Necrology, December 2022 

 "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 -

Retired Presiding Elder Wendell L. Harewood, a member of Wayman Chapel AMEC in Hillsboro, Ohio, serving for many years in the Dayton District, South Ohio Annual Conference of the Third Episcopal District

Evangelist Chellette Adair Henderson, age 71, served as the Director of Evangelism and Outreach at Campbell Chapel AME Church in Minter, Alabama in the Alabama River Region Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

The Reverend Gloria C. Bennett of Marietta, Georgia, a retired pastor in the Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference of the Sixth Episcopal District, a beloved mother, daughter, sister, friend, and child of God

The Reverend Dr. Charles Robert Finch, Presiding Elder Emeritus, who gave ministerial service in the AME Church for 38 years with over 20 years as the Presiding Elder of the North Memphis District, West Tennessee Annual Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District until his retirement; the husband of Mrs. Linda C. Finch, a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather

Ms. Ida Pearl Nelson Hogan, the maternal grandmother of Reverend Steven A. Cousin, Jr., pastor of Bethel AME Church, New Haven, Connecticut of the First Episcopal District

First Lady Ethel Shaw wife of Reverend Billy Shaw, Pastor of New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Lake Hamilton, Florida, and the aunt of Reverend Dorian Harris, Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Lake Alfred, Florida, Lakeland District, West Coast Annual Conference of the Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. Barrington A. Malcolm of Silver Spring, Maryland, the father of the Reverend Dianne McGlenn, a staff member of Bethel AME Church, Hampton, Virginia, Second Episcopal District

Mr. Marcellas R. McNorton, Jr., the brother of the Reverend Otelia Barksdale-Osahon, Pastor of New Hope AME Church, Chatham, Virginia, Second Episcopal District

Lady Bobbie "Kay" Emanuel, the wife of the Reverend Ray Emanuel, pastor of Rice Chapel A.M.E Church of the North Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Sipho William Klaas, 78, the husband to Mrs. Kome “Pinky” Klaas, the Episcopal 2nd Vice-President of Women’s Missionary Society, and the father to the Reverend Teboho G. Klaas, the pastor of Robinson Temple A.M.E. Church, in Vosloorus, in the East Conference of the Nineteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Celesta Simpson Wilson, the mother of the Reverend Dr. Harold O. Wilson, Pastor of Francis Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Kingstree District of the Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Norman Deas, Past President of the Seventh Episcopal District Lay Organization, he was very active on the Connectional, Episcopal and Local Levels of the church and was a member of St. Mary (Pawleys Island) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Georgetown District of the Palmetto Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Effie K. Rice, the mother of the Reverend Mason G. Rice, Jr. Pastor of St. James AME Church Denton, Texas, and the Reverend Iona Smith Associate Pastor of St. James AME Church, Denton, Texas, Northwest Texas Conference of the Tenth Episcopal District


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