Pastor James William Kizer was born February 28, 1953 to Pastor McKinley and Roberta (Guy) Kizer, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. He departed this earthly life on Friday, September 10, 2021, after a short illness.
The Kizer family relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana in the 1960's. The patriarch of the Kizer clan, Pastor McKinley Kizer, Jr. founded Mount Olive Baptist Church in 1966. The family has always been affiliated with the church community thus producing ministers, singers, musicians and lovers of Christ.
Pastor Kizer graduated from South Side High School in 1971, after which he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon returning from the Air Force he eventually went to work at International Harvester. Pastor Kizer remained at the International Harvester until the company relocated. He was also employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital, where he remained until taking on the leadership role as head Pastor at his beloved Mount Olive Baptist Church. His journey as head Pastor began in July of 1986.
Pastor Kizer has received many accolades and acknowledgements during his 35 years of faithful service in the ministry. In December of 2000 he was named Pastor of the year by the Fort Wayne Ministerial Alliance. He was a faithful member of the Fort Wayne National Baptist Conference and Chairman of Concerned Ministers Fellowship. In September of 2014, Pastor Kizer was honored by the Fort Wayne Baptist Ministers Conference for his 25 years of faithful service in the Fort Wayne Community. Additionally, in May of 2016, he was certified as a teacher by the National Baptist Convention. He was a faithful supporter and attendee of the National Baptist Convention events.
On March 27, 1982 he was united in holy matrimony to Jacqueline Stewart. After 39 years of marriage, their family has continued to expand and flourish. He comes from a very large family and leaves many loved ones to cherish his memory. He loved his family dearly.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Jacqueline Kizer; three sons, Damonn (Amirah) Burns of Indianapolis, IN, Micquail Kizer and Kantrell Kizer both of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Damonn, Amonn, Miyah, Jazzelle, Daija, Keytrell, Kamoni and Nova; four brothers, Robert (Lydia) KIzer of Alabama, Joe Kizer, Albert Kizer and Michael (Stella) Kizer all of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Shirley Adkins, Rose (James) Hamlet both of Fort Wayne and Retta Tyson of North Carolina; mother-in-love, Alteree Stewart; brother-in-love, Carl (Di-Ann) Stewart; sisters-in-love, Karen Stewart, Sharon (Frank) Pugh and Tammie (Joe) Johnson all of Fort Wayne; special nephew, Lonnell Kizer; special niece, Chontel Kizer; cousins, Gayle (Henry) Cole and Barbara (Willie) Haley; special friends, Pastor E.J. Lacey, Pastor Uliasea Little of Memphis, TN, Pastor L.W. Booker of LaGrange, GA, Pastor Isaac Fincher and Derrick Lapsley both of Fort Wayne.
And last, but certainly not least, his sister Shirley held a very special place in his heart. Shirley was without a doubt his partner in crime, his ride-or-die! They shared a bond that was unbreakable.
He was preceded in death by his parents, McKinley and Roberta Kizer, Jr.; two brothers, McKinley Kizer III and John Kizer; granddaughter, Jaida Burns; special nephew, Zulo Kizer; niece, N'kosha Kizer; father-in-law, Carl E. Stewart; and brother-in-law, Jimmie Ray Adkins.
Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens.
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