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Tulsa's Greenwood community says goodbye to beloved pastor after 50 years of service

Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 18:34:10-04

TULSA, Okla. — Reverend George McCutchen was an adviser to many, including Pastor Scott Gordon. The two enjoyed weekly dinners at Olive Garden, and a special bond within the church.

"I said, "Dr. McCutchen, how did you last 50 years in the ministry?" He said, by letting people use me," Gordon said.

The pastor was at McCutchen's side throughout hospice care. During one of their final conversations, he witnessed the reverend speaking to his late son.

"He said "hey George, get my robe." I said "where's George at?" He said "You don't see him behind you?" I went home and told my wife, I think Dr. McCutchen is at the end because he was calling his son," Gordon said.

Mt Zion Baptist Church was lost during the 1921 race massacre. Doctor McCutchen stepped in after the rebuild, with the goal of pushing the community forward.

"Continue to grow the church, to continue to encourage the people, and continue to motivate them to let them know that the Lord was still in control," said Leroy Cole, the new senior pastor at Mt Zion.

The pastor advised his congregation until his final days.

"He was a father figure, he was a brother to some, he was a son to others. He was a friend to others. He married you, he baptized you, he encouraged you, he counseled you," Cole said.

Friends of Dr. McCutchen promise to carry his words of wisdom in the days ahead.

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