By Chinta Strausberg
Visitation services for Lorraine Jakes the mother of Rev. Paul Jakes, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, 531 North Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60612, headed by her son.
The wake will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, November 7, 2015 followed by the funeral services at the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church 2901 West Monroe, Chicago, Il 60612.
Mrs. Jakes made her transition 11:35 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Mercy Hospital at the age of 81.
Born in Chicago to the parents of Hollis and Lovie Boggus on September 1, 1934, the mother of two, was a retired pre-school Chicago schoolteacher. On June 16, 1957, she parried the “love of her life,” Paul L. Jakes, who nicknamed his wife “Sweet Lorraine.
Educated in Chicago Public Schools, Mrs. Jakes attended the Gladstone Elementary and McKinley High Schools. During her senior year of high school, she participated in the student work-study program where she was employed at Carson Pirie Scott & Company in the Loop. After high school, she attended the Herzl Junior College. She went on to attend the Loop Junior College and Malcolm X College focusing on early childhood development.
After college, she ultimately became the lead teacher at the Marillac House, the Beacon House, the Jessie Thomas Daycare Center, Church of God Daycare and the Montessori Daycare.
Ending a 25-year career in early childhood development, Mrs. Jakes went back to school along with her husband to study Christian education and graduated with a certificate of studies in Christian Education from the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Jakes played in the Baptist church for nearly 70-years.
According to her son, Mrs. Jakes gave her life to Christ when she was just 12-years-old and began playing for Mount Union Baptist Church, under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. C.W. Jones, at the age of 14. She played the piano at New Tabernacle of Faith for 48-years. The National Baptist Convention honored Mrs. Jakes for her longevity in the musical field.
Reflecting on his mother, Rev. Jakes said, “Mama played for some recording artists like Mahalia Jackson and Elder James Lennox. She made her first record at Rev. Mootry’s church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Jakes often shared her musical talents by also playing for church worship services, district associations, the Westside Minister’s Conference and the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education where she played before an audience of more than 50,000 people. She also played for the evening radio broadcasts of the mount Carmel Baptist Church.
“My fondest memory of my mom was running in our backyard. I was 17, and I challenged her to a race, and she beat me,” mused Jakes.
His brother, Rev. Martin Jakes, pastor of the Light of the World Church International located in Atlanta, also shared his best memories of his mother. “She was a praying woman.
“Before Paul and I were born, my mother asked the Lord, “If you give me sons, I will give them back to you. She always prayed for her boys. She would call me and say, “Martin I’m praying for you.” She had a prophetic spirit on her,” said Rev. Martin Jakes.
But there was a lighter side to their mother. Rev. Martin Jakes took another trip down memory lane and said, “My mother loved to play with us when we were young. She would run round the house and chase after us. She loved to kiss on us all the time. I have a lot of deep memories.
“My mother was directly responsible for me taking music lessons. She prayed a prayer over me to take music lessons,” said Rev. Martin Jakes. “My mother’s prayer room would be in her favorite chair. There were times I would hear her praying when I was upstairs playing and that continued all the way until her death.
Rev. Paul Jakes added, “Mama would pray all the way from home to church.” His brother added, “She was a praying woman.”
Mrs. Jakes leaves to mourn two sons, Rev. Paul Jakes and Rev. Martin Jakes, and a number of friends and relatives.
Photo: Lorraine Jakes
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.