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Hundreds pay respects

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Hundreds pay respects

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Hundreds of Barbadians filed past the casket of Archbishop Granville Williams on the first day of viewing of the body of the patriarch of the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church.
An hour before the scheduled 10 a.m. start at Zion Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Temple, Richmond Gap, St Michael, several residents of the area and followers of the church gathered to get a last glimpse of Williams, the leader of 10 000 Spiritual Baptists, who passed away on April 6.
A hearse from Clyde B.?Jones Funeral Home brought the mahogany casket to the temple at 9:28 a.m. and that was the signal for his many followers to rush into the church.
Some wept while others were more in control of their emotions, but were solemn all the same.
Charismatic and passionate, Archbishop Williams became one of the more powerful religious figures in Barbados over the last five decades, and was the spearhead of Spiritual Baptists, earning wide acceptance throughout the country.
His Cou Cou Village and the church’s participation in the Crop Over festival with the blessing at the Ceremonial Delivery Of The Last Canes became standards of the festival.
Viewing continues this morning at the church’s headquarters, at the Ealing Grove, Christ Church cathedral. It runs from 8 a.m to 10 a.m.
The burial will be held on the Ealing Grove grounds on Monday, National Heroes Day. (MK)

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