Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our brother, Rev. Amos Cambric Jr., died on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Brother Amos served in ministry in the Kentucky, Northern Illinois, Western Ohio, and South Indiana Conferences before transferring into the California-Nevada Conference in 1957. In our Conference he served the following United Methodist Churches in the state of California: Edison Manor and St. Mark’s United Methodist churches in Fresno and Downs Memorial in Oakland. He then served in appointments beyond the local church as the Affirmative Action Officer for the City of Oakland and the City of Berkeley. This work focused on federally funded programs, such as Neighborhood Youth Core, Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA), senior programs and grant writing for the Dept. of Recreation and Community Services. He then served at Ridgeview UMC, in San Francisco, CA and Grace UMC, in Oakland, CA. During his time at Grace UMC, he also worked for the City of Berkeley as Associate Administrative Analyst, Individual Monitoring Unit. He retired in 1986.
Prior to beginning ministry, Rev. Cambric volunteered in the U.S. Army and was called into active duty in 1941, with assignment to the 25th Infantry Regiment, 93rd Infantry Division, Ft. Huachuca, AZ. He was a World War II veteran who served his country in three tours overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Pastor Amos was an avid S.F. Giants fan, and a patron of the Oakland Symphony. He also delighted in following the history of African American baseball leagues, as well as in the stories of African American cowboys.
He is survived by his children, Marsha Cambric Cook of El Cerrito CA, Vicki Cambric Frazier of Pittsburg CA, and by 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Carol Davenport in 2001, and his former wife, Zenobia Cambric in 2003. Condolences may be sent to Marsha Cambric Cook at 5676 Ludwig Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530.
Due to the pandemic, the date and time for a memorial is to be determined.
Gifts in memory of Rev. Amos Cambric Jr. may be sent to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068, New York, New York 10087-9068, https://www.umcor.org/
Let us continue to give God thanks for Amos’s life and witness and hold his family close in prayer. In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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