CELEBRATION SERVICES TO BE HELD
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020
NEW SALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH CAMPUS
3406 HORESESHOE LAKE ROAD SHERRILL, ARKANSAS
REVEREND CLARK E. THOMAS, PASTOR- OFFICIATING
A Story of A Beautiful Life as told in Ecclesiastes…
“To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
A Time To Be Born:
January 31, 1945, was the day God set aside to bless the union and growing family of the late Fletcher “Jack” and Fannie Russell Sledge with their 9th child, whom they named Cozie B.Sledge.
Cozie was reared in the tightly woven community of Pastoria, Arkansas, where she learned the meaning of hard work, and the importance of helping people in need. Being a member of such a large family, Cozie took on a natural role of caregiver and remained faithful to her duties as the family caregiver throughout her entire life.
A TIME TO LEARN AND GROW
Cozie B. was educated in the Altheimer School District and graduated from Altheimer
Because of her natural caregiving abilities, her family and friends who were sick could depend on her to be there during their recovery, every step of the way.
Cozie B. was also an amazing cook and shared her gift with her family, friends, and the community. She was well respected for winning baking contests with her “dump cake”, and “berry pies.” She could cook anything!
A TIME FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE
Cozie B. was a LIFE- LONG member of New Salem M. B.C whereas she would say “I Confessed Religion right here at New Salem.” She was an active youth leader, a devoted choir member, and a song leader. She was active on the kitchen committee and chairperson of the black history dinner. She was most proud of her work with the nursing home ministry and took extreme pride in providing residents of numerou
Serving others was her passion and due to her dedicated service to the Salvation Army Home League and RSVP organizations she was recognized by the Governor of the State of Arkansas for being an “Outstanding Volunteer.”
She was an original member of the 1340 KCAT Caravans, and could be found every Sunday morning on the radio station dial leading songs such as: “Ain’t it a shame, how God’s people have made a change?” or “I want to Know will He welcome me home?” She took great PRIDE in being a member of the group and would solicit area businesses for radio station advertisements, to ensure the program would continue to be aired.
She often told stories, about fond memories of singing with her sister “Dimple” and the rest of the Caravans group members as they traveled the state to lift the name of JESUS!
A TIME TO REMEMBER AND REFLECT
Loving memories of a life well-lived will forever be etched in the hearts of her sister, Ms. Lucille Sledge of Altheimer, Arkansas. Her two brothers Mr. Eddie Sledge of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Mr. Leodis Sledge of Sherrill, Arkansas.
Although Cozie B. did not have biological children, she shared a very special bond with her great-nephew Mr. Timothy Wallace, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and children in her neighborhood and church who will miss her presence dearly.
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