Necrology,   June 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."

                                                                                                         

 (Listed in sequential order)   

The Reverend Hendrik Thomas, Superannuated Minister in the Namibia Annual Conference in the 15th Episcopal District, who served for many years at St Thomas AME Church, Grunau and Klein Karas in the Keetmanshoop District, Klein- Karas was  the original place where one of his grandfathers founded the AMEC in Namibia

Mrs. Phyllis Hollingsworth “The Queen” Lamb, a lifelong member of Bethel African AME Church in Little Rock, AR, a Life Member of the WMS having served the  Young People’s Division (YPD) and the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) for 55 years; and was given the title of President Emeritus of the Twelfth Episcopal District WMS; she was the wife of retired Presiding  Elder Thurston B. Lamb, Arkansas Conference

Mrs. Elnora Jackson Sims Koonce, mother of the Reverend Carolyn Sims, a former pastor, and an Itinerant Elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the Second Episcopal District serving as ministerial staff at James AME Church, Kinston, North Carolina

The Revered Lawrence Thompson, retired pastor in the Third Episcopal District

Mr. Sam Howard, father of the Reverend Anica Howard, Pastor of New Salem AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville District-Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteeth Episcopal District

Mr. Arthur Roosevelt Hughes, the brother of Mrs. Pradensia Drayton and brother-in-law of Presiding Elder Sandy W. Drayton, of the Georgetown District, Palmetto Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Mrs. Mary Virginia Allen, the mother of The Reverend Dr. James Harris, the Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and member of the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Johnnie Platt Blackman, the widow of the late Reverend G.T. Blackman, a long-standing active member of St. Peter AME Church in McGehee, Arkansas in the Twelfth Episcopal District; she won the 2006 Conn-M-SWAWO + PKs First Lady title and was mother of Stephan Platt and Schila (Rev. Timothy) Washingtona

Mr. Richard L. Thomas, Sr. (Sonny) the father of the Reverend Troy I. Thomas, and father in law of the Reverend Dr. Maxine Thomas, Pastor and Assistant Pastor at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Louisville, KY, Kentucky Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Jeanne Marie Cunningham Augustine, retired educator and the mother of our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, and the mother-in-law of First Lady, Michelle Burks Augustine

Mrs. Gwendolyn Murray, due to the ravages of COVID-19, the last sibling of Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Stan Mckenzie and sister-in-law of Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate of the Tenth Episcopal District.

Sister Susie Johnson, church mother of Greater Bethel AME Church in Elba, Alabama; the sister of Presiding Elder Samuel Smith, Phenix City District; Rev. Joe Smith, Supply Pastor, Bethel-Friendship, Orion, AL, and St. Stephen AME Church in Opp, AL and  Rev. Nathaniel "Charlie" Smith and Mrs. Joyce Jones of Elba, AL

Ms. Deborah Gray, the sister of The Reverend Madonna Gray, the Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Erie, Pennsylvania, Third Episcopal District, and the Connectional Christian Education Department Fellowship of Church Educators Financial Secretary/Treasurer.

Mrs. Micha Mack, the beloved widow of Dr. Edgar L. Mack, the former Executive Director of the AME Church Department of Christian Education African Methodist Episcopal Church

Presiding Elder (Retired) Charles J. Graves of Florence, South, presided over the Marion District of the Seventh Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church for nine (9) years and was the Presiding Elder of the Mt. Pleasant District AME Church prior to his retirement, and served on the General Conference Commission for several years

Mrs. Irene R. Allen, age 106th, the grandmother of Rev. Edwin Lloyd, pastor of Allen Chapel AMEC Asbury Park, N.J., New Jersey Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Sis. Ruth Jackson, wife of the Late Rev. Henry Jackson, and member of Green Chapel A.M.E. Church, Houston-Texas, Tenth Episcopal District

Sister Bernice Lawson, the mother of Presiding Elder Janet Jenkins Sturdivant, Presiding Elder of the South District of the Philadelphia Annual Conference and Secretary of the Connectional Presiding Elder’s Council of the AME Church, and the mother-in-law of Rev. Michael W. Sturdivant, Pastor of Trinity AME Church, Philadelphia, PA, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Leslie Joseph Scott, age 92, a Superannuate Minister in the Cape Annual Conference in the 15th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; an active Itinerant Minister for over 50 years,  a phenomenal preacher and pastor, and a  Conference and Episcopal District Secretary par excellence

Sister Bernice Lawson, the mother of Presiding Elder Janet Jenkins Sturdivant, Presiding Elder of the South District of the Philadelphia Annual Conference, First Episcopal District and Secretary of the Connectional Presiding Elder’s Council of the AME Church, and the mother-in-law of Rev. Michael W. Sturdivant, Pastor of Trinity AME Church, Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. Lillar C. Shepheard-Charter Member of CONN-M-SWAWO, Plus PKs, Past President, and active member of the Sixth Episcopal M-SWAWO+PKs, the Women’s Missionary Society, and a great mentor

Mr. Arthur Wayne Brewster, the brother of Rev. Angela Brewster, pastor of First AME Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and President of the Twelfth Episcopal District Women in Ministry

Mr. Ronald Bryant, Jr., the cousin of the Reverend Dr. Patricia A. Outlaw, Pastor of Oak Grove AME Church, Florence, Alabama in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Frederick C. Harrison (Former Secretary of Missions 1984 -1992) African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Thelma Lee Miller, the sister of The Rev. Dr. Esther L. Seales, Pastor of Tyree AME Church, Philadelphia, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Brown Alumeta (retired) pastor of the South East Zambia Annual Conference, Seventeenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Mary E. “Debra” Stukes Bowman the spouse of Reverend Ertha Bowman, Pastor of Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of the Newberry District, Columbia Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

The Reverend Gregory M. Kinsey, the spouse of Sister Antionette Kinsey, Episcopal District PK Coordinator for M-SWAWO,+PK’S, an Itinerant Elder and the Pastor of St. John AME Church, Ridgeland, SC, Beaufort District, SC, South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District

The Reverend Brown Chanda Alumeta, retired pastor, married to his fellow Gospel singing Wife Elizabeth Chiwanza  Nambela, in the late 50’s led in the building and rejuvenation of several congregations in  Lusaka,  Zambia,  Seventeenth Episcopal District

Reverend Mxolisi Dikana age, 45 years, an Itinerant Elder in the Kalahari Annual Conference in the Fifteenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend F. C. Stallworth, a retired Itinerant Elder, South Mississippi Annual Conference of the Eighth Episcopal District, the husband of Mrs. Leona Stallworth and the father of the Reverend Timothy A. Stallworth, Sr., pastor of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, Jackson, Mississippi, and the father-in-law of Mrs. Felecia Stallworth.