Necrology,   July 2017 

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:

he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."

(Listed in sequential order)


William Franklin Speed, brother of the Rev. Amanda A. Speed, Pastor of Spring Chapel AME Church in Grand Junction, TN, West Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District

Mrs. Louise Whiddon Harris, 98-year-old, mother of the Rev. Prudence Harris, Pastor of Christian Chapel, Penn Hills, PA, 3rd Episcopal District

Mrs. Katie B. Latham, 85, mother of Pastor Earnest Latham of the Fayetteville-Pulaski District, East Tennessee Conference of the 13th Episcopal District

Mrs. Virginia Hunter, widow of former General Officer, the Reverend Carl F. Hunter, Sr.

Herbert H. Eldridge, Jr., 59, of Manassas, VA, husband of Diane, son of Herbert H. Sr. and brother of Darwin K. Eldridge, Treasurer of the Connectional Lay Organization, AME Church

William W. Gainey, brother of the Reverend ReLoy F. Gainey, Sr., Pastor of St. Paul, Canton, Ohio, 3rd Episcopal District

Mrs. Sadie Richards, the mother of Miss Shirley Richards, former South District Church School Superintendent, 1st Episcopal District AME Church

Mr. Karl K. Clark, husband of Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark, Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Georgetown, South Carolina, Georgetown, 7th Episcopal District District, Palmetto Annual Conference

Sister Lucy Benton, member of Greater Ebenezer AME Church, Silverleaf Missionary Society, the sister of the Late Rev. Garfield Henderson of the Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District

Sister Verma Durr Hearns, of Bessemer, AL, wife of Willie James Hearns, Sr. and mother of Janice (Ronald) Orange and Gil (Rev. Sharon) Hearns, Sr. & the late Willie James, Jr.

Mrs. Ethel Thomas, mother of Mrs. Merilyn Gunn and the mother-in-law of the Rev., Dr. Wallace L. Gunn, Sr., pastor of Asbury Chapel AMEC, Louisville, KY, Kentucky Conference, 13th Episcopal District

Reverend Richard Mabengwa retired pastor in the 17th Episcopal District, formerly serving Kapiri Central, Serenje, St. Stephen and Lwanshimba Mhsripame Churches in Zambia, 17th Episcopal District

Nellie Laverne Young, the sister of Senior Bishop McKinley Young and Supervisor Dorothy Jackson Young, Presiding Prelate and Senior Supervisor, 3rd Episcopal District

Mother Alberta F. Reynolds (93), the mother of Rev. John C. Reynolds and mother-in-law of Rev. Darlene Reynolds, pastor of Jones Tabernacle AME Church, Philadelphia, PA

Reverend Eddie L. Sneed, the pastor of St. Luke AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee, who served as pastor of several churches in the Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District

Mrs. Willie Ann D. Madison, the wife of the Reverend John E. Madison, retired Presiding Elder and Presiding Elder Emeritus of the West Tennessee Annual Conference, 13th Episcopal District

Reverend Walter Wilson, Pastor of Friendship A.M.E. Church, Clarksdale, Mississippi, who served also as a presiding elder in the 8th Episcopal District

Mr. Edward Whitfield III, son of the Reverend Edward Whitfield, Jr., pastor of Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church, Heidelberg, Mississippi, 8th Episcopal District 

Mr. Edner Maurice, of Diquini, Haiti, father of Presiding Elder Jean Joel Maurice of the Haiti Annual Conference, 16th Episcopal District

Rev. Dr. Henry Williams, Ret. pastor of the Western North Carolina Conference, brother of the Rev. Dr. Hubert S. (The Rev. Lula) Williams, retired pastors of the WNC Conference, 2nd Episcopal District

Rev. Everett Gregory, Itinerant Elder who served as an associate minister at Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hamilton, OH, 3rd Episcopal District

Dr. Grainger Browning, Sr., the father of the Reverend, Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr., pastor of Ebenezer AME Church, Fort Washington, Maryland, Washington Conference

Reverend John Russell Perry, the pastor of St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, Greenville, Mississippi, of the Greenville-Greenwood District, North Mississippi Annual Conference

Rev. Cynthia Delores Gillis, a Local Deacon at Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church, South District of the Philadelphia Annual Conference, 1st Episcopal District

Mr. James Fricks, Jr., father of Mrs. Kathryn Guy and the father-in-law of the Rev. Clarence Guy, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Malvern, AR, 12th Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Colin Macrae Lambert, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Knoxville, Maryland, 2nd Episcopal District, spouse of Josephine Lambert