President Obama to deliver eulogy at Rev. Pinckney’s funeral

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The president took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WDTN) – The White House announced Monday that President Obama will travel to Charleston Friday and deliver the eulogy at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral.

A White House official released the following statement regarding the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney,  “On Friday, June 26th, the President and Vice President will travel to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the funeral services of Rev. Clementa Pinckney where President Obama will deliver the eulogy. Further details about the President’s travel to South Carolina will be made available in the coming days.”

Funeral Services for The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney have been announced:

Lie in state
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
1-5 p.m.
The Rotunda of the State House
Columbia, South Carolina

Viewing
Thursday, June 25, 2015
11-4 p.m.
St. John A.M.E. Church
2740 Tillman Rd. Ridgeland, SC 29936
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Viewing
Thursday, June 25, 2015
6-8 p.m.
Emanuel A.M.E. Church
110 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Funeral Services
Friday, June 26, 2015
11 a.m.
TD Arena at the College of Charleston
301 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Burial
Friday, June 26, 2015
Directly Following Funeral Services
St. James A.M.E. Church
5344 Highway 41
Marian, South Carolina

Leevy’s Funeral Home
1831 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Reverend Chris Leevy Johnson
President & Managing Director
Leevy’s Funeral Home
1831 Taylor Street
Columbia, South Carolina

The pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Reverend and Senator Clementa C. Pinckney is one of the nine people shot and killed after a gunman opened fire during Bible study at the church on the night of Wednesday, June 17.

A well known and respected pastor and South Carolina State Senator, Pinckney was born July 30, 1973. He’s from Ridgeland, South Carolina, and was educated in the public schools of Jasper county. Pinckney was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Allen University with a degree in Business Administration. He answered the call to preach at the age of thirteen and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of eighteen.

Rev. Leonard Griffin, pastor of Morris Street Baptist Church was a close friend of Rev. Pinckney. He says, ” It’s really heart wrenching to think that this father and husband and pastor and senator… is now leaving a void in our community. Our hearts are hurting. Many folks are disillusioned,  but we know that God is still able.  It’s really heart wrenching to think that this father and husband and pastor and senator… is now leaving a void in our community. I have to go back to my last conversation with him. We spoke, I was asking him to give permission for one of his associates to come over to share with us the word of God, and after giving permission for that person to come over his conversation shifted to how we as colleagues and ministry here in the city can work more closely together.”

Rev. Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. In 2000, he was elected to the state senate. Now the man who many called a peace maker is gone. Griffin says, “I have to look back at history and realize and remember God has brought us through some very tragic situations before, and just as God has done that before, we trust and believe he will do that same thing for us even right now.”

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was 41-years-old. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, and two children, Eliana and Malana.

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