Tribute to Deacon Mayo Ravenell


The community of Amityville mourns the passing of Deacon Mayo Ravenell, Jr., a beloved figure known for his unwavering dedication to both his church and the advancement of civil rights. Deacon Ravenell, Jr., aged 92, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on April 5, 1932, in Dorchester County, Carolina, Deacon Ravenell, Jr. was the second of nine children born to Mayo Ravenell, Sr. and Katie Bell Ravenell. He bravely served in the army during the Korean War before relocating to New York City, where he met his beloved wife, Ora Mae, in 1955. Their journey together took them from Harlem to Brooklyn, before settling in Amityville, NY, in 1982.

Deacon Ravenell, Jr. was a pillar of the community, known for his devout faith and tireless advocacy for civil rights. He became a cherished member of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church of Amityville, NY, under the leadership of Rev. Spurgeon Crayton. Over the course of 42 years, he served in numerous capacities within the church, including the Deacon Board, Trustee Board, and the Ushers Board. His commitment to his faith and service was unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on the congregation and the wider community.

Beyond his church involvement, Deacon Ravenell, Jr. was an active member of the Prince Hall Mason’s Hollywood Lodge and a leading advocate for civil rights in the community. His dedication to equality and justice inspired many, and his legacy will continue to resonate for generations to come.

Deacon Ravenell, Jr. is survived by his loving wife, Ora Mae, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him, as a beacon of faith, compassion, and social justice.

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