July 2023 Necrology 

 "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-

Brother Reuben Benton, Jr., of Hurtsboro, Alabama, the brother of Reverend Joe Nathan Benton, Pastor of St. Mark AME Church in Opelika, Alabama, in the Northeast Alabama Annual Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

Mr. James Samuel Dye of High Point, North Carolina, the uncle and surrogate father who raised Sister Sonja Dye Boyd, the wife of the Reverend Reuben Boyd, Pastor of Third Street Bethel AME Church, Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District

Elder Larrie Butler, Sr., the father of Reverend Maurice L. Butler, pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Dover District of the Delaware Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District

Mrs. Blanche Cade McEachern, the mother of Reverend Dr. Richard O. McEachern, pastor of Macedonia A.M.E. Church, Brooklyn-Westchester District of the New York Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District

The Reverend Gregory Antonio Thomas, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Chandler, OK, Oklahoma State Annual Conference, and was the spouse of The Reverend Lynnette Thomas, Twelfth Episcopal District

The Reverend Delanor E. Myrick, Sr., a retired Itinerant Elder/Pastor in the A.M.E. Church who served faithfully for 45 plus years, Marianna District, Eleventh Episcopal District

Sister Janice Greene, sister of the Rev. Joe Tripp, Jr., pastor of Antioch A.M.E. Church, Marianna District, Marianna, Fl, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Earlene Chambers, age 81, of Phenix City, Alabama, the last aunt of Mrs. Donna McLemore, Lay and WMS Leader of the Third Episcopal District

Brother Willie Frank Jackson, the father of The Reverend Gloria A. Hall, Presiding Elder of the West Birmingham, Ensley, Greensboro District in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District. 

Sister Alice M. Turner, mother of the Rev. Kimberly Neal, the Pastor of Gordon Chapel AME Church in Chesapeake, VA, Norfolk/Eastern Shore District – VA Conference, Second Episcopal District

Sister Charity Manyawu, wife and mother, and served as the 20th Episcopal District Women’s Missionary Society President, also she served as the Northeast Zimbabwe Conference WMS President for eight, (8) years, and was a WMS Life Member

Brother Leon E. Anderson, the only sibling of Sis. Fredia Hanley-Johnson, the Third Elected President of Conn-M-SWAWO Plus PK’s, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Fannie Mae Hammett, the mother of Reverend Virgil Hammett, pastor of St. Andrew (Andrews) AME Church, Kingstree District, Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference of Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Sis. Cassandra ‘Sandy’ Yvette Jones, the sister of Rev. Damon Blakeley, pastor of Joshua Chapel AME Church in Waxahachie TX, Northwest Texas Conference and Rev. Stephanie Heard Anderson, pastor of Sauney Chapel AME Church in Chappell Hill, TX. Southwest Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Henry Jacques Arnoldus, age 54 years, husband and father, and an Itinerant Elder for 21 years in the Fifteenth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

Sister Roberta Grant, wife of retired Presiding Elder Howard L. Grant, Newark District of the New Jersey Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Grady Dunston, the beloved mother of the 11th Episcopal District WMS President, Mrs. Laurastine Dunston Lemon and Reverend Charlotte Dunston-Williams, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Zellwood, FL

Sister Florence Thomas Gonzalez, the sister of The Reverend Antonio Thomas, Presiding Elder of the Camden District in the Southwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District. 

Mr. Waco Porter, Jr. (Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC) the brother of Rev. Gloria Cash-Sam, pastor of Wesley Chapel AMEC, Clute TX in the South Houston District, Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Rev. Marybelle Stafford, a Local Elder at St. Paul AMEC, Houston TX in the South Houston District, Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Bobby Lee Mitchell the Brother of Bishop Michael Leon (Supervisor Cordelia) Mitchell, Episcopal Leadership Team of the Twelfth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Willie Lee Leslie, a retired Itinerant Elder of the East Tennessee Conference; pastored several A. M. E. churches within the ETC, additionally, he served as a presiding elder within the East Tennessee Conference, Thirthteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Barbara Ann Kosiak Carter, 65, wife of Rev. James Carter, an itinerant elder at Ralph Avenue AME Church Louisville Kentucky, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mr. James Henry Dickerson, Sr., brother of Retired General Officer Dennis C. Dickerson, Sr., Ph.D. and brother-in-law to Mrs. Mary A. E. Dickerson, husband to Mrs. Marva Guilford Dickerson

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont Walker, Director, Social Action Commission, we extend profound sympathy to all bereaved families. "We wish them 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