Necrology, January 2023

 "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,

we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

- Listed In Sequential Order -


The Reverend Julia M. Patterson, Who Served As The Pastor of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Guthrie, Oklahoma, Western District Of The Oklahoma State Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Professor Vinita Ruth Davis Carter Holman, Age 78, Of Nashville Tennessee, A Professor Of Accounting At Fisk University For Many Years And Prior To That Served In The Corporate Setting As A Certified Public Accountant (CPA); She Was The Daughter Of Dr. Henderson S. Davis, Retired Historiographer Of The AME Church And Mrs. Ruth Vinita Davis, Artist, Painter, Sculptor, And Historian

Ms. Kaiyah Tselani Tyanna Horton-Seawright, Age 21, A Resident of Columbia, South Carolina, And The Great Niece Of Bishop Harry L. And Supervisor Sherita Moon Seawright, Ninth Episcopal District

Deaconess Carrie S. Polk - Powe, Age 85, Of Jackson, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District; She Was Active In Her Church And Community And Tutored And Counseled Children Of All Ages Even After She Retired From The Chicago Public School System After 33 Years Of Service

Mrs. Margaret R. Brooks, On December 23, 2022, The Mother Of Rev. Makeeda E. Brooks, The Pastor Of St. John A.M.E. Church, Niagara Falls, NY, Buffalo Annual Conference, And The First Episcopal District

Mrs. Ella Mae King Who Was 91 Years of Age, The Sister of The Late Rev. George M. Perkins, An Elder And Pastor In The Tennessee Annual Conference

Mrs. Carol Shepherd, The Mother of The Rev. Dr. Valdes J. Snipes, The Second Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bereavement Notification Contributing Designee From The Office Of The Bishop, The Rt. Rev. James L. Davis; The Pastor Of Mt. Zion AME Church, Severn, Maryland

The Reverend Gerald Cardwell, An Associate Minister at Oak Grove AME Church, Detroit, He Served As An Adjunct Professor Of Church Administration at Ashland Seminary And On The Detroit Campus Advisory Board; He Was A Devoted Family Man Who Was Married To His Wife Betty For More Than 50 Years, This Union Produced Two Children: Geneen And Gerard And 3 Grandchildren: Antonio, Angelo, And Gianni

Mrs. Juanita Johnson-Abel, Widow of The Reverend William Lewis (WL) Johnson Jr., They Shared A Vibrant Ministry Together That Spanned 40 Years In The Fourth Episcopal District, And She Was A Very Active Member Of The Women’s Missionary Society At All Levels Of The Church

Mrs. Elnora Caldwell, the Sister of Reverend Fred Flowers, Pastor Of Parks Chapel AME Church, Dothan, Alabama, In The Southeast Alabama Annual Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

The Rev. Clarence G. Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, And Retired Presiding Elder Served Faithfully In The 4th District For Over 65 Years As A Pastor, Presiding Elder And Staff Of The 4th District Headquarters; Pastored Emanuel Temple AME-Chicago, Olivet AME-South Bend, Bethel AME-Saginaw, Ebenezer AME-Detroit And St. Mark AME-Milwaukee And He Was Appointed Presiding Elder In 2001 

The Reverend Angela Ward Fair, Age 57, an Itinerant Deacon for over 20 Years, Married to Rev. Garry L. Fair for 35 Years and together they had two children; she served in A unified ministry and Pastorship with Rev. Garry Where Their Passion For Christ’s Word And God’s Children Remains A Dynamic Force In The Local Memphis Community, West Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Reverend Ida Grooms, Mother of The Reverend Jesse Grooms, Pastor Of Mt. Zion AME Church In Opelika, Alabama In The Northeast Alabama Conference Of The Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Sandra B. Calvin, The Grandmother of Sister Braea Green, The Wife Of Reverend Stephen A. Green, Pastor Of St. Luke A.M.E. Church, New York, New York Annual Conference Of The First Episcopal District

Mrs. Peola Himes Mccaskill (Age 96), A Former Elected Connectional Officer of The Women’s Missionary Society of The African Methodist Episcopal Church, And Was A Close And Trusted Ally Of NCNW President Emerita, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, Where She Served NCNW Faithfully For Decades As Parliamentarian

Sister Mary Vaughn Garnett, The Wife Rev. Joseph T. Garnett, Jr., Pastor of Israel Chapel AME Church, West Columbia Of The Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Princess Aura Alexandria Tolliver, Age 31, Victom of A Drive By Shooting In Tallahassee, Florida; The Niece Of The Reverend Juan Tolliver, Presiding Elder, Fort Worth District, African Methodist Episcopal Church; 31, Tenth Episcopal DistrictTenth Episcopal District

Sister Ruby Mae Brooks, The Mother of Rev. Prudie Milam, A Retired Associate Minister Serving At Mt. Zion Porter AME Church In The Southwest Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Horace Hawkins, Jr., The Beloved Father of Reverend Evonski Bulgar, Pastor Of St. Paul AME Church, Havana, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

The Reverend Johnnie Edison, Sr, Retired Pastor of The Northwest Alabama Conference and The Husband of Reverend Glenzel Edison, Pastor Of St. John AME Church Graysville, In The West Birmingham Ensley Greensboro District, Ninth Episcopal District

Brother Kenneth White, the Brother of Rev. Dr. Gertie Hurley of Love AME Church and the Brother-In-Law of Rev. Rowena Webster White, Former Episcopal Supervisor-AME Church, Pastor Of Campfield AME Church, Pikesville, Maryland, Second Episcopal District

Brother Stanley Otis Roberts, the Brother of WMS Life Member And Former First Lady, Mother Doris Porter, And Sister Mary Spencer; And The Uncle Of Connectional OfficerMrs. Robin Porter Smith, Chair, Fellowship Of Church Educators

The Reverend John Floyd Sumpter, Sr. an Itinerant Elder in The African Methodist Episcopal Church, The Spouse of Mrs. Patricia Sumpter, And The Pastor Of Bethel (Plantersville) African Methodist Episcopal ChurchGeorgetown District, Palmetto Annual Conference Of The Seventh Episcopal District Of The AME Church

Mrs. Elizabeth Swinton the Mother of The Reverend Dr. William Swinton, Jr., Pastor Of Ebenezer (Charleston) African Methodist Episcopal ChurchMt. Pleasant District, Palmetto Annual Conference Of The Seventh Episcopal District Of The AME Church, And The Mother In Love Of Mrs. Cheryl Swinton, Past Seventh Episcopal District YPD Director

Sister Octavia Crummy the Daughter of The Reverend Richard Crummy And Mrs. Bonnie Crummy, And The Sister Of Reverend Jerald Crummy; Reverend Richard Crummy Is The Pastor Of Greater St. James (Lake City) African Methodist Episcopal ChurchKingstree District, Palmetto Annual Conference Of The Seventh Episcopal District Of The AME Church 

The Reverend Clarence Rivers, Retired Itinerant Elder Whose Last Pastoral Assignment Was Mt. Olive (Smoaks) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Beaufort District, South Carolina Annual Conference of The Seventh Episcopal District of The AME Church

Brother William (Bobby) Parrott the Brother of Reverend Dr. Allen W. Parrott, Presiding Elder And Brother-In-Law Of Sister Barbara Parrott Of The Charleston District, South Carolina Annual Conference Of The Seventh Episcopal District Of The African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Adam Troy Carrington, Sr., Pastor of Brooks A.M.E. Worship Center, Corpus Christi, TexasSan Antonio District, Southwest Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and  Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/Consultant-Social Action Commission, we extend profound sympathy to all bereaved families. "We wish you the peace that comes from knowing God Is There and pray that He will keep you in His Promised, Gentle Care."


In Sympathy and Prayer,

Ora L. Easley, International Administrator