Dr. Eugene L. Schoolfield II was born in Beckley, West Virginia, to Eddiena L. Schoolfield and the late Eugene, Sr. He was educated in the Raleigh County Public School system where he graduated with honors from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1987.
Eugene furthered his educational pursuits at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, where he earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, his Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton.
Eugene has served many years as an Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He began serving as Pastor in 1991 and has served as Supply Pastor of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Senior Minister of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Cedarville, Ohio, Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church, Kenton, Ohio; Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church, Wheeling, West Virginia, Jones Chapel A.M.E. Church Elyria, St. James A.M.E. Church, Erie, Pennsylvania, St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church, Youngstown. Currently he was the proud Pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church, Cleveland.
Eugene was a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the states of Ohio, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. He also served as the Executive Vice President of The Carter Funeral Homes, Inc., with locations in Elyria and Lorain and affiliates in Columbus and West Point Mississippi. He also served as managerial advisor for the Porter-Qualls and Dunlap Funeral Home of Springfield, Ohio.
His professional and community memberships include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC., Bay City Masonic Lodge #68, Prince Hall Affiliation, Whitney M. Young Consistory #88, NAACP, The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Buckeye State Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Erie-Crawford County Funeral Directors Association, former Member of the Board of Directors, Greater Erie Community Action Council (G.E.C.A.C.) former Vice-Chairman of The Erie Conference on African American Affairs.
Eugene’s personal motto was “With our faith and God’s power, nothing is impossible.”
Survivors include his mother, Eddiena L. Schoolfield of Beckley, West Virginia; children, Eugene L. III, Morrgyn, NyKeah and Zackery; aunts, Mary Robinson of Riverdale, Georgia, Gladys Mahan of Winston Salem, North Carolina, Drema Scott of Charleston, West Virginia, Willie Mae Staples and Inell Smith, both of Martinsville, Virginia, Adzonia (James) Claybrook of Stoneville, North Carolina; god mothers, Wanda B. Wright of Beckley, West Virginia, Juanita Arterberry of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Donna Sablo of Roanoke, Virginia; god sisters, Yvonne D. Seay of Beckley, West Virginia, Ivye (Richard) Wright Arnold of Apex, Norath Carolina and Omega Gamble of Erie, Pennsylvania; god brothers, Khan Sablo of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, Dennis (Kenndra) Carter of Elyria, Rev. Dr. Eric (Margo) Brown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sean V. (LaLeche) Seay, Travis AFB, California; caregivers/cousins, Carolyn and LaDonna Webster of Beckley, West Virginia; family friend/medical advisor, Zelma Wright of Beckley, West Virginia; and a host of relatives and extended family members.
Friends may call Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the St. James AME Church, 8401 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, from 10 A.M. until time of service at 12 Noon. Burial will be at Beckley West Virginia.