Written by Tri-State Defender
Bishop Albert E. Reed, the longest living bishop in the Church Of God In Christ, died Monday at the age of 100.
Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, COGIC founder, ordained and consecrated Reed, a bishop in COGIC in 1948. He pastored several COGIC churches in six states, including California, Montana, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Tennessee. He was a jurisdictional prelate for 27 years in the COGIC Montana jurisdiction.
Bishop Reed was born in 1912 in Okemah, Okla. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Bristow, Okla., he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration from Alexander Hamilton School of Business in New York City. He later earned a doctorate in Theology from Bishops College in Marshall, Texas.
A lifelong member of Temple of Deliverance COGIC under the leadership of the late COGIC Presiding Bishop G. E. Patterson, he is a former executive board member of the COGIC Tennessee Fourth Jurisdiction and former Chairman of the Board for Teen Town University Cultural Enrichment Center.
Bishop Reed is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline C. Reed; they have three children.
A wake is Friday, Feb 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity COGIC, 5115 Tulane Rd. The homegoing celebration is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G. E. Patterson Ave.