A steady stream of faithful Spiritual Baptists turned up to view the body of their late leader Archbishop Granville Williams as it reposed in the Zion Apostolic Spritual Baptist Temple at Richmond Gap, St Michael, today.
As followers of the Afrocentric religious denomination reverently filed past the archbishop’s body, a guard of honour, made up of clergymen, kept vigil.
During the file-past, more than 200 members and followers of the church sat quietly in the pews reflecting as recorded hymns softly filled the house of worship.
Also paying their final respects to the long-standing cleric were former Democratic Labour Party senator Cyrillene Thomas-Mascoll and her sister Carol Thomas; Pizza Man Doc managing director Gray Brome; former parliamentary representative for St Michael North-West Mark Williams; and pan-Africanists Trevor Prescod, Reverend Omkphra Wells of the Spritual Baptist Church, Baba John Howell and David Denny.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Lord Bishop Malcolm Babb lauded the work done by the late Archbishop in sensitizing Barbadians to their African heritage.
Giving details on events leading up to the burial of the late spiritual leader, Babb said that on Sunday there would be a thanksgiving service at which tributes would be made by leading members of the Barbadian society.
On Monday 28, prior to the burial at the grounds of the church’s headquarters in Ealing Grove, Christ Church, a procession on foot, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins, will take participants through Sayes Court and other districts Williams would have visited.
The patriarch of the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church passed away on April 6 at his Ealing Grove, Christ Church home at the age of 90.