Late Evangelist Alabo Kelly Fred George was, on Saturday, 2nd November, 2019, given a grand burial by his family, friends and well-wishers.
As early as 7:00am that morning, his corpse was transported from Ashes To Ashes Mortuary at old GRA, Port Harcourt, in a long motorcade to his family compound at George Polo, Buguma City, where it was received by the George Polo Chiefs.
Multiple traditional gun salutes heralded the icon’s corpse, conveyed on a royal chariot-led Limousine surrounded by horse riders, as the motorcade made its way into the George’s compound, amidst a galore of entertainment provided by different groups such as the George’s Youth Women, the Omuaru and a high life music band, among others.
After about two hours, the train moved to Abalama, where the Late Evangelist Alabo Kelly Fred George’s corpse was laid in state in his family house for a few hours before the final funeral service was conducted by Amazing Grace Baptist Church at Community Secondary School, Abalama, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The funeral Service, which was attended by a host of dignitaries, was officiated by Rev. B. G. Avov, President, Rivers Baptist Conference, Rev. Itode Ikuphogh (host), Rev. Tamuno-Obetem Doughlas, Rev. Peter Nganje, Rev. Ososome C. Dede, Rivers Baptist Conference Ministerial Staff, Pastor Chris Ugoh, Senior Pastor, The Kings Assembly, Rev. Emmanuel Asawo JP, Moderator, W.H. Carson Baptist Association, Rev. Dawari West, Moderator/Adviser WHCDA, Rev.
Damiete G. Amachree, Chairman, WHC Pastor’s Fellowship, Rev. Mrs. Onisowarum Itode, JP, Pst. God’swill Princewill and other ministers.
The Opu-Alabo Foundation Choir and Grace Trumpeters of Amazing Grace Baptist Church, Abalama and Breakthrough Baptist Church Choir, Port Harcourt, were all on hand to supply melodious songs.
Speaking to Kalabari Times at George Polo, Buguma, an elder of the compound, Chief Dumo Black-George, described the Late Alabo Kelly Fred George as a very faithful, sincere man that will be missed by all.
Chief Dumo Black-George said: “The man (Late Alabo Kelly Fred George) was the son of Chief George Fred Amachree. He’s very very faithful. He’s an ex-service man – Air Force ex-service man, very very intelligent and peaceful. He was one of the persons who served in the Nigerian-Biafran war in the Air Force. He has a lot of children – responsible children. Today is his burial.”
Chief Dumo Black George regretted that Evangelist Alapo Kelly Fred George died at the time he was supposed to enjoy the fruits of his labour, describing his death as painful. He advised the members of the family of Late Alabo Evang. Kelly Fred George to take heart over the irreparable loss.
“Tears are even now coming out of my eyes because I am the second head of Chief Fred George group of houses of George’s compound. He left behind him a lot of people.
“For his children and his family he left behind, we are very hopeful that God will provide for them. They should take heart,” he said.
In her eulogies of her husband, Deaconess Mary Alabo George, the widow, described Evang. Alabo Kelly Fred George as a good man, a frank adviser, a wonderful supporter and the most caring and trustworthy companion.
Deaconess Mary Alabo George, who said her husband was like a brother, father, friend and teacher to her, thanked God for blessing her marriage with Evang. Alabo Kelly Fred George.
“Our 48 years of marriage was blessed with five wonderful boys. For 48 years, he accommodated me with my weakness and my excesses. He was a loving and affectionate husband, so firm and focused, brave and strong, unique and handsome. In him I came to understand that fatherhood is leadership, responsibility, mentoring and training. I love him and will always do,” she said.
In his own reflections, first son of Evangelist Alabo Kelly Fred George, Mr. Bright George, said he found it difficult to believe that his father had gone to be with the Lord forever.
Bright George further extolled his father’s virtues thus: “He was a good man in all ramifications, affected people of all ages, contributed in changing lives, shared experiences and carried everybody along. Abalama would testify to that.
“I am grateful for the good moments myself and my children spent with him. He said to me that a man’s best investment is in his children and that gave me an ideal perspective. Apart from my grief and sorrow, one fact is certain; he lived a fulfilled life. Whereas he has departed this world, he can never be forgotten because his legacy lives on.”
For Dax Alabo George-Kelly, former Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Special Projects and one of the sons of Evang. Alabo Kelly Fred George, his father whom he referred to as Big Daddy, may have gone, but his words and seed are still alive and will bear many more fruits that will continue to better the world.
While eulogizing his late father, Dax noted: “His legacies are every where. They have born fruits and will bear more fruits that will impact society positively, especially in the area of physical development, education, social welfare and healthcare.”
Dax, who described his late father as an uncommon colossus and devout patriarch, assured that his legacies will not be allowed to die.
“His foundation shall not be abandoned. The morals, values and teachings he planted indelibly in our hearts will be transferred in filial generations.
“Although he has gone to be with the Lord, his teachings, his virtues, his foot prints and his legacies are everywhere; therefore he lives on. He taught us never to depart from God’s presence and never to consider idolatry but to keep our hands clean and meditate upon God’s word day and night. We pledge solemnly this day never to depart from that path,” Dax said.
Kalabari Times gathered that Evangelist Alabo Kelly Fred George was born on May 9, 1941 to Late Elder Kelly Fred George and Mrs Regina Chiefba George (Nee Saturday). He attended St. Michael’s Primary School and the Baptist State School, Buguma where he finished his standard V. He later proceeded to Tombia to complete his standard VI in 1955, coming out in flying colours. Unable to proceed to the secondary school immediately due to lack of sponsors, he took to fishing business which he did for some years before enrolling for a correspondence course with Rapid Result College, UK, taking up short term jobs with Palm Line Agency and the Nigeria Ports Authority to support himself throughout the programme. With an excellent result at the end of the course, the young Alabo Kelly Fred George decided to seek for a career with the Nigerian Air Force.
He later retired after a fruitful career and became a selfless community leader, monitoring youths to become useful citizens.
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