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)


Mr. Richard "Ricky" Simmons, son of the Reverend Thurston B. (Mrs. Phyllis  H.) Lamb, Sr. retired Itinerant Elder, former Presiding Elder, Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District, who served on the Episcopal Committee at several AME Church General Conferences

Mr. Walter H. Lewis, age 93, the Father of Rev. Vera V. Worthy, local Elder at New Elizabeth AME Church, Newark, Delaware, and the father-in-law of the Reverend Richard H. Worthy, Presiding Elder, Wilmington District, Delaware Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Mr. Ernest Mills, Jr, the father of Mr. Cord Montgomery, the brother of Mrs. Patrice Mills Ricks, brother in law of Rev. Vernon L. Ricks, Sr, Pastor, St. Johns AME Church, Norfolk Virginia and brother in law of Rev. Linwood Daughtry, Retired Itinerant Elder, Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Claretta Vermell Conyers Henderson, mother of Rev. Robin Conyers Johnson, mother-in-law of Rev. Rodrecus M. Johnson Sr., Pastor of Trinity AME Church, Baltimore, Maryland, Second Episcopal District, and mother of Mrs. Karen Henderson R. Scott (Gurnal) and Mr. Kevin M. Henderson

The Reverend Cheryl J. Palmer West, an Itinerant Elder in the Louisiana Annual Conference, the mother of Rachelle West Johnson and Jacquelle West; siblings, Reverend James W. (Juanita) Palmer, Jr., pastor of St. John Gulfport, Mississippi, Eighth Episcopal District and the Reverend Ella M. Palmer-Jones, Itinerant Elder and the newly elected Mayor of the city of Ferguson, Missouri, Fifth Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. James Henry McLemore, Presiding Elder, Pittsburgh District of the West Virginia Conference and husband of Mrs. Donna McLemore, President of the Pittsburgh West Virginia Conference M-SWAWO Plus P.K.’s, Third Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Frederick O. Murph, the son of Bishop Henry Wendell Murph, the 86th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Church and the late Mrs. Geraldine S. Murph, retired Episcopal Supervisor

The Reverend Albert Bivens, Jr. age 55, beloved Pastor of the Greater New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Live Oak, Florida, Suwannee-North District, Eleventh Episcopal District; husband of Sister Gwendolyn Miller Bivens and father of their 2 sons, Albert III and Darius

Sister Beth Mechelle Clark, the sister of Rev. Cheryle Highsmith, pastor of St. Andrew AME Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the aunt of Sister Krissy Harris, pastor of The New Mt. Zion AME Church - St. John AME Church, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Mayes, the mother of the Reverend George Mayes, Jr., an Itinerant Elder and staff minister at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Louisville Kentucky and mother-in-law to Mrs. Betty J. Mayes, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Janice Williams who served on the ministerial staff at Reid Temple AME Church in Glen Dale, Maryland, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Morogoe Mary Senkhane, Former Dean of the R R Wright Seminary, Nineteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Harry Crawford, the brother of Mr. James Crawford, and brother-in-law of the Reverend Dr. Barbara J. Crawford, Pastor of St. Luke AME Church, Gallatin, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Sister Cledis Coleman Braswell, sister of the late Reverend Willie R. Coleman of Bearden, Arkansas, and the aunt of Mrs. Janet Coleman Johnson (Dr. Daniel Johnson, pastor of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas) and Lisa Coleman, Sherwood, Arkansas, Twelfth Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Ella Mae McDonald, Pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Dallas Texas and an Itinerant Elder in the North Texas Annual Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Robbie L. Slaughter, Retired Itinerant Elder in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Bobby Jones, a retired pastor of the West Birmingham Ensley Greensboro District of the Northwest Alabama Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

Brother R.C. Haynes, Sr., the father of the Rev. Clonia Haynes Young, President of the AME Ministerial Alliance of Memphis and Vicinity and associate minister at St. James AME Church, Memphis, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Solomon K. Avotri, PhD., Payne Theological Seminary’s Senior Core Biblical Faculty Member, serving for over 30 long years, and an ordained local Elder in the Ohio South Ohio Conference; a former pastor of Holy Trinity AME Church on the campus of Payne Theological Seminary, Third Episcopal District

Mr. Roy Thigpen, Sr., father of Mrs. Valerie Thigpen Smith, the consultant of the Greenville-Greenwood District, and the father-in-law of the Reverend Archie R. Smith, Presiding Elder of the Greenville-Greenwood District, North Mississippi Annual Conference in the Eighth Episcopal District

Mr. Rodney Darnell Washington, the devoted and loving husband of twenty years of Wanda Washington, the son of the Reverend Jessie B. Washington and First Lady Lois Washington, Twelfth Episcopal District, and the brother of Jessie Washington, Jr., Gregory Washington and Sean Washington

The Reverend Keith Daniel Pruski, 52, a former pastor of Gaines Chapel AME Church in the Phenix City District- Northeast Alabama Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

The Reverend Lawrence Robert Campbell, Sr, of the Eleventh Episcopal District, whose ministry of service allowed him to pastor several AME Congregations in the Central Conference; devoted husband of Aline Campbell; father, grandfather and great-grandfather

Mrs. Pearlie Mae Humphrey of Winston Salem, North Carolina, wife of the Reverend Benjamin F. Humphrey, Jr. for 64 years, retired Pastor/ Superannuated minister, Western North Carolina Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District; First Lady to Pastor Humphrey for 54 years, mother and grandmother

Mr. James V. Honors,  Eleventh Episcopal District lay leader, a former Lay President of the Orlando Conference, and a member of the Eleventh Episcopal District Lay Advisory Board, the father of the Reverend Reginald K. Honors, Itinerant Elder and Pastor of Sealy Circuit in the San Antonio District, Southwest Texas Annual Conference of the Tenth Episcopal District.

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."