The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 KJV
Reverend Robert Lee Ecford of Chester, SC passed away Tuesday night, June 30, 2020 in Union Medical Center. A native of Bessemer, AL, he was the son of the late Alvin Ecford, Sr. and Eliza Ophelia Blanks Ecford. He was a 1958 graduate of Marshall High School in Chicago, IL. He completed further studies at Midway Tech as a machinist, Chicago Baptist Institute, Benedict College School of Religion, and various AME Zion workshops from 1972 to 1992. He served many years as pastor of churches in the Baptist and AME Zion denominations. His pastorates included Love Chapel (1971-1973), Catawba Chapel (1972-1974), Red Oak AME Zion (1974-1991), C amp Creek AME Zion (1992-1993), Temple of Deliverance (1993-2000), and Mount Pilgrim Baptist (2004-2006). He was pastor and founder of True Love and Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Chester, SC and a mason. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Lorenzo "Jack" Ecford. He is survived by his fiancee, Hattie Loretta Moorman of Union, SC; three daughters, Yolanda Ecford, Arikka Ecford, and Camilla Ecford all of Chicago, IL; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alvin Ecford, Jr. of Milwaukee, WI and Melvin (Leila) of Warner Robbins. GA; four sisters, Ernestine (Jeff) Brown of Durham, NC, Ethel Henry of Chicago, IL, Beverly Ward of Milwaukee, WI, and Uvella Ecford of Milwaukee, WI; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements are with Community Mortuary, 361 Meansville Road, Union, SC.
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