On March 9, 2021, Arthur Cartwright went home to be with his Lord after 74 years of sharing his life, love and faithful services. He was born on August 28, 1946 to the union of the late James and Rachael Cartwright in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the third oldest of 6 other siblings. He was raised in Memphis until the family moved to San Diego, California. He attended San Diego High School after which he attended San Diego City Collage, DeAnza and Foothill Jr. Collage.
His parents instilled in him godly principles, strong faith and a dedication to always be active in the work of the Lord. In 1963 Arthur was saved, sanctified and filled with God’s precious Holy Ghost under the pastorage of Elder A.D. Cooper. In 1969 he moved to East Palo Alto, California and served for 3 years as the Co-pastor of True Holiness Church of God in Christ under Superintendent W. C. Caruth. In 1970 he was ordained an Elder in the Church of God in Christ. During this time he attended Cal-Western University and No. California Bible Collage to expand his ministry and Christian knowledge.
In 1970, Minister Arthur Cartwright was joined in Holy Matrimony to Alma M. Alexander. God blessed them with 51 years of marriage. To this union was born three children, James Arthur, Keith Marcell, and Deanne Lauvin. He was devoted to his wife and children and concerned for their wellbeing and education. He worked at Boeing Aerospace, Control Data and Hewlett Packard as a computer tech. He had an extreme love for God and concern for others which was shown by the many people that he housed in his home and helped naturally and spiritually. He worked in outreach ministry, park ministries, and used his transportation to pick up members who needed rides to church. Where there was a need he would selflessly step in and serve his former Pastors as well as the people of God.
In 1973 Elder Cartwright started his first pastorage, House of Refuge Church of God in Christ in Sunnyvale, California. His pastorage started in our apartment, then went to a Portuguese Hall (where we had to clean up alcohol bottles before having service), a shared church and then his first purchased church building on Washington Street in Sunnyvale, California. His ministry and pastorage journey when from Sunnyvale, California, Mt View, California, San Diego, California, Dallas, Texas then finally to Duncanville, Texas. Elder Cartwright was a great spiritual mentor to young men and women, which has resulted in their progression to become preachers, missionaries and dedicated church workers in various states.
Elder Cartwright loved preaching and tell others of God’s saving grace whether he was in a store, on a walk or on the fish bank. His most noted memory, that he spoke a lot about, was the 30 day revival at his Sunnyvale church entitled “Pentecost at Any Cost”. During this revival he asked God for 30 souls and 27 accepted Christ as their savior. Also an 80 year old man received Christ after his pastor told him he was too old, a young lady told God “ If you don’t fill me, kill me”, and a man was filled with the Holy Ghost coming from the bathroom. God moved mightily during this revival.
Elder Cartwright performed the marriage of his two sons and walked his daughter down the aisle in her marriage. His four grand children were the ray of sunshine in his life. They spent unforgettable times together on Facetime, in his home, on family vacations, holidays and church events.
Elder Cartwright is preceded in death by his parents, James and Rachel Cartwright; brothers, David and Cassel Cartwright; sisters, Deloris Turner and Ray Dora Cherry.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife, Alma Marie; two sons, James Arthur (Yolanda) of Desoto, Texas, Keith Marcell (Anju) Venice Beach, California, and one daughter, Deanne Lauvin of Woodland Hills, California; his oldest brother James Elgin Cartwright of Los Angeles, California; four grandchildren: James Cameron, Beau Anjali, Arthur Naveen and Remington Jibran; and a host of other relatives and friends that loved him dearly.
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