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Bishop Eddie L. Long died on Jan. 15 after battling an aggressive form of cancer, months after celebrating his 29th pastoral anniversary. The oft celebrated and criticized pastor was 63.

The pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church led a congregation of 25,000 members at its height.

Bishop Gary Oliver celebrated the life of Long yesterday during Sunday service.

“Just because our leader died doesn’t mean we died,” Oliver, pastor of Tabernacle of Praise church in Fort Worth, Texas, and “spiritual son” of Long, told the congregation during the service.

Long’s New Birth family will continute to celebrate his life and legacy over the next few days, holding a visitation and funeral on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

f you’re planning to pay your respects this week in person or via the streamed funeral service, here are a few things you should know:

Where will the funeral be held?

The funeral will take place at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located at 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia.

Will the service be live streamed?

Yes. The service will be streaming on newbirth.org under the “Watch Live” tab.

What time does the funeral start?

The funeral program starts at 11 a.m Jan 25. Long will lie in repose 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. prior to the funeral.

Is there visitation before the day of the funeral?

New Birth will host a visitation from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Jan. 24, one day before the funeral.

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source: ajc.com

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