Arrington, Pastor Harold A. Was born April 25, 1934 to Jonelle Ganns and Wardeles Marvel in Chicago, Illinois. His mother raised him and his younger sister, Lyndell, on the south side of Chicago in the Bronzeville community. He graduated from Forrestville Elementary and Tilden Technical High School. He attended Wilson Junior College and the American Conservatory of Music. He also sang with the Negro Opera Ensemble and performed at the Civic Opera House. He accepted Christ as a young teen. He married the love of his life, Barbara Jones, and they were devoted to each other for 60 years. They raised 3 daughters and 6 sons in their family home in Dixmoor, IL. He was employed throughout the years as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority, insurance salesman, and a general contractor. He believed in creating jobs and was theFounder and Owner of Bethany Bus Lines bus transportation company. He loved to tell how he stepped out on faith and started a bus company before he had a bus. He founded Bethel Gospel Tabernacle church and touched thousands of youth through Vacation Bible School and avidly supporting foreign missions and established a residential rehabilitation program for men called "Page One" where they could be set free from alcohol and drug addictions through the power of God. Pastor Arrington pioneered the first local preaching of the gospel from Chicago television station WCIU Channel 26 with the "Impact" television broadcast in 1970.For 25 years he also hosted a radio program on 92.3 and 106.3 named, "The Tabernacle Hour," affectionately known as "America's Prayer Meeting of the Air" where people called in for prayer and untold thousands of lives were changed and transformed through the power of God. Many people were saved, healed, and delivered. He would often have old fashioned tent meetings in the summer where he would lay hands on drug addicts and those with other vices and issues and see them set free by the power of almighty God. He was an old school preacher who simply believed and boldly proclaimed all of God's word from traditional marriage to clean living, faithfulness, living within your financial means, and actively looking for the return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He leaves to cherish and honor his memory his beloved wife, Barbara Arrington; sons, Harold, Philip, John (Joy), Paul (Denise), Timothy, and Michael (Doreen, deceased); daughters, Pamela, Deborah, and Barbara; sister, Lyndell Monroe; grandchildren, Maurice, April, John Jr., Luke, Barbara, Kaylynn, Timotheus, and Christyana; great-grandchildren, Alisha, Aleah, Amber, and Avant; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, and his entire Bethel Gospel Tabernacle Family of sons and daughters. Visitation Friday, January 24th 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday January 25th; wake will begin at 10:00 a.m. and funeral at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, 14931 Lincoln, Harvey, IL. Arrangements entrusted to W.W. Holt Funeral Home, 175 W. 159th St., Harvey, IL 60426 (708)331-0310.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 23, 2014