[Funeral Program for A. Bernard Devers I, December 16, 2009] Page: 2 of 12
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Dr. A. Bernard Devers I was born on May 10,1946, in Greenwood, Louisiana. He
was the eighth and last child born to Clarence and Juanita Devers. He attended the
local schools, and graduated from the Walnut Hill High School in Shreveport,
Louisiana in 1963. Pastor Devers accepted Christ at an early age, and was baptized,
at the age of 9, at the Union Chapel Baptist Church in Waskom, Texas.
Pastor Devers served in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1964 to 1967,
and received an Honorable Discharge. He was united in marriage to Deleria Glover
in 1967, and to this union, four children were born.
Pastor Devers was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature (1975),
and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education (1989), and a Doctorate of
Divinity from United Theological Seminary of Monroe, Louisiana(1991). He also
received his Doctorate of Divinity from Guadalupe Baptist Theological Seminary in
1993, San Antonio, Texas.
Pastor Devers was called to preach the gospel in 1970. He accepted his calling, and
began his service to the Lord. A dynamic, spirit-filled preacher, Dr. Devers
pastored New Hope Baptist Church, in Portland, Oregon, from 1975 to 1984.
Beginning in 1986, he served as Senior Pastor at the Progressive Missionary Baptist
Church, Seattle, Washington, until the Lord called him to shepherd the West End
Baptist Church, here in San Antonio, Texas, in 1992. A gifted singer, Pastor Devers
served as lead vocalist for the Mighty Warriors Spiritual Singers of Seattle,
In 2002, Pastor Devers was joined in marriage with his soul mate, Ms. Wanda F.
Smith, of Portland, Oregon.
Pastor Devers was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Juanita Devers,
his brother, Marshall Devers, and his son, Rev. Arthur Bernard Devers H.
Dr. Devers leaves to celebrate his life, as well as cherish his memory: the love of his
life, his beloved wife, Sis. Wanda F. Devers, two daughters, Vipa Sherman (David)
and Demika Devers, both of San Antonio, Texas, two sons, Rev. Demetrius Devers
(Christy), Seattle, Washington, and William Jackson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He also leaves his two sisters, Martha Downs (Leo), San Antonio, Texas, and Settie
Dorsey, Los Angeles, California; and four brothers, C. M. Devers, Blanchard,
Louisiana, John Henry Devers (Ruby), Compton, California, Larry Devers (Alarie),
Atlanta, Georgia, and Raymond Devers (Billy), Scottsville, Texas. Dr. Devers also
leaves 2 stepdaughters, Pearl Smith and Jamillia Farrakhan, and a host of
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
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