Necrology, March 2018                    

"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)

Retired Itinerant Elder Reverend William Hammonds, the husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Hammonds, last pastoral assignment before retiring was Pleasant Grove AME Church in the Newberry District, Central Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District

The Reverend John W. Deloatch, an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and spouse of the Reverend Sonja Vanetta Brown Deloatch, pastor of Winters Chapel AME Church Lebanon, TN, Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend James E. Arnell, Presiding Elder of the Montgomery-Selma District of the Alabama River Region Annual Conference, Ninth Episcopal District, who served as pastor of Saint John’s AME Church in Montgomery, Alabama

27 years prior to his appointment as a Presiding Elder; he was a loving husband, father and grandfather

Mrs. Martha Jean Murray, the sister of the Reverend Sharon Ogilvie, Pastor of Jones Chapel AME Church, Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, South District-Tennessee Annual Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Kimberly Lyons, the beloved pastor of Flipper Chapel AME Church on the South Atlanta District in the Atlanta North Georgia Conference, Sixth Episcopal District

Former Connectional Officer, The Reverend Dr. John G. Ragin, President of the AME Church Connectional Council, former Presiding Elder and pastor of St. Luke AMEC Newark New Jersey for over 20 years, First Episcopal District

Former Mayor of Keysville, Georgia, Emma R. Gresham, mother of the Reverend Dr. Quinten Gresham Jr., the Reverend Ida LaVerne (Gresham) Comer, the Reverend Lola Scott (Gresham) Russell, Harold Gresham, and Kay Gresham, Sixth Episcopal District

The Reverend William A. Evans, Jr., Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Millburn, New Jersey, (Newark District) of the New Jersey Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

The Reverend George Cheek, retired pastor of the Western North Carolina Conference and husband of Mrs. Katrina Cheek, Second Episcopal District

Brother Benjamin Thompson, the husband of the Reverend Anita Thompson, pastor of Emmanuel AME Church, Durham NC, Western North Carolina Conference, Second Episcopal District

Deaconess Jeffie D. Allen, the wife of the Reverend Robert G. Allen, Retired Itinerant Elder, Tennessee Conference; the Allen’s were married for 63 years and Mrs. Allen was a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Gaynita Mercer, beloved sister of Mrs. Lynette Roberts, Albany North District Consultant and sister-n-law of Rev. J.C. Roberts, Presiding Elder of the Albany North District-South Georgia Conference, Sixth Episcopal District

Mrs. Ozella Johnson, the mother of the Reverend Larry Johnson, beloved pastor stationed at Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Plymouth, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Ms. Veronica Jeanine Brown, sister of Licentiate Frank Brown, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Third Episcopal District 

Mrs. Maude Leanora DeVeaux-Brown, life-long AME and a member of Central Chapel AME Church Yellow-Springs, Ohio; the sister of Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux, Sr., retired, and sister-in-law of Dr. PAM DeVeaux, Episcopal Supervisor retired

Attorney Marchris G. Robinson, a prominent Houston, Texas attorney and a Kirkland/Robinson family member; Bishop T. Larry Kirkland (ret.), former Episcopal Supervisor Mary Kirkland and daughter, Mikita Kirkland Robinson 

Mr. Sam Walker, Jr., father of the Reverend Eric Walker, Pastor of Saint Luke AME Church, Birmingham, Alabama and the Reverend Frederick Walker, pastor of Saint Matthew AME Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Cheryl Renee Brewer-Mitchell, daughter of the Reverend Lois Woodard, Pastor of Delano Community AME Church & New Allen AME Church, Fifth Episcopal District

Toni E. Coleman-Williams, the daughter of the Reverend Wanda Payne, pastor of Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Springfield Tennessee, North-Nashville District-Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Catherine Gibbs, the mother of the Reverend Dr. Herbert Gibbs, pastor of St. Luke AME Church, Daugherty, Virginia, Norfolk-Eastern Shore District-Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend George Austin, pastor of Historic Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Johnny DumasJr., the son of the Reverend & Mrs. Johnny Dumas, the pastor and first lady of New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Shelby, Mississippi, Greenville-Greenwood District, North Mississippi Annual Conference, Eighth  Episcopal District

Mr. Clark Dixon, brother of Mrs. Billie Dixon Irving, retired Office Manager for the General Secretary/Chief Information Officer and former Advisor to the Connectional Lay President; husband of Dolores Dixon, sister of Janet, all members of Greater Bethel-AME Church Nashville, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Brother Charles Ward, Sr., husband of Sister Bonnie Ward, father of Brother Charles Ward, Jr. and the Reverend Michael Ward, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bellville, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. Allan Archibald Bowen, the last maternal great-uncle of General Officer John Thomas, III, Editor of The African Methodist Episcopal Church Christian Recorder

Mrs. Mattie Mae Wright, grandmother of first lady Jennifer Sanders/Reverend Anthony Sanders, pastor of Greater Bethel AME Church, Chesapeake, Virginia - Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Lela B. Wilson Pierce, aunt of Rev. Garland F. Pierce, Executive Director, of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Department of Christian Education

Sister Arlene Foote-Johnson, mother of the Reverend Lyvette Johnson Branch, ministerial associate, Seaton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lanham, Maryland, Second Episcopal District

Veronica Tamika L. Bolt, sister-in-law of the Reverend Aisha I. Tate, pastor of Brown Chapel AME Church, Pittsburgh, PA and the Reverend Geoffrey Tate, II, pastor of St. Paul, McKeesport, PA and Christ Temple, McKeesport, PA, Third Episcopal District

“Iconic” Linda Brown Thompson, 75, of Topeka, KS, daughter of the late Reverend Oliver Brown (Leola) pastor of St. Mark AME Church, Topeka, Kansas, whom the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case, Brown vs. Board of Education is named, members of the Fifth Episcopal District

The Reverend Price Daniel Mitchell Jr., spouse of Angela Mitchell and a retired Itinerant Elder, serving over 50 years in the Kentucky and (old West Kentucky) Conferences of the Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Allen Berry, brother of the Reverend Sherman Berry, pastor of Union Chapel AME Church, Kentwood, Louisiana and the brother-in-law of the Reverend Velma Berry, Eighth Episcopal District

Ms. Camille Mildred Brown, eldest daughter of the Reverend Dr. D. Albert Turk (first lady, Sister Patricia Turk), pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church, New York, NY and Director of the Ministry of Evangelism of the First Episcopal District

Mrs. Maudie Avery Wilson, age 97, beloved mother of the Rev. Sheila Wilson Freelon, Esq., pastor of Turner Memorial AME Church, Chicago, Illinois, Fourth Episcopal District and the mother to eleven other siblings

Walter James Crawford, the brother of Mrs. Kay Emanuel, first lady and the brother-in-law of the Reverend Ray Emanuel, pastor of Rice Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dallas Texas, Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Herman Love, Jr., brother of the Reverend Annie J. Love, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Grandview, Texas, Tenth Episcopal District