Bahamian Evangelical Christian evangelist and Pentecostal minister, Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth, who died early last month, will receive a State-recognized funeral when they are buried on Thursday, December 4. In addition, Grammy Award winning gospel singer CeCe Winans is set to perform at the funeral to be held for the couple at the Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center in the Bahamas.
According to the Government of The Bahamas, a state recognized funeral is a government supported funeral accorded to members of parliament, inclusive of the upper chamber (the Senate), serving permanent secretaries and other high ranking public officials or civilians.
The support from the government will come in the form of a live broadcast via radio as well as the attendance of state representatives. The funeral will be open to the public.
Munroe and his wife, Ruth, alongside other passengers on their way to Freeport, Grand Bahama for a conference were killed in a private plane crash on Sunday, November 9. Bahamian officials stated their aircraft struck a crane at a ship yard near Grand Bahama International Airport.
A memorial service would be held on behalf of the Myles on Wednesday, December 3, while the couple would be buried the following day on Thursday, December 4.
The Bahamas Faith Ministries have also revealed that Dr Myles and his wife will be in a closed casket at their memorial service.
The ministries spokesman, Kevin Harris, has revealed that the bodies of Munroe and his wife would not be opened for view out of respect for the family, who have decided not to have the caskets open.
The burial ceremony of other passengers who lost their lives in the plane mishap kicked off on Saturday, November 23 with the burial of co-pilot, Franhkan Cooper. The Parks family who lost their son, his wife, and the unborn baby buried the deceased on Wednesday, November 26 while the pilot, Stanley Thurston, was interred on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
Myles’ partner and Senior Vice President of the ministry, Dr. Richard Pinder, will be laid to rest tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2.
Thursday’s funeral will be preceded by a daylong schedule of activities on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when the bodies of Munroe and his wife will lie in repose at Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to noon members of the Munroe family and senior government officials will pay their respects in a private ceremony while the general public will be allowed to sign a book of condolence from noon until 5 p.m.
A national memorial will start one hour later at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium Oaks Field Sporting Complex in Nassau, Bahamas and will continue until 11 p.m.