In Loving Memory of
Bessie A. Hopewell
A Memorial Home Going Celebration in her honor will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at the New Horizon Baptist Church, 5532 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120
Worship Service: 11:00am
Deacon Bessie A. Hopewell was the younger of two children born to the late Augusta and Cammie Reid in Lynchburg, VA on June 10, 1926. She was called to eternal rest on the evening of April 24, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Bessie was educated in the Lynchburg Public School System. She graduated from Dunbar High School in Lynchburg, VA. She enjoyed playing basketball while attending high school. As a teenager she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she met and later married the late James Alfred Hopewell on November 19, 1949. She had a passion for fashion and was an excellent seamstress.
Bessie gave her life to Christ at an early age at Providence Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, under the leadership of the late Roland C. Lamb, Sr. She was on the Senior Choir and served on many ministries. She later helped form New Horizon Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. George Thompson, Jr. She was a member of the Sanctuary and the Gospel Choirs. Bessie also was ordained as a Deacon at New Horizon Baptist Church while also serving on the Hospitality Ministry, Pastor’s Aide, and was a Saturday School teacher.
She resided at the Interfaith House in Germantown for many years and served as President of the Tenants Association for most of those years. Bessie was an advocate for the tenants, a leader of prayer services, organizer of recreational activities, and participant of the Reading Buddies program with the children from Robert Fulton Elementary School.
Bessie was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a dedicated churchwoman and friend. She leaves to cherish her precious memory: three daughters, Barbara Brown, Althea Hopewell, Nellie Dailey (Bruce); twelve grandchildren, Cassandra Saunders, Tanya Hopewell, Christopher Adams (Monique), Darryl Hopewell, Tamara Hopewell, Cawanda Adams, Katrice Hopewell, Boyd Hopewell, Tara Hopewell, Taurean Dailey, Maurice Brown (Tysheika), and Colleen Bray (Thomas); and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and friends.
She was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth Reid, grandson Allen Hopewell, daughter Mildred Hopewell, and great granddaughter Ariel Adams.
“I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”