Pastor John Allen Jasper, 74, husband of Minister Linda Scott Jasper, departed this earthly life on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Tuomey Medical Center, Sumter. Pastor John Allen Jasper was born on February 20, 1937 in Sumter to Rev. Thomas Starlin Jasper and Fannie Sander Jasper. The twelfth of thirteen siblings, John was described as an energetic, determined and hardworking young man. Family members describe how John could command an audience with his preaching abilities as early as five years old. He attended Rafting Creek Elementary School, Ebenezer High School and fought in the Korean War by 1953 where he was honored with the Good Conduct and Marksmen Metal of Honor from the United States Army.
In 1961 Pastor Jasper was ordained Deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in New York City. In 1963, the same year of his honorable discharge from the military, Pastor Jasper was officially ordained as a Minister and appointed Pastor from 1965 – 1967. In 1968 he established his own congregation, Holy Revelation Baptist Church, and became infamous for his cutting edge commitment to the teaching of the principles of Christ and his innovative, no holds barred style of preaching and Pastoring.
Pastor Jasper is famous for being a hardworking man-of-God, who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Characterized by many as a man with super-human strength, he was employed by the Alpha Corporation and also opened his own cleaning company – Jasper Cleaning Services. Pastor Jasper’s cleaning company served the likes of celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Wilson Pickett and established his name throughout the metropolitan area as an individual who managed a company that served with great integrity.
Pastor Jasper, known for his charismatic personality and good looks met the beautiful and soft spoken Linda Scott and married her in 1992. This powerhouse team relocated to Rembert SC and opened Holy Revelation Tabernacle in 1995.
Pastor Jasper is widely remembered for his gruff voice, hard hitting truth, boldness and uncommon common sense. He had no problems sharing the full truth if he believed it was beneficial for an individual’s personal growth and development. With a great sense of humor, sharp wit and the skills of a griot, Pastor Jasper could weave the most wonderful stories and tales that would have a crowd hysterical with laughter. His statuettes physic, signature goatee and all-around prominence will be cherished and remembered by those who had the wonderful opportunity to be in his company forever.
Pastor Jasper was a devoted husband, father, uncle and grandfather, who leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Minister Linda Scott Jasper; siblings, Joseph (Geneva) Jasper, Pastor Clara Counsel, and Mother Maggie Osborne, all of South Carolina; his children, Pastor Sharnay (Clyde) Teasley of Pennsylvani,; Pastor Jeffrey Jasper of North Carolina, Andre’ (Maricruz) Dotson of Florida, Minister Cheryl Wickens, Licole Dotson, Minister Markello “Dwayne” (Josephette) Dotson all of South Carolina; Mother-in-law, Mother Mary Phillips of South Carolina; daughters-in-love, Teresa Jasper and Tressa Jasper both of New York; Grandchildren: Tyesha Jasper, Angel Jasper, Janee Jasper, Jasmine Jasper, Zoe Jasper, Monique Vickers, Tiarra Teasley, Deneice Wickens, Linda Wickens, Shayna Wickens, Destiny Dotson, Andre Dotson, Jr., Infinity Dotson, Demetrius Dotson, Octavia Dotson, Dominique Dotson, Henry Dotson, Tamiya Dotson and Jasmine Dotson; Great-Grandchildren: Reilly and Kyla; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the extended church family.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, February 18, 2012 from the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 Highway 261 North, Rembert with the Reverend Melvin Mack, Pastor, presiding, Apostle Jeffery Jasper, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Edward L. Sanders, Rev. Willie Bellamy, Elder Clarence McCall, Elder Fred Pressley and Apostle Jerry Murphy.
The family is receiving friends at the family home 6250 Jasper Drive, Rembert.
The funeral cortege will leave from the family home at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Interment will be 9:30 a. m., Monday, February 20, 2012 in the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia..