Necrology, March 2020  

          "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. Rosemary Powell McElroy, mother of Rev. Florance M. McElroy, pastor of Chapel of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Kingston, Jamaica, Sixteenth Episcopal District

Bro. Ronald Swift, the husband of Rev. Catline Swift, a retired pastor in the Northwest Texas Conference, Tenth Episcopal District

Mr. Lenard Percy Diggs, the brother of Dr. Shirley Hopkins Davis, the Eighth Connectional President of the Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Michael Washington, Presiding Elder of the Little Rock District of the Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District, whose ministry spanned over 40 years and included serving as pastor to several congregations throughout the Twelfth also serving as Treasurer of the Shorter College Board of Trustees and as an Arkansas Annual Conference Trustee.

Sister Sam Ella McClendon, the sister of Reverend Roy D. Smith, Pastor of the New Seminary A.M.E. Church, Stephens, Arkansas, and sister-in-love of Mrs. Sister Velma Smith.

Mr. Clifford Earl King, the beloved brother of our distinguished pastor stationed at Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Eustis, FL, Eleventh Episcopal District

Sister Julia A. (Fisher) Hagwood,  a Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society serving as the Prayer Team Coordinator for the Connectional Women’s Missionary Society at one time; leading the Bible Study at the 1995 Women’s Missionary Society Quadrennial Convention and she was the aunt of Rev. Gary Mitchell, Pastor of JW James African Methodist Church, Maywood, Illinois, Fourth Episcopal District

Sadie Juliet Battle, daughter of Rev. Jesse Monroe Patterson and Julia Annie Gilreath, a member of St Paul AME Church Raleigh where she was the organist for over forty years, honored on Sadie Juliet Battle Day and honored as a Living Legend, Second Episcopal District 

Mr. Gerald Sinkfield, brother of Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield, pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church and St. James AME Church, Nashville, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Gladwin A. Fubler, retired, First Episcopal District pastor, the husband of the late Mrs. Carol Kirkland Fubler a former New Jersey Conference President and past President of the First Episcopal District WMS and brother-in-law of Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, (retired)

Mrs. Sara L. Fletcher, the mother of Reverend Michelle McBeth, pastor of Grimes A.M.E. Church, Phoenixville, PA, West-Mainline District of the Philadelphia Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Brother Edward L. Reeves, Jr. the Brother of Rev. Dr. Jacqueline G. Reeves and Rev. Carolyn Castelli, they both are Associate Ministers in the New Jersey Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Mrs. Margaret Nance Mason, the mother of Mrs. Yolanda Mason Henderson and mother-in-love of Connectional Officer, Marcus T. Henderson, Sr., Trustee/Treasurer, AMEC Board of Inc.

Mr. Joseph Lee, Jr., member and officer of Lee Chapel AMEC, Nashville, TN, father of Mrs. Arnetta J. Arnell, wife of the late Presiding Elder James E. Arnell, Ninth Episcopal District and grandfather of Mrs. Anethia  T. Norris, wife of Rev. Marcellus A. Norris, First Episcopal District and Reverend Stephen A. Lee, his youngest son and Pastor of New Saint Luke AME Church in Savannah, Georgia, Sixth Episcopal District

Ms. Cristineggi Butler, mother of Reverend Deborah Butler, Pastor of Elba AME Church in Elba, Alabama, Ninth Episcopal District

Mrs. Paree Hale, the mother of district consultant, Mrs. Carrie Kelley and mother in law of Presiding Elder Johnny Kelley of the Pine Bluff-Helena District, East Arkansas Annual Conference, Twelfth Episcopal District

Sister Carrie R. Nelson, the spouse of former Presiding Elder Willie J. Nelson of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; she was a Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society, past treasurer of the Seventh Episcopal District WMS, Member of MSWAWO+Pk’s, and a Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  

Minister James “Jim” Rome Sample Jr., an ordained minister in the United Pentecostal Church International for nearly 40 years, brother of Rev. Dr. Karen R. Schaeffer, the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Lebanon, OH, Third Episcopal District

The Reverend Anna M. Pearson, Pastor of Greater Jerusalem African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lane, South Carolina, Kingstree District, Palmetto Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District

Sister Gloria Ann Fort, the sister of Rev. Dr. Esther L. Seales, Pastor of Tyree AME Church, Philadelphia Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Mrs. Georgia Fletcher, the wife of the Reverend Joe Fletcher a retired Itinerant Elder serving at Greater Ebenezer AME Church, Clarksville, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Brother Leroy Bartley of Moncks Corner, SC, the brother of CLO Presidential Advisor and Immediate Past Director of Lay Activities Edith Bartley-Cartledge

Mrs. Victoria Lambert Robinson, mother of three children,  daughter of the late Reuben and Helen Lambert of Somerset, Bermuda, the sister of Reverend Althea J Hayward, and sister in love of Dr. Samuel E. Hayward, III, Presiding Elder of the Portsmouth Richmond Roanoke District of the Virginia Conference, and aunt of Rev. Kristina R. Hayward (Ministerial Staff, Bethel AME Church, Hampton, VA)

Reverend Elberta Pugh Hudson, pastor of St. Paul AME Church Teachey, North Carolina, NC, Northern District-North Carolina Conference of the Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Willie Omia Jamison Bouie, the spouse of Civil Rights activist and retired Itinerant Elder Reverend Dr. Simon P. Bouie, Seventh Episcopal District; a former First Lady of Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, PA

Charles Monroe Hampton, the father of nine children, including The Rev. Dennis J. Hampton (Barbara), Pastor of Bethel AME Church Claremore, OK, Twelfth Episcopal District, and Denice M. William-Norful, a member of Saint Philip AME Atlanta, GA, Sixth Episcopal District

Mrs. Allie Gay Riddell Johnson, 91, Mother of Deborah L. Hale and the Mother-in-Law of Rev. Frederick E. Hale, Jr. (Ret.) Itinerant Elder, Kentucky Conference, and the Grandmother of the Rev. Joshua C. Hale, Pastor of St Matthew AME Church, Midway, KY, and the Rev. William R. T. Hale, Presiding Elder, Commonwealth District, KY Conference and Pastor of Saint Paul AME Church, Versailles, KY

The Reverend Scott Elijah, pastor of Bethany AME Church, Yonkers, New York, New York Conference, First Episcopal District, who succumbed to the ravages of the Coronavirus


On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III; Director/Consultant Social Action Commission, Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker;  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."