by Johnny Almond
February 26, 2010
(LUMBERTON, NC) — Jane Esdale, former Development Director for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA), died Wednesday, February 24, 2010, following a three-week illness. Rev. Esdale, 62, oversaw BPFNA's fund raising efforts from 2000 to 2003.
BPFNA Operations Coordinator Evelyn Hanneman said, "Jane's concern for and care of those on the margins of society knew no bounds, as did her commitment for peace and justice. Her voice will be missed."
For the past four years, Esdale had served as executive director of the Robeson County Church and Community Center in Lumberton, NC. An article by Bob Shiles in today's issue of The Robesonian says, "[Esdale's death] has taken from the community one of its strongest advocates for improving the lives of the county’s poorer residents. That was the sentiment of those who knew about Esdale and her lifelong work to help the less fortunate."
“She had a heart as big as all outdoors. She was always the champion of the downtrodden and those she perceived to have not gotten a fair shake out of life,” said Bridgit Bass, the center’s finance director. “She always wanted to believe that people could change and be the best if they were only given the chance. She would never give up on anyone.”
A memorial service for Esdale will be held Saturday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Walnut Street in Lumberton. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Esdale will also be remembered in this Sunday's 11:00 a.m. service at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, where she served and worshiped while living in Charlotte.
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