Civil Rights leader Shuttlesworth remembered at church he founded

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man who made his way into American history as a civil rights leader was remembered Sunday morning in a small Avondale church as a man who was also a mentor, friend, and devoted pastor for 4 decades.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth founded Greater New Light Baptist Church, and tended its flock tirelessly, according to the church's current pastor, Shuttlesworth's son-in-law, Rev. Harold Bester.   He preached Sunday morning, "Reverend Shuttlesworth was everything to Greater New Light.  We are where we are because of what God has done through F.L. Shuttlesworth.  It was never too much to do for Greater New Light.  Now you know we couldn't have gotten to where we are now without great sacrifices from him. "

Shuttlesworth's daughter Patricia shared with the congregation the joy that they brought her father, "I just want to thank you Greater New Light for the love that you showed him and the love that you showed us (his family) down through the years."

Rev. Bester recalled moments from Rev. Shuttlesworth's life, and the lessons he has left behind, "I remember hearing that after the Christmas bombing in '56, he said, 'If God can get me through this, he can get me through anything. And he said, I'm here for the duration."

Rev. Bester added, "I will be eternally grateful to God for sending him our way."  Greater New Light will hold a memorial service.  The date has not yet been set.

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