|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1911|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2008|
Vada Phillips Felder, a religious educator and author, 97, was ushered peacefully into the kingdom of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, very early in the morning Sunday, July 27, 2008.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday at historic Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1101 Evans Avenue, Dr. Carl McElroy, pastor, officiant. Burial: She will be interred in historic Peoples Cemetery alongside her late husband and mother. Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at historic Baker Funeral Home. Family hour: 7 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Mrs. Felder was born Jan. 27, 1911, in rural Franklin, Robertson County, near Hearne and Calvert, to the late Cornelius Phillips and Parthenia Phillips Bennett. A brother preceded her in death.
Reared with a strong spiritual background, she was nurtured by her mother and the entire Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was a highly respected Christian educator, serving as faculty member of Texas Baptist state and district congresses; Curriculum Commission member and contributing author of National Congress of Christian Education; faculty member, Bishop College; director of Training Union publications for National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; seminar leader, R.L. Williams Ministers Institute; Instructor, Oklahoma School of Education, author of "A Mighty Army: The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc."; Christian Education director, Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Dr. Felder studied at Wiley College, University of Chicago, Oklahoma State University, and was the first African-American to receive an advanced degree at Brite Divinity School. She earned bachelor's, master's of religious education and divinity, doctor of humanities and doctor of human letters.
Dr. Felder established the accredited United Christian Leadership School in Fort Worth, which operated from 1954-1974. She invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., her personal friend, to Fort Worth in 1954 to speak at a rally during the height of the civil rights movement.
She was a member of the Ethel Ransom Cultural Club. She held many offices in the Federated Women's Clubs, Church Women United, Camp Fire Girls, Bethlehem Center, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Urban League, Order of Eastern Star and Heroines of Jericho.
Her late husband, the Rev. O.P. Felder, who served as dean and chaplain of Langston University and pastor of historic Greater St. James Baptist Church, preceded her in death.
The family extends special thanks to Community Hospice and James L. West staff for compassionate care to Vada.
Survivors: Dr. Vada P. Felder is survived by her devoted cousin, Maxine A.R.O. Killingsworth (Lee); dear friend, Don Hubbard (Carolyn); longtime acquaintance, Clara Montgomery (the Rev. Beverly); close friends, Barbara Blackshear of Houston and Rosie Hunter Maddox of Los Angeles, Calif.; other family members, Leandre Williams of Oakland, Calif., Vivian Roblow and family; her cousin, the Rev. C.C. Robertson, president of the National Baptist Convention and pastor of Bexar Street Baptist Church of Dallas; her beloved Mount Zion Church family; other family members and many friends.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/31/2008
Parthenia A Bennett (1885 - 1974)
Orville P Felder (1910 - 1951)*
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