Necrology,   September 2019     

          "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)  

Reverend Charles A. Dennis, retired Itinerant Elder of the Delaware Annual Conference, First Episcopal District

Sister Nealie Leach Ruff, the widow of the late Rev. Charles Ruff and the former first lady of Bethel AME Church, Meadville and Bethel AME Church, New Castle, Pennsylvania, Third Episcopal District

Sister Bobbye Jean Blackwell, the wife of the late Rev. Marcus Blackwell, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mrs. Alice Henderson, the grandmother of Oklahoma State M-SWAWO + PK's President, Mrs. Stephanie Crawford (Rev. D. Lavel Crawford of Avery Chapel, OKC, Twelfth Episcopal District

Ms. Ella Louise Cherry, the mother of Rev. Paulette C. White Co-pastor of Bethel A. M. E. Church, Hearne, Texas, Tenth Episcopal District

The Reverend W.G. Treadwell, Presiding Elder Retired, Ninth Episcopal District, father of Ms. Ametta Lorene Reaves, Connectional Director of Lay Activities of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and father of Mrs. Emma Willis, Mr. Willie Gray Treadwell, Jr., and Mr. Willam Lee Treadwell

Presiding Elder Willen Simon Hanse, Namibia Annual Conference and a member of the Publications Commission of the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church representing the Fifteenth Episcopal District

 Reverend Robert Lee Ned, retired pastor in the Fifth Episcopal District who served congregations throughout Southern California and San Francisco as well as in Portland, Oregon; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tucson, Arizona

Reverend Larry Thompson, Sr., retired pastor of the First Episcopal District, Philadelphia Annual Conference

Mrs. Martha Huggins, Former First Lady of the Soaring South District of the Michigan Annual Conference, Fourth Episcopal District and wife of Presiding Elder Harold C. Huggins, Retired 

Mr. Brandon K. King, the son of the Reverend Richard King, esteemed and faithful Pastor of St. James AME Church, Eustis, FL, Eleventh Episcopal District

Reverend Kanice D. Johns, Itinerant Elder, First Episcopal District, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Bryn Mawr, PA, of  the Philadelphia Annual Conference

The Reverend Barbara Barbour, ordained elder of the Western North Carolina Conference, Second Episcopal District an ardent supporter of WIM serving as Herstoriographer (SED),

Sis. Floree Tolefree, the sister-in-law of Reverends Truman & Bettie Tolefree, and the widow of the late Deacon Joel Rex Tolefree, Twelfth Episcopal District

Mr. Jonathan Earl Peck, Son of Former Connectional President of the Women’s Missionary Society, Dr. Dorothy Adams Peck

Chanda Michelle Irick, daughter of Mrs. Claudia Knight and the sister of Bro. Earl Knight III, Director of Music for the First Episcopal District Lay Organization and the Connectional Lay Organization

Jasper Robert Anderson, Jr., the brother of Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Senior Pastor, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church (DC), Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District and the Uncle of Rev. Ali Holness-Roland

Elder Harold B. Hayes, Sr., father of Reverend Dr. Harold B. Hayes, Jr., pastor of Real Power A.M.E. Church, formerly known as Hunter Memorial A.M.E Church, Washington Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District

Mrs. Linda Robinson, former Connectional Officer (Treasurer) of the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME, WMS Life Member, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., widow of the late Reverend James Robinson, Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District

Dennis George Byfield, last  living sibling of Supervisor Ainsley M. Byfield, and brother of Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield of the Sixteenth Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church

Minister Hermon Ricks of Wasco, California, the eldest brother of Retired Presiding Elder Ella Mae Samuels, who retired in the Sixth Episcopal District, the Augusta August Conference and relocated to the Second Episcopal District

Ms. Wanda Frey Simpson, the youngest sister of Reverend Nathan Frey, pastor of St. Peter AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee; and sister in law, Reverend Lillian Frey, Thirteenth Episcopal District

Reverend Vivian Gary, Mother of Connectional Lay Organization President, Valerie Gary Bell and Sister of Immediate Past President, International Women's Missionary Society, Dr. Shirley Cason Reed

Mr. Richard Irvin, Sr., the father of Supervisor Rev. Carolyn Elizabeth Irvin Brailsford and the father-in-love of Bishop Ronnie Elijah Brailsford, Sr., Episcopal Leadership-Team, Twentieth Episcopal District

Mrs. Edwina Griffin, the Aunt of Reverend Linda Brown Saffore, Pastor of First AME Church, Pegram, TN, Thirteenth Episcopal District


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."