Reverend P. Bell Ellis Alston Perry Burt, daughter of the late Mr. Sylvester Parks Perry Thomas Burt, Jr. and Mrs. Essie Pauline Ellis Bell Person Alston Burt was born September 29, 1948. She departed this earthly life March 5, 2019.
Rev. P. Burt attended Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York for three years where the late Rev. Ernest E. Brown was the pastor. She also attended Brooklyn Tabernacle Deliverance Center in Brooklyn, New York under the leadership of the founder the late Dr. C.R. Johnson. She thought this was her true somewhere. She attended for ten years and graduated from the Community Bible Institute, which was also founded by Pastor Dr. C. R. Johnson. In 1984, she became a member of the Evangelist Team at the Gospel Blessing Center of Roosevelt, Long Island, New York where Dr. Melvin C. Walker was the pastor. She was active in the ministry until her mission in life changed and was forced to return to her native land. The Lord gave her a mission that lead her back to Louisburg, North Carolina. That mission consisted of pulling together a few churches in a ministry called “People Winning People”. The vision of uniting people together reached it’s height in July 1992. She continued on these efforts to the end.
She fulfilled another mission on August 14, 1993. She proposed to have a street in Hempstead County named after a great leader, our ambassador, Rev. Dr. Melvin C. Walker. She did more than instrument this proposal. She took the bull by the horns and wrote the president of the United States, Mayor David Denkins of New York City and the Mayor of Hempstead Long Island. Following through on the vision given to her, it came to pass and it gained a lot of attention. The President acknowledged this great leader by writing a letter of commendation. As a God woman servant, she served as an Associate Minister at the Freedom and Deliverance Outreach Ministries in Louisburg, North Carolina where Rev. Lorenzo N. Peterson was founder and pastor. The primary goal of that ministry was evangelism which remained a continual part of the mission the Lord had for her life. The Ministry of event evangelizing was birth in her spirit many years ago. She looked forward to continually serving people and surrendering her life to the work of the ministry.
Before her home going, she pastored and mentored about twenty-five children. She was given a building in Centerville by Mrs. Janie Vick-Penderman to use for a community outreach bible study center. This was located near the same area Rev. P. Burt was born and came every summer to help her late grandmother Lone Bell Ellis-Alston and her late grandfather Lonnie Alston.
Rev. P. Burt graduated from Wilfred Academy in 1979, licensed as a cosmetologist. In 1989 she received a Bachelor Degree in Theology and ordained as a minister. In 1990, she graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with an AAS Degree in Fashion Design, with a specialty in making hats. After completing her training, she utilized the gift that God gave her by starting her own business “Burt’s Awesome and Unique Designers Association”. With the help of the Lord she alone designed and made the attire for a wedding party of ten ladies including the mother’s outfit and accessories. That was truly one of the biggest challenges of her career as a fashion designer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and her beloved grandson, Louis J. Swinger.
She leaves to cherish wonderful memories: her one and only daughter, Mrs. Cassandra C. Dymon of Atlanta, GA; her only granddaughter, Ms. Shaneice Ross; four great grandchildren; one brother, Rev. Waverly Burt, Sr. and his wife, Rev. Sandra B. Burt; two sisters, Evangelist Ella M. Burt-Buchanan and Mrs. Tahira Burt Howard and her husband, Curtis; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, many other relatives and friends.