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Edward Earl Cleveland, March 11, 1921 - August 30, 2009
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."   (1 Corinthians 15:51-54, ASV)

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Edward Earl Cleveland, March 11, 1921 – August 30, 2009


Elder Edward Earl Cleveland, 88, born March 11, 1921, passed August 30, 2009 at Huntsville Hospital.

Cleveland had served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 60 years as pastor, evangelist, church leader, teacher, civil rights leader, and mentor to thousands of preachers.

Cleveland began his pastoral ministry in 1942 in the Carolina Conference. He subsequently served as evangelist in the South Atlantic and Southern Union Conferences. From 1954-1977 he served as Associate Secretary of the Ministerial Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. After leaving the General Conference, he went to Oakwood College where he served as Director of the Department of Church Missions and as an Instructor in the Department of Religion.

Cleveland was preceded in death by his wife Celia Abney Cleveland. Survivors include: his son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Pinkie Cleveland; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cleveland; four grandsons; three granddaughters, one cousin, Dolly; and other relatives.

Please keep his family in your prayers.

Service of Reflection
Church Leaders Remember Cleveland’s Contributions
Tuesday evening, September 8, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Oakwood University Church
5500 Adventist Blvd
Huntsville, AL 35896

Funeral Service:
Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Oakwood University Church
5500 Adventist Blvd
Huntsville, AL 35896

Funeral services will be streamed on the Oakwood University website, http://www.oucsda.org/.

Flowers should be sent to
Royal Funeral Home
4315 Oakwood Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35810
(256) 534-8481
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Condolences should be sent to
Earl Clifford Cleveland
4925 Crosswinds Drive, Apt. 279
Huntsville, AL 35816

Post a comment at http://secsda.org/sketches/story.cfm?id=752.

Any additional or updated information will be available at the Southern Union web site, www.southernunion.com

Sources: Southern Union Conference, Adventist Review (Photo), Southeastern Conference

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