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Melody Barksdale

October 17, 1947 — February 2, 2024

REV. MELODY P BARKSDALE BORN ON OCTOBER 17,1947 WAS PROMOTED FROM LABOR TO REWARD ON FEBRUARY 2, 2024 AT HEALTHALLIANCE (BENEDICTINE) HOSPITAL IN KINGSTON N.Y.

DAUGHTER OF THE LATE ETHEL MAY BARKSDALE, SHE WAS BORN IN BEACON N.Y. SHE WAS RAISED BY HER GRANDMOTHER MARY CONNELLY BARKSDALE AND THEY LIVED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLACES BEFORE SETTLING IN KINGSTON N.Y.

REV. MELODY BARKSDALE WAS A MEMBER OF PARADISE SOUL SAVING STATION, KINGSTON N.Y. WHERE SHE WAS FIRST LICENSED TO PREACH. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS, SHE CAME TO NEW CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH AND BECAME A MEMBER UNDER THE LATE REV. A.L. COSTON WHERE SHE BECAME AN ORDAINED MINISTER AND A REVEREND AFTER YEARS OF GOING TO SCHOOL AND RECEIVING HER MASTERS OF THEOLOGY.

SHE WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AT THE KINGSTON ARTIST GROUP AS A RECEPTIONIST, KINGSTON AREA LIBRARY AS A LIBRARIAN ASSISTANT AND THEN UP UNTIL HER RETIREMENT IN 2019 AT THE FAMILY OF WOODSTOCK. SHE WAS ALSO A TEACHER AT THE ELLENVILLE BIBLE INSTITUTE.

REV. MELODY BARKSDALE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN OF GOD WHO LOVED TO PRAISE THE LORD AND LOVED HER FAMILY.

SHE LEAVES TO CHERISH HER MEMORY: HER DAUGHTER, PAULETTE SCOTT, KINGSTON NY, HER SONS TERRANCE (ANISSA) BARKSDALE, PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA, AND MICHAEL BARKSDALE, WISCONSIN, TWO BROTHERS, ROGER BARKSDALE WATERBURY CT, AND STERLING BARKSDALE POUGHKEEPSIE NY. 8 GRANDCHILDREN, SEVERAL NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND COUSINS. TWO VERY SPECIAL FRIENDS; REV. INEZ VANDYKE AND PASTOR MARY GUNTHER.

REV MELODY BARKSDALE WAS PREDECEASED BY HER MOTHER, ETHEL BARKSDALE, GRANDMOTHER, MARY CONNELLY BARKSDALE, BROTHERS, WILLIAM AND DAVID BARKSDALE AND SISTERS, MARGUERITE BARKSDALE WRIGHT AND ARLENE WIMBERLY.

SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2024 AT 11AM AT NEW CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 229 E STRAND STREET, KINGSTON, NY 12401. A TRIBUTE FOR REV. MELODY BARKSDALE CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.KEYSERFUNERALSERVICE.COM, WHERE YOU MAY LEAVE MEMORIES AND EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY FOR HERFAMILY.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

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