August 21, 2023, 63, Mount Olive —
Bishop Douglas Keith Bartlett, 63, completed his earthly work for the Lord on Monday, August 21, 2023. Born in Wayne County on September 16, 1959, he was the son of Marlene Pate Bartlett and the late Newton Gerald Bartlett.
In addition to his mother, Doug is survived by his wife of 32 years, Anne Lee Bartlett; son, Matthew Douglas Bartlett and wife, Leigh Ann; daughter, Lauren Deborah Bartlett; grandchildren, Landon Bartlett, Ashton Bartlett, and Cruz Bartlett; siblings, Gerald Bartlett and wife, Darlene, Charles Bartlett and wife, Diane, Jeff Bartlett and wife, Connie, Kevin Bartlett, and Melissa B. Harris and husband, Berry; aunt, Helen Godwin; and several nieces and nephews.
Doug was a member of the graduating class of 1978 at Charles B. Aycock High School. In 1982, he graduated from the School of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College. This was just the beginning of Doug’s life filled with love, grace, and joy.
Doug was a man who sought to follow God in all he did. He was a great leader, pastor, mentor, and friend. Early on, Doug felt the calling of the Lord in his life. He fulfilled that calling in so many ways. He was a pastor at Cornerstone Conference (Western, NC) before returning to Goldsboro. He also served as a missionary in Mexico City, Mexico. He was called the pastor of Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1998 and served for over 17 years. During his tenure, the Lord worked through him in a mighty way and the church saw substantial growth. He was elected as the Evangelism and World Missions Director and Assistant Superintendent of the North Carolina Conference, where he served for 8 years. Doug was unanimously elected as the Conference Superintendent of the North Carolina Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church on May 19, 2023.
Doug’s mission field was more than pastoring a church or leading the conference. He taught Spanish at Brogden Primary and Charles B. Aycock High School. He was also the first girl’s golf team coach at Charles B. Aycock. He helped to change many lives during his lifetime and so many are grateful for his contribution to their lives.
For all of his accomplishments, Doug was most proud to be a husband, father, and grandfather. He absolutely treasured his family and wanted to lead them in a Godly direction. His time with his family was among the most valuable and joyful of his life. His wife, Anne, was his partner in ministry and life and he could not have prayed for better. They raised their family and loved being parents. When they became grandparents, their love grew even more.
Doug’s presence, love, leadership, and kindness will be deeply missed by so many. He led many to the Lord and was definitely a soul-winner for Jesus. At the end of his life, it is most appropriate to say, “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant.”
Doug’s family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church. A service to celebrate Doug’s life and Kingdom work will follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr., Bishop Talmadge Gardner, Rev. Matt Bartlett, Rev. Jeff Dail, and Rev. Bill Rose. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to
World Missions at Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church
130 Ed Edmundson Road
Mt Olive, NC 28365
Arrangements have been entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.