Funeral services are set for Barbara Brewton Cameron

Officials at the church she founded say they expect a large crowd, including international guests and national recording artists.

Funeral services for Barbara Brewton Cameron are set for noon Saturday, Dec. 13, at Forest Hill Church on Park Road.

With a sanctuary that seats more than 2,000 people, Forest Hill was chosen for its size, said Blease Turner, an associate pastor at Community Outreach Christian Ministries, which Cameron founded.

“We are expecting a great crowd,” he said. “So many hearts have been touched by her.”

Turner said he expected guests from around the nation and world, including some recording artists. He declined to be more specific.

Cameron was best known, perhaps, as the woman who challenged drug gangs in the 1980s in a crusade to clean up the infamous Double Oaks community, which at the time was one of the nation’s most crime-riddled neighborhoods. A portion of the area was later renamed Genesis Park, a nod to its new beginning.

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Cameron died last week in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke while visiting one of her daughters over the Thanksgiving holiday.

She was in her early 60s.

Cameron, an ordained minister, later founded Community Outreach, which operates the Harvest Center, a west Charlotte charity that provides food, clothing, literacy classes and health screenings for the poor.

The Harvest Center was closed this week in tribute to Cameron’s life, Turner said.

“It’s difficult to get our arms around, it was so sudden,” he said.

The church has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Community Outreach, mailed to P.O. Box 16714, Charlotte, N.C., 28297.

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The Harvest Center last year served more than 58,000 hot meals, and more than 15,000 people used its food pantry, Turner said. Another 72 people received screenings for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. Some 715 got free haircuts.

Asked about Cameron’s legacy, Turner said the church is committed to continuing the work she began.

“The most important thing we can do to honor a great woman of God is to keep her vision alive,” he said.

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