SCLC leader Howard Creecy Jr. dies at 57
Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., prominent Atlanta minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died suddenly Thursday, 28 June 2011.
Creecy, 57, took the helm at the SCLC on Jan. 30 of this year. Acknowledging that the SCLC had suffered internal divisions in recent years, he made it his mission to refocus the group in the 21st century.
Creecy, a third-generation preacher, was senior pastor at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta for 26 years. He joined his father at Olivet Church in 2002, where he continued preaching until his death. Growing up, Creecy recalled eating dinner with the titans of the civil rights movement, including Revs. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and Joseph Lowery, around his father’s dinner table. He was a graduate of Morehouse College and earned a doctor of divinity degree from Abotra Bible Institute and Seminary. In addition to his duties at Olivet, Creecy was director of the Office of Chaplain Services for Atlanta Fulton County Government, the organization’s highest ranking ecclesiastical position: the first African-American in the county’s history to serve in that capacity.
"Throughout the years, Rev. Creecy inspired and touched everyone he came in contact with. He was a pastor, mentor, friend and confidante to many, including me," Mayor Kasim Reed said.
Creecy is survived by his wife, Yolanda Grier Creecy, and two children.