July 5, 1929 ~ November 11, 2019

Born in: Frederick, OK
Resided in: Highland, CA

The Legacy of God’s 5 Star General!”
“Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

July 5, 1929 was a Friday and it was the 186th day of the year 1929. It was the 27th Friday of that year. The next time you can reuse your old 1929 calendar will be in 2019. Both calendars will be exactly the same! Just so you know.

What happened on that faithful Friday, July 5, 1929, A Star was Born! Not just any Star, but “God’s 5 Star General, Cordelia Boyd.” Cordelia was born in Fredrick, Oklahoma to Judge Bishop Boyd and Maggie Eleanor Weaver-Boyd in the back of an old box car. For those of us that are wondering, what is a box car? Aunt Jan will explain later.

Cordelia was born the 4th of 14 children: Marie, Arthur (Leon), Elsie, Cordelia, Clars, James Nylon, Orin, Bob, Harriet (Jan), Bonnie, Richard, Jerry, Dorothy, and Edgar. Whew wee! That’s a lot of children!!!

Although Cordelia was born in 4th position and was a very sickly child and could not walk until she was 4 years old, she never let a little thing like not being able to walk hinder her. At 4 years old, this born leader found herself doing what just came natural for her, instructing and guiding her older brother and sisters into all truth. For example, she would say, “Pick me up and put me over there.” God had something special in store for his 5-star general. He put an early command in her from the very start. Cordelia started grade school in Fredrick, Oklahoma, then the family moved to Englewood, Colorado in 1939, then on to Denver, Colorado 1 year later. Cordelia continued her education in the Denver Public schools. She was always learning and growing. She earned a certificate in cosmetology and later opened her own wig shop in her home, called “Cordelia’s Wigs.”

Cordelia had a beautiful baby boy William E. Hike Jr. (Billy) whom she and everybody else loved. He was her only child and grew right up along with her younger brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Some years later, Cordelia met and married Otis Revels Jr. Throughout their marriage they acquire and manage their Real Estate holdings in Denver. During these years, Cordelia organized and lead many choirs, at Union Baptist Church, Wayside Church of God in Christ and Bethsaida Temple. In 1967, she started the sweet little lambs’ choir and the young adult choir at Bethsaida Temple, under the leadership of Bishop Earl O. Holiman and First Lady Aurelia Holiman. One of Cordelia’s proud choir accomplishments was that she was over this choir for 28 years and taught them 150 songs during that time.

Cordelia loved young people and she had one rule for joining the choir after getting saved, “You must have the Holy Ghost to be in this choir!” So, if anyone wanted to join the choir and didn’t have the Holy Ghost, she would tarry and pray them through, until they received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongue as the Spirit gave them utterance. Then Cordelia would say to them, “There it is! You got it! You got the Holy Ghost! Just open up your mouth and speak! As the candidates started speaking in their heavenly language, Cordelia would break out speaking in tongues too and go to shouting and praising the Lord for filling that person with what she so affectionately called, “the precious gift of the Holy Ghost!”

Cordelia took such joy in taking her grandchildren and others to minister in song and prayer in many nursing homes, hospitals, homeless people and the sick and shut in. Cordelia still felt that she was not doing enough for the Lord. So, she fasted and prayed and ask God, what else could she do for him? Cordelia felt as if she should go out of the country, into the mission field and minister. As an answer to her fasting and prayer, God gave her this Scripture, Acts 18:10, “For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.” God let Cordelia know that she did not have to go out of the country on the mission field, He had people right in Denver that needed to be ministered to. God birthed the jail ministry to Cordelia. Cordelia went to the men’s jail and ministered through song and the Word of God for 7 years by herself.

Cordelia did not stop there, she then went to ministered in the women’s jail for 3 years, totaling 10 years of jail ministry in Denver. Eventually, Otis retired from Sundstrand Aerospace Corp. and they sold their real estate holdings and moved to Highland California in 1982. Cordelia continued her jail ministry in the San Bernardino juvenile hall boys Unit 10 for 25 years. Cordelia ministered in the jail ministry for a total of 35 years.

During these years she has earned many awards, certificates, commendations in the juvenile hall and even received a letter from the White House under President Bush. Cordelia was the official chaplain of the san Bernardino Police Department and proudly carried her police badge.

Cordelia and Otis served as proud members of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland California, under the leadership of Pastor Robb Zinn. Otis served as a proud usher, collecting the money every Sunday and Cordelia served as a proud choir member and served in the Sunday school department all while hosting Bible studies in her home for a season. It was Cordelia’s strong influence that caused the Immanuel Baptist Church family and Pastor to assist her in the juvenile hall ministry famous Christmas parties! Cordelia loved all of her California family for all of their love and support to her and Otis over the last almost 40 years of being in California.

Cordelia’s influence was vast and deep! Through the years Cordelia made many, many, many friends, acquired many Godchildren and sons and daughters in the ministry.

After many years of choir, music, jail, homeless shelters, nursing home, home bible study groups, hospital ministry’s that spanned 66 years, God called His 5 Star General Home. There are a few things very significant about a U.S. 5- Star General. Firstly, out of many Generals in the U.S. Armed Forces, there are only nine 5-Star Generals. Secondly, and most importantly, 5-Star generals can never retire, they are always considered active duty. At any moment, they can be called upon to serve in active duty!

Cordelia never retired even after having what she called “a stupid stroke!” Cordelia often stated that she was injured on the front lines of the spiritual battlefield doing the work of the Lord. Although injured, she fought her way back from that “stupid stroke” and continued on the battlefield for the Lord. She marched right back to the juvenile hall ministry, and then kept on ministering after that. God knew Cordelia would answer His call no matter what case he presented her with, right up until the day God called her home. On Veteran’s Day, Cordelia s answered her final call to the Lord. Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.

Cordelia Revels, God’s 5 Star General!

Cordelia is survived by her only son (William Everett Hike Jr.), Stepson (Virgil C. Revels) and Stepdaughter (Faye Revels). Four grandchildren (Eric, Billy III (deceased), Felicia (Lisa), Billy IV). Eight great-grandchildren (Kasem, Danielle, Shaun, Tasha, William V, Everett, Tevin and Audra); 19 great-great grandchildren; Goddaughter (Isis Eskander) and whom she called her last God-granddaughter (Wynona Wright); and a host of family, relatives and friends.


Visitation: December 5, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: December 6, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church
3082 Leyden Street
Denver, CO 80220

Interment: December 6, 2019 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231

Reception: December 6, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

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  1. Cousin Cordelia, you will never be forgotten. Your legacy of laughing will live on in this family. You always knew how to light up a room with your laughter and telling your jokes. You will be greatly missed.

    • Will miss you Ms. Cordelia, you’ve been a long time family friend for over 70 years and sweetheart to me my sister and mom. I’ll ever forget you, our starting conversation always was “Last night when I cried, I didn’t get no ice cream”, and you always called me naybaby my family nickname. Your personality was always so sweet genuine and loving, and you loved the Lord, your Son Billie, your husband and dressing up with your jewelry! RIHP Love you Naybaby!

  2. Thank you for a wonderful 30+years of the sweetest friendship. Our journey was filled with S-O much good life and I am eternally grateful.
    Family, may our good Lord bless you all with Peace & Strength during the transition…

  3. What a mighty God we serve!!! The Lord has really been good. Cordelia truly a woman of God has left her sweet mark on this world. Sincerely loved by so many and will be missed by us too. Rest In Peace Angel

  4. Cordelia was a treasured member of a very special senior citizen support group who met each month to have lunch together. My mother, Dolores Miclette, became good friends with Cordelia, as did the others in the group. Cordelia was always friendly and welcoming to all. As many in the group became more fragile, the group stopped meeting. All of them cherished their time group friendship. We will miss Cordelia’s smile, her laugh, and her friendship.
    God bless you Cordelia.

  5. Sister Revels was so instrumental to my spiritual relationship with God. I will miss her dearly, but I know she is happy and was a great soldier in the army of the Lord. RIH (Rest in Heaven)

  6. To the Host of Families and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Revels, Jr.! Our hearts are deeply saddened to hear of the Homegoings of both your Grandmother Cordelia and Grandfather Otis, Jr. In God’s plan, He has given us a beginning and an ending to our time on this earth. What we accomplish within the time allotted is our mission. We celebrate this dynamic couple who embraced a life in our Lord Jesus Christ and were living examples of showing a Godly lifestyle first to their families and to the world.

    To the Revels, Pastor Lisa Smith, Apostle Darryl McCoy, Boyd and the many families and friends connected to this amazing couple, May the Lord Bless you and keep you all in His tender Care; may His Face shine upon you and give you peace! It is our sincere prayer that God’s love will comfort you and give you solace as no one else can do. We are confident earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

    Lovingly and respectfully submitted,
    Pastor & Mrs. Eric Beechum,
    Mother Carolyn Beechum, All of the Beechum Family and The House of Joy Officers & Members

  7. Dear Family,
    I’ll never forget my dear 5 Star General. My heart is full of gratitude for all she has done for me. Family, you’re in my prayers. Much love. Joyce

  8. My dearest sweet Sister Cordelia Revels,
    How my heart aches with your passing.
    To know that I will never hear your voice, or your laughter, or your words of wisdom, or your prayers.
    Oh, your prayers! What confidence! What encouragement! What inspiration!
    You told me “…you must press on, continue your path with Jesus, child! Never give up on Jesus! He is a sweet, sweet Lord” And, I was encouraged, to never give up on my salvation.
    You told me, “Child, When the Lord draws you to Him and you accept Him, Jesus never gives up on you. Never!”
    I have never given up!
    Sis Revels encouraged me and she challenged me!
    “Just let the Lord do what He does. Stand back and watch His works! Praise Him now for blessings seen and unseen! It is the truth, Sister Jackie, just let God have His way and you stay out of the way! Let Him lead you. Oh, the Lord is so good!”
    Her praising or, shouting His name or, speaking in the Holy Spirit! I would listen in awe. I was young and wanted to know Jesus, just like her [Sister Revels].
    So, one day, I stayed on my knees and I said, my prayer. I wanted to know that I know that I know just like Sister Revels. On that day, that glorious day, yes, I experienced the True Word, Our Heavenly Father, the Creator! I know the Everlasting, the Bread of Life and the Peace that comes with all understanding. Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!
    Sister Revels, I know now that I was lost. Truly, yes! Yet, I can rise again, I can dry my eyes, I can soar beyond my broken spirit because Jesus lifts me up!
    Sister Revels, you testified how He strengthen you and how He never failed you!
    You would say, “Sis Jackie, He did it for me and He will do it for you!! Lift Him up with praise! Praise His Name, child! Oh smell His Spirit and Praise Him, child!”
    The days and evenings praising Jesus, is what I remember when I think of Sister Revels!
    Although I cry now when I reflect on those days, how can I possibly be sad to have known such a special person!
    A person whose presence brought smiles. And, even now, saying her name lightens my heavy load.
    Goodbye my dear friend, my teacher and my songbird. Your life touched mine and you influenced me to know Jesus!
    Praise God!
    Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!!

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