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Pastor Harold Richard Cosby

Pastor Harold Richard Cosby
  • December 24, 1932 - April 17, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Harmony Missionary Baptist Church
    292 McAllister Rd.
    Battle Creek, MI 49014
  • Jackson Camp Memorial Foundation
    c/o Jerry & Bonnie McNutt
    370 County Road 113
    Tishomingo, MS 38873

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Harold R. Cosby, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan and formerly of Tishomingo, Mississippi went home to his Lord & Savior on April 17, 2017 after receiving wonderful care at Advantage Living Center.

Harold was born December 24, 1932 in Tishomingo, Mississippi to John H. and Lois F. (Shackelford) Cosby. He grew up in Tishomingo and was a 1952 graduate of Tishomingo High School. He attended Union University in Jackson, TN; Northeast Mississippi Community College; Mississippi State; Southeastern Baptist College; and Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. In 1951, while in high school, Harold was called to do God's work and he got involved in the ministry. Harold came to Battle Creek in 1956, and became the Pastor at Battle Creek Missionary Baptist Church, later known as Harmony Baptist Church. He has been the Pastor for 60 years. He retired as a systems development manager at the former Transamerica Insurance Group in Battle Creek after 29 years. He represented Transamerica to many business groups.

Surviving are two aunts, Betty Cosby of Tishomingo, MS; Clora Westbrook of Meridian, MS; and numerous cousins and their families. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, three uncles, six aunts and four first cousins.

Harold was a dedicated, loving Baptist Pastor, who was very generous to those in need with his time and his own earthly possessions. Harold was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. He lovingly shepherded his congregation for the past 33 years and is survived by a congregation who will miss him dearly. Harold enjoyed gospel music, gardening, working with the Youth Camp, and writing.

Friends will be received 12:30–1:30 p.m. Friday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017.

Friends will be received 10:00-11:00 a.m. Friday at Jackson Camp Baptist Church, Tishomingo, MS; where funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 28, 2017. Interment will follow at Jackson Camp Cemetery, near or on property his great great-grandfather homesteaded. Arrangements by Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, MS.

Memorial contributions in memory of Harold may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, 292 McAllister Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49014; or Jackson Camp Memorial Foundation, c/o Jerry & Bonnie McNutt, 370 County Road 113, Tishimingo, MS 38873. Personal messages for the family may
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