Pastor Carrie Pender Jacobs, age 88, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina transitioned from labor to reward on Monday, December 20, 2021. A celebration of her life and legacy will be held Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 12:00 noon at Evening Light Holiness Church, 208 S. Pender Street, Wilson. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, 1717 Bishop L.N. Forbes Street, Wilson, North Carolina.
Carrie Lee Pender was born to the late Theodore Pender, Sr. (Fannie) and Martha Battle on June 19, 1933 in Nash County, North Carolina. She attended Wilson County Public Schools before her life journey took her to Newport News, Virginia at the early age of 13 where she was educated at Huntington High School. She shared her God given gifts and talents in gainful employment with the Newport News Seafood Exchange where she met her life partner and loving husband, Robert James Jacobs. The two married and later returned to North Carolina to share a long love and devoted life to each other for over 66 years. Carrie Lee as she was affectionately known was an earthly angel appointed by God, highly favored and crowned with 88 years of full good life and leaves a legacy to many sons and daughters of Christ to live on in us for eternity.
Pastor Carrie Jacobs was preceded in death by her loving husband, Overseer Robert Jacobs; her sister, Gertrude "Trudy" Pender Johnson; her brother, Theodore "June" Pender, Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Warren Etheridge, Jr.
She is survived by her loving family, her son, Keith D. Jacobs of Wilson, NC; two brothers, Samuel R. Pender (Leanett) of Hampton, Virginia and John H. Pender of Newport News, Virginia; and one sister, Carolyn Johnson of Yorktown, Virginia; four sisters-in-laws, Florence Holder, Elizabeth Holder, and Louise Meeks all of Washington, DC and Pearl Etheridge of Clayton, NC; a special niece, Enez Studwell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, her goddaughters and godsons and a host of spiritual children whom she reared in the gospel, additionally, her caregivers, Tamissa Armstrong of Interim Health Care Services, Bettie Haskins, Gail Boykin, Judy Vaughn, Joyce Lavender, and Diane Newby.
The Legendary Pastor Carrie Lee Jacobs, our "Spiritual Mom" and Senior Pastor of Trinity Deliverance Holiness Church was a Founding member of the Prayer Center and Mount Calvary Holiness Church #2 alongside her loving husband and our Founding Father, the late great Overseer Robert Jacobs. Early in her life she received Christ as her Lord and Savior under the leadership of the late Bishop Gertrude Saunders and the late Bishop Brumfield Johnson, also known as "Dad Johnson". Bishop Johnson confirmed God's call on her life to fulfill the spiritual gift of Pastorialship. She got busy with God's business starting out with just her husband and spiritual children packing their car every week traveling from Wilson to Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and so many other local areas spreading the Gospel of Jesus through preaching and songs. As the ministry grew, God took her from ministering in a packhouse to a church member's living room, then the "Prayer Center", and finally to Trinity Deliverance Holiness Church. Her husband designed and constructed the church where she remained pastor for 51 years until God called Pastor to her heavenly home. Reverend Carrie Jacobs, a Five Star General endured hardness as a good soldier in the army of the Lord. She was determined to train and equip God's people to be ye also ready to serve in all capacities in the army of the Lord. She was a woman who not only taught the Word of God, but a woman of integrity who lived an exemplary life to those she led. She preached profound sermons touching many lives all over the world sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A public viewing will be Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Carrons Funeral Home, 726 South Tarboro Street, Wilson with the family receiving friends there for an inspirational wake from 6 pm to 8 pm. Please remember the Jacobs Family in prayer during this most difficult time. Condolences may be directed to www.carronsfuneralhome.com or faxed to 252.237.0120. They may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Professional and caring service has been entrusted to Carrons Funeral Home, "The Willing Friend."