Bishop James Leroy Lane
Presiding Bishop James Leroy Lane was born to the late Scot Lane and Ocie Brown Lane in Itta Bena, Mississippi June 11, 1941. His mother died shortly after giving birth to him. His grandmother Willie Selina Brown raised him and moved to Caruthersville, Missouri during the late 40’s. He was saved while in his prime and baptized under the leadership of Mother Katie McEwen and Elder A. Coleman. He married the late Katherine Harris in 1960. Unto this union, nine children were born. Presiding Bishop James Lane departed this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:03 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. As a very zealous saint, Brother Leroy realized his calling for some time before he acknowledged his ministry. Finally, one Sunday morning, he tried to give remakes and under the anointing power of the Holy Ghost he preached. When he finished, he acknowledged his ministry. His first message was “Love”. Scripture text was found in I Corinthians 13th chapter. January 28, 1970, at the age of 28 ½ Minister Leroy was ordained to Elder James Lane and set as pastor over the church in Caruthersville, MO by Presiding Bishop Perry Mosley. In the early 70’s through dedication, he received another appointment to the office of Southern District Elder. In 1980, prophecy went forth and he was elevated unto a higher calling and appointed as Bishop under Presiding Bishop A.D. Bates. Bishop Bates observed our pastor’s devotion and without hesitation appointed him to the position of Assistant Presiding Bishop of Pentecostal Power Church, Inc. in 1982. He became the Presiding Bishop over the Pentecostal Power Churches in August of 1997 after the passing of Bishop A.D. Bates. On January 16, 1994, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Sister Rose Slaughter. Mother Rose Lane was dedicated, faithful and devoted wife to him for almost 24 years. Mother has truly displayed the epitome of a virtuous woman throughout their marriage. Bishop Lane, from birth and the age of 47, has shown perseverance, determination and an undying love for God and God’s people. Never letting adversity stand in his way, he endeavored with outstanding strength that trademarks his song, “I’ll Go”. It is written, …”How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15. Bishop James Lane has proven to be an example to the Pentecostal Power Church for over 50 years. His leadership has been transformational and its outcome irreversible. He has served the P.P.C. Organization and his community with diligence and unselfishness as a shepherd, counselor, father and friend according to I Timothy 5:17, and has been counted worthy of double honor. The fabric of his leadership has been sown with great suffering, effectual prayer, and faith. He was preceded in death by sisters, Florida Travis and Ida Penson, brothers, O.B. Lee and Louis Lane. Children that preceded him in death were Brenda, Doris, and James Lane. The legacy of this faithful man of God shall be cherished by his loving wife, First Lady, Mother Rose Lavada Lane of Caruthersville, Mo, brothers, Willie (Mattie) Lane of Cleveland, MS, Scot Lane, and Robert Lee Lane both of Akron, OH. Sisters, Frankie Lane of Cordova, TN, Mammie Brown, and Irma Jean (Derick) Bauchannan, both of Akron, OH. Children: Leroy (Denise) Lane of Benton Harbor, MI, John (Clara) Lane of Caruthersville, MO, Calvin Lane of Atlanta, GA, Carrie Lavada Lane of Chicago, IL, Hope Harriett (Paul) Miller of Cape Girardeau, MO, and LaTonya Michelle Lane of Benton Harbor, MI, Roberto Slaughter of Jonesboro, AR, Alexander Slaughter of Tampa, FL, Antionio Slaughter of Jonesboro, AR, Delangelo slaughter of Jonesboro, AR, Terrance (Ariel) Slaughter of Dyerburg, TN, Emmanuel Lane of Dover, TN, Riley Dewayne Lane of Caruthersville, MO, Special daughters, Tyisha Thomas (Nilki) of Memphis, TN and Sis Peggy McKee of Caruthersville, MO. Thirty-one grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held January 20 at 12:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal Power Church in Caruthersville, MO. Interment followed in Morgan Ridge Cemetery. H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.