Necrology,   April 2020  

          "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)

Mr. Edwin Phillips, age 84, the maternal uncle of General Officer John Thomas, III, Editor of the Christian Recorder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church passed from complications after contracting the coronavirus.

The Honorable Mr. James Christopher Edwards, II, the father of Reverend Brent LaPrince Edwards, Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Asheville, North Carolina, Western North Carolina Conference, Second Episcopal District

 Rev. Jeane B. Williams, a former Connectional AME Women In Ministry President

Mrs. Eula Mae Hawkins “Honey Love.”  Mrs. Eula Mae Hawkins, 68, of Crossett, Arkansas departed this life April 3, 2020.  Mrs. Hawkins is the mother of Licentiate Rachel L. Hawkins, Twelfth Episcopal District

Sister Janice Anita Walker, the oldest sister of Presiding Elder Valarie J. Walker, Orlando District-Central Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District, and sister of First Lady Sybil D. Keys and Brother in Love, Rev. Larry D. Keys, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church, Bealsville, Florida

Mrs. Gail Doris Neale-Thompson, the sister of the Reverend Edna Mack-Pettigrew (Calvin) a member of the ministerial staff at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Little Rock, AR, Twelfth Episcopal District

Presiding Elder James “Book” Smith, Presiding Elder of the old Lexington District of the Kentucky Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District A.M.E. Church

Mrs. Jane Hitchens Ross, the mother of the Reverend Dr. Alice Hubbard Crenshaw, pastor of Turner Chapel AME Church, Greenwood, Mississippi, Eighth Episcopal District, and is the mother of Hughie Emmanuel Hubbard III, (deceased), Sylvester Hubbard, Deryl Hubbard, Jo Ann Hubbard Thomas, Kenneth Hubbard, Aaron Hubbard, Krystal Ann Clay, and Kevin Clay (deceased).

The Reverend Harold C. Huggins, Superannuate, South District, Michigan Conference, Fourth Episcopal District, among churches served, St. Stephen, Detroit, and Bethe AME Church Siginaw, MI

Mr. Clifton E. Wilson, Jr., the brother of Mrs. Anna Marie Wilson Goff, Consultant, and the brother-in-law of Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff, Sr., Presiding Elder, Edisto District of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Church

The Reverend Donald Sauls, age 75, Superannuated Minister in the Boland Annual Conference; Itinerant Minister in the Fifteenth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church for 43 years

Bishop Zedekiah Lazett Grady, the 111th  Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Zesazi Thomas Gosa, age 72, Pastor of Allen Temple, Maluti District in the Queenstown Annual Conference in the 15th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. James D. Allen, Staff Minister at Bethel AME Church, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Sixteenth Episcopal District, ordained as a local deacon by the Virgin Islands Annual Conference

Mrs. Pledie Kirkland King, the niece of Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, retired, the 114th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the mother of Sharon, Sheila and Roderick King, was a proud grandmother

Mrs. Maude Nealie Ford Ross, 96, a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society, a retired educator, community activist and a provider of church scholarships, Mother of Reverend Barrington Bernard Ross, Pastor of Pearson Chapel A.M.E. Church, Yanceyville, NC., Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Yvonne Miler Hinds, the widow of the late Dr. Hewley Eustace Hinds, Sr., former Presiding Elder of the Guyana-Suriname Annual Conference, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Sis. Eslyn Patterson, the widow of the late Rev. Hebert Erasmus Patterson who died a few months ago; the mother of Andrew, Shenella, Toney, and JoAnn and active in the life of the Guyana-Suriname Annual Conference., Sixteenth Episcopal District

Mr. E. Alejandro Mateo,  husband of Cruz Maria Vasquez, father of Rev. Efrain Alejandro Mateo who is the  pastor of Nuevo Bethel AME Church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Rev. Robert E. Watkins, Jr., a retired itinerant Elder, and former pastor of St. James AME Church in Dayton, OH; the husband of Rev. Veronica R. Watkins, the current pastor of St. James-New Visions AMEC, Third Episcopal District

Reverend Tabitha Lucas Miller, the Pastor of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbia District, Columbia Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Frank D. Willis, a retired Itinerant Elder, licensed to preach during a Quarterly Conference at Turner Chapel AME Church in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1978 and over a span of thirty-one years of pastoral ministry, all in the East Mississippi Annual Conference, retiring from active ministry at the 2009 South Mississippi Annual Conference, Eighth Episcopal District

Dr. Charles R. George, a former dedicated Steward at St. Joseph’s AMEC Durham, husband of Mrs. Willia Robinson George, former Connectional Officer of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, chair of the Hughes-Smith Life Membership Committee


On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III; Director/Consultant Social Action Commission, Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker;  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."