Funeral services for Rev. Walter Lee DeBro Sr. will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Phillips, Lee, Monroe, and Desha County District Center. Rev. Amos Newell will officiate. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 16 at St. Paul M.B. Church from 5 to 7 p.m.
Rev. Walter Lee DeBro Sr. of Carson, Calif. transitioned from this life on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. He was born Oct. 26, 1927 to the late Rev. Moses DeBro and Annie Laura Holmes DeBro in Helena.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Helena. He was the fifth of six children. During his blessed presence, he was married to his lovely wife Pearlie Mae DeBro (64 years) with whom he is once again reunited.
He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Arthur DeBro, John Henry DeBro, and Moses DeBro Jr.; a sister, Rubye Lee DeBro Bankhead Williams; and a grandson, Donte Harris.
During his lifetime, he ministered to many as both pastor and friend. His 55 years of leadership tenure included pastorships at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. City Missionary Baptist Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and Silver Cloud Missionary Baptist Church. While living in Phoenix, he served as dean of missions at South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Walter Lee DeBro was a trendsetter who made his mark in history by being a notable leader. A short list of his accomplishments are as follows: recipient of an honorary ministerial doctorial degree, first black city councilman for the city of Helena, first black truck driver for Southern Hardware of Helena-West Helena, first black employee for the Wonder Bread Co., a 32-degree Mason, president of the Phillips, Lee, Monroe and Desha County Baptist Association's Ministerial Alliance, and dean of youth for the Arkansas Baptist Association. His legacy will forever be etched in history, not just in our hearts but also in brick and mortar for rebuilding St. John Missionary Baptist Church and Mt. City Missionary Baptist Church.
His family members, that will continue to carry on his tradition of love, patience, peace, and belief in God are his sister, Alma Lee Lynch of Chicago; his son Rev. Walter DeBro, Jr. of Helena-West Helena; three loving daughters, Laura DeBro Carter (John) of Little Rock, Ruth Carla DeBro of Carson, Calif., and Monica DeBro of Phoenix; his adoring grandchildren Tracy DeBro of Little Rock, Shavon DeBro of Jonesboro, Walter DeBro III of Memphis, Jalisa DeBro (Debra Doo) of Oklahoma City, Okla., Gwen Carter of Little Rock, David Allan DeBro of Phoenix, Ovell Scott III of Alexandria, La., Angel Harris of Memphis and Solomon Harris of Carson; and a host of great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends.
He will always be remembered as a great husband, father, grandfather and friend.
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