Memorial’s eagle symbolizes late pastor’s goal for congregation

Nell Lamury stands by the memorial to her late husband and pastor of Word of Life Family Church the Rev. Richard “Lee” Lamury. The memorial will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 108 Ryan St., Patterson.
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Rev. Richard “Lee” Lamury

A memorial to the late pastor of Word of Life Family Church, featuring a full-size replica of a soaring eagle, will be dedicated Sunday.
The Rev. Richard “Lee” Lamury, who passed away Dec. 31, was founder of the church and pastor there for 32 years.
Around $16,000 was raised for the memorial featuring the eagle soaring over a brick planter. Lighting and plaques are included as well.
“It would have been more (money) than that, but men from the church donated time and materials,” Lamury’s wife, Nell, said.
The eagle was chosen because “Pastor Lee always said he wanted his congregation not to be chickens because they peck and peck but to be eagles because they soar all day long. He wanted us to be eagles,” she said.
The money for the 9-foot-tall memorial came from members of the church, other churches and donations at his funeral, Nell Lamury said.
One plaque on the planter dedicates the memorial to Lamury, while the other quotes Philippians 2:16, which references the “word of life,” his wife said.
In 1981, the church was founded with a beginning membership of 12 that grew into a congregation of hundreds, according to Lamury’s obituary. During his tenure as pastor, he also led missionary efforts around the world.
Diana Daigle, church member, said “one of my fondest memories of Brother Lee was when he decided to be a part of the Over the Edge for Adoption program.”
The campaign began in March 2013 with the primary goal being to provide 100 adoption-eligible children currently in the Louisiana foster care state program with families from Louisiana’s faith community.
Lamury, Daigle said, raised $3,500 when he rappelled 24 stories from the top of the Capital One building in Baton Rouge.
“Even though he had just learned he needed to have open heart surgery, he did it anyway because he had given his word,” Daigle said.
Lamury was past president of the East St. Mary Ministerial Alliance, as well as holding many other positions within the organization.
He held a bachelor’s degree in science education, a master’s degree in administration and supervision and a doctorate in theology. Before becoming a pastor, he was a teacher and coach at Berwick High School. He later served as the assistant principal at Berwick Junior High.
The memorial will be dedicated at 2 p.m. at the church, 108 Ryan St., in Patterson. The public is invited to attend.

By JEAN L. McCORKLE jmccorkle@daily-review.com

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