Leona  Pressley
Leona Pressley

September 22, 1928 - November 1, 2020
Born in Georgia
Resided in Baltimore, Maryland


Sun Rise September 2, 1928 | Sunset Novemeber 1, 2020

Born on September 2, 1928, to Steven and S. Cisily Foster Carter of Townsend, Georgia. Leola Pressley was the youngest of 13 children. Her education began at age 4, when she and her older sister, Alzada, were sent to live with relatives so they could attend the Dorchester Academy in Midway, Georgia. When Alzada graduated, Leola returned home to Townsend where she finished junior high in the local school system.

In 1943, the Carters moved their family to Pleasantville, New Jersey. There, she attended and graduated from Pleasantville High School, in the Class of 1946. Approximately three years after graduation, Mother Pressley moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to live and work with her sister, Alzada, and brother-in-law, Sidney Trosclaire, who had earlier opened a corner grocery store in the 4200 block of Aspen Street. There she met her husband, Anthony S. “Tony” Pressley, Jr. when he came into the grocery store.

A few years later, they founded the West Philadelphia Barber and Beauty Supply and were blessed with other businesses and rental properties. Interestingly, the lead singer of the internationally renowned vocal group “The Delfonics” worked as one of the barbers in their barber shop. The group rehearsed in the shop after hours until they entered into a contract with a Philadelphia-based record company.

In September, 1965 the couple moved to the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia, Pa. with their six children. At that time, the Pressley family expressed their faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and attended the Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Brooklyn, NY.

"We lived by the scripture our dad introduced to us, ...choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. - Joshua 25:15 KJV."

In 1987, Leola Pressley became the First Lady of the Apostolic Faith House of Prayer church located at the corner of Stratford and Owen Avenues in Lansdowne, Pa. She served faithfully in various ministries until the passing of her beloved husband in 1998.

Afterwards, Mother Pressley attended First Church of Love, Faith, and Deliverance in North Philadelphia. Later, she was honored to serve as Church Mother of the Anointed Dove Full Gospel Baptist Church in Picayune, Miss., a church pastored by her son, Bishop Dr. Anthony S. Pressley, lll.

In 2005, Mother Pressley moved from Philadelphia to Slidell La., closer to her son and his family. As her health declined, she relocated to Glen Allen, Va. in 2015, and again in 2017 to the Washington, D.C. area. These moves placed her closer to more of her children and their families.

The Lord called dear Mother Pressley home on November 1, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, her beloved husband Reverend Anthony S. Pressley, Jr. and youngest daughter Myra Pressley-Edmonds. Left to honor her life and cherish her memory are her children, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
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Philadelphia, PA US 19082
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