COGIC’s first lady, Louise Patterson, remembered for her compassion to others

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hundreds filled the pews at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ on Friday as Louise Patterson, COGIC’s first lady and influential evangelist, was laid to rest.

Those who spoke at her funeral called her a woman of unwavering faith, a minister to all and a true friend.

“She had kept us inspired and encouraged by the bountiful blessings ministry and thank God for those messages that continue to speak life and hope to millions,” said Vanessa Winbush Gatlin, a COGIC mother.

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Ministers from across the country came to say farewell to Patterson, who died Nov. 22 at age 84.

She was known to be filled with love and compassion as the first lady of the Church of God and Christ — the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country — up until the passing of her husband, Bishop G.E. Patterson.

Louise Patterson was the president and CEO of Bountiful Blessings Ministries, Inc.

“Her words were always seasoned with grace, her maternal affection was, her faith unshakable and prayer steadfast,” Rev. Frank White said.