Samuel C. Madison (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Honorable Bishop Dr. Samuel C. Madison, leader of the United House of Prayer for All People (successor to the late Bishop W. McCollough) was called from labor to reward on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at his residence after a brief illness. Bishop Madison was born February 24, 1922 in Greenville, S.C. to the late Samuel and Rosa Lee Madison. He was the eldest of four children - one brother, James and two sisters, Claudia and Flossie, who preceded him in death. Bishop Madison was educated in the Greenville public school system. Bishop Madison's life-long commitment to the ministry and community was recognized by Bowie State University in awarding him the honorary Doctorate of Human Letters degree in 1999. Bishop Madison was married to Ms. Lucille Wynn who died in 1975. In 1976, Bishop Madison was wed to Elizabeth D. Beal of Washington, D.C. Bishop Madison joined the United House of Prayer at the age of eight years old in Greenville, S.C. In his youth he served as a Boy Scout, musician, and deacon. In 1939, he received the gift of the Holy Ghost. In 1940, he was duly ordained as a minister by the late Bishop C.M. Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer. Shortly after becoming a Minster, he received his first assignment as pastor in Lancaster, S.C. The following assignments: Salisbury, N.C.-March 1941 to December 1942, Hopewell, Va.-January 1943 to October 1944, South Mills, N.C.-1944 to 1949, Salisbury-September, 1949 to the fall of 1964, Philadelphia, Pa.-1964 to 1969, God's White House, National Headquarters of the United House of Prayer-1969 to 1991. At age 23, he was appointed by Bishop Grace to the General Council, the highest ecclesiastical body of the church. Highlights of his accomplishments include Clerk of General Council, Chairman of the Constitutional Revision Committee, and Judge of the General Council. In 1991, Bishop Madison was elected to the office of Bishop after the death of Bishop W. McCollough. The highlights of his leadership included an award- winning nationwide building program. The award-winning Madison signature and style is represented throughout the country in the development of single and multi- family housing, retail properties, and assisted-living facilities for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Bishop Madison was an advocate for scholastic achievement and was the chief executive officer and major contributor to the McCollough Scholarship College Fund. One of the hallmarks of Bishop Madison's support for education was the First Lady's Scholastic Achievement Awards Program, named in honor of his wife, Ms. Elizabeth D. Madison. Under the skilled guidance and majestic leadership, Bishop Madison, as chief executive officer, enhanced the education program for ministers. He continued the church's legacy by assuring the proper education for ministers of the United House of Prayer at the McCullough Theological Seminary located in Richmond, Va. Bishop Madison was a member of Hiram Lodge #4, F. & A.M., Prince Hall Affiliation, Jonathan Davis Consistory, No. 1, A.A.S.R. S.I, P.H.A., Holy Royal Arch Mason, Melchizedek Chapter #15, P.H.A., Pyramid Temple #1 A.E.A.O.N.M.S., P.H.A. Bishop Madison's outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of American citizens have been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally, including Presidential citations and awards. He was commissioned January 14, 1991 as Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp, Governor's Staff, State of Georgia, by His Excellency Zell Miller, Governor. Bishop Madison leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 32 years, Ms. Elizabeth D. Madison; and the countless number of members, friends, and well-wishers who have benefited from his ministry. Public viewing of Bishop Madison will be held Wednesday, April 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the United House of Prayer, 1269 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, Ga.; Thursday, April 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the United House of Prayer, 2321 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, N.C.; Friday, April 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the United House of Prayer, 1811 Ivy Avenue, Newport News, Va.; Saturday, April 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the United House of Prayer, 2320 Eighth Street, New York City, N.Y.; and Sunday, April 13 from 5-9 p.m. at the United House of Prayer, 601 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C. Home going services will be conducted Monday, April 14, 2008 at 12 noon at the United House of Prayer, 601 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's.

The Augusta Chronicle-April 9, 2008