C.) heard the gospel. I was 30 years old and I ran to Jesus when Bro. Creel gave the invetation. Now, 30 years later, after having pastored for the past 27 years, I am pastoring the same Oak Glen COGOP where I met Jesus & A. J. Creel. There is no dought Brother Creel had a lasting impact on my life.
Bishop Randy Tolman
Pastor Oak Glen COGOP
Houston, TX

travelforever said...

Hello Don. You are the first to inform me of Brother Creel's death. Thank you. Being in Virginia all of my married life has separated me from much that goes on in my home area. Brother Creel officiated at our wedding ceremony, so he has always held a special place in my heart. I too am flooded with memories of my childhood in Alabama and the wonderful Youth Camp experiences we all shared together under the inspired leadership of Brother and Sister Creel. Mentone's Tri State Youth Camp was a definite experience everyone there should cherish. Oak Mountain Youth Camps were a treasure as well. I've shared my appreciation with the Creel's many times concerning the opportunities of spiritual growth they made available to me in Youth Camps in Alabama and also in the Youth Life Team Training. The Creels are two people who definitely made an impact on my life as well. Phyllis Sides Cooper

Anonymous said...

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bro. Creel. My wife Johnnie knew Bro. Creel, but I had only met him one time, which was probably 30 yrs ago. I beleive he was visiting in Alabama and I do not recall how it was that he came by our house. I was in my twenties at the time and was not serving the Lord. He came by and visited our home and asked if I would take him around to visit some of his relatives who lived near us. We were living near Dora at the time. As we rode around, he shared the joys of serving the Lord and ecouraged me change my life and serve the Lord. No one knows the impact that had on my life and I will never forget his love and kindness shown to me, a stranger. It is because of men like him, that changed my life and I am know pastoring in the COGOP in Alabama. I wanted the family to know what a blessing this man was in my life.

Don Stanton

Anonymous said...

Thank You Pastor Don for informing of Bro. Creel's passing. Unfortunate for me, I don't ever recall meeting him but have heard his name many times as I grew up in COGOP. It was he and Sis. Love that formed the Church of Love in Grant that I'm so fortunate to pastor today. It was people like him that helped make COGOP what it is today. I praise God for people like him that helped pave the way for ministers like me. May God bless and comfort his family in this time of loss. Pastor Jeremy Wilson

Bob said...

Pastor Creel was a friend of mine while he and Dorothy lived on Lake Lanier. He was a very special man.