(CONTINENTAL NEWS) – Delbert D. Rose passed away in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was surrounded by his family, including his wife of 46 years, Saundra Jennings Rose, son Todd, and daughter Tanya Rose Wriston.
Rev. Delbert Demorie Rose, former member of the Church of God International Executive Council and 12 year administrative bishop of North Georgia, died on Sunday, January 30, 2011.
He was 74 years old and preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Harvey Luther and Lois Marie Rose, as well as his father-in-law, Rev. S. E. Jennings. In addition to his wife and children, Brother Rose is survived by son-in-law Welton Wriston; grandchildren, Tyler and Brittany Wriston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Colene and Fred Mercer, Peggy and Ben Nash, LaVenda and Jim Sailors; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Jane Rose, and sister Veva Rose; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marshall and Dorothy Roberson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Miriam Woods.
Delbert Rose began his professional career at Ford Motor Company in Monroe, Michigan where he worked as a tool and die maker for 10 years. Feeling God’s call on his life to the ministry he served as senior pastor at the Kincaid Church of God in Kincaid, Illinois for 10 years. He also served as senior pastor at State Street Church of God in Greensboro, North Carolina (two years), Warren Church of God in Warren, Michigan (two years), and McDuffie Street Church of God in Anderson, South Carolina (six years). He served as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in North and South Dakota (four years), Kentucky (four years), and North Georgia for an unprecedented 12 consecutive years.
Delbert Rose served as chairman of the board of directors of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., for an unprecedented 18 years. He served as chairman of the board of directors for Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota for six years. In addition he served on the Church of God Executive Council of Eighteen for two four-year terms. He also served on the Illinois State Youth board of directors, as well as the Peniel Ministries board of directors (1996-2005) in Pennsylvania. In 2000, the Rose Lecture Hall at Lee University was named in his honor. Delbert is best remembered and respected for his deep love and commitment to God, family, friends and country, as well as his compassionate, generous, and successful leadership abilities. His integrity and fairness were hallmarks of his life.
The family will receive friends on Thursday February 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. to be officiated by Pastor Mitch Maloney, Dr. Mark L. Williams, and Reverend Larry Timmerman. Interment services will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Cleveland, Tenn. immediately following the memorial service. A dove release ceremony will conclude the service. The funeral preparations are being facilitated by Fike Funeral Home in Cleveland.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider making a donation, in his memory, to Cherish the Child Foundation, P.O. Box 4391, Sevierville, TN 37864 for the benefit of the many children at the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, TN, a ministry that Delbert loved and so faithfully supported throughout his life and ministry.