Necrology, May 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 -


The Reverend Edward Samuel Townsend, who served as a Local Elder at Mount Teman AME Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey of the New Jersey Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District

Judge Patricia M. Mayberry, President, Judicial Council, African Methodist Episcopal Church and the sister of Presiding Elder Harold R. Mayberry, Chair of the Episcopal Committee of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Carl E. Wade, retired Itinerant Elder, New Jersey Annual Conference of the First Episcopal District, and the husband of Mrs. Carolyn Wade, Past President of the New Jersey Conference Women’s Missionary Society

Ms. VanKeila Simmons, daughter of Rev. Vandy and Dr. Bonita Simmons, pastor of Antioch AME Church, Stone Mountain, GA, Sixth Episcopal District

Sis. Tiffany L. Penso, the daughter of Presiding Elder Emeritus, the Reverend William A. Dyson and Dr Marianne and Dyson, former Christian Education Director of the Norfolk Eastern Shore District of the Virginia Conference, Second Episcopal District

The Reverend Earlie L. Leonard, the father of the Reverend Irvin Leonard, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Tuscumbia, Alabama in the Ninth Episcopal District AME Church

The Reverend Cosmas Wakunguma, Presiding Elder of Lusaka East District and Administrative Assistant to the Bishop in the South East Zambia Annual Conference of the 17th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mrs. Edith Veronica Palmore, the mother of Mrs. Ren'ee Palmore Beaman, Episcopal Supervisor, Fifteenth Episcopal District, and Jennifer Palmore Jones of Atlanta, Georgia, and the mother-in-law of Bishop Silvester Scott Beaman, Presiding Prelate, Fifteenth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Julia G. Combay, Pastor of St. James A.M.E Church, an Ordained Deacon in 1984 and later Ordained Elder in the Fourteenth Episcopal District AMEC

Mrs. Arletia Kirkland Vandegrift of Birmingham, Alabama, a faithful member of Nichols Chapel AMEC and a gifted musician; the sister of Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, the 114th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Haywood Bellamy of Seale, Alabama, age 76, husband of Sister Amanda Bellamy, and a retired pastor in the Phenix City District, Northeast Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District

Sister Laura Denise Hamilton Daniel, the daughter of Reverend Mary Hamilton, Retired Itinerant Elder and Supply Pastor of Greater Union Cypress African Methodist Episcopal Church (Manning), Santee District, Central Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church

Sister Mary Walton, the mother of the Reverend Everette S. Hobson, Sr., and the mother-in-law of the Reverend Barbara Hobson, pastors of Martin Chapel AME Church, Clarksville, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District

The Reverend Ouida Parks-Pierson, former pastor of several churches, and a faithful member of the Oklahoma State Annual Conference, becoming a superannuated minister in the 12th Episcopal District, Oklahoma State Annual Conference in October of 2012

The Reverend Lander "LC" Corpening Jr.age 67, of Morganton, North Carolina, served as pastor of Mission AME Church, Morganton, NC and Harvey’s Chapel AME Church, Hillsborough, North Carolina in the Western NC Conference of the Second Episcopal District AME Church

Mr. Isaac Hugger, the brother of Bishop Michael Leon Mitchell, Presiding Prelate, Twelfth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

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, FL, Eleventh Episcopal District


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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