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Elder Eva Elizabeth Floyd Luster was born to Thomas Anderson Floyd and Annie Mary Johns Floyd Dobbins in Nashville, Tenn., on March 6, 1945.
She is the widow of the late Deacon Butch Luster II. He was the love of her life! They were united in Holy Matrimony on March 28, 1966.
Elder Luster accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Rodger Heights Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles H. Fitzgerald, Dean of the American Theological Baptist Seminary.
Elder Luster united with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of her uncle and Rev. H. P. Miller and later served under the leadership of Rev. Lucius Barber. She held many offices including The Mother's Board, Choir and was an active member of The Wood River Baptist Association.
In her later years, she and her husband united with St. James Free Will Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor A. L. Swanigan. In 1996, Elder Luster accepted her calling to the ministry. After many years of study and serving in various offices, on May 4, 2000, Elder Luster was Licensed and Ordained as an Elder of the Gospel by the Ecclesiastical Council of Terre Haute District Conference of the Western Division of Free Will Baptist Inc.
Until her health began to decline, she served as Interim Pastor, and a member and officeholder of the Minister's Alliance.
Elder Luster graduated from Haynes High School in Nashville, Tenn.; she received "The I Dare You Award" in Chicago, and later received a degree in practical nursing from DACC along with other certifications. Elder Luster was a life member of the Parents & Teachers Association; she served as president for two terms and also held other positions. She was a member of Golden Seniors Auxiliary of Laura Lee Fellowship House. She served as Sunday School superintendent and was a Sunday School teacher.
Elder Luster's main interests were knitting, sewing, canning, cooking, crocheting and studying the scriptures.
Elder Luster leaves to cherish her loving memory six children, Eva M., Edith E., Ellen K. (Thomas) of Georgia, Butch (Tammy) of South Carolina, Evonne N., and Benjamin S.; two godchildren, Katina Hale of Indiana and Thomas Roundtree of Illinois; seven grandchildren, DeAntrae (Trae), Elexis (Pebbs), LaDarius (Derr), Xavier (Zay), Evian (Ehvy) and husband Jovanie (Jeo), Evan (Van), and Elizabeth (Ann); god-grandchildren Cory and the girls; two great grandchildren, T'Drianah (Butler) and Charisma (Chi-Chi); special nephews, TreShaun, Isiah, T.T., Damon and David Echols; special nieces, Nicole, Feleshia and Tanija Buckner; a sister, Cora Manning of Nashville, Teen.; two sisters-in-law, Deloris Luster of Danville and Clara (Agustus) Johnson of Champaign; special friends, Mother Shirley Higgins, Minister Carolyn Johns, Mother Mami Brown, Sister Jerry Ruth Lewis, Elder Alice Walker and Rev. Dr. Evelyn Underwood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a baby, her parents, a stepfather, brothers, one sister, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
A Celebration of Life will commence at noon Monday, April 10, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Officiating: Rev. Dr. Evelyn B. Underwood. Entombment: Spring Hill Cemetery. A public viewing will commence from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., Danville.
Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
Published on April 7, 2017
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