It is with our most profound condolences that the Clark-Williams Funeral Home Family announce the passing of
Mother Judy D. Pass of Gore Springs, Mississippi.
Mother Judy Pass, a beloved family matriarch and pillar of her church community, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. She was a devoted well-respected missionary. A true soldier for the Lord with a strong, commanding presence--Mother Pass is best known for leading many souls to salvation through God’s teachings and for blessing us all with her unrivaled cooking.
Mother Pass was born Judy Deloris Green on November 16, 1924 in Grenada County, Mississippi the eldest child of Mary Louise (Perry) Green and Richard Green. Her mother was a well-respected midwife who delivered babies across many county lines in the segregated south. Her father was a hardworking farmer. Mother Pass completed her educational studies at Pleasant Grove School. In 1946, she married Elder Basie Pass, Sr., a World War II veteran and U.S. Railroad employee with whom she would go on to enjoy 48 years of marriage until his death in 1994. To their union was born one son, Basie, Pass, Jr.
In 1952, the family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois. While there, Mother Pass gave her life to the Lord in January 1953. She was saved and sanctified under the auspices of Sr. Bishop George Slack. In June of 1954, she was filled with the Holy Ghost. In 1976, Mother Pass and Elder Pass returned home to Gore Springs, Mississippi to continue their missionary work.
Within her lifetime, God led Mother Pass to accomplish many great works. One day while she was sitting on the steps a voice said unto her, “Study to be quiet, and do your own business, and work with your own hands (I Thessalonians 4:11).” Mother Pass testified, “The Lord will use me in a mighty way!” Soon thereafter, in 1954, she earned a Missionary license. As a faithful member of the Church of God In Christ Congregational Church for 68 years, Mother Pass worked on the finance committee (17 years) and conducted revivals in Edwardsville, IL., Detroit, MI., and Toledo, OH. From 1954 to 1970, she traveled to neighboring churches and sang with the Harps of David singing group.
In recognition of her good deeds, knowledge and commitment to His word, Mother Pass was appointed State Supervisor of the State of Mississippi by Sr. Bishop George Slack and National Supervisor by Sr. Bishop John H. Green.
Outside of church, Mother Pass worked as a domestic housekeeper for many years and had a flair for decorating. She loved new cars, drove fast, and had a soft spot in her heart for all animals...especially her dogs Missy and Jessica. Mother Pass was known far beyond the churchyard and town boundaries for her culinary gift. Admirers traveled far and wide, buying homemade dishes at the Grenada Court Yard for over 30 years. Popular menu items included fried peach and apple pies, hamburgers, caramel and german chocolate cakes and sweet potato pies. She used her God-given talents to fundraise in support of church renovations and discretionary funds.
Mother Judy Deloris Pass passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 96.
Mother Pass’ caring and sincere ways will forever be cherished by those who loved her. Mother Pass’ family legacy includes her devoted husband, Basie Pass, Sr. and son, Basie Pass, Jr. who preceded her in death; brother, Sr. Bishop John H. Green; granddaughter Bernadette Pass of Southfield, MI; grandsons: Basie Pass III of Saginaw, MI, Jason Daenzer (and wife, Jenna) of Atlanta, GA, Bryon Pass of Chicago, IL, Dr. Benjamin Pass (and wife, Byeolee) of Pyeongtaek,South Korea; great-grandchildren: Darbee Pass, Basia Pass, Leila Daenzer, Harrison Daenzer, and Paxton Kim-Woods; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Our dear grandmother left a long and lasting legacy of faith, love, leadership, and hard work. She provided us the example of living an exemplary Christian life--- forever committed to serving the Lord and encouraging all to follow His will and His ways.
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