I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Dorothy Elizabeth Brown Spell, born on October 17, 1931 to Charles and Viola Brown of Eunice, LA went to be with her Lord and Savior after a long battle of Alzheimer's on May 12, 2017.
In 1959 she cofounded along with her husband First Pentecostal church of WBR where she was the Choir Director and Director of Evangelism. In 1967 they moved to Baton Rouge and founded Life Tabernacle Church along with Robert Livingston Academy and Lifeway Book and Gift, that later became Lighthouse Outlet. In 2005, she along with her husband built another church on the corner of Hooper Road and Blackwater Road where she served as First Lady until she retired.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years Bishop Bervick A Spell; 4 sons, Malcolm, Timothy, and wife Jeannie, Stephen and Anthony, and wife Gloria; 2 daughters Belinda Spell and Deborah Spell Garrett, and husband Gary; one sister Elaine Skender of Macon, Georgia; 19 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 26 nieces and nephews.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; one son Johnny Mitchell Spell; one grandson, Matt Spell; 3 brothers, Percy, Leroy and Charles; 3 sisters, AnnaLee, Betty and Mamie.
Visitation will be at Life Tabernacle Church 9323 Hooper Rd. Central, LA Thursday May 18 from 5:00pm till 9:00 pm and continue on Friday May 19 from 9:00am till service begins at 11:00am.
Pall Bearers will be Grandson Nathan Conrad, Nephew Darren Spell, Edwin Wildman, Rev. Joel Gatlin, Danny Bourque, Marshall Woodward.
Honorary Pall Bearers are Rev. Tommy Jackson, Rev James Corkern, Rev. Larry Hickman, Rev. John Hair, Rev. C M Duplissy and Son n Law Rev. Gary Garrett.
Serving as Armor Bearer to Bishop B A Spell is great grandson Alex Gatlin.
Music provided by Minister Mark Yandris, Noah Spell, Cornelius Williams, Tim Spell ll, and Charter member of Life Tabernacle and friend Janice Wildman.
Special singing provided by The Timothy Spell Trio - Timothy, Deborah and Belinda.
The Conqueror's Quartet- Rev. Nate Wilson, Sacramento CA. Rev. Rick Treece, Lake Charles LA. Rev. Kelly Patrick Hattiesburg Miss. Timothy Spell Baton Rouge, La. and Gabriel Risinger, Lawrenceville, GA, Minister Vestal Mangun of Alexandria, LA and Life Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Minister Mark Yandris from Mountain House, CA.
Officiating the service is Rev. Johnathan Alvear, Conyers, GA. Rev. Larry Booker, Rialto, CA. Rev. Dude Cavaness, Shelbyville, IN. Rev. M C Green, Leesville, LA. Rev. Brad Lambeth, Port Alegre, Brazil and Adoptive daughter Minister JoAnn Johnson, Denham Springs, LA.
Special remarks by Granddaughter Missy Gatlin and Daughter Belinda Spell.
Closing remarks by Grandson and Pastor of Life Tabernacle, Rev. Tony Spell.
The family would like to thank the medical staff of PACE and St Clare Nursing Home for the care provided for our mother.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal message for the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
So sorry to the family for your loss.
May God comfort you at this time.
Penny Eileen Waddell
Penny WaddellColumbia Falls, MT
To all the family, my extended family, I love each and every one of you. Your Precious Mother will forever be a mark for me to attain, I can not wait till we are united in Heaven. My Mom is waiting, they were a pair! Belinda, you, the Eldest daughter, have had the mantle placed on you. Dearest Deborah, and Missy, what a beautiful Example of how to serve our God, assist our spouse, spread love to all that are hurting and can't be there! I thank you,! I pray you all can feel my arms around you, my prayers for our Lord's Strength and Peace rest on each of you. And to the wonderful men in this family, Elder B.A. Spell, my Pastor, I thank you and love you. Malcolm, Timothy, Stephen , Anthony, my heart breaks for all of you. Please know I love each of you and your spouse, and I pray you feel my arms around you, and the Strength and,Peace of our God.
I would be there if possible, please know that!My prayers continue for all. Take care of one another, and all Support and care for your Dad, a Great Man of God. You are a rich family, steeped in truth that can never be shaken. My last request, Love and hold Belinda close. And Deb. I LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN ANY WORDS CAN SAY. YOUR Sister in Jesus, Rhonda Shoemaker Coursey Golden
Rhonda Coursey GoldenCastalian Springs,, TN
Very sorry to hear about the passing of this great lady. Heaven has gained another angel to look down over all of us.
George WilsonWarner Robins, GA
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Dorothy. She was a great lady, she meant so much to us. She had a great influence in our lives, was always there as an Aunt and Pastors wife. Due to uncontrollable circumstances I will not be able to attend service. Love to all the family you will always be family to me. She will be greatly missed.
Gloria Sistrunk BarnesNew Albany, MS
To all family, I am so sorry for your loss, but thankful to know she finished her course and kept the faith!! Thankful for all the.precious memories you all have that will help make the pain of sorrow easier to bear! May God give.y'all strength and comfort..
Carol JohnstonJoplin, MO
So sorry for your loss. Sis. Spell was a true Godly lady. Heaven gained another singer in the Heavenly choir. Sending our love and prayers to the Spell family.
Timothy LawrenceMacon, MS
Belinda, A mothers love is the very gift of life that is given to guide, protect and give comfort. The source of her love given by God himself has been lifted from the earth but permantly deposited in your lives . May the God of all Comfort hold you close and release his grace upon you daily.
She ran her race well. The finish line she crossed awaits us all. What a celebration that will be!
In His love,
Billie Jean Bishop
Billie Jean BishopLeesville, LA
We are so sorry for your families loss. Heaven has gained an Angel. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. May sweet memories carry you through.
Rick & Sandra WilmothSandoval, IL
What a beautiful story about a beautiful lady. Andrea, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kenniann SummerellMaumelle,, AR
Lurline - I was privileged for many years to travel with Bro & Sis Spell on various trips across the USA & Canada. Sis Spell was such a precious lady and delight. Our trips were top-notch in every way. Prayers go out to each of the family during this time of your loss.
Dee - Bro Tim and family - so sorry for your loss but Heaven has to be rejoicing on another solider coming home! I give you much honor as you shared numerous times of visitation, singing and scripture quoting with your Mom! What precious memories you made together! We will all meet with again SOON! Love and respect the Spell family!
Lurline & Dee (Daughter) PhillipsBeaumont, TX
Sis. Spell was always a complete joy to be around. I enjoyed the times we spent helping her around the house or the church- she was a wise lady with a wonderful sense of humor. I'll always be grateful that she paid for me to have braces when she had just met our family....as I got to know her, it perfectly exemplified her generous and caring nature. My thoughts and prayers are with Bro. Spell and the family.
Sara AydellBellingham, WA