The Passing of the Rev. Dr. Cecil Cone
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Posted on Tue, Apr 5, 2016
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Chair, Commission on Publications
The Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour, Jr., Publisher
The Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III, the 20th Editor, The Christian Recorder
The Christian Recorder News Break – The Passing of the Rev. Dr. Cecil Cone
The Tiger Nation is saddened to learn of the passing of our former President, Cecil Wayne Cone, Ph.D. Dr. Cone served as the Twenty-Third President of Edward Waters College from 1977 – 1988. He was married to Dr. Juanita Fletcher-Cone.
Dr. Cecil Wayne Cone completed his undergraduate work at Philander Smith College. Dr. Cone earned two Doctorate degrees the Doctor of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Emory University. He is the author of Identity Crises in Black Theology. He was a distinguished Pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and served as Dean of Turner Theological Seminary, now known as Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta Georgia) and Jacksonville Theological Seminary (Jacksonville Florida). Dr. Cone was a guest lecturer throughout the United States and many countries abroad.
Among Dr. Cone’s accomplishments as President of Edward Waters College:
- Earned the initial four-year accreditation of Edward Waters College by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1979 and subsequent reaffirmation five years later
- Established Dual Degree Programs with the University of Miami and Emory Riddle University
- Completely remodeled the Centennial Building the oldest building on campus
- Built the Morris-Cone Residential Complex. The building bears his name along with Bishop Samuel Morris, African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Edward Waters College.
- Edward Waters College became an official member institution of the United Negro College Fund
- The Colleges first debate team was established and the Colleges Concert Choir was able to travel from Coast to Coast and to the Bahamas
- Dr. Cone always spoke proudly about Edward Waters College and would refer to EWC as the “Greatest College to be found anywhere on Planet Earth.”
Dr. Cone is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is survived by his wife Juanita Fletcher-Cone and three children: Cecil II, Doctor of Pathology; Anita, Doctor of Sports Medicine; and Charleston, Doctor of Internal Medicine. Dr. Cone is also survived by one grandson.
Friday, April 8th - 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Levett Funeral Home
914 Scenic Hwy.,
Telephone: (770) 338-5558
Saturday, April 9th - 11:00 a.m.
St. Phillip AME Church
240 Candler Rd. SE
*Received from Edward Waters College
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