ColEdFob
Col. Edward Yochembeng Fobellah
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 21, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Fontem, SW Region, Cameroon
  • Date of passing: Oct 10, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Winchester, Virginia, United States
Let the memory of Col. Edward Y. Fobellah be with us forever!

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Retired Col. Edward Fobellah, 66, born on June 21, 1949 and passed away on October 10, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by ndungako yochembeng on 12th October 2016

"Hello Daddy, on this same day last year (a saturday), I remember it was Letia who called to inform me abt what had happened. It wasn't an easy message to accept but I just had to learn how to contain it. Till date, the gap is still felt but what I console myself with is that God alone knows and also that you are in a better resting place (though I would ve prefere you to be still here with us). We miss u dearly dad. Hi to "general" and keep watching over us all"

This tribute was added by J Nkemnji on 10th October 2016

"Dear Colonel:
A year has gone by since you departed from us (Oct. 10, 2015 to Oct. 10, 2016). Much has changed and I am sure with your intercession. Continue to guide the young family you left behind. Rest in peace with Aggie, your loving wife, and the rest of the family that has gone before. We love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Fomenky Alem on 10th October 2016

"In Memoriam, One Year After!
Dear father, It is exactly one year today that the Lord called you to His heavenly Kingdom. It looks like it was just yesterday. How time flies! This is a very special day that I will never forget in my life time, first because it was the day someone so dear in my life like you quit the earthly stage to eternity. Secondly, today, is my birthday! As my workplace gave me this day to stay home to celebrate my with friends and families, I consider it a double celebration, Celebrating your life here on earth and my own life while thinking of the day that God will call me to join you for I have always longed to live the type of exemplary life that you lived.
Although I celebrate life and death at the same time being an alternative moment of  happiness and joy, I have been forced to blend this into one - JOY. This is because I know you died a happy and fulfilled man and have gone to meet your beloved wife, my sister. Papa, may your gentle soul continue to rest in peace until such a time and day that we shall meet to part no more.
Your Son, Ndi Nkemndenji (Philip) Fomenky - New York"

This tribute was added by Nkenglefac Yochembeng on 10th October 2016

"Dearest dad,

On this day in 2015 at about 12 pm Ntu called to inform me to imform me you moved to the world beyond. Eventhough you had prepared us mentally it was a shock since your departure was abrupt. We are all doing fine. Ntu has graduated from school.

You know how hard she worked to get there. I am doing ok with work. Anu you designated to look after us now works at the Ministry of External Relations as a Diplomat. Ndung is busy supervising the construction of giant projects in Cameroon. Nyiawung and Ndem settled in the US and are trying to establish.  Aroke your wife (my son) is doing great. He turns 1 in 9 days.

We want to thank you for the sound education you gave us. We promise to keep the flag flying. Say hello to mom and continue to watch over us.

Nkeng"

This tribute was added by J Nkemnji on 22nd June 2016

"Your memory lives forever in our hearts. Happy birthday (in your new heavenly home)."

This tribute was added by NKWETTA FOBELLAH on 7th December 2015

"I am still to come to agreement that the popular appellation of Nda Nyo, as we your siblings usually referred to you will not receive an answer again. You sincerely loved your brothers, sisters and relatives and instilled in them high moral and family values. Indeed you have been our mentor.
The responsibility of taking other siblings and I during that rainy season to be enrolled to the primary school as entrusted by our father to you are still fresh in my mind. Still fresh in my memories are the responsibilities you shouldered in taking me to Bota, Victoria in the 70’s where I had to live with my uncle. I still remember our long trek to Fongu Tongo! I remember how you alone carried your luggage and mine. I can still reflect how you offered some of your clothes, a Cameroon hymnal, and a Good News bible for modern man” to me. I still remember your financial support to me during my transfer from CETIC Ebolowa to G.T.C. Ombe. You mentored me to focus on my education when it was brought to your attention that I was spending much of my energy and interest in playing soccer, playing local musical instruments, and attending dance.
Your role during the aborted “Coup d’etat” in 1984 is well known. You had refused to take orders from your base commander in Koutaba to dispatch your troops to Yaounde unarmed. You personally opened the store where the arms were stored and distributed them to your soldiers prior to their living for Yaounde. This action of yours resulted in a plot to assassinate you in Yaounde during the confusion, but this plan was revealed because you were a caring company commander. Had the soldier under your command traveled unarmed to Yaounde, their fate may have been a different story.
While as a company commander in Ebolowa, you equally refused to reduce the money to feed the soldier as instructed by your battalion commander which was to serve his benefit and interest and not that of the soldiers. This action of yours resulted in an unfavorable report which helped to delay some of your promotions in the army. This did not disturb your peace as God almighty made it possible that you rose to the rank of colonel. This narrative is just to show and admire the interest you had for humanity during your short pilgrimage on earth which is a lesson for those of us that you have left behind.
As company commander you were always tactically and technically proficient. Soldiers who worked under you rated you high for training your soldiers as a team, looking after their welfare, keeping them informed, making sound and timely decisions as well as ensuring that tasks were understood, supervised and accomplished.
Adieu brother greet our father Fobellah Nkeng and all the departed brothers and sisters for me and us.

Nkwetta Fobellah @ Columbus, Ohio"

This tribute was added by DOMINIC FOBELLAH on 7th December 2015

"Hello Colonel!
When you were born on 21st June 1949, your first breath was accompanied with a cry that brought jubilation to family members who had been preparing your arrival. After 66 years three months, two weeks fours day on earth you have taken your last breath. While it is the turn of family members to cry in difficulties, your soul now is in jubilation with the Saints in heaven. What a wonderful interchanged!

Since the October 10th 2015, that I heard of the transfiguration of your soul while on a brief mission to Nigeria I am still to come to terms with the reality. My memories of you cannot be accommodated in any written material. Thanks to God Almighty, the Holy Spirit has constantly revealed some to me regularly. In some revelations, I have seen scene of how you use to give me rides to Yaounde train stations on my way to Nigeria. Others have been characterized by; the multiple prayer sessions we held in your house, your punctuality to Sunday mass at Nvog-ada Yaounde. Still in other revelations, I have seen you arriving early at 7:30 a.m. and being the first in your office block at the military Head Quarter, Yaounde.
I am assured that because you live the faith in Jesus Christ your soul has found a resting place. Yes! while you were on earth, your heart leaned on the written Word of God. Indeed your life style that demonstrated total trust for the Almighty Father and your belief that Jesus died and shed his blood for you are enough to assure me that you have been transfigured with the Lord.
Greet Sister Aggie and others Saints of God for me.

Dr.  Dominic, Awung Fobellah @ Lanham – Maryland."

This tribute was added by PAMELA ASONGFUA on 7th December 2015

"My heart is broken. I have lost my best friend, brother, father, and above all my mentor, “Pa Edward”.
I grew up with you learning how to be humble like you and your enviable wife, “Ma Aggie” of blessed memory. You and your wife instilled quietness, calmness and hospitality in me.
You loved and cared for me even when I got married. You have always been there for me and my kids. My children will miss you dearly. If I am prayerful today, it is thanks to you as every 5:00 a.m. was prayer time in your home.
You called me on Sunday the 4th of October 2015 and said you just wanted to let me know that you were doing fine and to remind me of the Bellah Ngeh family meeting of 18th October 2015. I was shocked to receive a phone call on the 10th of October, (6 days after) that you were no more.
The whole family, especially our dear mother, loved you dearly but God loves you most. He knows why! May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace at the bosom of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Mme. Asongfua née Fobellah Pamela @ Lanham-Maryland"

This tribute was added by pius khumbah on 27th November 2015

"Dearest Uncle,
                        It is hard to believe that you are no more. We love you but the good lord loved you most. When i think of you i think of my very first visit to Yaounde in the early 90's you took me out and i enjoyed Yaounde city for the first time. I also remember you being chairman at my traditional weeding at Bellah Ngeh in 2011. You were the kind of an honest, god fearing , lovely, caring  father, uncle i know in Bellah Ngeh  
. Rest in peace in the hands of of the lord Papa Edward"

This tribute was added by Fidelis Morfaw on 27th November 2015

"Mon Colonel:

You are the only soldier my family has ever known: true, valiant, courageous and faithful. March on, Soldier! March on!

Mama Mor and I love you and your family dearly.

March on! And see in eternity."

This tribute was added by Ngt Press on 19th November 2015

"by: Michael & Agnes NDOBEGANG

Dear Colonel Edward Fobellah,

True you are gone, right? When you stood by us as the witness in the blessing of our union years gone by, great was the joy in having an honorable man by us. It has been several long years and we kept company in the faith and journeyed together. Gone as you have now, world responses are reminding us again how much honor, dignity, love and popularity you incarnated!!!Yours has come to be a referendum in popularity. We remain thankful to God and proud to have had you as our Godfather in the “sacerdose”. May you rest in peace, may God Almighty reward you with perfect rest and peace among His chosen ones.

Michael and Agnes NDOBEGANG."

This tribute was added by Nkengafe Afendia on 19th November 2015

"JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

(A Soldier, A Soban and A Patriarch Died Today)
By Nkeng Afendia adopted from Lawrence Vaincourt

Edward was getting old and paunchy and his strength was reducing fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in Burundi, Rwanda, etc. and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors and family his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Edward has passed away,
And the World's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

Edward will not be mourned by many, just his family and his friends,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Newspapers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of Edward – the soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

What is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land?
A political guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or an ordinary fellow like Edward who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off beyond his Country to serve other Countries and offers up his life?

Yet, the values which Soban Edward inherited from Sasse College, didn’t allow him to consider making such vain comparison.
He kept the value of servant leadership as part of his life style. He served community and Nation, hospitable to all and sundry. At the Edward’s home, you were always certain of a bite, if not ‘fufu’; then Agie (wife) – with her generous heart will make ‘chin-chin’ available.

Edward had an unyielding faith such that he always imagined himself in the hollow of the hands of Saint Joseph.
Edward had been trained in Sasse to trust that Saint Joseph was always near to guide him from whatever may be tide him. On difficult days on a sick bed, you will hear Edward reassuring himself of this Divine guidance by singing the song ‘Come Holy Ghost, Creator Come...’

Yochembeng Edward, there you are! The Holy Ghost has come, You are with our Creator just where Saint Joseph is.

Nkeng Afendia (nephew)"

This tribute was added by Ndem Bryan on 17th November 2015

"From Aunty Judith Fortoh

TRIBUTE TO COLONEL FOBELLAH AND WIFE AGI

Mon Colonel so you too have joined that world of no return. Have you seen Agi? Has she prepared your favourite? Brother, it is too painful for me to absorb this again. Mama left without witnessing marriage, you have gone without seeing the baby. Is this the will of God?
I want to thank you for all our plans about the thanksgiving mass. We are going to move on with you included in the month of December.
I now believe that God’s time is the best. December 18th and 21st  remain an arrow that pierce my heart.
Go well and I promise to pray for both of you all the days of my life. I now know that what God has put together, no one should put asunder. As your marriage was blessed on earth, so too was it in heaven.

                                        Aunty Judith Fortoh"

This tribute was added by Timothy Agendia on 16th November 2015

"Your demised is a serious setback to the family in general and some of us who are till learning from your path to the service of humanity and esteem self discipline.
We miss you uncle."

This tribute was added by Agatha Nyochembeng on 15th November 2015

"NDA NYO as we normally call you, you taught me endurance, perseverance and encouragement, you told me to always put a smile on my face no matter what is wrong and to put my Hope and faith in God alone.

I can remember vividly in July 1974 when I dislocated my knee cap, you taught me to be brave and endure anything life throws at me.

I had the privilege of working with you in several locations such as Yaounde and Tombel and I received a very warm welcome from your colleagues and students due to your devoted spirit and hard-work. You also taught me how to manage my finances which is still helping me till date.

I took your advice in 2012 to join a group in the Catholic Church and to be devoted to it. Following this step, there has been tremendous change in my spiritual life even though I am out of the Country.

You have fought a good fight and you have won the race, leaving legacies that can not be erased., Rest in peace my dear brother Edward with your wife Agnes in the Lord. ADIEU!!!"

This tribute was added by Meafuet Agatha Nyochembeng on 14th November 2015

"NDA NYO as we normally call you, you taught me endurance, perseverance and encouragement, you told me to always put a smile on my face no matter what is wrong and to put my Hope and faith in God alone.

I can remember vividly in July 1974 when I dislocated my knee cap, you taught me to be brave and endure anything life throws at me.

I had the privilege of working with you in several locations such as Yaounde and Tombel and I received a very warm welcome from your colleagues and students due to your devoted spirit and hard-work. You also taught me how to manage my finances which is still helping me till date.

I took your advice in 2012 to join a group in the Catholic Church and to be devoted to it. Following this step, there has been tremendous change in my spiritual life even though I am out of the Country.

You have fought a good fight and you have won the race, leaving legacies that can not be erased., Rest in peace my dear brother Edward with your wife Agnes in the Lord. ADIEU!!!"

This tribute was added by Akeweh Fondong on 11th November 2015

"Papa!!! I still cannot believe this is real! I came home on Tuesday and you were fine! Before leaving, you said we'll see later and that I should drive safely back home. I smiled and said we'll see later. Little did I know it was going to be a different story on Saturday. You were a great father, very kind, humbled and outgoing! It is really hard to believe you are gone. You lived a very peaceful and gracious life. There is no doubt you are in a better place with your wife. Your legacy lives on. Rest in peace papa."

This tribute was added by Daniel Amin on 10th November 2015

"We will wipe off this tears and celebrate you life because you are free from pain and we are not scared of death anymore...adeur uncle!"

This tribute was added by Mankemkeng Fobella on 5th November 2015

"Brother, Your life with us will always be remembered. You loved your family and was always there for everyone and contributed positively towards peace and togetherness. It is difficult to accept that you are no more, but we are comforted because the good Lord that you faithfully served will welcome you into his heavenly kingdom. We wish you farewell as you join your beloved wife and our father in eternity."

This tribute was added by thecla nkemateh on 2nd November 2015

"Brother Edward, you are in a place of peace where there is no more pain , illness,and the fear of the unknown.You lived your life as a true child of God and you have left behind a legacy that many people will emulate .You were always advising you cousins to do the right thing and stay out of trouble.I have always remembered the advice you gave me when we both were at late Nda Nyo's house back home in the late 70's and you said to me" Thecla, a girl's beauty is like a flower and it withers, get married before your withers . Your loving wife, father, and friend Nda Nyo must be very happy that you have joined them. Farewell brother Edward."

This tribute was added by Ndem Bryan on 31st October 2015

""Papa,its actually hard to believe that you are not more.I learnt from you the aspects of hardworking,God-fearing,generosity,simplicity,gentleness,faithfulness and always being time conscious and alot of others.I will forever hold these qualities in mind.You took care of me like your own biological son,you were my father and not even my uncle. I dont know what i would have become without you and mami.Your journey to eternal kingdom has brought me tears again after the tears that washed my face 3years ago from mami's death. Your legacy will live forever and pease say hi to mami.Adieu papa(mon colonel).

Ndem"

This tribute was added by Mosesmbetem Nkengateh on 30th October 2015

"We have lost someone who was so dear to the family, a special part of the family has been broken by this falling hero. Your absence will be felt by the entire Bellah family home and abroad. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to all the son's and daughters of chief fobellah and the rest of the family.You always wished us sunshine, strangely sunshine also seems to be lost with you.We can just hope that you have proceeded to another world to spread more sunshine there. May you rest where ever you are in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Atem Chapngung on 30th October 2015

"Papa, you thought me so much for the short period of time we spent together. You treated me like a daughter, not an in law. I felt so cool sharing my worries with you. You would listen to me when i needed to talk  to a father, then simply tell me "Mme this problem is not as serious as you think". Why did you have leave so soon? I had high hopes that when you get back from the US I will share with you all that happened while you were away. But God called you earlier. You didn't even have time to say goodbye but it's okay, because in my heart you leave on. RIP Papa."

This tribute was added by Ernest Kouamo on 29th October 2015

"Je ne peux même pas commencer à comprendre ce que vous vivez en ce moment, mais je souhaite vous présenter mes condoléances à vous et à votre famille ...."

This tribute was added by ATABONGAFAC GODWILL AMIN on 29th October 2015

"Daddy you ran a good race, fought a good fight and kept your faith till the end.You left a foot print behind . Even though we mourn, we mourn with joy because we know you are with  God Almighty. We will forever miss you because nobody can fill the gap you have created. Say hello to all those who have departed.
Continue to rest in His Bossom"

This tribute was added by Fomenky Alem on 29th October 2015

"A Father And Role Model
Dear Papa,
It is with a heavy heart that I am sitting down to write this tribute for you. As a kid, I heard so much about you from my parents. But I will only come face-to-face with you sometime in March 1989 when you were transferred from Tombel to Buea. At the time you had the rank of a Captain. I was a student then and living with my Uncle (Ebokem Fomenky). In May that same year, he was transferred to Yaounde and I was more or less stranded. It took only a verbal information from me to inform you that I would like to continue living with you and continue my education. You accepted on the spot without a second thought and asked me if I had informed my elder sister – your late wife (Sister Aggie Fobellah). I answered in the negative and you asked me to go and inform her.
This briefing is just to show how magnanimous, how welcoming and how generous you were in your life. I will see more of this from September 1989 to July 1993 that I effectively lived with you. You treated me more like a son. Took care of my medical bills, always asking and encouraging me to eat something every morning before going to school. Always asking and making sure I have eaten and satisfactorily too. Your generosity had no bounds. I remember the several times that there would be a military recruitment in Buea. Your house would be jammed with many prospective recruits from different tribes, sometimes having more than ten of them living in the house and some sleeping on the floor in the living room during that period of the exercise and you taking care of their feeding and even taking some of them out for a drink at the end of the day. That was how simple and down to earth you were.
You gave me all the comfort and the most conducive reading and learning environment that a child needs to succeed in school. You never assigned me without first of all finding out whether I was busy. And once I said I was reading, you always asked me to do whatever you wanted me to do after I had finished reading or when I wanted to take a respite. In sum, that environment and treatment is what accounted for my academic achievement and what and who I am today in life. I remain immensely grateful to you.
Living with you I saw and admired the way you brought up your children, to be respectful, hard working, strive to be independent and, above all, to be very honest which was your trade mark. I cannot count the number of times that you told Nkeng, Ntu, Anu and Ndung that they should not touch your car. That it belongs to you and that they should work hard and buy theirs too. Even telling them that the house they are living in is your house and not theirs! That was the spirit of hard work and independence I saw you instilling in them that also propelled me too. You lived a very loving and caring life with your kids and wife to the envy of many.
Treating me as a son, you will take me to high places and make me feel comfortable. I remember the several trips you took me (only you and I) to down beach in Limbe and to MARS in Limbe and we would eat roasted fish and enjoy the seaside. You encouraged me to attend student parties and gave me money to take a drink while at the party. I remember you always reminding me, to put on one of those my Zazou coats that you so much admired with a particular tie.
When in November 2005 I visited you in Yaounde for us to go and see my Uncle-in-law (Professor Folefoc) for me to introduce myself to him as tradition demands, little did we know that a few years later, Nkeng – your son would be married to his daughter. Once at Professor Folefoc’s house, he tried to enquire more about me. I remember, the encomiums you poured on me was such that he and wife said if someone like you praises somebody that way, it means that person deserves it. That was just to explain how dispassionate, frank and honest you were when dealing with any issue(s) in your life.
You will take time talking to me about the value of education and encouraging me to become a military officer. I got so attracted to the profession because of the aura you carry around once you are in your military gear. But my dream was dashed because my mom feared that I could be killed at a war front and she will never see my corpse. I regret succumbing to this phobia of hers!! Several times when I am with you in the car and sitting on the front seat which you always preferred, when junior military officers greet you in the typical military style, as you shook your head in response, I instinctively fine myself shaking my head too as if I was the senior officer being given the salute.
From the way you dressed and talked, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that you loved your job and you were really hard working. That explained your successive and uninterrupted rise at the job even in sickness to the rank of a Colonel before retirement. I can comfortably say that you have fought and won both the battle and the war as a real soldier that is why God decided to take you to His Heavenly Kingdom. But why He decided to do that on October 10th (My Birthday) is yet another mystery I am still to unravel!
When I last visited you in Virginia in December 2014, you were looking fine and robust. We talked at length about several topics and laughed and recollected some past memories in Buea twenty five years down memory lane. We have been on phone and I always hear you saying you are fine except your knees that have some intermittent pains. Yet, we knew that was soon to pass. It never happened! But since God has decided to call you home at this appointed time, I can only say adieu papa. Greet my elder sister – your wife (Sister Aggie) for me. She should be very happy, as usual, to receive you. May your souls rest in perpetual peace!!!
Philip Fomenky (Ndi Nkemndenji) New York"

This tribute was added by Nkenglefac Yochembeng on 28th October 2015

"Dearest dad, to log on this memorial web page and bid farewell to a parent is heartbreaking. To do so twice in less than 3 years is totally devastating. God's time is the best. The first time i saw you shed tears was in 1994 when you just returned fromRwanda and Burundi for the OAU peace keeping mission. Your health was not the best. You felt bad that you will die and we were still very young. I had not yet turned 14 and NYIAWUNG your last son was just 1 year old.

You have lived for 21 bonus years and we are all grown ups. You died just 9 days before my 1st son was born but i have the feeling you know how he looks like. You asked me to name him AROKE after your dear dearest wife which i did.

You fought a good fight. Your faith and military spirit kept you alive all these years. Say hello to General your beloved wife and i am convinced you both will take better care of us.

Adieu!!!!!!!!!

Nkeng"

This tribute was added by Asonglefac Nkemleke on 28th October 2015

"Colonel,
Our paths crossed in Sasse College: you a year ahead of me. Me, your little brother from Nweh-Mundani. And, that you were to me all through the four years you had before you.
I last chatted with you at one of those Lebialem occasions so common but so unifying in the D.C. Metro Area this past summer. You were so full of energy and looked forward to our having more time to share the cherished memories of Sasse College and our lives later in the world of the Good Old Country called Cameroon. That time will now never come. But I am comforted by the awareness that the Master called you on that October morning so you could forget your bodily pains and share in His Heavenly joy, peace, and eternal love where there is no pain, no sorrow, no darkness.
Bring my warm greetings to Aggie your dear wife and my sister from Lewoh, and to Fuabellah, your father and my father. He always reminded me to "bark at those people in Yaoundé" who failed (and continue to fail) to give Lebialem its fair share.
Go well, brother and may the soil of your ancestors be light on your shoulders.
Watch over the family and plead for them at the Almighty's feet. May He grant them the strength to withstand your departure, and the courage and the fortitude to carry on your legacy.
Rest in Perfect Peace till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Temy Fobella on 28th October 2015

"Uncle, I Still remember you seated on your favorite arm chair at our home in Etoug ebe.i would always come on weekends and while we would sit watching football matches.you would tell me so many stories of when you and your brother where students at my Alma mater st Josephs college sasse.I still can’t believe I am writing a tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe this difficult moment, but if this is the last time I get to say goodbye then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life as your nephew.
You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favours in return. Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed.
The benefits of your hard work is a living testimony for the so many young men and women you took under your wings at a personal and professional level.
Uncle, you were and will always be an inspiration to myself, the entire family and anyone who worked with you. You have left a void in the family that will never be filled.
While we mourn today, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth would have been fulfilled. We thank the Lord for your life and bade you farewell until we meet again,
Your Nephew,"

This tribute was added by Nkentanyi fobellah on 28th October 2015

""Dear Col, Dad Edward,
It's such a shame to lose you at this time, unfortunately no death is timely. Like they say, God's time is the best but we, your family understandably feel it's quite too soon. But then such is life and we have to accept that God had decided to bring you home.
Firstly, 'Dad of all' as he was known by people so close to him, was a very intelligent and highly opinionated person.Due to the love he and my Dad shared rite back from child hood i was name after him and as i know. his only namesake in a large family as this "Fobellah" One specific thing I admired a lot about him was the amount of respect he commanded, even from 'His job section while he was still working'! Once I asked my father 'what exactly is the age difference between you and Daddy Eddy' and he replied 'Age mate', and quite frankly I was utterly astounded.
My uncle was a man of repute and had a dignifying aura about him. He was highly influential with regards to medical education, Religious inclination in his home and out of his home atlarge. On a personal level, he was always willing to help and offer advice where necessary. I remember the last 'heart-on-heart' conversation he had with my Dad, he told him he was going to America for medical attention and will be back his biggest concern was the health of all. a month later, I hear the sad news that Colonel Eddward is gone. Truthfully, my initial reaction was still one of disbelief and something inside me was still hoping, and praying that a miracle could transpire.thanks your namesake Aka Edward Ajong and Aka Nkeze E on behalf of Nkemtanyi fobellah's children.farewell Greet mama Agie for us.""

This tribute was added by Atem Michael Njinyah on 28th October 2015

"In heaven, There is best life. A Hero, a Historian, a Christian. That's exactly what he was.. May his humble soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Lefem Asaatong Fontem on 28th October 2015

"Moyo:  Apart from a very brief introduction, a couple of years ago, at the grandstand at Azi, I do not recall ever meeting you. Yet, not a single person I know has failed to speak so highly of you- your pleasant company, your generosity, community-minded life.  What a legacy! Farewell, Moyo.  Fuaseh'ngong Fontem (with Louisa, Ateh-su & Anyi-Ajong). London, 28oct2015"

This tribute was added by Nkentanyi fobellah on 28th October 2015

"Dearest brother,

Throughout his life of ill health
He touched so many, including his peers.

In every person he ever met, he always found some good.
And was always willing to share his love with everyone who would.
Although he was sick
.His Belief in God and faith remained strong.

God's grace is sufficient, he would always remember.
And God took him from us in perfection on the 10th october.
God has taken our precious gift that we never can replace.
But left the Holy Comforter to help run this lonely race.

I thank God for the years we had.
And someday we will join him and no longer be sad.he was to me as a twin brother due to the fact that we did our did uniquely and due to that fact i name a child after him.Brother, farewell and regards to Agie your wife.Nkemtanyi Fobellah Aka."

This tribute was added by Agendia Vivian on 28th October 2015

"He did exactly what he could do to live but GOD decided this way. therefore his soul is resting in peace.adieu papa"

This tribute was added by Leke Leke on 28th October 2015

"I remember that faithful day in January 2010 when you came to school for an emergency meeting with regards to the party that we organized in school. Many parents were of the opinion that we who were pointed out as the seven reign leaders should be dismissed. My brother and I were amongst these ''big 7''. You were the only one to stand for us without even knowing us. I remember  You saying '' Look at this two brothers from the same house, do you know how much money their parents must have paid as school fees? And you want them to be dismissed. If they were your kids, how will you feel?'' You stood for us like you were our biological father. Good things never last long they say. May your gentle soul RIP.
#Respect"

This tribute was added by nkengafeh fobella on 28th October 2015

"you will always remain in our hearts papa RIP We love you but GOD loves you more"

This tribute was added by nkengafeh fobella on 28th October 2015

"you will always remain in our hearts papa RIP We love you but GOD loves you more"

This tribute was added by J Nkemnji on 27th October 2015

"Col. Fobellah: I was really surprised when I heard the news of your passing. You were feeling strong, exercising, eating well, and looking forward to the birth of your grand child. You had just gather the Bellah Ngeh family in DC to form a BNDA branch. Nobody who saw you could image that you will be gone by now. You went in peace and left many people to reflect that life is a mystery and a gift from God.  I cherish the times we spent together and wish you the best in your new world. You accomplished your mission on earth and God decided that it was time to call you home. Rest in peace and intercede for the family you left behind.  Your gentle nature and generosity will forever be remembered."

This tribute was added by Ntumbong Yochembeng on 27th October 2015

"Dearest daddy,

This is the closest I have come to accepting that you truly are no more. When I picked you up from the airport on July 25th 2014, I was unsure of what the future held. You looked so sick and though I had tears of joy on my face that you had made it safely to the US, I wept silently in my heart because you were hurting so bad inside, and could barely walk from terrible arthritis pain in your knees. The next months were a true blessing. The doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital took over your care and your progress was tremendous. We spent long hours driving between Winchester and Baltimore at least every week for the first several months. You thrived, and were so happy with the progress that you had made. And I praised God, and thanked Him for giving me my daddy back for at least another ten years. This permitted us to begin making plans – for the winter, for next Spring and even for your return home.
A few days before you left this earthly world, you were looking forward to my birthday. I was not home but you reminded everyone that my birthday was coming up on October 12th. I was still thinking of how we were going to celebrate when you gave me the most shocking birthday gift ever. The Lord called you two days before my birthday. I have cried ever since, I am still at a loss. You were always the first person I met when I got home. Now, I watch that empty seat of yours every time I walk in from school. Your keen critique of American politics lingers still in my mind – You urged me to go register to vote and we analyzed each candidate in depth. You were so looking forward to the 2016 presidential elections – Where are you daddy? I know you will be looking down with Mom and all the angels to see how this unfolds. You were a true Christian, an awesome daddy, an even greater husband, and a courageous army officer; a shining example for the world to emulate. I am consoled that you have gone to be reunited with your loving wife, my sweet mother.  Continue to watch over us, and I promise to continue your legacy. I will do my best to step in as mom and dad to your four musketeers. Ride on Daddy, ride on with the angels!!!"

This tribute was added by V~ Mgt. on 27th October 2015

"Papa, it's still like a dream that you are no more. Your examplary life of respect, simplicity, generosity, God-fearing, hardworking, prayerful, parenthood, courage, faithfulness, unconditional love, gentleness, time consciousness, etc are the qualities you have left us as memories- a LEGACY we shall uphold. Each day I spent around you was worth a year spent somewhere else. Even in your times of illness, you would still go out of your comfort zone in order to make sure that those around you have the best. You lived a live of  "...there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend". This  you and your beloved wife lived in our community. Your life was a template for any aspiring christian home to emulate. I always believe that God sent you as an examplary couple and role models to our family in particular and community in genreral. Your journey of no return has brought me tears again; like the tears that wash my face in December 2012 when Mama left for the Heavenly Mariapolis. But I will remain strong as you told me in that December  "... Atabong, be strong". I pray you a peaceful rest with all the heavenly angels. Say hello to Ma Agie and all those who had preceeded you. Looking forward to that ressurection morning when we shall meet to part no more.
Your legacy lives on forever.

Requiescant in pace, Papa!

Atabong Mbengu"

This tribute was added by Fidelis Achenjang on 27th October 2015

"Nda Nyo... brother, Captain, Colonel... I guess it does not matter any more how we address you... what matters is that you have been a great light and glow that will for longggg continue to illuminate Bellah, SOBA, the Cameroon army, UN Peace keeping force, Nweh-Mundani, Lebialem and more. Your departure, so sudden, unexpected and premature will leave a deep scar on many... the scars may hardly go away, but we know your good name and deeds will remain in our memories, the memories of those who care... we care that you have been such a light and beacon for many ... salute all family you meet in the netherworld, beginning with your dearest wife and father, through family beyond from Ngeh, Atungong... to Effem Bellah/Atuteng. Rest in Peace brother Edward !"

This tribute was added by Timothy Mbeseha on 27th October 2015

"Dear Edward, it is very difficult to believe that you are no longer with us. We remain comforted that you are in better hands. I believe Agi your beloved wife must be just too happy to meet you after three long years of separation. She in her normal characteristics must have prepared for you the best dish for your welcome party. While both of you have fun in your second honey moon, rest assured that the kids you left behind are doing well. As you already know, they are all grown ups and some are even married. As the family and friends you left behind painfully try to get along with their own lives we hope you will always intercede with the almighty God to keep every one happy and safe until we meet again.
Mbeseha"

This tribute was added by Timothy Mbeseha on 27th October 2015

"Dear Edward, it is very difficult to believe that you are no longer with us. We remain comforted that you are in better hands. I believe Agi your beloved wife must be just too happy to meet you after three long years of separation. She in her normal characteristics must have prepared for you the best dish for your welcome party. While both of you have fun in your second honey moon, rest assured that the kids you left behind are doing well. As you already know, they are all grown ups and some are even married. As the family and friends you left behind painfully try to get along with their own lives we hope you will always intercede with the almighty God to keep every one happy and safe until we meet again.
Mbeseha"

This tribute was added by Ngt Press on 26th October 2015

"Your life has been a shining example of a very hard working and successful soldier.  You battle your way through many odds and left this earth at the time of God's choosing. Farewell and greet your dad and wife, and all those who went before you. We miss you, Colonel!"


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