Obituary for Andrew Eugene Whitted
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Eugene Whitted, son of the late Manley and Josephine Whitted was born in Delco, North Carolina. He grew up in Balden County near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Andrew received his Bachelor of ARTs Degree from Livingstone College and his Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary. He had done further study at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, and had completed courses in Pastoral Counseling at the Hudson River Counseling Service in Valhalla, New York. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Livingstone College.
Andrew began his pastoral ministry in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference at the Providence A.M.E. Zion Church, Salisbury, North Carolina. He also served as pastor of the Rhony’s chapel Circuit, Newport, North Carolina and the Doggett Grove Circuit, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, prior to his transfer to the New York Annual Conference.
While in the New York Conference, Andrew was the pastor of the Park Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Peekskill, New York and the St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church, New Rochelle, New York.
Andrew served twelve years as pastor of St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church. While at St. Catherine, he was involved in improving the conditions of his church and community. He led the congregation in the construction of a new church and a 110 unit apartment house, the Carrington Arms, an eleven story building located next door to the church.
While in New Rochelle, Andrew served as president of the Citizen Civic Organization, Interdenominational Ministers Alliance, N.A.A.C.P. and the Community Organization Program. He was a member of the Volunteer’s Bureau of Westchester County, The Council for Unity, Human Rights Commission (VP), Council of Churches, Board id Directors of the New Rochelle Boys Club, Chaplain of the Omicron Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, charter member and chaplain of the Westchester-Bronx chapter of the Livingstone College Alumni Association.
In July of 1972, Andrew was appointed pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church in Buffalo, New York. He spearheaded the renovation of the church and its thirty-one classrooms. He also led the congregation in purchasing a ranch style parsonage. The Christian Education Department was reorganized and revitalized.
During his thirteen-year tenure in Buffalo, Andrew served as coordinator of a school for ministers, and the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Western New York Conference. He served on the Board of Directors of the B.U.I.L.D Organization of which he was president 197401977, the N.A.A.C.P., Principal’s Advisory Committee at Kensington High School, Business and Professional Luncheon Club, Interdenominational Ministers Conference, and the Board of Directors of the Housing Assistance Center.
Andrew Whitted served for four years (1985-1989) in the Ohio Conference as pastor of the Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Youngstown, Ohio. While in Youngstown, he served three years as president of the Interdenominational Ministers’ Alliance. This organization was able to so many wonderful things for the city during that period.
Andrew discontinued as an active salaried pastor of a church in 1989. He then concentrated more on his love for overseas missions as a volunteer.
He served two years as pastor of the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Black River, Jamaica, West Indies. He served as Presiding Elder of the Black River District for twelve years.
Andrew has served on the Eco-Justice Working group, National Council of churches of Christ. He served for several years on the Black Church Liaison Committee.
Andrew’s national and international church affiliations have provided him the opportunity to travel extensively. He has traveled through forty-seven of the United States. His foreign travel includes Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Gabon, several countries in Europe, parts of the Middle East, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua, the Virgin Island, and Guyana, South America.
In 1968, he was a delegate to the World Council of Churches’ Fourth Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden. At that meeting, he was elected to the Central Committee for a term of seven years. He was a delegate to the 1966 World Methodist Conference in London, England, 1971 in Denver, Colorado, and 1981 in Hawaii.
He served with his wife, as Co-Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council of Hood Theological Seminary. He was the 1st Vice Chairman of the Senior Democratic Organization of Rowan County.
He has received awards and citations from the following organizations: Young Women’s League, Omega Man of the Year, New Rochelle Chapter of the National Association of the Negro Business and Professional Women, Meritorious Service Award by Livingstone College and the General Alumni Association, New Rochelle N.A.A.C.P., Community Service Award, Masten Park Concerned Citizen, Outstanding Pastor from the Buffalo District, United Way, B.U.I.L.D., the Young Adult Missionary Society of St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church, and numerous others.
He was also a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people and a Life Member of the Livingstone College Alumni Association.
Andrew was officially retired as a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Even in retirement he continued his mission endeavors in Jamaica as a volunteer until April 2006.
Andrew was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Whitted; one brother Bertie Whitted (Carolyn); two sisters, Mary Ray, Lula White, and a very special niece, Evelyn Robertson.
He leaves to cherish his memories: two sisters, Exie Mitchell (Maurice, deceased), Sarah Spells (John); brother, Frederick Whitted; sister-in-law, Novella and a dedicated brother-in-law, Richard Snyder; niece, Betty Whitted and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.