Necrology, March 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."


In Sequential Order

Reverend Frank Isaac Smart, II pastor of MT. Zion AME Church, Trenton New, Jersey, Camden Trenton District of the New Jersey Annual Conference, First Episcopal District; Reverend Smart is the husband of Mrs. Jessica Vinson-Smart, II

Mrs. Diane Smart, Life member of the Women’s Missionary Society and the sister of Rev. Tianda C. Smart, pastor of Union AME Church, Allentown, New Jersey

The Reverend Dorothy Sumner, wife of Presiding Elder Samuel L. Sumner, North District of the Indiana Conference, Fourth Episcopal District

The Reverend Joan H. Gray, retired pastor of the Philadelphia Annual Conference, First Episcopal District, her last pastoral assignment was Bensalem A.M.E. Church, Bensalem, PA, and she attended Bethel A.M.E Church, Bristol, PA after retirement

Ms. Kim L. Laffoon, sister of The Rev. Dennis Laffoon, pastor of Bethel AME-Saginaw, MI, Fourth Episcopal District

Mr. William C. Roberts, the father of the Rev. William C. Roberts, II, the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Middletown, Ohio, The Cincinnati-Dayton District, Third Episcopal District

Mrs. Leslie McLellan, the wife of Reverend Glenn McLellan, pastor of Soul Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Marion District, Northeast Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

The Reverend Doris Ann Sherman, supernumerary of the East Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District, her last pastoral assignment was Lewis Memorial A.M.E. Church, Jacksonville, FL

Sister Imogene Stephens, the mother of Reverend Jacqueline Y. Lynch, pastor of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Port Washington, NY, Jamaica-Long Island District, New York Annual Conference, First Episcopal District AME Church

Mrs. Clinda D. McCray Swinton, the mother of Reverend Brian Swinton, Pastor of Calvary (North Charleston) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant District, Palmetto Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

The Reverend Luther L. Walker, Jr. Retired Pastor of Emmanuel AME Church, Hartley, Delaware, father of the Rev Luther L. Walker, III, Pastor of Ringgold Chapel AME Church, Middletown, DE, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Wink Sweat, Sr., a superannuate of the Kentucky Annual Conference, who retired in 2011 after serving over 35 years in ministry, which included 11 pastoral charges, his last being Saint James AME Church of Covington, Kentucky, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall, the mother of Reverend Thomas P. Johnson, pastor of Fisk Chapel AME Church, New Haven, NJ, New Jersey Annual Conference, New Brunswick District, First Episcopal District

Mrs. Dorothy Givens., the sister of Mrs. Freda Davis, former 12th District M-SWAWO+PKs President and widow of the Reverend Harold Davis, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Irvin Cross, the father of Reverend Lisa and Susan Cross; Reverend Lisa Cross is the pastor of Calvary AME Church, Philadelphia District, Philadelphia Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Mayfield Brewster, the father of the Reverend Angela Brewster, Pastor of First A.M.E. Church, Oklahoma City, OK and President of the 12th Episcopal District Women In Ministry

The Reverend Sylvia Kalulu Konie, a minister serving God and the Church for over 31 years from the time she received her first order in 1989; a member of the Lusaka East Presiding Elder District in the Southeast Zambia Annual Conference of the 17th Episcopal District and was an elected delegate to the forthcoming General Conference

Mother Henrietta Nelson, 103, a faithful and loyal member of Greater Mt. Olive AME Church, Coleman, FL, the beloved mother-in-law of the Rev. T. Patricia (Gerald) Nelson, Pastor of Mt. Tabor AME Church, Ocala, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mildred "Christine" Martin-Daniels the devoted sister of Rev. Marvin (Rev. Donna) Andrews, the Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Umatilla, and the cousin of Rev. Michael Kennedy, Pastor of Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Summerfield, FL 

Anjinea LaSha Hopson, the niece of Presiding Elder (retired) Randolph W. Martin, Sr., and Mrs. Charolett B. Martin, Connectional 1st Vice President of the Women's Missionary Society, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Arthur Eugene Freeman, Sr., the brother of The Reverend Robert C. Freeman, Jr., Pastor of Coppins Chapel AME Church, in Yerkwood, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Rev. Van U. Flowers, Sr., Local Elder of Gaines Chapel AME Church, East Moline, IL, North District-Illinois Conference-Fourth Episcopal District

Rev. Dr. Nelson G. Walker, a retired pastor of the Chicago Conference after having been the pastor and shepherd of Shaffer Chapel AME Church-Harvey, IL for over 25 years, Fourth Episcopal District

Mother Virgeous Ann “Bartley” Bridgett, the sister of CLO Presidential Advisor and Immediate Past Director of Lay Activities, Sister Edith Bartley-Cartledge, member of First AME: Bethel Church, NY Conference, First Episcopal District

Deacon Alfred Taylor, the Brother-in-law of Reverend Faye Banks Taylor, Presiding Elder of the Albany-Rochester District of the Western New York Annual Conference, and the Pastor of St. Mark’s Church in Kingston, New York, First Episcopal District

Jocelyn Joy Ellis, the eldest sister of Anita R. Lemmons, and the sister-in-love of Presiding Elder H. Michael Lemmons of the South District, Michigan Annual Conference, Fourth Episcopal District

Mr. Blake Jimpson, the brother of Reverend Gloria E. Jimpson, pastor of Payne A.M.E. Church in the Albany-Kingston District- Western New York Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Ms. Aundrea Cantu, the daughter of Reverend Paul P. and Maria Martin, pastor of St. Marks-East Orange, New Jersey, Newark District, New Jersey Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Dickson Sweki Kapepa (Retired) a minister serving God and the Church for over 39 years from the time he received his first order in 1979; a member of the Solwezi East District in the Zambezi Annual Conference of the Seventeenth Episcopal District.

Rev. Patricia Carter, a retired itinerate elder in the North District of The Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Verdell McCants, a local Elder at Mt. Pisgah AME Church Webster, Florida and the beloved sister of Rev. T. Patricia Nelson, Pastor of Mt. Tabor AME Church, Ocala, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Beatrice Jacobs Anderson, the loving mother of Dr. E Gail Anderson Holness, pastor of Adam’s Inspirational A.M.E. Church of the Capital District, Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Ralph O. Thomas, Jr, an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Twelfth Episcopal District and served in the state of Oklahoma as well as Arkansas

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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