Necrology, September 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.

 

In Sequential Order

Mr. Claude Hinton, the brother of Sis. Carolyn McGruder and brother-in-law of the Reverend McGruder, pastor of Greater Wesley AME Church Kendleton TX, Texas Annual Conference of the Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Lionel Everett, the son of Reverends Margaret and Gerald Bailey formerly of the Camden Trenton District, First Episcopal District

Mrs. Nona Lorelle Rutledge, the sister of Rev. Dr. LaCreta M. Clark, pastor of St. Stephen AME Church, Toledo, Ohio, North Ohio Annual Conference of the Third Episcopal District

Travis Mitchell, Sr., age 49, the youngest sibling of Bishop Michael L. Mitchell, President, Council of Bishops and Presiding Prelate, Twelfth Episcopal District AME Church

Mrs. Gracie Mae Johnson,  spouse of Presiding Elder Lonnie Johnson (retired) of the Oklahoma State Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Melvin Calhoun,  father of Presiding Elder Johnny R. Calhoun, Capital District of the Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Brunhilde “Bruny” Mitchell, a mother, grandmother and the current Pastor of Hardaway AME Church in Union Springs, Alabama, and served as the Assistant Secretary of the Northeast Alabama Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

The Reverend Eldred Willis McCoy, the beloved and dedicated Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church, Bushnell, Florida, Orlando District-Central Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District and the devoted husband of Sister Maria McCoy

Mr. Edward Washington, Sr., age 93, of Dunnellon, Florida, the beloved Father of the Reverend Al Washington, pastor at Mt. Olive AME Church, Dunnellon, Florida,  North Orlando District-Central Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. Eddie R. Cummings Jr., uncle of the Reverend Donzella Lee, pastor of Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Monticello, Kentucky of the Bluegrass District, Kentucky Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Jesse L. Burns, Jr. (1950-2020), Former President of Edward Waters College and the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Brenda Joyce Carter, Superannuated pastor in the Baltimore District-Baltimore Annual Conference of the Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Blanche Eleanore Meadow (Mrs. Peggy) loving mother of the Reverend Brenda Joyce Carter, Superannuated pastor of the Baltimore District- Baltimore Annual Conference of the Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Larry Grimsley, husband of Sis. Lena Grimsley and supply pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Hilton, Georgia, Sixth Episcopal District

Mrs. Catherine Barkley, 89, the mother of the Reverend Omega Collier, pastor of Mt. Pleasant AME Church, Fruitland Park, Florida in the Central Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Ola M. Robinson Webb, mother of Mr. Samuel Robinson, Director of Music, Thirteenth Episcopal District, grandmother of Mrs. Kristi Sinkfield, First Lady, and grandmother-in-law of Rev. Dr. W. Antoni Sinkfield, Pastor, Payne Chapel AME Church, Nashville Tennessee

Reverend Melvin D. McCullough, III, an Itinerant Elder and the Pastor of Magnolia AME (Stateline) Hamer, SC, Florence-Dillon District, Northeast Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church, the spouse of Sister Gwen McCullough

the Reverend Harrison Fields, Sr., the father of the Reverend Curtis Fields, pastor of Greater Bethel AME Church, Leesville, Louisiana, and the father-in-law of Mrs. Linda Fields

Mr. Eugene Benjamin, Sr. the father of Reverend Janie Williams, Itinerant Elder, Pastor of Reeder Point African Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbia, SC, Lancaster District, Columbia Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Mrs. Lois Washington, the spouse of The Reverend Jessie Washington of the East Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

The Reverend Sharon Neely Jackson, an Itinerant Elder in the Arkansas Annual Conference and a member of Moody Chapel A.M.E. Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, Twelfth Episcopal District

Airman Christopher ‘Chris’ Alexander Harvin, 24, the son of Mr. William and Reverend Marie Felder Harvin, Pastor of Laurel Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church, Davis Station, SC, Manning District, Central Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District

Rev. Jeannette Sykes-Atkins, mother of Brother Ajene Atkins and mother-in-love of Rev. Stephanie Atkins, former pastor of Elevation Chapel AME Church and the Baltimore Annual Conference Women in Ministry Coordinator, Second Episcopal District

Mr. Eugene Benjamin, Sr. the father of Reverend Janie Williams, Itinerant Elder and Pastor of Reeder Point African Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbia, South Carolina, Lancaster District, Columbia Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Mrs. Gloria Nason, the sister of the Reverend Archie R. Smith, Presiding Elder of the Greenville-Greenwood District, North Mississippi Annual Conference, Eighth Episcopal District and the sister-in-law of Mrs. Valerie Smith, District Consultant

Reverend Dwight Edwards, a faithful member of Bethany A.M.E. Church, Harrisburg, PA, who served as a Pastor on the Harrisburg District, serving the congregations of Bethel, Mercersburg, Bethany, Parkesburg and Bethel, Carlisle and served as the Harrisburg District treasurer for almost 15 years 

Mrs. Edwina Fishbaugh, the mother of Reverend Denise Lynn Smith, pastor of Fellowship A.M.E. Church, Syracuse, New York, First Episcopal District

Mr. Marcos Christopher Brooks, the brother of Reverend Makeeda Brooks, the pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church, Niagara Falls, New York, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Mary Mazzalene Blake Smith, 80, a retired nurse and a retired Pastor of the African Methods Episcopal Church, Residing in Beauford, South Carolina, Seventh Episcopal District