New York-based Barbadians have paid glowing tribute to two outstanding sons of the soil.
Reverend James Stuart, the 97-year-old former leader of the Bedford Zion Church of the Nazarene, and Wilfred Christopher Hunte, the 64-year-old former fashion designer and Pratt Institute lecturer, were laid to rest following separate church services at the weekend.
During a memorial service at the Beulah Church of the Nazarene, which was conducted by Rev. Glyne Mascoll and at which Rev. Art Alexander delivered the homily, the late preacher was remembered for his tireless ministry aimed at winning souls for Christ.
“If I know my father, I can tell you that right now he is already in an engaging conversation with St Peter, St Paul and David,” his son David said.
Meantime, Hunte was laid to rest following a communion service at the St Augustine Episcopal Church, conducted by Bishop Daniel Allotey.
Carnegie Hall Gospel singer Carla Harris, who wore the last gown made by the late designer, described him as a talented artist with a genuine and loving spirit.
Hunte was also celebrated as a son, brother, uncle, teacher, couturier and husband – and in operatic and gospel song; by piano and instrumental solos.
He leaves to mourn his wife Sandra.