In Memoriam: Mr. C. Payne Lucas (1933-2018)

C. Payne Lucas (1935-2018), speaking at Africare's 2014 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala.
18 September 2018
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Africare (Washington, DC)

Washington, DC — Dearest Friend of Africare,

It saddens me to report that Africare co-founder and legend, C. Payne Lucas has died.  All who were blessed to know him knew that his energy and passion were unparalleled.  Mr. Lucas dedicated his life to supporting Africare's development aspirations and he worked closely with many of the continent's first Presidents to build a bridge to connect the people in America to those in Africa.

His love for and commitment to the people of Africa was at the center of all he did, and he was a tireless advocate for them.  Nowhere was this more evident than his single-hearted devotion to the mission of Africare.  I am humbled to play a part, as we all can, in advancing the cause he championed for most of his life.
While we mourn his death, we celebrate the passionate life he led as a fierce and implacable advocate for Africa. The candle may be extinguished, but the torch will continue to shine.  May he rest in peace and power.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to his devoted wife, Freddie, his daughter, Hillary and grandchildren Walter and Cody.

Funeral services for Mr. Lucas will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the National Presbyterian Church located at 4101 Nebraska Ave, NW in Washington, D.C.  A family and friends hour will be at 12pm followed by a service at 1pm.  Parking is available.

If you wish to pay your respects or view the reflections or others please go to  If you prefer, you may stop by Africare at 440 R St, NW, Washington, DC 20001 to sign a Memorial Book.

Robert Mallet is Africare's President and CEO

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