Necrology, July 2021

          "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)

Mrs. Lois Helen Cyprian, the widow of Presiding Elder Joseph H. Cyprian, Jr., the mother of Mr. Douglas (Pamela) Cyprian of Folsom, Louisiana, and the Reverend Derrick (Chalita) Cyprian of Houston, Texas, and the loving Maw-maw to four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, Eighth Episcopal District

Evangelist Martha Ann Alexander, the beloved and cherished mother of The Reverend Willie Alexander, Pastor stationed at St. John AMEC, Citra, The "Nurturing" North Orlando District, Central Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District

The Reverend Bongani Shepherd Leonard Jantjies, age 48 years, an Itinerant Elder for 22 years, serving several churches; he was the first Presiding Elder of the newly organized Makone Presiding Elder District and was the Chairperson of the Board of Examiners of The Cape Annual Conference, !5th Episcopal District

The Reverend Alan White, Pastor of Campbell’s Chapel AMEC in Virginia Beach, VA (Norfolk Eastern Shore District) Second Episcopal District; husband of Mrs. Debra White and the son of Rev. Willie (Esther) White, retired pastor in the Virginia Conference

Mrs. Patricia Jefferson, widow of the late Rev. H. E. Jefferson, former pastor in the Virginia Conference of the Second Episcopal District; mother of Rev.  Andre P. Jefferson, Sr., well-known Pastor of Bethel AMEC, Hampton, VA and the grandmother of Rev. Andre P. Jefferson, Jr.  Pastor of New Mount Olive AMEC in Chesapeake, VA

The Reverend Floyd Nedab, Jr., age 91, Retired Itinerant Elder, a member of Emanuel AME Church, Portsmouth, VA, and former pastor of St. Luke AME Church, Daughety, VA and Bethel AMEC, Eastville, a faithful pastor in the Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District, survived by his wife, Mrs. Cornelia Nedab and children: Mrs. Martha White, Mr. Floyd Nedab, III. Mr. Jerry Parks, Mr. Harry C. Elliott, Jr., Ms. Jada Elliott, Ms. Temple Nedab and Mr. Cornel Nedab along with several grandchildren

Sister Joyce Gwendolyn Hanum Corpening, 91, the mother of Reverend Gwendolyn Minor, Pastor of Macedonia AMEC, Carrollton, Virginia. and the late Reverend Richard Corpening, other surviving family members include Kim (Jonice) of N.C., Gary (Loretta) of TN., daughter-n-law Lori of NC, 15 grandchildren and, 18 great-grandchildren

The Reverend Dr. Lonnie Johnson, widower of Sister Grace Johnson, who served the African Methodist Episcopal Church with distinction in many capacities, to include President of Shorter College, Presiding Elder of  the Oklahoma Conference, and pastor of many congregation

Mrs. Sheila Davis Webster, wife of the Reverend Wendell C. Webster, Pastor of Mount Zion AME Church, Daytona Beach, Florida, and daughter-in-law of Bishop Robert V. Webster

Mr. Jeffrey Taylor, Sr, the son-in-law of Sister Dianne Battle, Director of Public Relations of the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Kenneth Ray Howard, Jr., the son of the Reverend Linda C. Igwebuike, pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Fort Smith, AR, Twelfth Episcopal District

Brother Travis Lynard Foster, the son of Reverend Edna Dingle-Stokes, Pastor of St. James AME (Wando) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant District, Palmetto Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Sister Marilyn Crawford-Rivers of Eufaula Alabama, the mother of Reverend Angie Crawford Cox, First Lady of Mount Calvary AMEC, Towson, Maryland and the mother-in-law of Reverend Bobby B. Cox, Jr., Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Percy L. Jones, retired pastor of the Ninth Episcopal District AME Church

Retired Episcopal Supervisor and former NBA Player, Dr. Stanley McKenzie (1944-2021),  husband of Bishop Vasthi Murphy McKenzie, the 117th elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mr. Steve Fugh, member of New Tyler AME Church, Memphis, TN, and the brother of Bishop Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mother Helena Hall Boykin, Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church, Sunday School Superintendent for several decades, the wife of Rev. Robert D. Boykin (Retired Pastor, North Carolina Conference), the loving mother of the Reverend Ronald A. Boykin (Helen) - Pastor, Seaton Memorial A.M.E. Church of Lanham, MD, William O. Boykin (Marie) - Past General Board member and Helena Highsmith (Joseph) 

Brother John Booker, Jr., the son of Reverend John Booker, Sr., Pastor of New Hope AME (Mountville) African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greenville District, Piedmont Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Mr. Charles Doughty, Sr., the father of Mrs. Irene P. Montague, First Lady of the Baltimore District of the Baltimore Conference of the Second Episcopal District, and the Treasurer of CONN-M-SWAWO +PKs, and the father-in-law of Presiding Elder Ernest L. Montague, Sr

Mr. Lee Autry Pauley, the father of the Reverend Sarah Green, pastor of the Shiloh Circuit, West Arkansas Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

The Reverend Mary Alice Miller, a retired minister in the Arkansas Annual Conference, a member of St. Mark A.M.E. Church, Osceola, AR, Twelfth Episcopal District

The Reverend Dr. Sidney W. Williams, Jr., Presiding Elder Emeritus, Portsmouth Richmond Roanoke District, Virginia Conference; husband of Mrs. Helen G. Williams, father of Mr. S. Wesley Williams, III, General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, mentor to many clergypersons and a loving counselor

Sister Tosha Meridi, the daughter of Rev. Gail Meridian, Pastor of Christ AME Church in Central Trinidad; Rev. Meridian also serves as the 16th District Christian Education Director

Brother Byron Lee Byfield (November 9,1963-July 25,2021), the father of Rev. Aldean Byfield, Pastor of St. Matthew's AME Church in St. Catherine, Jamaica; husband to Caseta Byfield, a lifetime member of St. John AME Church, Clarendon, Jamaica and father of Alecia Byfield, former 16th District YPD President

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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