Saturday, October 8, 1949
Sunday, November 19, 2006

Celebrating the Life of Pastor Sadie L. Lampkin

Pastor Sadie Louise Fortson Lampkin was born in Concord, North Carolina to the late Betty Jane Fortson on Saturday, October 8, 1949.  On Saturday morning she told her family that she had been talking with the Lord. Her sister then asked her if she had a topic what would it be and she said "It's time to go"! Pastor Lampkin departed this life on the morning of her favorite day of the week Sunday, November 19, 2006 at home while surrounded by her loving family.

Liíl Sadie was named after her grandmother "Big Mama", Minister Sadie Fortson. She graduated from G.W. Carver High School in 1967 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. She was honored to have the privilege to be the principle speaker at the Carver High School Reunion in 1988. She loved Kannapolis which she always called home. She also attended the University of Cincinnati in pursuit of a career in Nursing.

Sadie was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Pastor Edward L. Lampkin Jr. on Saturday, April 27, 1968. Edward as she fondly called him made it one of his lifetime goals to make his "Babe" happy. They met in the annual convention in Kannapolis, North Carolina in the fall of 1967. God put them together and they planned their wedding the very first night they met. Their marriage flourished and to this union was born Douglas Lee and LaShanda Renee. She loved her family. Edward made sure that Sadie didn't have to want for a thing.

She loved people and she loved to help people. She never met a stranger and everyone considered her their best friend. This was evidenced in her career as a social worker in the Hamilton County Welfare System where she retired after over 20 years of service. Sadie then started her second career selling suits "Sadie's Boutique". She was a professional shopper. Her motto was "Shop till you drop" and she did just that. Not only did she shop for herself but she shopped for everyone else.

Sister Sadie always made her home available to anyone who was in need. She also took in and raised several nieces and nephews.

Pastor Lampkin diligently served under the leadership of Bishop W.T. Bowen at Mt. Calvary Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas in Kannapolis, North Carolina where she was born and raised. She loved the Fire Baptized Church where she received the Holy Ghost when she was a young child. She was taught how to work in the church and she was a hard worker. She continued to work when she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and served under the leadership of the late Reverend Hazel Lindsay, whom she loved very much. She remained faithful to the Lord her entire life. Sister Sadie was greatly rewarded with many blessings. She would often say "If you be faithful to God he will be faithful to you". She lived by this. She served the church in many capacities: Deaconess, Choir Member, Sunday School Teacher, Evangelist and Youth Leader. Sister Sadie served as Y.P.I. (Young People's Institute) Supervisor in the Southwest Ohio District for 15 years. It was her desire for everyone to enjoy the experience of the Youth Congress as she did. So she worked hard raising money to make sure that any young person who wanted to go could. She wanted young people to know that they could enjoy themselves and still live holy. She was elevated to National Y.P.I. Supervisor of the 3rd Episcopal Diocese in 1998. She held this position until the end. One of her greatest joys was going to the conventions. She loved to get dressed in her suits, hats and shoes with the purse to match.

Sister Sadie worked faithfully by her husband's side as he pastored Mount Calvary Springfield, Mount Calvary Hamilton and Antioch. The Lord rewarded her faithfulness and she was appointed Pastor of Mt. Calvary Hamilton, Ohio where she recently celebrated her 2nd Pastoral Anniversary. Pastor Lampkin loved her church.

She believed in Praising God with everything that was in her. She gave him all that she had. Anywhere she went she wanted to have church. If the service was dead she would make it live. Her favorite instructions were "It's Holiness or Hell!"

Left to cherish her precious life; the love of her life, Pastor Edward L. Lampkin, Jr. of 38 years of marriage; loving children, Reverend Douglas L. Lampkin of Phoenix, Arizona and LaShanda R. Elliott (Randall); three brothers, Donald O. Fortson (Etta) of Atlanta, Georgia, Reverend Eddie L. Fortson (Barbara) of Cleveland, North Carolina, and Matthew Jacobs of Concord, North Carolina; three sisters, Reverend Carla Carson, Mrs. Paula Robinson (Oliver) and Anita Johnston all of Kannapolis, North Carolina; six grandchildren whom she loved dearly; Darrian, Devan, Díandre, Isaiah, Hezekiah and Dorian; two uncles, Billy Fortson and Bill Johnston both of Kannapolis, North Carolina. She also helped to raise Valencia Everhart, Vincent Everhart, Tesa Talbert and Corey Carson. A loving mother-in-law; Mother Lottie Lampkin. A grand host of other relatives and friends.

Proverbs 3:5-6
(Sister Sadie's favorite scripture)

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

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