Dr. Calvin J. Abraham

08/03/1938 - 01/31/2022


Obituary For Dr. Calvin J. Abraham

On Monday January 31, 2022, Heaven’s trumpets sounded to welcome home God’s servant, Rev. Dr. Calvin Jonathan Abraham. He was the shepherd of Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church for 43 years and upon retirement, he was honored with the title of Pastor Emeritus. During his 43-year Pastorate of The Bella Vista Church, he baptized, married, and fellowshipped members in-to the thousands. Throughout his Ministry many have deepened their faith and relationship with God, however it is well noted while during his Pastorate, one of his special gifts was developing men spiritually, in that well over forty baptized believing men accepted their calling into the Gospel Ministry. Several of his spiritual and adopted sons in the ministry serve as Pastors across the country, and others serve from Street Ministries to the United Nations Religious Council.
Jeremiah 3:15 states “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. Pastor Abraham exemplified these words throughout his ministry.

On December 8, 2011, Reverend Abraham released his first autobiography ‘Somewhere to Lay My Head”. Since its release, a copy of his book has been placed in his honor at the U.S. Library of Congress and in the Robert J. Terry Library at Texas Southern University where he was also named via KTSU Christian Today a “Black History Maker. Psalms 119:130 states “The entrance of Thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”, this has been the pillar of Reverend Abraham’s ministry.

Reverend Abraham has received numerous awards and has been featured and interviewed by various media outlets across the country. Some of his special recognitions were being inducted into the Phillis Wheatley High School Hall of Fame during a 2012 Black History Month Celebration, a 2013 featured guest on Great Day Houston as one of Houston’s most inspiring men of Faith, followed by a Houston Chronicle “Belief” featured story. Under Mayor Annise Parker, the City of Houston and City Council unanimously voted to place an Honorary Street Marker bearing the name Abraham located at the corner of 36th Street at Cornell for his 43 year commitment to the Independence Heights community. In gratitude for his faithful service to the Lord and God’s people, the Board of Trustees of Houston Graduate School of Theology honored Reverend Abraham with the seminary’s first ever “Meritorious Service Award” on August 17, 2014. On December 7, 2015, he was honored with a special visit to the White House to meet President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama for his lifetime commitment to ministry. To culminate his life’s journey he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the prestigious Virginia University of Lynchburg during a lifetime achievement service held on October 22, 2017.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Alice Hancock Abraham, his parents Calvin Abraham, Mother Katie Young Davis, Grandmother Ruth Abraham and brother, Vaughn Cook. Pastor Abraham leaves to celebrate his legacy, sons, Michael Abraham (Tina) and Timothy Abraham, daughter in love; Nicole, Seven Grandchildren; Timothy Abraham Jr (Kierra), Nicholas Abraham, Kameron Abraham, Kaylum Abraham, Chase Abraham, Alice Marie Abraham II, and Vincent Mosley. Two Great grandchildren; Evy Abraham and Aiden Abraham. One brother John Cook (Caroline), One sister (Favorite Sister) Edastelle Andress (John), Special Sister in love Cynthia McClain (Gordon), (Special Granny) Doris Glenn. Three godchildren; Christopher Blocker, Raechelle Steward, and Hilaree Foreman. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.
Rev. Dr. Abraham will Lie in State on Friday, 2/11/2022 starting at 1:00 p.m. until 6:45p.m. with Church and Community Memorial, service starting @7:00 p.m. Eulogistic remarks by Pastor Jacari Davis, Pastor of Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church. Homegoing celebration will be Saturday, 2/12/2022@ 12:00 Noon. Pastor Jacari Davis officiating. Pastor Mac Arthur Paul, of Greater Galilee Baptist Church will bring the celebratory message. All services will be held at Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church, 803 E. 36th St., Houston, TX 77022. Both services will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube (Bella Vista MBC).


11 Feb

Body To Lie In State

01:00 PM - 06:45 PM

Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church 803 E 36th St Houston, TX 77022 Get Directions »
11 Feb

Memorial Service

07:00 PM

Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church 803 E 36th St Houston, TX 77022 Get Directions »
12 Feb


10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church 803 E 36th St Houston, TX 77022 Get Directions »
12 Feb


Paradise Cemetery South 2237 Cullen blvd Pearland, TX 77581 Get Directions »
12 Feb

Celebration Of Life

12:00 PM

Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church 803 E 36th St Houston, TX 77022 Get Directions »
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  • 02/11/2022

    Michael and Tim God is with you and family during this season. Love you. My cousin was truly a man of God, unselfishly serving, comforting and loving family. In his quiet, humble and nonjudging demeanor, he always comforted and ministered to family whenever needed. I still remember his message at my father's homegoing celebration over 34 years ago. Definitely our family champion and our family pastor! Whatever our spiritual preferences, we honored Pastor Abraham's spiritual leadership and knew him to be an annointed leader and loving family friend. I remember after an early health scare, our family prayed Pastor Abraham would be able to minister full time. In his recovery, God used that trial so many would witness the large outpouring of the Holy Spirit, evidenced by Pastor's deeply comprehensive and fiery sermons which applied The Word to life situations! I will miss him greatly, but he helped our family to understand that death has no victory over those who know and love God. A life well lived and well loved! Goodnight...Ann

  • 02/10/2022

    Sincere Sympathy Fields Family Houston Texas

  • 02/10/2022

    Praying comfort and condolences to the family of the pastor of my childhood until my 40's. He performed our marriage ceremony. Rev. Abraham was one of a kind and we will always remember him with loving hearts. Rev. Reginald and Elyse Rouzan

  • 02/10/2022

    To the family. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Praying for the family. You all have our deepest sympathy. God Bless. The BURLESON Family

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  • 02/09/2022

    We will always Remember you Rev Abraham and it was always a pleasure visiting your church Sending condolences to the Family on your loss from: The Dixon's

  • 02/08/2022

    May the Lord strengthen and comfort the Family, the Co-Laborers, the Bella Vista Church Family and Friends is my prayer. Alicia Lipscombe

  • 02/06/2022

  • 02/06/2022

    Edastelle and family we know we can't make your pain go away, but we want you to know we're here for you with a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen with, or anything else you may need. We are sending you healing prayers and comforting hugs. We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember your brother who was so close to you. Diane Lanell Fonteneaux, Frankie Fonteneaux Watson and Family

  • 02/06/2022

    My prayers are with the family during your time of sorrow. May God give you the strength needed to face the difficult days ahead. Pastor Abraham touched many lives and generations within the community; he has transitioned from his labor to his reward. 🙏

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