|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 2006|
NAPOLEON AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is the name of website where I got all of the wonderful information about Rev. Donice Alverson
Seldom has a youngster had a spiritual advisor and role model as excellent as Rev. Alverson. It was with
great sadness that I read of his passing. He had evacuated from his home in the Lake Vista neighborhood of
New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina and that section of the city was badly flooded. He was still in
southwest LA when he died four months later. It can be said of him that he made a difference.
Rev. Donice Alverson, retired pastor, activist
Tuesday, January 31, 2006, The Times-Picayune
The Rev. Donice Watson Alverson, a retired Methodist pastor and civic activist, died Thursday at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in
Gonzales, where he evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina. He was 86.
Pastor Alverson was born in Flat Rock, Alabama and moved to New Orleans in 1956.
He graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He gave up plans to pursue a doctorate of divinity at
Boston University to accept the post of pastor to the Epps-Pioneer circuit of rural churches in northeast Louisiana.
Pastor Alverson served as pastor of Sevier Memorial Methodist Church in Ferriday from 1950 to 1956 and was active in the
anti-Gov. Earl Long movement. He also campaigned against corruption in Gov. Robert Kennon's administration and opposed U. S.
Sen. Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist hearings.
In 1956, Pastor Alverson became pastor of Napoleon Avenue Methodist Church. He was active in the spiritual lives of local
students and was an outspoken desegregation advocate, preaching the need for compassion and opening his congregation to
people of all races.
He went on to serve as pastor of Lake Vista United Methodist Church from 1972 until he retired in 1987. Pastor Alverson also
was the Protestant chaplain at Southern Baptist Hospital for many years, and served as a minister of visitation at First Methodist
Church in New Orleans as well as a guest preacher at local churches.
He was an Air Force veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Jewell West Alverson, two daughters, Donice Alverson and Margaret Alverson, a brother, Robert
Alverson of Birmingham, AL, a sister, Mirial Alverson Lowe of Florence, AL and six grandchildren.
Alverson, Jewell Margaret West (Mrs. Donice)
Jan. 23, 1920 - Sept. 9, 2009
Jewell Margaret West Alverson, lovingly known as Julie, was born on January 23, 1920 and died September 9, 2009 . She was the adored wife of the late Rev. Donice W. Alverson; Mother of Donice Alverson and Meg Alverson; Grandmother of Donice, Bowdre, Chesley and Elizabeth Alverson-Banks; and Rhone and Jude Meche. She is survived by one sister, Elsie Jean Bass, and generations of nieces and nephews. She was devoted to family, classical music, reading, gardening, and working with her husband in the Methodist Church .
Lonnie Gordon Alverson (1888 - 1949)
Bessie E. Moore Alverson (1890 - 1977)
Jewell Margaret West Alverson (1920 - 2009)
Mirial Alverson Lowe (1916 - 2013)*
Lonnie Gordon Alverson (1917 - 1971)*
Donice Watson Alverson (1919 - 2006)
Oma Ruth Alverson McNutt (1921 - 2005)*
US ARMY AIR FORCES
WORLD WAR 2
Note: He was a Reverend and a Hurricane Katrina Evacuee from New Orleans, LA. Died in Gonzales, LA (Info from the Times Picauyne)
St. Clair County
Created by: Kitty Walker Lennard
Record added: Oct 08, 2009
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