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Reverend Peter Eric Adotey Addo transitioned into the loving arms of God on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. Reverend Addo was born, June 8, 1935 to the late David Stephen Oko Addo and Margaret Ellen Dedei Attoh Addo in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Reverend George Coates officiating at Laughlin Memorial United Methodist Church. There will be family visitation, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Rev. Addo was born in Ghana, West Africa in 1935. Rev. Addo attended the Accra Academy obtaining the Cambridge University School Leaving Certificate with honors and then graduated from Wesley College in Kumasi, Ghana. He received a Cocoa Board scholarship and came to the United States in 1957. He received an undergraduate degree from Allen University, a master's degree from Atlanta University in botany and a degree in religion from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Addo combined a professional competence in religion, science, poetry, art and African culture. For twenty-two years (1966-1988) he was chaplain at Bennett College, organizer of convocations and vespers and advisor for international students. While at Bennett College, he was also often asked to serve as interim pastor for various United Methodist Churches. He pastored during this period: Browning Chapel United Methodist Church, Saint Home, Raleigh Cross Road, Zion Hill, Peace United Methodist Churches. From 1988 until his retirement in 1997, he served as a full-time United Methodist minister: Collins Grove-Bass Chapel Charge in Greensboro, Port City Charge; Faith, Saint Paul and Morrows Chapel, Mooresville, NC, Madison Circuit; Hayes Chapel, Oak Grove, Withers Chapel, and Saint Stephens United Methodist Churches in Rockingham and Stokes Counties. During the Quadrennium, 1988-1992, he was a member of the Commission on Health and Human services and the Board of the Deaf Ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev Addo was most proud of assisting Faith United Methodist Church, a congregation of sixty-seven people, to build a formal church structure with beautiful stained glass windows depicting events in the life of Christ. His impact was felt not only within the church, but also in the Mooresville community. One city councilman said that, during Rev. Addo's four years in the Mooresville community, he was a pastor to all people and his good works contributed to a decrease in drug dealers in the neighborhood around Faith. He also served as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Statesville District of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, member of the Governor's Big Brothers/Big Sisters One on One Advisory Council for Iredell County, and also served as a teacher at the 1993 Lay Speakers' Training Sessions in the Statesville District. Rev Peter Addo debuted as poet and storyteller in the 1957 symposium, Voices of Ghana. His works have been published widely in Africa and the US. In 1956, his Ga language play was produced on Radio Ghana. His works include an anthology of poems, Talking Drums, [1999], and two collections of African folktales, Ghana Folktales [1968] and How the Spider Became Bald [1993]. His numerous writings have appeared in several countries and languages and his stories have appeared in US and Philippines textbooks. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 50 years, Dr. Linda Addo, two children: Eric Kpakpo Addo (Kim) of Charlotte, NC, Christine Aku Brown (Attorney Kenneth Brown) of Atlanta GA, and four wonderful grandchildren: Malik and Miles Addo, Charlotte and Ellis Brown. Other survivors include two sisters: Sabina Addo of Ghana, West Africa, Betsy Nyame of Philadelphia, PA, one brother, Emmanuel Addo of Ghana, West Africa, Sister-in-law Joy Lattimore (Dr. Vergil Lattimore) of Salisbury, NC, brother-in-Law (Levon Powell), several nieces and nephews (Alia Lattimore, Alston, and Adam Lattimore, Adelaide Laryea and Stephanie Nmashie and two godchildren, Dr. Julian Bennett of Nashville, TN and Deborah McKinney of Washington, DC. His life was also enriched by the close relationships he fostered with neighbors, students, and church members who all became part of his extended family and he loved them dearly. Rev. Addo never met a stranger and he was a wise counselor. He loved fishing, gardening and was a great conversationalist. As an educator and a minister, he always emphasized the worth and the human dignity of each individual. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laughlin Memorial United Methodist Church, Treasurer. 1417 Huffine Mill Road, Greensboro, NC 27405. A service honoring his life will be held at Laughlin Memorial United Methodist Church; 1417 Huffine Mill Road, Greensboro, NC 27405 on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The visitation will begin at 10:30 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am. The interment will take place following the service at Lakeview Memorial Park; 3600 N Ohenry Boulevard, Greensboro, NC 27405.

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  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    May you be surrounded by the love of God through the fond memories we share. We remain in prayer with each of you.
    ~ Bryon and Josefa Bethea Wall   Richmond, VA
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Our words can’t possibly express the sympathy we’re feeling for you and all you’re going through right now. But our hearts can try to help share the pain, and our prayers will ask for healing. We hope that loving memories will bring you comfort. With Our Sincere Sympathy
    ~ Charles Nii Armah Attoh-Fields   Raleigh, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    You have our deepest sympathy.God bless you and our prayers are with you at the loss of Rev. Addo.
    ~ Rev and Mrs Albert Perkins   Kings Mountain, NC
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    I am truly sorry for the loss and pain that the family is feeling. Most of us have had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in God's promises like found here at 1 Corinthians 15: 26 and it tells us: "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing." God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:25) For more comforting scriptures on this topic please visit:www.jw.org . It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Again, the family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences
    ~ Bobbi