Necrology, January 2023

 "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 -

Sis. Mary Banks Wright, President Emeritus of the Fourth Episcopal District Lay Organization, Former Trustee, African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Former Member, African Methodist Episcopal Church General Board

Sis. Aida Ocasio, 99, mother of First Lady Judith Ocasio Holmes and mother-in-love of Reverend Bernard Holmes, Pastor of Rehoboth A.M.E. Church, Chesapeake, Virginia, Portsmouth Richmond Roanoke District-Virginia Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Walter Raymond. Perkins, Jr., retired Itinerant Elder who served well for many years in the West Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Ruth Tolefree, the wife of Reverend L.V. Tolefree (Deceased) a faithful member of the East Arkansas Conference and past President of MSWAWO from the old South Conference of the Twelfth Episcopal District

Sister Pearl Marie Ramsey, a faithful steward of Bethel AME Church, Rocky Mount, Virginia, and very close aunt of Reverend Robin Hopkins, Pastor of Meadowview AME Church in Martinsville, Virginia, Second Episcopal District

Sister Sharon Battle Patterson, the mother of First Lady Leslie Maria Patterson-Tyler and the mother-in-law of Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D. pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of the Philadelphia Annual Conference First Episcopal District

The Reverend Henry Dampier, an associate minister of Mt. Olive AME Church in Orlando, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District, the spouse of Sis. Jeannette Dampier

Rev. Ora Lee Longley Thomas, age 83, retired Itinerant Elder in the West Tennessee Annual Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, she was licensed in 1992 and pastored Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Hollow Rock, Tennessee, and Carey Chapel A.M.E. Church in Burlison, Tennessee

Mother Sarah McElrath, the mother of The Reverend Jerry Wilder, Pastor of St. Mark AME Church West End, West Birmingham Ensley Greensboro District, in the Northwest Alabama Conference, Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Carrie L Jones, wife of Reverend Charles M. Jones, Sr. retired, mother of the Rev. Charles M. Jones, Jr. and mother-in-law of the Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Dupree, pastor of New Mt. Pisgah, Lake City, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mrs. Velma Sue Smith, spouse of the Reverend Roy D. Smith, pastor of Beech Hill and New Seminary AME Church, Stephens, Arkansas (West Arkansas Conference) Twelfth Episcopal District

Bishop Harvey M. Wallace, (Soul Winners Worship Center in Wilson, N.C.) the father of Reverend Jeaninne D. Wallace, Ph.D., Pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, New York, New York Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District

The Reverend Rodney E. Dailey, the husband of Reverend Janine Dailey, Pastor of New Bethel AME Church in Lowell, MA, where he was the associate minister; also, he was the First Episcopal District Sons of Allen Coordinator and served as the Connectional Sons of Allen Chair of the Commission on Christian Service

Mr. Louis Manning, Jr. the father of Reverend Eric S. C. Manning, Pastor of Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Edisto District, South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District AME Church and the father-in-law of Mrs. Mrs. Andretta M. Manning

Bro. Cornelius Nelson Holliday, the brother of the Rev. Clay A. Holliday, Sr., pastor of Greenwood AME Church, Millington, TN and the uncle of Rev. Clay A. Holiday, Jr. pastor of New Wrights Chapel AME Church, Arlington, TN, West Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Mrs. Fannie R Davis, the sister of Mother Carrie R. Grady, Retired Supervisor AME Church, she was a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Member of the Choir, the Women’s Missionary Society, Director of the Young Peoples’ Division locally and Area, also a Steward and a Stewardess and served as the director of the Young Adult Choir

Dr. Hercules T. Miles, Retired General Officer African Methodist Episcopal Church, served as Secretary-Treasurer of the AME Church Extension Department 1976-1996

Mrs. Carlie Garnette Buchannan, oldest sister of Mother Porter and aunt of Connectional Officer Robin-Porter Smith, Chair, Fellowship of Church Educators of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Henry James Burch, brother-in-law of Mother Porter, uncle of Connectional Officer Robin-Porter Smith, Chair, Fellowship of Church Educators of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Joel Cousin, son of The Reverend Steven Cousin and Mrs. Linda Cousin, First Family of Trinity AME Church in Kansas City, Kansas, Fifth Episcopal District; Joel is also, the Grandson of Bishop Philip R. Cousin (Retired)  and Supervisor Retired, Dr. M. Joan Cousin

Dr. Susie M. McClure, philanthropist, and global missionary, centenarian plus seven the maternal matriarch of the (Funderburk) family of The Rev. Dr. William W. Easley, Jr., Presiding Elder, Retired, the immediate past Parliamentarian of the Connectional Presiding Elders’ Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Willie James Williams, 79 years of age, served as the 3rd Connectional Director of MCAM; the husband of The Rev. Willie Mae Williams

Retired Presiding Elder Robert Kirk, Sr., 100 years of age, during his lengthy tenure he pastored five churches in the Indiana South District, Fourth Episcopal District and served as Presiding Elder in that same district for 12 years

Mother Betty Elizabeth Davis Thompson, the maternal aunt of the Reverend Dr. Missiouri McPhee, Connectional Director of Boy Scouts (The Association of AMEC), Chief Conference Secretary (Central Conference – 11th District), and North Orlando District Administrative Assistant

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

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