March 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."

In Sequential Order

Reverend Amelia Ann Eddy, Local Elder in the New England Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District; the wife of The Reverend Herbert L. Eddy, retired Presiding Elder of the Boston Hartford District, and former President of the First Episcopal District Presiding Elders’ Council

Mr. Errol Anthony, father of the Rev. Dr. Wayne Anthony, Presiding Elder in the Windward Islands Annual Conference of the Sixteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Phemelo Qwane Makiti, the beloved first born son of the President of the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mr. Matikane Abednego Makiti and Mrs. Mma mohau Cynthia Makiti

Mrs. Barbara Barnes Washington, age 92, of Bowie, Maryland, the mother of the Rev. Rodney Barnes, Pastor of Dickerson A.M.E. Church, Frostburg, Maryland, Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District

Sis. Shelley Fern Hodges, age 60, the only niece of Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram (retired) and beloved niece-in-law of Supervisor Jessica Kendall Ingram, Supervisor retired

The Reverend Dr. David Ulysses Rhone, Sr., a pastor in the Eleventh Episcopal District for over 45 years and the father of the Reverend Dr. David B. Rhone, Jr., Presiding Elder of the South Atlanta District of the 6th Episcopal District; and husband of Sister Ruth Bell Rhone, Panama City, Florida

Mr. Royster Jones, Jr. the brother of Rev. Sherry Miller, Itinerant Elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Willie L. Arnold Sr, the brother of Rev. Dr. Brenda Arnold-Scott, pastor of Mt. Calvary A. M. E. Church, Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Deacon James A. Field, the father of Reverend Lorraine Fields Bradley an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pastor of Bethel (Summerville) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston District, South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

The Reverend Eleanor Douglas Dawson was an Itinerant Elder in the Western New York Annual Conference, and the former pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church in New York Mills, New York, First Episcopal District

Sister Patrice Bryant China, the former Columbia Conference Christian Debutante-Master Commissioner and the spouse of Reverend Adam L. China, Pastor of Flat Rock African Methodist Episcopal Church, Abbeville-Greenwood District, Piedmont Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Beryl Yvette Days, was a member of Macedonia A.M.E. Church, Flushing, New York, where she served as a Local Elder and Superintendent of the Church School and Bible Study Instructor; the daughter of the late Reverend John B. and Rebecca Days, First  Episcopal District

Presiding Elder Manuel Esteves Sarmento, age 52 years, an Itinerant Elder for 33 years in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Administrative Assistant to the Bishop in Angola Annual Conference in the 15th Episcopal District and Presiding Elder of the Guanza Sul District

The Reverend Michael K. King, the pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Greater Dallas District of the North Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Presiding Elder James H. Phillips, Retired, of the Texas Conference, elected to the General Board of the A.M.E. Church from 1992-1996, and served in 1998, elected Treasurer of the Presiding Elder’s Council of the Tenth Episcopal District and was also elected Treasurer of the Presiding Elder’s Connectional Council

The Reverend Clarence A. Martin, retired Itinerant Elder in the Philadelphia Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District, husband of the late Rev. Eva Joyce Martin, the father of Kevin and Bryant Martin and the father-in-law of Rev. Tiffany Lett Martin, pastor of Bethel AMEC West Chester, PA, and Deidre Martin

Mrs. Clara Bell Burnett, the widow of the late Rev. William Burnett, they were married for over 46 years and served together in pastoral ministry at many A.M.E. Churches over the state of Texas and retired in the Northwest Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield and Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/Consultant-Social Action Commission, we extend profound sympathy to all bereaved families. "We wish you 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