August 2023 Necrology

 "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-


Sister Carolyn Diane Felder, the beloved sister of Reverend Calvin E. Holloway, pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church, Monticello, Florida and Shiloh AME Church, Miccosukee, Florida and the beloved sister-in-love of Sister Patricia Holloway, 11th Episcopal District

The Reverend Rudolph Ulric Aaron (Emirate), of the Jamacia Conference, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Kim Jerome Smith, the brother of Oklahoma State Annual Conference Women's Missionary Society President, Twelfth Episcopal Districts, Mrs. Brenda J. Fields (The Reverend Marcellus Fields, pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Oklahoma City, OK), and the father of Oklahoma State Annual Conference Young People's Division President, Laila Fields

Reverend Dr. Stephanie D. Castro, an itinerant elder in the New England Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District, she was the wife of Reverend Dr. Pedro A. Castro, Jr., pastor of Grant AME Church, Boston, Massachusetts and served with her husband at other AME Churches, and as Consultant of the Buffalo-Albany District of the Western New York Annual Conference

Mrs. Freddie Brown, of the North Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District the widow of the late Presiding Elder A.L. Brown and she served in many roles at Quinn Chapel AME in Denison, and was a dedicated Life Member in the Women’s Missionary Society AMEC

Mrs. Walretta “Jerri” Chandler was a lifelong member/officer of St. John AMEC, Nashville, TN of the 13th Episcopal District, she had served as a delegate to the Lay Biennial on several occasions; she was the aunt of Rev. Lisa C. Hammonds, Assistant Editor of The Christian Recorder;  and, a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother

The Reverend Herman James Ford, Jr., Retired Itinerant Elder, the spouse of Reverend Gloria Barr Ford, he had pastored many churches in the 7th Seventh Episcopal District, his last pastoral assignment was Mt. Zion (Bloomingvale) AME Church, Georgetown District, Palmetto South Carolina Annual Conference of Seventh Episcopal District

Bro. Anthony “Tony” Haynes, the beloved brother of Reverend Herbert Hollingsworth, Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Monticello, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District and the beloved brother-in-love of Sister Susie Hollingsworth

Mrs. Diana Stevens, the spouse of Reverend Larry C. Stevens, Bethel (North Charleston) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Kingstree District, Palmetto Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District 

Brother Roosevelt Williams, Jr., the father of The Reverend Roosevelt Williams, III, Pastor of St. John’s AME Church, Montgomery, Alabama in the Alabama River Region Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Mother Joylene Andries, the mother of Rev/LTC Curtis A. Andries, an AME Church endorsed Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplain and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Office of Ecumenical & Urban Affairs

Stephen D. Cross, the younger brother of Mrs. Sabrena M. Newsom (President, 12th District M-SWAWO+PKs) and brother-in-law of Rev. Kurbe L. Newsom, pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church, the son of Albert (deceased) and Claudia E. Cross of Memphis Tennessee, and father of Stephen D. T.

Mrs. Mable Norman Morton, the mother of the late Reverend Carnell Morton, and the grandmother of Reverend Reginald Morton and Reverend Carnetta Morton, and the last maternal aunt of Sister Elestine S. Norman; Reverend Reginald Morton is the pastor of Mt. Lebanon (Donalds) AME Church, Greenville District, Piedmont South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Alvin J. Sanders, the father of The Reverend Alvelyn Sanders-Swafford, and the father-in-law of The Reverend Raymond Swafford, who both serve as Co-Pastors of Gaines Chapel AME Church, Phenix City, Alabama in the Northeast Alabama Annual Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Mary Louise Jacobs, wife of the Rev. Dr. Daniel Jacobs former Dean of Turner Theological Seminary and mother of Rev. Reginald Jacobs, Pastor of St. James AMEC, Monticello, GA, Sixth Episcopal District

The Rev. Johnson Battle, Local Elder of Allen Chapel AME Church, Portsmouth, OH, father of Kathleen Nicole, a special son, Samuel Dwayne McKenzie, two brothers, Grady L. Battle and Stephen Battle, two sisters, a granddaughter, and six special grandchildren; also he was the uncle of Leslie Patterson-Tyler, First Lady of Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, PA

The Reverend Dr. Arthur L. Holmes, the Pastor of Holy Trinity (Mt. Pleasant) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant District, Palmetto Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont Walker, Director, Social Action Commission, we extend profound sympathy to all bereaved families. "We wish them the peace that comes from knowing God Is There and pray that He will keep you in His Promised, Gentle Care."


In Sympathy and Prayer,

Ora L. Easley, International Administrator