Necrology, January 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 -

Ms. Loretta Ruth Johnston, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. David A. Johnston (25th Pastor of Saint Joseph AME Church, Durham, North Carolina, serving 1948-1958) and former first lady of Saint Joseph AME Church and Second Episcopal District Supervisor Verdelle Ruth Johnston (serving 1988-1992)

The Reverend Johnny Love Walton, husband of Mrs. Alberta Walton and a Retired Pastor in the Northeast Alabama Conference on the Phenix City District, Ninth Episcopal District

The Reverend Mzuvukile Johannes Mbanjana, age 55, an Itinerant Elder for 11 years in the 15th Episcopal District, having served the Queenstown Annual Conference: 1. Barkley East 2. Aliwal North district. Eastern Cape Annual Conference: 1. Noupoort  2. Darie Mae, Cradock. He was holding the position of Board of Christian Education Director in the Eastern Cape Annual Conference. He was married to Mrs. Nozikhumbuzu Mbanjana with three children, Siyabulela, Achumile and Siphesihle.

Mrs. Karan A. Howard, a member of the Hendersonville Chapter, Links, Incorporated and the mother of the Reverend. Anica Howard, Presiding Elder Nashville District, Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Brother Johnny L. Hall, the beloved brother of Reverend David L. Hall, Pastor of Union Branch AME Church, Monticello, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District, and the brother in love of Sister Gloria Hall.

Brother David King Walter, the beloved brother of Reverend Addie W. Holt, Pastor of Old Bethel AME Church, Quincy, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District, and the brother in love of Brother Charleston Holt, Jr.

Bro. Robert Lee Ball, husband of Sis. Roxie P. Ball of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, a member and secretary of Episcopal Committee for over 20 years, a member of Program of the General Conference Commission for 20 years and served as the Secretary of the Program Committee for several years, and most recently, she was a member of the Revisions Committee

Mr. John Leroy Davis, the brother of Rev. Napoleon Davis, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Lucile J. Johnson, the widow of the late Reverend L. W. Johnson, and mother of the Reverend Dr. Ralph E Johnson, Presiding Elder of the North District of the Tennessee Annual Conference and Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Woodlawn, TN, Dr. Camilla Sharon Johnson Cobb, M.D., Associate Professor Clinical Pathology, University of Southern California Healthcare Network, and Dr. Roy P. Johnson M.D. President, Middle Tennessee Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Inc.  

The Reverend Stephanus Williams, age 84 years, Superannuated Minister in the Boland Annual Conference in the 15th Episcopal District. He was an Itinerant Elder for more than 40 years in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served churches in the Namibian and Cape Annual Conference in the 15th Episcopal District:

Ms. Briana S. King, the beloved granddaughter of the Reverend Richard E. King, pastor stationed at St. James AME Church, Eustis, FL, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Santranella Anderson, the mother of the Rev. Sharon D. Moore, Executive Pastor of Saint Andrew AME Church, Memphis-Tennessee, West Tenessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, mother in love of the Rev. Dr. Byron C. Moore, Pastor of Saint Andrew

Mr. Clifford Earl Ransom, Jr., the brother of The Reverend Sandra (Reuben) Eldridge of the Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Pearl C. Higgins, the grandmother of the Reverend Jermaine L Wilson (spouse, the Reverend Dujuana Wilson), Pastor of Warren Chapel AME Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mr. Rodney Satterwhite, stepson of The Rev. Deborah Satterwhite, pastor of New St. John AME Church, Dearborn, MI.  Mr. Satterwhite suffered with COVID, was on a ventilator for four weeks and vowed to be vaccinated once he left the hospital; pastor satterwhite' message is for for all to get vacinated.

The Reverend Dr. Terry McCray Hill, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Portland Oregon, Fifth Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Carolyn Brooks, a retired itinerant elder who served faithfully in the Florida Conference of the Eleventh Episcopal District

Retired Presiding Elder William Trip Lesueur, husband of Mrs. Marion Lesueur; served as a Presiding Elder in the Camden District of the Southwest Alabama Conference, beginning his pastoral career in 1963, as a servant of God, serving diligently in active ministry for more than 58 years as a pastor and presiding elder in the Ninth Episcopal District

Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams, (103) retired General Officer, Editor of The A.M.E. Church Review, first female elected as a general Officer in the AMEC, a veritable titan of an educator and leader in the A.M.E. Church

Ms. Modestine Byrd Hunter, the mother of Reverend Johnny Byrd, Pastor of Felderville (Santee) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Midlands District, Central Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Mr. Tyson Manvel Merrill, the son of Sister Brenda A. Merrill, First Episcopal District Office Manager and Secretary to Bishop Julius H. McAllister, Sr., Presiding Prelate First Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Chris Anthony Copeland, Itinerant Elder in the AME Church, and Associate Minister at Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Memphis, Tennessee, the Rev. Eric J. Knowles, pastor, South Memphis District-West Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Sister Bertha Mae Walter-Gray, the beloved sister of Reverend Addie W. Holt, Pastor of Old Bethel AME Church, Quincy, Florida , Eleventh Episcopal District, and the sister in Love of Brother Charleston Holt, Jr.

Sister Mary Overton Jackson a member of New Wright’s AME Church in Memphis, Tennessee; the loving mother of Jamie Overton of Memphis, Tennessee, and sister of the Rev. Patsy T. Brown, Pastor of Galilee AME Church of Memphis, Tennessee (North Memphis District, West TN Annual Conference) Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Brenetta Joyce Hudspeth, stepmom of Reverend Bianca Canley, Communication Coordinator of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Finance Department – Washington, DC and Pastor of Quinn Chapel AME, Crossett, Arkansas 

Mr. Walter D. Holden, the brother of the Reverend Dr. Sheila Alford (P.E. retired Roger Alford) of the Oklahoma State Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. John David Edwards, Sr. a Senior Deacon at Deliverance Church of God in Christ, Augusta, Georgia, the father of Reverend Claudia Lawton, Pastor of Bethel (Huger) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant District, Palmetto Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

The Reverend Eula Smith, associate minister at Pilgrim AME Church, Washington, DC, Capital District, Washington Conference of the Second Episcopal District; the mother of Dannie Newby


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