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Bishop James E. Dubose, Sr.
June 23, 1925 ~ March 2, 2019 (age 93)
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Bishop James E. Dubose, a loving husband, devoted father, trusted friendand Man of God, d eparted this life at his home in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was the son of Willie Palmer, Bay Minette, Alabama, and John Dubose, Brewton, Alabama. He was born on June 23, 1925, in Bay Minette, Alabama. He was the oldest of five siblings, John Dubose, Robert Dubose, Earl Lee Dubose, and Lorraine Jenkins preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were mother-in-law, Viney Wilcox of Mobile, Alabama, and four brothersin-law of Butler, Alabama.
He received his education in the Escambia County School District, Brewton, Alabama. He was drafted into the military and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. He retired from the University of South Alabama as a custodial supervisor.
He was introduced to his loving wife by a family friend, Missionary Iris Lofton. They united in Holy Matrimony on July 21, 1971. They remained devoted for 47 years until death separated them.
Bishop Dubose was introduced to the way of Holiness by Overseer Brown. Soon after, he received the Holy Ghost. After he entered into marriage with his devoted wife, he became a member of the Church of God Pentecostal (Mobile Terrace), under the leadership of Bishop Floyd Langer, where his wife was a member for many years. They remained faithful members until he answered the Pastoral call in 1973.
Bishop Dubose was a man of prayer. His love for prayer inspired him and his wife to go from house to house to conduct weekly prayer. He visited countless homes and hospitals, praying for the sick. He spent a short period of time in Wilmer, Alabama, having prayer in a home there. For many years, Bishop Dubose had prayer in his home and family members’ homes in the Hillsdale Community, and surrounding areas.
Bishop Dubose loved fellowship. He would frequently meet with several Pastors each morning to take his daily walk (which he loved to do) at Bel Air Mall, followed by breakfast and spiritual fellowship.
Bishop Dubose taught himself to play the guitar to enhance God’s praise. He founded the Church of God Pentecostal in Brewton, Alabama in 1973.
He was a faithful leader and servant of God, an Elder and Pastor. He went to Brewton in the early 1970’s to start a ministry there. Many souls were saved, and the church grew in membership.
In 1976 he was unable to continue in the building they started out in. He didn’t give up; he remained committed, pressing toward the mandate God had given him. A door of a home was open for him and the members to worship in. Shortly after, he and his members found a little old church to have service, but God was in that place. He and the members purchased land to build a church in Brewton, Alabama. He and his wife worked tirelessly with a few members to erect a building on the land. In 1982, the vision manifested, and the church was built and dedicated. Many souls were added to the church: the ministry went from a few to many. Many received the Holy Ghost; teachers and preachers were called by God under his leadership. Bishop Dubose served Brewton for 37 years as the pastor traveling from his home in Mobile, Alabama, to Brewton, Alabama, until he retired as Bishop Emeritus in 2010, passing the mantel on to one of his spiritual sons, Elder Robert Champbell, to carry the vision/ministry of the church to the next level. He was a builder at heart. In his own words, “I’M A BUSINESSMAN”. One of his greatest honors was becoming the 26th consecrated Bishop of the Church of God Pentecostal, Inc., on August 4, 2012.
Bishop Dubose enjoyed being pampered and loved fried chicken. He never had a meal that he didn’t like and never refused an extra slice of sweet potato pie. He always heaped praise on the cook and faithfully blessed the hands that prepared it.
Preceding him in death: Patricia Dubose Pope and Donna Barnes Lane.
He leaves to mourn: his loving and devoted wife, Rosie Mae C. Dubose of Mobile, Alabama; his children, James R. Dubose, (Patricia) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Claud Dubose (Sheress), of Brewton, Alabama, Clarance Dubose (Shirley) of Brewton, Alabama, Cynthia Dubose of Boston, Massachusetts, Janie Dennis of Corona, California, Evelyn Dubose of Ventura, California, Sheba Dubose of Washington, DC, James E. Dubose, Jr., of Camino, California, and Timothy Dubose of Riverside, California; brother-in-law, Willie Cherry (Johnny Mae) of Mobile, Alabama. Others cherishing his memory are his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.