Necrology, June 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 -

Mr. DeWitt Hilliard, the father of Rev. Lynnette Thomas and father-in-law of Rev. Gregory Thomas, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Bertell Porcher, the brother-in-law of Reverend Dr. Charles Young, Presiding Elder and Dr. Sandra Young, Area Consultant of the Orangeburg District, Central Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Joseph President, of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, the maternal grandfather of the Reverend Garrett J. Copeland, Associate Minister at Kairos Ebenezer AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Catherine Rainer, the beloved wife of the Rev. Melvin Rayner, retired pastor of Bethel AME Church, Bay Shores, NY, First Episcopal District who moved to the Eleventh Episcopal District where the couple were active members of Mt. Zion AME Church, Ocala, FL

The Reverend Sunday Musamala Sinyangwe, a minister for 18 years in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a member of the Lusaka East Presiding Elder District in the Southeast Zambia Annual Conference of the 17th Episcopal District.

Mrs. Jimmie Mae “Mother” Goodloe, matriarch of the Goodloe family, mother-in-love of Connectional Officer, Reverend Michele R. Goodloe, President of the Presiding Elder’s Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Presiding Elder of the Southeast District-South Mississippi Annual Conference and Administrative Assistant of the Eighth Episcopal District

Mr. Buford Rice "Sonny" Walker, husband of Mrs. Jacqueline Dupont-Walker, Consultant/Director Social Action Commission, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Retired Presiding Elder, The Reverend Dr. Farrell J. Duncombe, Presiding Elder of the Montgomery Selma District in the Alabama River Region Annual Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District until his retirement from the AME Church, husband of husband of Mrs. Juanita Duncombe, father of Farrell Duncombe II and Djuana Paden, three grandchildren

Brother Albert Bethea, the father of the former Pastor Rev. Dr. Michael A. Bethea of Hemingway Temple AME Church, Washington, DC, Second Episcopal District   

Mother Odesser Murray, mother of Pastor Sharon (Leon) Ogilvie, Pastor of Wayman Chapel (Columbia, TN) and Jones Chapel (Mt. Pleasant, TN) in Maury County, TN (Tennessee Annual Conference) Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend D. Lavel Crawford, servant leader at Avery Chapel A.M.E. Church, Oklahoma City, OK, also he served as 12th Episcopal District Accountant, served on the Revision Committee and on the General Conference Commission of the A.M.E. Church

Mrs. Eliza V.  Lewis, the mother of the Rev. Willie L. Merrick and mother-in-law of Mrs. Wanda T. Merrick, pastor and first lady of the Flipper Chapel AME Church, Tallahassee, Florida Annual Conference-Tallahassee District, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. George L. Russell, Sr., (77) the father of Rev. George L. Russell, Jr. who is the pastor of Brown Chapel AME Church in Cincinnati, OH., and father-in-law of Mrs. Anna Russell, Third Episcopal District

Mr. Horace Ricardo Scott, the brother of Rev. Dr. Edward Scott, Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, Staunton, Virginia, and the brother in love of the Rev. Andrea Cornett Scott, Pastor of Christ our Redeemer AME Church, Staunton, Virginia, and Dean of the Virginia Conference Board of Examiners, Second Episcopal District

Reverend Neal Chris Smith, III, retired Itinerant Elder in the Fourth Episcopal District, Michigan Conference, served as pastor in several churches in the Michigan Conference, St. Matthew AME - Detroit, Allen Chapel - Kalamazoo, Mt. Calvary - Detroit, and St. Luke - Roseville

Mrs. Pauline Bryant Hickman, the mother of the Rev. Ronnie Clark, pastor of Hurst Chapel AME Church, Winter Haven, West Coast Conference; the Rev. Marque Woodard, pastor of Fountain Chapel AME Church, Tallahassee, the Rev. Gwendolyn Carroll-Simmons, pastor of Richbay AME Church, Havana and the Rev. Debra Love, pastor of Oakgrove AME Church, Chattahoochee; all of the Florida Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District

Reverend Johan Ivan Phillips, age 59, an Itinerant Elder for 26 years in the AME Church serving churches in the Boland Annual Conference in the Fifteenth Episcopal District, who died in a tragic car accident on his way to a pastor's meeting of the Montagu PE District

Reverend Mark Ellen Pietersen age, age 53, an active Itinerant Elder in the Boland Annual Conference, Fifteenth Episcopal District for 30 years, who died in a tragic car accident on his way to a pastor's meeting of the Montagu PE District

Mr. Aaron M. Hunter, the brother of the Rev. Dr. Barbara Hunter Thompson, President of the Third Episcopal District M-SWAWO plus PKs and brother-in-law of the Rev. Dr. Taylor T. Thompson, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Canton, Ohio, Third Episcopal District

Sis. Mary Smith Zarzar, 1st Vice President of the 14th Episcopal District Women Missionary Society, District Secretary, and the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor of the Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church

The Reverend Dr. Peggy E. Wall, a beloved retired pastor of the Baltimore Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Pirley Mae Brumfield, the mother of Miss Alise Ware, and Mrs. Marie Gauthier, Louisiana Conference Lay President; the mother-in-law of the Rev. Willie Gauthier, Pastor of Salter's Chapel AME Church, Bogalusa, Louisiana, and the grandmother of Mr. Emile Washington, former Connectional YPD President

Presiding Elder Joseph Sono age, 51 years, an Itinerant Elder in the Kalahari Annual Conference in the Fifteenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Sallie G. Townes, Sixth Episcopal District, Macon Georgia Conference pastor’s widow, former president of the Macon GA Conference M-SWAWO Plus PK'S

Ms. Rakgadi Evodia Fantsi, daughter of the Late Presiding Elder, Reverend and Mrs. Edward Victor Fantsi, Nineteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Rashi Imel Pinckney, Retired, Baltimore Conference of the Second Episcopal District

Sis. Bobbie Coleman, the widow of The Late Reverend Willie R. Coleman, the mother of Sisters Janet Coleman (Dr. Daniel W.) Johnson, pastor and 1st lady of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, Pine Bluff, AR, and Lisa Coleman, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Earlene King, the mother of the Reverend Linda F. (Sherman) Butler, pastor of Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Prescott, AR, Twelfth Episcopal District

Sister Creola Scott Bowens, the mother of Reverend Dr. Debbie A. Bowens Davis, Pastor of Agape Fellowship African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sumter District, Northeast Annual Conference and Dr. Brenda F. Bowens, Financial Secretary of the Seventh Episcopal District Lay Organization of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Mrs. Lois Helen Cyprian, the widow of Presiding Elder Joseph H. Cyprian, Jr., the mother of Mr. Douglas (Pamela) Cyprian of Folsom, Louisiana, and the Reverend Derrick (Chalita) Cyprian of Houston, Texas, the loving Maw-maw to four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, 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