Reverend Honorable JOSEPH MUNTER NANA GBADYU
(July 10, 1933—May 14, 2017)
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the Gbadyu family announces the home-going of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and Cousin, The Reverend honorable Joseph M. N. Gbadyu. He lived with his family in Minneapolis, MN, until his passing on May 14, 2017. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Elizabeth J. Gbadyu and children of this marital union which include Fanceit (deceased), Digoa, Palmah, Giitoun, Foingii, Sahji (deceased), Dabo-konmohn, and Dyupedeah; other children Pappies, Bani, Dehdo, Mammie, Marpu, Trokon, including others in Liberia; his brothers Philip Gbadyu and Zacchaeus Gbadyu; sisters Joanna and Annie Gbadyu and a host of relatives and friends in the United States and Liberia. He was also a foster parent for many Children.
Reverend Hon. Joseph Munter Nana Gbadyu was born on July 10, 1933, at the Mid-Baptist Mission near Zondo Town, Gianda Clan, District No.4, Grand Bassa County to the union of Reverend Gaye and Mrs. Nana Sahji Zondo Gbadyu. He was educated at the Tappita Mid-Baptist Mission, Nimba County, the Gaye Peter Mission (World Evangelical Church), Grand Bassa County, the Zondo Mission School (eight grade diploma), Grand Bassa County, the University of Liberia (BS, magnum cum laude, secondary education, 1964), and Indiana University (MS, education and communication, 1966) respectively. He returned to Liberia after he graduated in 1964. He then taught and served as principal at the Zondo Mission (1950-57); worked in Christian broadcasting at the Sudan Interior Mission’s Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) in Monrovia (1957-67); served as director of broadcasting at the government’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (1965-72); was Supervisor of Schools for Grand Bassa County (1972-1976); Superintendent of Grand Bassa County (1976-80); and Deputy Minister for Operation, Production and Coordination at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Republic of Liberia (1981-82).
It was dusk in 1982 when his car was involved in a near-fatal car accident that left him paralyzed from his shoulder and partial spinal cord injuries (fractured and dislocated neck vertebra) during a trip to rural Brand Bassa County. Liberia not having organized trauma response system and few months after one of the most serious traumatic injuries, he miraculously made it to the US where in underwent several surgeries and rehabilitations.
On June 14, 2003, Gbadyu served as the Keynote Speaker for the “African Governance, Philosophical Thought & Rule of Law” Symposium held in Greensboro, NC on April 26, 2003. Rev. Gbadyu's speech was on Traditional Bassa Education and Leadership which coincided with the independent research on the Bassa origin and launching of “Nyanyan Gohn-Manan: History and Migration of the Bassa,” by Dr. Syrulwa Somah. Rev. Gbadyu met Dr. Somah at this symposium.
At that time, Dr. Somah was at NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, though Rev. Gbadyu’s fame preceded this meeting. Rev. Hon. Joseph M. N. Gbadyu, a Bassa historian and mentor to many Liberians, believed that education should be brought to those who want it. Rev. Gbadyu, was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Liberian History, Education and Development (LIHEDE) in Greensboro, NC, USA.
Rev. Gbadyu will be remembered as a person who valued his culture, a person who would not be shy to wear his traditional garb and lead his fellow Bassa in traditional dances. To many in the sanctum, he symbolized its grand history of which he kept a meticulous record as an accomplished historian and author of “The Bassaman and the Expansion of the Liberian State, 1847-1912.” He was a man of culture and politics; of great political courage, cultural dignity and traditional responsibility. The family believes such ethos stems from his humble beginnings. He lived his life never forgetting where he came from.
Information on Wake and Funeral Services for Rev. Joseph M. N. Gbadyu follow:
Wake on Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Oasis of Hope Baptist Church
1701 East 25th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218.
Funeral Service at same location on
Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Time 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Interment will be held immediately after Funeral Service at:
Flanner and Buchanan Cemetery
10722 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229
7040 E. 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: (844) 751-7167
6817 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: (317) 576-0220
Hilton Garden Inn
10 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 955-9700
Palmah Gbadyu Cooper (651) 285-5980
Dabo-konmohn Gbadyu (612) 703 -4239