Civil Rights Activist's Life is Celebrated - - ABC13

Civil Rights Activist's Life is Celebrated


Lynchburg, VA - No tears were seen at Providence Place Church on Sunday. Only clapping, singing, and remembering a life well lived; the life of Civil Rights Activist, Garnell Stamps. Stamps passed away at Bedford Memorial Hospital on Friday.

"He loved God and in his life he tried to help people and that is what we should remember," said Rev. James Coleman, Providence Place.

The church was not only celebrating Stamps's life, but also what he stood for.

"We're going to lift up Christ high today and celebrate God for having given us for 79 years such a tremendous human being," said Coleman.

Coleman said he will miss Stamps' intellectual brilliance. He said Stamps could simplify even the most complex of subjects and wasn't afraid to do the right thing.

"One who had the courage to speak truth to power and to the powerless and get things done," said Coleman.

Stamps also played a role in the life of Coleman's daughter Jacqueline. She fondly refers to him as Uncle Stamps.

"He always encouraged me, very instrumental in my life. Every time he would see me he would be like, 'My Jacqueline, my niece, you're a superstar," said Jacqueline.

She said she will always have loving memories of Stamps, a man who was always there to listen and who she says, loved his Pepsi-Cola.

"Every time I would go over to his house he would be like, 'Jacqueline go in the fridge and get me a Pepsi-Cola" and we would talk and we would laugh about different things," said Jacqueline.

Stamps touched many lives in different ways, but one thing is always the same, he will be missed.

"He will certainly be missed here at Providence, Lynchburg, the state of Virginia and the entire world," said Coleman.

Stamps's wake is Thursday at Court Street Baptist Church from 6 to 8 PM and the funeral is Friday at Tree of Life Ministries at 1PM.

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