Necrology, August 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."

- Listed In Sequential Order -

Deacon Bennie J. Butler, Sr., of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the paternal grandfather of the Rev. Dr. Curry Butler, Jr., the Pastor of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Brother Byron Lee Byfield, the father of Rev. Aldean Byfield, Pastor of St. Matthew's AME Church in St. Catherine, Jamaica; husband to Caseta Byfield, a lifetime member of St. John AME Church, Clarendon, Jamaica and father of Alecia Byfield, former 16th District YPD President.

The Reverend LaNell Franklin Ross, Presiding Elder of the Little Rock/Jonesboro District, Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Deaconess Janet Kasapo Chomba of Quinn's Chapel AME Church, Chingola, Zambia, age 79; who served her church; Sunday School Superintendent, Music and Christian Arts Director, WMS local President, Area Four WMS Chairperson, Class Leader of Member Siyezwa Class and on the ecumenical level, she pioneered the Women's Wing of the Chiwempala, a local chapter of the Council of Churches in Zambia. She was the mother the Rev. Royd Mwandu, the immediate past Seventeenth Episcopal District Director of Christian Education, also 3 other AME Church clergy sons and six daughters

Mr. Joseph Edward Fugh, 42, son of Bishop Clement W. Fugh, the 131st Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District, and Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Alexia Butler Fugh, and brother of Mrs. Marcia Fugh Joseph (Paul)

Reverend James Davis, Sr., age 96, a retired pastor of St. James AME Church, Pratt City, Alabama; father of Reverend Richard L. Davis, Senior Pastor, Gaines Chapel AME Church, Birmingham, Alabama in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Brenda Holland Curry, Connectional Lay Organization Officer, Assistant Recording Secretary for the Connectional Lay Organization 

Mrs. Linda Marie Simon Kelly, the wife of Reverend Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., pastor of Bethel AME Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the Eighth Episcopal District; serving with her husband as a partner in ministry for over 35 years, serving as an Episcopal District WMS Officer; as the Conference M-SWAWO+PK’S President and was First Lady of Bethel for over 23 years, and the loving mother of Herman Osby Kelly, III and Tiffany Marie Kelly

Mrs. Ionia Williams Chestnut, the sister of Bishop Preston Warren Williams, II, (Retired) and sister-in-law of Retired Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Wilma Delores Webb Williams

Mr. Henry E. Justice, brother of Rev. Dr. J. Stanley Justice, Pastor Morris Brown AME Church Philadelphia, Rev. Lester N. Justice, Pastor Wesley Temple UMC, Salisbury, MD, Evangelist Iris V. Justice Waters, and the uncle of Rev. Dr. Robert A. Jackson Jr., Pastor of Bethel AME Church Stamford, Ct, First Episcopal District

Mr. Raymond F. Edmonds, Sr., husband of Mrs. Elnor Edmonds, both were longtime members of New Mt. Olive AMEC, Chesapeake, Virginia, and he was the father of the Reverend Raymond F. Edmonds, Jr., Pastor, Falls Road AMEC, Baltimore, MD, and the father-in-love of the Reverend Jerri Edmonds, he was also father of Mrs. Sherry Clemons and Mrs. Trina Brickhouse

Bro. Keith “KD” Jones, son of Bro. Delroy Jones, Sr. and Rev. Latisha Jones, Pastor of Gregg-Anne AME Church, Bradley, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District; and brothers Roshea and DJ.

Mrs. Amy Velma Lee-Bowie, 108, of Phenix City, Alabama; the mother of Reverend Jacquelyn Bowie Hayter of the Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Jaunitta Irene Cooper, Spouse of the late Presiding Elder Samson M. Cooper (PGH District) West Virginia Annual Conference, Third Episcopal District


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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, 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