Ivanhoe Terry

October 15, 1947 - June 5, 2013

Service date: June 15, 2013

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in United Christian Fellowship Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation will be Friday, June 14, from 4pm to 7pm with a service starting at 7pm in Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ. Visitation will continue on Saturday, June 15, from 12:30 in United Chirstian Fellowship until time of service.

Superintendent Ivanhoe Terry was born October 15, 1947 to the late Mr. Adolf Terry, Sr. and Mrs. Gary Terry in Pickens, Arkansas. He received his education in Dumas, Arkansas. After completing high school he joined the United States Army. While in the military he continued his education, as well as attended Pine Bluff Vocational Technical School and Seward County Community College. He received several certifications, licenses and credentials for Engineering and Gas Measurement. Ivanhoe Terry met Ruby Karen Francis in Lawton, Oklahoma. She became the love of his life and his greatest jewel. This love blossomed and they were united in Holy Matrimony on August 8, 1970. To their union two handsome young men were born, Elder Erric Duane Terry and Minister Christopher Juan Terry. The love that they found in each other would last for more than Forty-two (42) years. From that time, Ivanhoe and Ruby Terry began ministry together, winning many souls for Christ, assisting leadership and helping families. After Superintendent Terry?s transition from the military, he became employed by the Union Pacific Railroad. He later became an employee of Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company as an Engineering Technician. In 1988 he was transferred to Lake Charles, Louisiana to work at CMS Energy, which is presently Trunkline LNG. He retired as an Engineering Supervisor in December of 2012 after 37 years of service to the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company (Trunkline-LNG).

Superintendent Ivanhoe Terry has always been active in church ministry, serving as Youth Director, Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. He served as a Deacon and was called to the ministry in 1969. He was appointed Assistant Pastor of Bibleway Church of God in Christ (COGIC) under the leadership of Superintendent B.D. Williams in 1971. In 1986 Bishop J.C. Gilkey appointed Elder Ivanhoe Terry as pastor of New Jerusalem COGIC in Liberal, Kansas.Upon relocating to Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1988, he and his family united with Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ. He served faithfully as an administrative assistant to Bishop Roy L.H. Winbush for three years. In 1991, Bishop Winbush appointed Elder Terry as Pastor of Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ and Saint James Church of God in Christ in Grand Chenier, Louisiana. Under Superintendent Terry?s leadership, Saints Memorial has experienced spiritual and congregational growth. The church purchased and fully paid for land located to the east and west of the present church building. The church?s sanctuary has gone through two beautification renovations. In November of 2009, the church purchased the former Butterflies Daycare Center located at 1801 Moeling Street which serves as the Education and Development Center. His vision was to cultivate an extended daycare and child development program, build a Family Life center, and expand the facilities to better support the needs for ministry. Elder Terry served in two capacities on the Lake Charles District, first as District Treasurer and then as District Chairman under the leadership of the late Superintendent Rogers Cain. In 2003, because of his faithfulness and commitment to the ministry, Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush elevated Elder Ivanhoe Terry to the office of District Superintendent of the Lake Charles District churches and later as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Superintendents for the Louisiana First Jurisdiction.

Superintendent Terry had a shepherd?s love for the people of God. During his ministerial journey, he reached out to young ministers, developed and trained new leaders, sowed into numerous ministries giving fatherly wisdom and finances as well. Four pastors were birthed from his ministry; the late Elder Richard Bennett, Pastor Charlie Williams III, Pastor Horace Bernard, and Pastor J. Clarence Narcisse, Sr. and many were given opportunities to serve in ministry. Superintendent Terry was a man of compassion. Through his leadership, the church assisted victims of natural disasters both foreign and domestic as well as other charitable efforts to uplift humanity through the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Under his leadership, Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ initiated a community feeding program that currently provides food and other items to over 400 families every month, causing the church to become the second largest mission food distributor in the City of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Of all of his accomplishments, achievements, and capacities, none gave him greater satisfaction then seeing lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. His legacy is therefore best seen in the hearts and minds of hundreds who have been touched through his ministry and example of service. (Act 13:36) For Superintendent Terry, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his Father, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.He is preceded in death by his father, Adolph Terry, Sr, mother, Gary Terry-Walker, step-father Superintendent Murphy Walker, and brother, Adolph Terry, Jr.

Superintendent Ivanhoe Terry leaves to treasure his memory, a loving wife of Forty-two (42) years Ruby Karen Francis-Terry of Moss Bluff, LA; two sons, Erric Duane (LaTasha) Terry and Christopher Juan (Melete) Terry all of Lafayette, LA; six grandchildren Byron Woods and Tyus Terry of Lake Charles, LA, Christian Terry of Lafayette, LA, ; two great-grandchildren, Noah Woods and Aiden Woods of Lake Charles, LA; four brothers, Maurice (Deloris) Terry of Liberal, KS, Major Terry of Nashville, TN, Ernest Terry of Sioux Falls, SD, and James Terry of Springs, TX; six sisters, Lundell Bell, Nadalyn (Claude) Berry, and Jo Ann (Henry) Hagood all of Dumas, AR, Lois Terry and Doris Terry of Nashville, TN, and Restee Wherry of Minnesota, dog, Madison

He leaves to cherish his memory, The Walker family; Mack (Ida) Walker and Altrue (Dee) Walker of Fordyce, AR, Murphy Mae Johnson of St. Louis, MO. Creenella (Clenso) Thrower, and Vera Brazil of Camben, AR, Aretha (Ellis) Danzy of Crossett, AR., Daisy (Daniel) Hayes and LeeVonure Dennis of Portland, OR, and Murlinda Suell of Vancouver, WA. Also he leaves to cherish his memory; Michael (Milena) Cuba, Jr., Darcel Wright, Ashley Wright, and Logan Mercier, Kenya Narcisse , Rameka Cuba-Jones, Chantel Citizen, Kenedee Narcisse and Devan Narcisse. Longtime friends, Michael (Delphine) Cuba Sr., Sam Dean, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and the members of the Saints Memorial Church of God In Christ and Lake Charles District.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in United Christian Fellowship Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation will be Friday, June 14, from 4pm to 7pm with a service starting at 7pm in Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ. Visitation will continue on Saturday, June 15, from 12:30 in United Chirstian Fellowship until time of service.


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