A funeral for the Rev. Whitfield Washington Jr., longtime pastor of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church, 467 William St.
Mr. Washington died Friday in his Buffalo home. He was 64.
Born in Ida Mae, W.Va.,he moved to Buffalo with his family in the early 1950s.
Mr. Washington graduated from Grover Cleveland High School. He preached his first sermon in 1961 and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1963.
He attended the Buffalo Bible College and was a graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., where he started his pastoral ministry.
Upon his return to Buffalo, Mr. Washington was hired by the Boy Scouts of America to serve as director of field service for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, a position he held for 22 years. A former Boy Scout, as a youth he worked as a camp counselor over consecutive summers and was an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Washington served as interim pastor for several area churches before accepting a permanent position as pastor of First Calvary Missionary in 1973. He remained as pastor for 34 years.
He served as president of Great Lakes District, Buffalo Baptist Ministers Conference; vice president of Area Two, Empire State Convention; and president of the Town Gardens Development board of directors.
He supported programs to fight drug abuse, as well as an after-school enrichment program and door-to-door evangelism.
Mr. Washington married Marcia Muldrow on Feb. 11.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Curt, Whitfield III, Teddy Bolling and Michael Warren; a daughter, Patti Bolling; and a stepdaughter, Marquisha Mushat.