JEANERETTE — A Home Going Celebration Service will be held for Bishop Walter Chentlen Sr., 42, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at First Church of God in Christ, Jeanerette, with the Elder Melvin Chentlen Jr. officiating.

He will await the resurrection on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary.

A gathering of family and friends will be at the Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

A native of Kilgore, Texas, and current resident of Jacksonville, N.C., Bishop Chentlen expired on Dec. 2, 2009, in Sussex, Va., as a result of an auto accident.  Chentlen entered the U.S. Navy in 1989 and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and severed as deacon and praise team leader with Faith Prayer House in Maysville, NC. While in Norfolk, Va., he worked in the ministry at Power House Evangelist Church under the leadership of Bishop Kallie Richardson; he was first ordained as a Deacon and then elevated to Elder in 1997, and pastored his first church at New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Pascagoula, Miss. Pastored his second church on board the USS Bataan in 1997 to 2000; while in Hawaii, he pastored Windward Community Church of God in Christ and helped in founding Great Awaking Ministries in Kay Bay, Hawaii; he was also involved in Light of the World Fellowship Ministry, while in Hawaii. On Nov. 14, 2006, he was elevated to the office of Bishop and founded Light of the World Fellowship Ministries on June 1, 2007.

He leaves in God’s care his wife, Henrietta “Penny” Fleming Chentlen; sons Walter Chentlen Jr., Watson E. Chentlen and William C. Chentlen of Jacksonville, N.C.; stepmother, Lela Mae Chentlen of New Iberia; three brothers Elder Melvin Chentlen Jr. (Dennessa), Reginald P. Darby and Billy R. Darby of New Iberia; five sisters Mary C. James (Eric) of Herndon, Va., Martha E. Chentlen (Marvin) Wilmington, Del., Melissa Bonnet of Rodeo, Calif., Cassandra Gage (Cornelius) and Patricia Hill (Sammy) of New Iberia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He joins in glory with his parents, Rev. Melvin Chentlen Sr. and Edna Conerly Chentlen; and a sister Sarah Elizabeth Chentlen.

Active pallbearers are Kim Sheppard, Murray Sheppard, Thomas Cleary, Eric Cleary, Donovan Mouton and Alvin Moore.

Honorary pallbearers are Kendal Chentlen, Deangelo Chentlen, Devonte Chentlen, Walter Chentlen Jr., Watson Chentlen and William Chentlen, Louis Jones Sr., Louis Jones Jr., Glenn Terry Jones and Barton E. Jones.

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The family requested the professional care of Fletcher Funeral Home, 609 W. Admiral Doyle Drive, New Iberia, 369-3341.

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