Necrology, May 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 -

Brother Albert Yarbrough, former 12th Episcopal District Lay President who led with dignity and quiet strength, gaining respect from the members of the organization, the loving husband of Mrs. Betty Yarbrough and father of the Reverend Sandra (Stanley) Burton

The Reverend Willie Dell Flowers, age 87, retired after pastoring several churches across the Ninth Episcopal District for over forty years, faithfully served as the Southeast Alabama Conference Secretary for several years and was actively assisting at St. Paul AME Church in Brundidge, Alabama until his passing

Deaconess Dorothy Poston, the mother-in-law of Rev. Clay Holliday, Sr., pastor of Mt. Sinai AME Church and grandmother of Rev. Clay Holliday, Jr., pastor of New Wright’s AME Church, Arlington, TN, West Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Ms. Annette S. Chapman, sister of retired Presiding Elder Clarence G. Robinson, Fourth Episcopal District

Sister Annie Louise Watkins Woodson, 104, the grandmother of Rev. Dr. Terence L. Mayes Sr., Presiding Elder of the Fayetteville-Pulaski District, Pastor of St. Paul-Agnew AME Church, Pulaski Tennessee of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, and the Rev. Keith R. Mayes, Sr., pastor of High Hills AME Church, Dalzell, South Carolina, Seventh Episcopal District

First Gentleman Fred Farness, husband of the Reverend Venita Farness, Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church-Woodlawn in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Martha Adams, the mother of Sister Bobbie Nelms and mother-in-law of the Reverend Sammie Nelms, First Lady and Pastor of Ward Chapel AME Church Bessemer, Alabama, in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Reverend Emmanuel Samoma, a minister in the Solwezi East District of the Zambezi Annual Conference of the 17th Episcopal District, Pastor in Charge of Kajoba AME Church, serving God and the Church for 43 years, from the time he received his first ordination in 1978

Sister Fay Carol Watkins Oakley, the sister of The Rev. Dr. Cynthia J. W. Bailey, and Sister-In-Law of Brother Hezekiah Bailey, Pastor and First Gentleman of Greater Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Starke, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Sister Frances Ann Davis a faithful member of Oak Grove AME Church in Florence, Alabama and sister of Reverend Sandra Anderson, Pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church – Calera in the Montgomery-Selma District of the Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Verna L. Leslie, the wife of Rev. Willie Lee Leslie, a member of Suggs Chapel AME Church, Dellrose, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Rev. Merilyn D. Brown, pastor of Miller Chapel AME Church/Christ Centered Ministries, in addition to being an itinerate elder who loved her AME Church family, she was an experienced and skillful attorney who worked for HUD

Reverend Betty Jackson, the sister of Reverend Lasagne Smith, Pastor, Matthews Chapel AME Church and St. Paul AME Church & sister-in-law of Reverend Jerry W. Smith, Pastor, Bailey Springs AME Church (St. Florian) in the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District


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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