Necrology, June 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 -

Brother Parrish Transou, Sr., the husband of the late Reverend Sabrina Faye DeBerry Transou, pastor of New Greater Bethel AME Church, Jackson, Tennessee, to whom he was married for 48 years; a powerful and dynamic singer, Bro. Transou, Sr. was a true partner in ministry and marriage

Mr. Willie Lee McMillan, the beloved father of the Reverend Octavius L. Smith (Lady Keysha), senior pastor of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sanford, Florida, Daytona Beach District-Central Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District

Mr. Green Smith, the brother (brother-in-law) of The Reverend Roy and Sister Velma Smith, pastor and 1st lady of Ne Seminary and Beech Hill A.M.E. Church, Stephens, AR, Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Betty Gene Martin, the mother of Mrs. Tonya Orr (The Reverend Johnny) of Greater St. Mark A.M.E. Church, Thornton, Arkansas and St. James A.M.E. Church, Rison Arkansas of the Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Betty Creath, the eldest sister of Presiding Elder Tyrone A. Broomfield (The Reverend Ina K.) of the North Little Rock/Ft. Smith District, Twelfth Episcopal District, and sister of Barbara Lawson, Sandra Kelley, Corene Broomfield, and John Broomfield

Rev. Dr. Melvin I. Graham Sr., a Superannuated Itinerant Elder of the Second Episcopal District having pastored in the North Carolina Annual Conference and the Western North Carolina Annual Conference

Presiding Elder Emeritus Ellis H. Casson, the patriarch of the Casson family, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, Son, brother, and friend; but above all a Man of God, a Pastor and Presiding Elder serving in the AME Church for over 65 years known for his mentorship, civil rights activism, advocacy, and humor

The Reverend Robert Lee Bailey, retired pastor of Bethel AME Church, Robbins, IL after many years of pastoral service to the Fourth Episcopal District.

The Reverend Willie Lee “Tim” Timmons, 71, served as pastor for several years of the Evening Chapel A.M.E. Church, Grand Prairie, Texas, Greater Dallas District of the Tenth Episcopal District, until 2020 when he moved to Lithonia, Georgia

Mrs. Doris Jean Cannon, 80, of Columbus, Georgia, the mother of the Reverend Pricilla Wilson, pastor of Pleasant Grove AME Church in the Phenix City District of the Northeast Alabama Conference, the Ninth Episcopal District

Mr. Samuel A. Herring, the widower of the late Reverend Shelda Herring, who served as the Pastor of Spring Chapel AME Church, Grand Junction, Tennessee, West Tennessee Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, where he served as a Steward and Trustee

The Reverend Millicent Jeanette Collins, an acclaimed choral director and vocalist, utilizing her noted talents especially in Southern California, Filth Episcopal District and at the World Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986 and at the Sydney Opera house during the McDonald’s Music Festival in 1992

Mrs. Anna Mary Mouchette, the wife of Chaplain (COL) Edward D. Mouchette (Retired); she was a life-long educator, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and resident of Sun Lakes, AZ, Office of Ecumenical & Urban Affairs

Brother Robert Love, Jr., the beloved brother of Reverend Debra Love, Pastor of Palace AME Church, Havana, Florida, Eleventh Episcopal District

Deacon Willie Joe Edwards, the brother of Reverend Mary Reed, pastor of South Wesley A.M.E. Church, Houston TX in the Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Roshelle McCrae, the Pastor of Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in Waycross, Georgia, Sixth Episcopal District

Mr. Adrian Vincent Cross, the older brother of Mrs. Sabrena M. Newsom, President of the 12th District M-SWAWO+PKs, and brother-in-law of Rev. Kurbe L. Newsom, pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church, Warren Arkansas; he is the son of Albert (deceased) and Claudia E. Cross of Memphis Tennessee

Bro. Jessie Marshall, the father of Sis. Gwendolyn Latham and father-In-Law of Rev. Ernest Latham, Pastor of Campbell Chapel AME Church, Pulaski Tennessee and Round Hill AME Church, Lynnville, Tennessee of the 13th Episcopal District

Mr. Gregory Thomas Miles, the brother of The Rev. Donnell Miles, Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church, Stockton, California, and of Lady Florence Boyd, wife of The Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, Pastor of First AME Church Los Angeles, California, Fifth Episcopal District

Mrs. Ethel Mae Trent-Gardenhire, the mother of Mrs. Jamesina Evans, the Seventh Connectional President of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


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