Necrology,  June 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)


Sister Bobbie J. Owens, WMS Hall of Fame Member and spouse of Retired Itinerant Elder, Reverend Artis Lee Owens, Sr, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Kenneth Ray Brown, the brother of the Rev. Randy Brown, pastor of Ebenezer AME Church, Nashville, TN; and brother-in-law of Mrs. Virginia Brown, President 13th Episcopal District M-SWAWO plus PK's.

The Reverend Albert Lee Hezekiah Hyche, Presiding Elder of the South Birmingham-Huntsville-Bessemer District and the husband of Atty. Ida Tyree Hyche, International Editor, The Missionary Magazine of the Women's Missionary Society AME Church

Mrs. Ernest Ferdinand, mother of the Reverend Marcson Despas, Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Cabaret, Haiti; the Reverend Casimir Ferdinand, former Pastor of Bethel AME Church, and the Reverend Sauveur Bristol, former AME Pastor; Sixteenth Episcopal District

Sis. Margaret Leaks Simmons, devoted wife of the Reverend Robert Simmons, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church, Hernando, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. Dennis E. Laffoon, Sr., father of The Reverend Dennis Laffoon, Jr., the pastor of Bethel AME Church, Saginaw, Michigan, Fourth Episcopal District

Mrs. Ruth Dill, the wife of Mr. Howard L. T. Dill, mother of Presiding Elder Howard Dill and the mother-in-law of Rev. Dr. Emilygail Dill, Bermuda Conference, First Episcopal District. Mrs. Dill was a member of Vernon Temple A.M.E. Church in Bermuda

The Reverend Frederick L. Fields, an Itinerant Elder, in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (Eighth Episcopal District). Rev. Fields last served as pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in New Orleans, LA

Mrs. Jennie Louise Witherspoon Lemons, a member of St. John AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee and the daughter of the Reverend Lee Daniel Witherspoon, a former Director of the AME Church Pension Department

The Reverend Dr. E. E. Coates, age 96, Pastor Emeritus of the historic Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas where he served for 37 years from 1965-2002, Tenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Victor Goodman, Pastor of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbia, Tennessee, Thirteeth Episcopal District

The Reverend Louis Sidney Parham, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, Fourth Episcopal District

Sister Nyanda Dutch-Malik, wife of the Reverend Tsaka Dutch-Malik, members of Union Bethel AMEC Church Brandywine, MD, who worked beside her husband in the Community Outreach and Street Ministries, the Disability Ministry and the Food Pantry, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Bernice Johnson, sister of the Reverend Beverly Cofield, Third Episcopal District Music Ministry Director/MCAM Chair and Minister of Music for St. Paul AME Church, Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Henry L. Copeland, the uncle of Mrs. Arleasia Copeland Redding, 1st Lady of St. Peter AMEC, Headland, AL, (Reverend James Redding, Pastor), and the uncle of Reverend Nathaniel Copeland, Pastor, Gaines Chapel AMEC, Phenix City, AL, Ninth Episcopal District

Retired Presiding Elder Henry R. Griffin, Jr., who presided with grace and integrity from 1998-2000 over Quincy/Monticello District; 2000-2004 Gadsden County District and 2004-2005 Quincy District in the Florida Conference before retiring in 2005, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mother Helen C. Gray, the mother of the Reverend Madonna Gray, Pastor of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Third Episcopal District

Sister Cleta Jane Tolbert, wife of the Reverend I. V. Tolbert, retired former pastor of Emmanuel AME Church in San Antonio, Texas, Tenth Episcopal District 

Mrs. Lea Etta East, the mother of Rev. Etta East Anderson, pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Rockwall Texax, Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Du'Juan  Mandell Dowdy, son of Dr. Janie Dowdy-Dandridge, Connectional AME WIM Herstiographer and Pastor of Brown Chapel AME Church Union City, TN and Dr. John Dandridge, Pastor of Quinn Chapel AME Church Paris, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Reverend Leslie T. Pezi, retired Emeritus Presiding Elder and a former pastor in the Worchester District, Cape Conference of the Fifteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Emma Johnson, the sister of the Rev. Dr. Marshall Hobbs, Sr., Retired Presiding Elder of the Paul Quinn District, Tenth Episcopal District

Reverend Gaylyn Harris Skeets Wilson, the Sister-in-Law of Reverend Melvin E. Wilson, Pastor of Saint Matthew AME Church, Orange, NJ, First Episcopal District

Trent Kendall, the nephew of Reverend Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram, Episcopal Supervisor of the First Episcopal District and family. He was the youngest son of the Supervisor’s late brother

The Reverend Harry Leonard Dawkins Sr, the husband of Mrs. Clatties Hill Dawkins, was the Senior Pastor of New Bethel AME Church, Jacksonville, FL. He had served the AMEC with distinction with more than 49 years of pastoral ministry in the Eleventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Marcella A. Waltz, the grandmother of the Reverend James C. Simmons, pastor of Baber A.M.E. Church in Rochester, NY, First Episcopal District