Necrology, December 2020  

 "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

Little Miss Anayah Rain Simmons, the 5 years old, granddaughter of Pastor Robert Simmons, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Hernando, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. George Odis Smith, the brother of the Reverend Roy (Beverly) Smith, the pastor of Beech Hill A.M.E. Church and Seminary A.M.E. Church, West Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Edith Bell Poindexter, age 103, the mother of Reverend William Poindexter a Local Deacon at Martin Chapel AME Church, Clarksville, TN, North District, Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Dr. Mary Levi Smith-Stowe was the 11th President of Kentucky State University, the First Female President of Kentucky State University, and the First African American Female President in the State of Kentucky, she was the beloved spouse of Superannuate, Reverend James H. Stowe, Kentucky Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Michael Smiley, pastored St. John AME Church, Grayville, Alabama prior to his becoming ill, the brother of Reverend Glenn Smiley, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dolomite, West Birmingham Ensley Greensboro District, Northwest Alabama Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

Mr. Dalden Blackwell, father of The Reverend Brian K. Blackwell, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, in Smithfield, Alabama, Northwest Alabama Conference who also serves as the Ninth Episcopal District Comptroller

Sister Marceline Armstrong, the aunt of the Reverend Anna E. Mosby, Pastor of St. Jude AME Church, Capital District of the Washington Conference, and President of the Second Episcopal District Women in Ministry

The Reverend Valerie O. Harper,  an ordained local deacon and a valuable part of the ministry at Brown’s AME Church, the wife of Reverend Gilbert Harper, Pastor of Brown’s AME Church, Smithfield, Virginia, Portsmouth, Richmond Roanoke District, Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District;

Sister Bertha Louise Smedley, the wife of Retired Reverend Donald L. Smedley, former pastor of Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Capital District of Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Sylvia Dye Rogers, the wife of the Reverend Anthony Rogers, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Martinsville, Virginia, also a sister of First Lady Sonia Boyd, wife of the Reverend Reuben Boyd, Pastor of Third Street Bethel, Richmond, Virginia, Second Episcopal District

Minister Doris R. Scott, was affiliated with the Solid Rock Church, and was co-founder of Love of God Ministries, she was the sister of the Reverend Erroll Brantley, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church Trussville, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

The Reverend Doris Maria Scott, the sister of Geraldine Wade and Jiles Burgines, Jr. (Lola), local elder assigned to Community A.M.E. Church of Ecorse and later St. John A.M.E. Church of River Rouge, Michigan, Fourth Episcopal District

Mrs. Eloise McMillan Brown, the mother of Reverend N. Lynn Felts, the pastor of Lee Chapel AME Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and of Mrs. Evelyn Day a member of Wayman Chapel in Dayton, Ohio, Third Episcopal District

Mr. Robert L. Banks, Sr., a member of Warren AME Church, Toledo, Ohio, Third Episcopal District, the brother of the Reverend Darian Banks, pastor of Greater Morris Chapel AME Church, Farrell, PA, he was

Mrs. Ella Ruth Lyle, a faithful Steward of Sulphur Springs AME Church Cunningham, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District. and the aunt of Reverend Anthony J. Lyle, Pastor of Greater Ebenezer AME Church, Clarksville, TN

Ms. Virginia Anette Crimiel, the sister of Mrs. Juanita Palmer and sister-in-law of the Reverend James C. Palmer, Pastor of St. John AME Church, Biloxi, Mississippi, Eighth Episcopal District

Mrs. Sadie Parrish, (Aunt Dukie) , 99 years old, the Aunt of Bishop Philip Robert Cousin, Sr., the 96th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Martha Ann Rose, the widow of the late Reverend James Edward Rose, a Retired Itinerant Elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Molly Holden-Smith, the mother of the Reverend Dr. Shelia Anita Alford (P.E. retired Roger Alford) of the Oklahoma State Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Ms. Johnnie Lee Jordan, the mother of the Reverend Jerry W. Smith, Pastor of Bailey Springs AME Church (St. Florian) and mother-in-law of the Reverend Lasagne Smith, Pastor of Matthews Chapel AME Church and St. Paul AME Church in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Reverend Sheila H. Bradshaw, the sister of Reverend Vera V. Worthy and the sister-in-love of Reverend Richard H. Worthy, Presiding Elder, and Consultant of the Wilmington, District of the Delaware Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Sister Bessie Lee Tolefree, the sister-in-law of Pastor Truman and First Lady Bettie Tolefree, Bethel AME Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Betty J. Poindexter, the wife of Reverend William Poindexter a Local Deacon at Martin Chapel AME Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, North District-Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mr. James E. “Jimmy” Lyle, Jr.,  a member of Sulphur Springs AME Church and the uncle of Reverend Anthony J. Lyle, Pastor of Greater Ebenezer AME Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, North District, Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Herndon Anderson, the former pastor of St. Luke AME Church in Madisonville, Ohio, previously serving at Delaney Chapel AME Church in Georgetown and most recently serving as an associate at Brown Chapel AME Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Third Episcopal District

Presiding Elder (retired) Charles M. Cleaver, Sr, who faithfully served for forty years as Pastor and Presiding Elder in the Arkansas Conference of the Twelfth District, served as a delegate to several General Conferences and husband of Mrs. Delilah Cleaver, Life member, Women's Missionary Society

The Reverend Bruce V. White, Jr., an Ordained Elder and the Pastor of Johnson Chapel C.M.E. Church, Memphis, Tennessee, the brother of the Reverend Agnes M. Henderson, Pastor of New Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Memphis, Tennessee, West Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Reverend Dr. Tantsi Nathaniel Hercules, 81, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Retired Itinerant Elder (pastor) who had given 55 years in his ministerial journey in the Sixth Episcopal District

Mr. Jesse Clay Corbin Sr, 97, the brother of Reverend Raymond Corbin an itinerant Elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Brother Leroy E. Duckett, who was active on all levels of the Lay Organization of the AME Church and the husband of Mrs. Wanda L. Duckett, member of the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church  and 2nd Vice President of the First Episcopal District Lay Organization

The Reverend Carla Compton Thomas, a member of Greater Ward Chapel AME Church, Pine Bluff Helena District, East Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Hiram Holton, father of Rev. Dr. Helen Holton, associate minister of Payne Memorial AME Church, Baltimore, Baltimore Conference, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Dessie Carter, age 96, who served as pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Hagerstown, Maryland and retired from Embry AME Church in College Park, Maryland after 26 years of services, Washington Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District

Ms. Meredith Anderson, the mother of Rev. Justin B. Anderson, pastor of Israel AME Church-Albany, Western New York Annual Conference, Albany-Rochester District, First Episcopal District

Mrs. Evaline Ricks Walton, the sister of Presiding Elder Retired and Former Marshall to the Bishops of the AME Church, Reverend Ella M. Samuels, who now serves as a member of the Ministerial Staff at St. Paul AME Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, Second Episcopal District 

Deacon Robert Roland Harris, Sr., who served as senior deacon for several years at Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Rock Island, IL and was the brother of the Reverend. Dr. Sheila E. Harris, pastor of St. James AME Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee and the late Reverend Dr. Sylvia A. Harris and the late Reverend Fred “Ricky” Harris, Jr., Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Robert Shadrack Boyd, pastor of Rankin Chapel AME Church, Rayville, Louisiana, of the Central North Louisiana Annual Conference, Eighth Episcopal District; he was the husband of Mrs. Helen Boyd and the brother of the Reverend Dr. Samuel H. Boyd, Sr., pastor of Pearl Street AME Church, Jackson, Mississippi, and the brother-in-law of Mrs. Gloria Boyd

Reverend Alphonso Terry, Sr., Retired Itinerant Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Seventh Episcopal District

Reverend Willie Toney Jr., pastor at Bethel AME Church in Carthage AR, West Arkansas Conference who served for many years his beloved community of Carthage as Mayor

Mrs. Delilah Cleaver, widow of Presiding Elder (retired) Charles M. Cleaver, serving with her husband for more than 40 years in the Arkansas Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District, she was also a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, working with the Conference WMS and MSWAWO + PK'S

Mrs. Leanda Fanning, the wife of the late Reverend James E. Fanning, the former pastor of Delaney Chapel AME Church in Georgetown, OH, and upon retirement became an associate minister at Christ Our Redeemer in Dayton, OH, Third Episcopal District

Sister Gloris Jean Ray, the mother of Reverend William C. Slade and mother-in-law of Sister Tamara Slade of the Ninth Episcopal District

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III; Director/Consultant Social Action Commission, Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker;  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