Abaco centenarian pastor dies

The Reverend Samuel Sands, MBE, a resident of Sandy Point, Abaco passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 31. The Reverend Sands, 102-years-old, was the pastor of the Mt. Zion Native Baptist Church, Sandy Point, Abaco.


Reverend Sands, who was the Father of the St. John's Native Baptist Society, and formerly District Pastor for the Island of Abaco, was born in Sandy Point on September 14, 1899. He was the sixth child of Horatio Sands of Moore's Island and Martha Sands, nee Dames of Sandy Point, Abaco.

The Reverend Sands was the patriarch of the settlement, an industrious and visionary community leader and a kind and endearing father to many.

The Reverend Sands was recently honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in this year's New Year Honours, with the Award of the British Empire Medal. He has received the Precious Pearl Award for nation- building and is a Stalwart of the St. John's Native Baptist Society.

He is survived by three daughters, Deaconess Isadora Pinder, Rev. Hilda Symonette, and Mrs. Gladys Rolle.

A Memorial Service will be held at the St. John's Native Baptist Cathedral, Meeting Street, New Providence on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:00p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Mt. Zion Native Baptist Church, Sandy Point, Abaco on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 10:00a.m.

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