Niagara Gazette

March 25, 2013

Bishop Euriah Colvin

Niagara Gazette

BUFFALO — Bishop Euriah Colvin peacefully transitioned from labor to reward on Saturday, March 23, 2013, after a lengthy stay at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was born in Crenshaw County, AL on June 16, 1927, the son of Andrew McDuffy Colvin and Lillie (Muse) Colvin. In 1947 he married Laura M. Moore, the love of his life. Wedded bliss ensued and through their union of 66 years, they were blessed with 12 children. Bishop Colvin moved his young family to Niagara Falls, NY in 1951, where he gained employment at International Graphite.

Bishop Colvin entered full time ministry in 1964 and was Overseer and Pastor of the New Jerusalem Revival Center, Independent Church of God in Christ for 55 years. Bishop Colvin was a visionary who sought to spread the knowledge of God's great love for His people. During his 55 years, he established numerous churches throughout the United States. The diocese set in order churches and ministries in the states of New York, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Colorado. Bishop Colvin also established Rainbow School of the Bible, Project T.Y.P.E. (Training Young People for Excellence), Life Transformation Ministries, a hot meals and pantry program for the needy, and a transportation program for the elderly. Bishop Colvin was fondly known as the Community Pastor because of his compassion for and indiscriminate assistance to all in the community, regardless of their church affiliation.

He leaves to cherish fond memories, his beautiful wife, Laura; five sons, Mitchell (Louise), William, James Edward, Keith and Dexter Colvin; six daughters, Relena (William) Jones, Christine Payne, Bonnie (Willis) Walker, Nina (Derrick) Evans, Sherrie Colvin and Gail (Keith) Williams; 25 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by one son, Patrick S. Colvin; as well as six brothers, Hayes Jefferson (HJ), Oscar, John Andrew (Jack), Luke, John Henry and William Odell; and four sisters, Lillie Mae, Alleen, Clara and Mackie.

Friends and loved ones may call Thursday 6-8 PM at the New Jerusalem Revival Center,   2723-20th Street, where a celebration of his life will be held Friday at 11:00 AM. Interment, Riverdale Cemetery. Arrangements by WILLIAMSON FUNERAL HOME, 635 Main Street.

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