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Bishop Joseph Dixon Cauthen

Calvary Cemetery
Section 25, Block 25, Lot 160, Space E CTR
(February 21, 1887- July 3rd, 1974)

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Bishop Cauthen was born in Kershaw, North Carolina in 1887. He received his education at Clinton Junior College, Livingstone College, and Hood Theological Seminary.  For many years he served as the pastor of the Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Norfolk, which was located at the corner of Pulaski Street and Brambleton Avenue. In 1956, he was appointed a Bishop and served in this capacity until his retirement in Mobile, Alabama in 1972. After his retirement, he returned to Norfolk. He died two years later, several days after speaking at a service held by his former congregation to celebrate paying off the church’s mortgage. He was married to Georgia L. Cauthen (1912-1964).  In Norfolk, they resided at 2843 Springfield Avenue. They are interred together at Calvary. They had a daughter, Muriel C Howell and a son, Dr. Joseph D. Cauthen Jr. (1928-1986) who is interred with them.

Bishop Cauthen
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Jul 20, 1974;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 10

6 Bishops At Rites For Bishop Joseph Cauthen
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Jul 13, 1974;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 1

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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