Necrology, August 2022

 "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 -

Retired Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Barbara Jeanne Wooten Chappelle, age 83, widow of the late Right Reverend Richard Allen Chappelle, Sr., the 108th elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, mother of , Kristen Nicole, grandmother of Micah Jeremiah and Travis Richard, and great-grandmother of Micah, II

Mr. Richard Herndon.  Mr. Herndon, the brother of The Reverend Dr. J. Wayne Rogers, pastor of of Bethel AME Church Hope, Arkansas, Twelfth Episcopal District

The Rev. Dr. Ida V. James was one of the founding members of AME Women in Ministry and the founding pastor of Faith Temple AME Church located on the West Side of Chicago, Chicago Conference, Fourth Episcopal District 

Dr. J. B. Flowers, Jr., a former member of the Judicial Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a member of Mt. Herman A.M.E. Church, Grenada, Mississippi in the Eighth Episcopal District

Presiding Elder Vernon Ivan Fitzgerald Lowe served for many years in the First Episcopal District with distinction, he is the father of Reverend Robert R. Lowe, pastor of Mount Moriah AME Church, Cambria Heights, NY, New York Annual Conference

Mr. Herloia Lee "Hercules" Anthony, the father of Reverend Octavius L. Smith, pastor of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sanford, FL and member of the Board of Examiner's of the Central Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District

Sis. Helen Jean Key, age 77, mother of the Reverend Linda Ann Key Evans, Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Memphis, Tennessee in the West Tennessee Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Edward “Buster” Billips, the father of Reverend Dr. Eric Billips,Sr., pastor of North Stelton AME Church, Piscataway, NJ, New Jersey Annual Conference and the father- in-law of Reverend Dr. Myra Billips, First Episcopal District

The Reverend Hoover Footman, a Retired Itinerant Elder in the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, his last pastoral assignment was Adams AME (North Charleston), Charleston District, South Carolina Annual Conference

The Reverend Laura Mae Holloway, Retired Pastor of the Marianna District, Eleventh Episcopal District, the beloved, dedicated mother of Reverend Calvin E. Holloway, Pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church, Monticello, and the beloved mother-in-love of Sister Patricia Holloway

Sister Valarie Graves, the spouse of the Reverend Frederick Graves, Pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (Sumter), Sumter District, Northeast Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

The Reverend Michael William Battle, a Local Deacon at St. Matthew AME Church (Hamer), of the Florence-Dillon District of the Northeast South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Martina Dorothy Thomas Madden, a retired Local Elder from the Second Episcopal District, residing in the Tenth Episcopal District, Reverend Madden was the mother of the Reverend Janis Madden Barnes, pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church, Sherman, Texas, Tenth Episcopal District

Mother Elnor Harvin Edmonds, the beloved mother of the Reverend Raymond F. Edmonds, Jr. Senior Pastor, Union Bethel Randallstown, MD, mother-in-love of Reverend Jerri Edmonds; the mother of Mrs. Sherry Clemons a member of Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, Brandywine, MD, and Mrs. Trina Brickhouse a member of Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, Glenn Dale, MD, she and her late husband, were longtime members of New Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Chesapeake, VA 

Retired Presiding Elder Alexander Stephans, who served for many years in the First Episcopal District with distinction

 Presiding Elder Percy Robert Tate, Retired, Youngstown District Third Episcopal District, husband of Mrs. Geraldine Tate, a former President of the Third Episcopal District M-SWAWO + PK'S

The Reverend Frankie Lee Massey, the beloved pastor of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Winter Garden, Florida, Daytona Beach District, Central Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District, husband of Linda Massey and father of daughter, Hope Massey

Mrs. Frances Rankin, the aunt of Mr. Bobby Rankin, Chief of Protocol of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Florance Marie Mcelroy, Presiding Elder of Blue Mountain District and the beloved pastor of Chapel of Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Kingston in the Jamaica Conference, Sixteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Johnnie L. Edison, Jr, the Pastor of St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church Oxmoor, West Birmingham Ensley Greensboro District, Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Dorothy Harris, 96, the widow of the late Rev. David F. Harris, who preceded her in death, they were married twenty-five years and served many churches in Texas; their last assignment was at Metropolitan A. M. E. in Austin, Southwest Texas Conference

The Reverend Donald White, who along with the love of his life, Sis. Mary E. White pastored many churches faithfully until his retirement from the ministry at St. Phillip AME Church in Nashville, NC; in his role as a Superannuated minister at Greater Bethel AME Church, he gladly performed any task given by pastor, serving gladly until his health failed


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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont Walker, 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