Hundreds remember religious leader, community advocate for her hard work

Hundreds remember religious leader, community advocate for her hard work
December 17
00:00 2015
Above: Deloris Huntley

By Tevin Stinson

The Chronicle

Hundreds of people filed into Bethlehem Baptist Church to pay their last respects to community crusader Deloris Huntley last weekend. Many remember the first lady of Alpha and Omega Church of Faith for her dedication to improving the quality of life of others.

She was married to Bishop John Huntley. She also was founder and director of The Alpha and Omega Family Institute.

“Mrs. Huntley was always working to build up this community and the people who live here.” said Janet Washington of Winston-Salem. “I will always remember her willingness to give to others.”

Through her many programs held at the Alpha and Omega Family Institute, Huntley made it her duty to provide a place where individuals could access programs and services they otherwise would not have access to.

The programs include after school tutoring help for children, healthy cooking classes, prenatal classes, an HIV/AIDS and Young Women’s Health and Wellness conference, and a Children’s Health Fair.

Through the programs, area residents are able to gather new information, learn new skills and ultimately learn to contribute back to the community.

In 2009, Huntley was recognized for her impact in the community when she received the Winston-Salem Foundation’s ECHO award. The award is presented annually to those who work around the clock to build a stronger community by building connections among people.

A number of people mentioned that the love and dedication Huntley showed over the years for the neighborhood and the people in it will live on forever. Bernard Davis of the city stated because of Huntley, he understands the importance of giving back.

“I will never forget how Mrs. Huntley made me and the people of this community feel,” he continued. “She always stressed the importance of giving back and she passed that on to everyone she came in contact with. She will truly be missed.”

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