Necrology, April 2021 

 "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."

In Sequential Order

Reverend Dr. Charles William Bennett, retired Presiding Elder of the West Atlanta District in the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Reverend Mary M. Wiley, Itinerant Elder and Associate Minister of Disney-Nichols AME Church in Philadelphia PA, First Episcopal District, widow of the Late Rev. Clarence E. Wiley, Sr.

Brother Jeremy Dejuan Williamson, the son of Reverends Carol and Antoine Perrier, first family of Rosebud-St. James AME Church in Rosebud, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Brother Charlie Person, Jr., the brother of Reverend Patricia Walton, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Seale, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Brother Tony Earl Moore, the brother of Reverend Loretta Fuller, Pastor of St. John AME Church Pittsview, Alabama and Howard Chapel AME Church in Hatchechubbee, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Reverend Mamie Brookens (Ret.) Fourth Episcopal District, served on the pastoral team at Celia Gregg Memorial AME Church, Woodlawn AME Church, Institutional AME Church and Grant Memorial AME Church; in her later years she was also a member of the pastoral team at Trinity Chapel AMEC in Bay Minette, AL, in the Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Katie E. Sterling of Houston, Texas, the sister of Reverend Dr. Ronald D. Sterling, Pastor of Saint John AME Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Patricia Ann Smith, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, she is the sister of Reverend Samuel Smith, Pastor of St. John AME Church in Ft. Mitchell, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Brother Hezzie Watts, Jr., president of the South Mississippi Conference Lay Organization, husband of Mrs. Malinda Watts, former director of the Eighth Episcopal District YPD; the father of the Rev. Cory Watts, pastor and father-in-love of first-lady Dr. Toy Watts, of St. Paul AME Church, Gulfport, MS, South Mississippi Annual Conference, Eighth Episcopal District

Rev. Susie R. Mallory (95) a Local Elder at Saint Paul AME Church, Oakwood; Tennessee, who served with joy and was an inspiration to the Oakwood community of the Tennessee Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Frances Bridgeforth, sister of the Rev. Dr. Darryl Williams, pastor, and sister-in-love of first lady Mrs. Laurelyn Williams of St. Stephen AME Church - Detroit, Michigan, Fourth Episcopal District

Mr. Antonio Hughlett, the brother of the Rev. Wanda Hughlett, associate minister at Kairos Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Sister Bernice B. Edmond, aunt of The Right Reverend Harry L. Seawright, Presiding Prelate, Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Lucy Richardson Riggins, the mother of Reverend Sharon Hearns, pastor of Temple Gate AME Church in the West Birmingham Ensley Greensboro District, Ninth Episcopal District

Bro. Cleveland "Sonny" Gordon, husband of Presiding Elder Elaine Gordon, South District - Indiana Conference, Fourth Episcopal District

Mrs. Janet B. Smith, the widow of the late retired Presiding Elder Elijah Smith, Sr; mother to three daughters, an active member of CONN-M-SWAWO+P.K.'S, SED-M-SWAWO+P.K.’S, and the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference M-SWAWO+P.K.'S; the WMS and the Lay Organization

Reverend John Wesley Anderson Jr., Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, South Coatesville, Pennsylvania, who served the Harrisburg District of the Philadelphia Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District for many years

Former Presiding Elder Joel Mehu of Haiti, pastor of Christine Smith AME Church, former AME Agent for Haiti, former presiding elder of the Haitian Conference of the Sixteenth Episcopal District

Keith Belgrave, the husband of Rev. Julia Belgrave, local Elder at Emmanuel AME Church, Barbados and father of Rev. Ruth Phillips, pastor of Emmanuel AME Church, Barbados, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Reverend Pastor Jean-Paul Basunga of the Sixteenth Episcopal District lost his mother, age 100, leaving behind great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and a wonderful and fulfilling life

Deaconess Leola Carrol, age 102, a member of Bethel AME Church, Virgin Islands, Sixteenth Episcopal District 

Mrs. Almena L. Myers, a member of Lee Chapel AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District; and widow of the late Rev. Thomas Myers of St. Andrews AME Church, Kingstree District, 7th Episcopal District





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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, Mrs. 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