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Pink “Dee” Shreves

Pink “Dee” Shreves, 84, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

Pink was born on November 11, 1926, in Brashear, Texas, to James David Shreves and Dannie Annabell (Crane) Shreves. He grew up in Brashear and attended Brashear Schools. In January of 1969 he married Gloria Agulera and they made their home in Palmer. He served his country proudly in two branches of the military, he served with the United State Navy from 1944 until 1946 and also with the United States Army where he was honorably discharged in 1950.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria A. Shreves; two sons: Danny Shreves of Quilan, Texas and David Shreves of Washington, Indiana; three daughters: Delores Creamer of Kaufman, Brenda Wright of Kaufman and Nora Jaramillo of McKinney; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, twelve brothers and sisters and one granddaughter.

Rev. Pink D Shreves was working with Rev. Woody Gibbs at Gethsemane Church in 1950’s. In 1958 they began the United Christian Fellowship Inc., How it all began, Two young men started out to visit an inmate at a state prison. They were sure God had directed their steps, and they expected to go right in and encourage and support this inmate. But there were laws, regulations, restrictions, that prevented a free flow of service for God. These two young men were not allowed to enter the prison—or any other state institution—that day. They didn’t have the proper credentials—and the denomination in which one of them had carried papers said they could preach only in a church of that denomination! So they couldn’t get papers easily. Rev. Pink D. Shreves spoke suddenly. “Well, we’ll fix that.” He told his friend, Rev. W. W. (Brother Woody) Gibbs, “Let’s issue our own papers. Find out what we need to do to make the papers legally sound so that the state will honor them. I will pay the costs to start an organization.” They found an attorney in a small town near Dallas who would help them. After a telephone call and a short drive, they presented their plan to incorporate a new organization that would provide assistance to independent ministers. In late 1958, the United Christian Fellowship (UCF) became an instrument in the hands of God. Brother Pink D. Shreves paid for the charter, the attorney, and all incidental expenses for the fledgling association. (Brother Woody told me that Brother D was “there all the way, pushing me on and providing the support I needed.”) The purpose of the new ministry was simple. The leaders wanted freedom from denominational or manmade restrictions. They wanted to preach when and where God led. They loved to worship freely as God led in the services. They wanted to work together with anyone who served God. Brother Woody, always wanted everyone to feel welcome, and he always wanted to help everyone whose purpose was the glory of God. They may be a preacher or a layman with a “ministry” in nursing homes, prisons, to battered women, homeless individuals or even a one-on-one type of service. The new group had at least one restriction: Ministry of whatever kind must be biblically correct. No manmade regulations would prevent their preaching where God leads. Rev. Pink D. Shreves is the last of the United Christian Fellowship founders to leave this earth and go to the great meeting in the air. What a legacy our brother has left, the United Fellowship Inc. is still in full operation, edifying the body of Christ.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 29, 2011 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Palmer. A Celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel in Palmer with Bro. David Gibbs officiating. Interment will follow at the Palmer Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.


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