Necrology,   October  2019   

          "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 Robert O. Bailey, retired Presiding Elder of the Harrisburg District, Philadelphia Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Sister Mildrede H. Cox, 104, widow of the late Reverend John Morris Cox, a former Presiding Elder in the Baltimore Conference of the Second Episcopal District and she was a Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society and a former Episcopal District WMS Treasurer

The Reverend Herbert E. L. Patterson, Supernumerary Itinerant Elder, last pastorate was Turner Monumental AME Church, Wakamam, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Guyana, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Bro. Curlan Cruickshank, husband of Rev. Lisa Blake Williams, the pastor of Hickman AME Church, Grenada, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Edna Lucille Simon, the mother of Rev. Lucille Holder, pastor of Smith Chapel AME Church, Guyana and mother-in-law to Robert Holder, Guyana-Suriname Conference Lay Organization, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Mr. T. H. Massey, father of the Reverend Belinda (Brother Charles) Slater, pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Twelfth Episcopal District

Bro. Otha Lee Latham, the brother of Rev. Ernest Latham, Pastor of Campbell Chapel AME Church, Pulaski Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Ardetta Y. Harrington, 68, the sister of Rev. Dr. Robert A. Strode, pastor of Historic St. Paul AME Church, Lexington, KY, Thirteenth Episcopal District and sister in love of First Lady Shelby G. Strode

John Robert Davis, the brother to Rev. Lois Wilkinson, Pastor (Shorter AME Church, Morton, Pa.), Phyllis Ruffin (South Area WMS Chairperson),

Arlene D. Roberts (1st District WMS, 1st District Recording Sec), and Elizabeth Smith (Life Member WMS)

Sis. Dorothy Vann, the mother of Rev. D’Otta Davis and mother-in-law of Rev. James A. Davis, Sr., Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Church Hill, Maryland

Reverend Dr. Jonathan Jerome Baker, Former AME Church Judicial Council member an Retired Itinerant Elder, in the Palmetto Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Lorenzo Clark, brother of Presiding Elder Johnnie Bryant, Mobile District AME Church; the brother-in-law of Mrs. Johnnita Bryant, 9th Episcopal District M-SWAWO+PK’s President and First Lady of the Mobile District, Ninth Episcopal District

Mr. Roosevelt Kimbrough, father of Evangelist (Chaplain) Amanda Grooms, First Lady of Bethel AME Church and the father-in-law of Reverend Jesse Grooms, Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Phenix City, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Ruby Smith, the mother of Rev. Carolyn Smith, former pastor of St. James AME Church Airport in Hammond, La., Louisiana Annual Conference, Eighth Episcopal District

Mr. Willie Beattie, the brother of Rev. Dr. Janie Dowdy-Dandridge, Connectional AME WIM  Herstiographer and pastor of Brown Chapel AME Church, Union City, TN and brother-in-law of Dr. John Dandridge, pastor of Quinn Chapel Paris, TN

Mrs. Ruth Akins, the widow of Presiding Elder C. C. Akins, former President of the Presiding Elders' Council for the 12th Episcopal District, former WMS President for the East-Northeast Arkansas Annual Conference and a Life Member in the Women's Missionary Society

Sister Margaret Juanita Burton, Life member of the Women’s Missionary Society, mother of Rev. Zina Thompkins who serves as the supply pastor to Bethel AME Church, Millville, NJ and widow of the late Rev. Horace E. Burton who served throughout the First Episcopal District

Bro. Terry Strickland, the husband of Rev. Betty Farmer-Strickland, the Second Episcopal District 1st Vice President of Women in Ministry (WIM)

Ms. Marilyn Jean Thomas, sister of the Rev. Eric Dickerson, Associate Minister at St. James AME Church, Nashville, and sister-in-law of Mrs. Marie Dickerson, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Presiding Elder, Rev. Margaret Fadehan of the Fourteenth Episcopal District, President of the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Annual Conference, former President of the Women in Ministry of the Fourteenth Episcopal District, and a member of the General Board of the Connectional AME Church

Mother Mmamogomotsi Yvonne Messiah, the wife of the Rev. Paul Joseph Messiah and sister-in-law of the Rt. Rev. Wilfred Jacobus Messiah and Supervisor Carol Isabella Messiah

Mr. Richard White, the brother of Rev. Dr. Quentin J. White of the North Ohio Annual Conference, Third Episcopal District, presently employed by Ashland Theological Seminary as Director of Certificate Programs in Cleveland, OH and a former Presiding Elder in the Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Paralee Brooks Jones, mother of Dr. Patricia Jones Penn, former Connectional Officer of the Women's Missionary Society (Promotion and Missionary Director 1999 - 2007)

Brother Ronnie Stafford Owens, staff personnel “Driver” for the Finance Department in the Washington, DC Office for over 19 years under Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, Sr., Treasurer/CFO

Rev. Joseph C. Robinson, Sr., (retired Itinerant Elder, New Jersey Conference) husband of Sister Lizzie Robinson, WMS Life Member and father of Jonathan, Rev. Joseph, Jr. and Rev. Jason Robinson, First Episcopal District

Mrs. Gelora D. Wilson, mother of Mrs. Yuolanda Murray, North Ohio Conference MSWAWO President and mother-in-law of Rev. James Murray, past pastor of Greater Avery A.M.E. Church, Third 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."