Wednesday, March 28, 2007

G.E. Patterson Lies in State

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A steady stream of mourners filed past the remains of Church of God in Christ (COGIC) presiding bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson today at Mason Temple, COGIC world headquarters.

Flags flew at half staff outside the historic church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech, and the entrances were draped in purple and black bunting.

Celebration music played over the church public address system inside. Two screens lowered from the ceiling played a slide show of Patterson's life. Patterson lay in a casket wearing his white vestments with red trim. His gold-rimmed spectacles rested upon his face.

Today's viewing began a four day home-going celebration that will culminate with a Saturday morning funeral. Former president Bill Clinton reportedly will attend. Patterson died of heart failure last week at the age of 67.

— Preston Lauterbach

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