Pastor Julia Lee Ames was born to the late Dorsey Snead and Cynthia Snead. On October 30, 2020, God whispered her name and said I’m here to take you home and she answered under the care of her two daughters Rachel Ames and Miranda Heyward and granddaughter Kionna Heyward.

Pastor Ames was born in Onley, Virginia on July 2, 1933. She was educated at Mary N. Smith School. She later moved to Parksley, Virginia with her late husband Brooks Ames, Sr. where she lived the remainder of her life.

Pastor Ames accepted Christ at the age of 12 years old under the leadership of the late Bishop Jesse Handshaw, Sr at Grace Mary Holiness AFCOGLO in Melfa, Va. She became a minister at a very young age and she did a lot of serving on the Eastern Shore. She was the founder of Victory Pentecostal Church of Deliverance in Exmore, VA and was installed as Pastor in 1986 - 2005.

Pastor Ames sang at different churches and loved to sing with her family.

Pastor Ames was preceded in death by her parents: Dorsey and Cynthia Snead, husband, Brooks Ames Sr., daughter, Gwendolyn Matthews, and brother Walter Snead.

Pastor Ames is survived by nine children: Gloria (Pastor Winfred) Parker, Brooks Ames, Jr., Anthony (Darlene) Ames, Juanita Sandoval, Miranda (Kenneth) Heyward, Rachael Ames Riley, Julia (Hughlard) Ivey, and Alexander (Mary) Ames; 27 grandchildren; 66 great grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren: brother, Apostle Joseph Snead and Pastor Naomi Snead of Newport News, VA and sister, Gladys White of PA.

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