Obituaries

Previous Years Records (Prior to July 2018)

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Notice of Death - Mrs. Fredda "Jodi" Reed

Spouse of Rev. Dr. Louis Reed
Date of Death: 5/7/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, May 7, 2020  death of Mrs. Fredda Jo Moore Reed of Aldersgate, Charlotte.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer.  Jodi is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Louis B. Reed; a daughter, Laura; a son, Russ; and two grandchildren.  Arrangements ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Virginia L. Forbes

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 5/3/2020 | Date of Birth: 5/2/1936 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, May 3, 2020 death of the Rev. Virginia Anne Loggins Forbes of Charlotte.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. C. Alan Forbes.  Virginia is survived by a son, Charles Alan “Chuck” Forbes Jr. (wife Mary); a daughter, Susan Forbes Fisher (husband Rick); ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Roger A. Armistead

Retired Member of NCC, Currently Serving
Date of Death: 4/30/2020 | Date of Birth: 3/14/1938 | Clergy
We have received word of the unexpected death of the Rev. Roger Addison Armistead on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Roger is a member of the North Carolina Conference and has been serving Friendship UMC in Mount Pleasant since 2012.    Please join me in prayer for Roger’s wife, Diane; their two ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Jo W. Hull

Widow of Dr. James E. Hull
Date of Death: 4/20/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, April 20, 2020 death of Mrs. Jo Welch Hull of Greensboro.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Dr. James E. Hull, and her eldest son, Alan Walter Hull.  She is survived by two sons: Timothy Olen Hull (wife, Mary Kay McDonald) and Richard James Hull...

Notice of Death - Rev. Loretta A. Stutz

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/19/2020 | Date of Birth: 5/29/1943 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, April 19, 2020 death of the Rev. Emma Loretta Allen Stutz of Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is survived by her sons, Allen Frederick Stutz and Gary Robert Stutz, and two granddaughters.  A graveside service will be held at a later date, at Savannah Valley Memorial ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Guinnell C. Hunter

Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 4/17/2020 | Date of Birth: 10/8/1948 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, April 17, 2020 death of the Rev. Guinnell Carroll Hunter of Hayesville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Donald Martin Hunter.  She is survived by four children: daughters Erin Hunter and Eden Carter (husband Andy), and sons Ryan and Ethan; and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. M. Josephine Cochran

Widow of Rev. Edgar Cochran
Date of Death: 4/15/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, April 15, 2020 death of Mrs. Martha Josephine Culp Cochran of Winston-Salem.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. James Edgar Cochran.  She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Jo Cochran.  A memorial service will be held at a later date at the ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Hilda M. Outen

Widow of Rev. Danny Outen
Date of Death: 4/4/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, April 4, 2020 death of Mrs. Hilda McNeill Outen of Asheboro.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Daniel K. Outen.  She is survived by her daughter Tina Outen Elliott, and two grandsons.  A private, graveside service will be held at Randolph ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Jack B. Porter

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/3/2020 | Date of Birth: 9/29/1935 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, April 3, 2020 death of the Rev. Rev. Jackuline Bennett “Jack” Porter of Maryville, TN.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth B. Porter; two sons, William Davidson "David" Porter II (Judy) and Peter Bennett Porter (Phyllis); two daughters, Sarah Esther Porter ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Barbara L. Crowder

Widow of Rev. Dr. Richard Crowder
Date of Death: 3/24/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 death of Mrs. Barbara Jane Lowe Crowder of Givens Estates, Asheville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Crowder, Sr., and a son, Richard J. “Rick” Crowder, Jr.  She is survived by two daughters, the Rev. Ashley ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Betty Romanello

Spouse of Rev. Bob Romanello
Date of Death: 3/16/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, March 16, 2020 death of Mrs. Betty June O'Bryan Romanello of Indian Land, SC.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Robert E. Romanello, and two daughters, Elaine and Anne.  A family graveside service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, March 21 at Edgewood ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Louise C. Hutchinson

Widow of Rev. Dr. Orion Hutchinson, Jr
Date of Death: 3/12/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, March 12, 2020 death of Mrs. Louise Conrad Hutchinson of Winston-Salem.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Orion N. Hutchinson Jr., and a son-in-law, Clint Coram.  She is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Coram, Grace Hutchinson (John ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Lawrence W. Staples, Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 3/9/2020 | Date of Birth: 3/21/1952 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, March 9, 2020 death of the Rev. Lawrence Walton Staples, Jr. of Lenoir.  Larry is survived by his wife, Donna Hart Staples; two daughters Kelli Brentnell (Jonathan) and Hannah Romero (William); and three grandchildren.  A celebration of life service will be held ...

Notice of Death - Rev. H. Stephen Kiser

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 3/6/2020 | Date of Birth: 3/17/1948 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, March 6, 2020 death of the Rev. Howard Stephen Kiser of Concord.  Steve was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Quinter Kiser, as well as his father, the Rev. Howard Marshall Kiser.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Quinter Kiser; a daughter, Laura ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Helen O. Swann

Widow of Rev. Marion Swann
Date of Death: 2/27/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, February 27, 2020 death of Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Osteen Swann of Boonville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Marion Milton Swann, and a son, Norman Willis Swann.  She is survived by her daughters, Dosha Swann Teachey (Jim), and Ramelle Swann; ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Charles E. Jackson

Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 2/15/2020 | Date of Birth: 3/15/1933 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, February 15, 2020 death of the Rev. Charles Edwin Jackson of Sylva.  He was preceded in death by a son, David Jackson.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pamela Buchanan Jackson; four children: Terri Tarrer, Don Jackson (Elaine), Lisa Williams and Helen ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ramona C. Turman

Spouse of Rev. Don Turman
Date of Death: 2/10/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, February 10, 2020 death of Mrs. Ramona Margaret Cochran Turman of Asheville.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Donald W. Turman; sons: Steve, Keith (Chan), and Cary; and six grandchildren.  A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February ...

Notice of Death - Rev. O. Ray Moss

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 1/17/2020 | Date of Birth: 11/9/1930 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, January 17, 2020 death of the Rev. Oscar Ray Moss, in Williamsburg, VA.  He was recently preceded in death by his wife, Betty Smith Moss.  Ray is survived by a daughter, Cindy Moss Rogers (Bob); a son, Peter Moss (Carolyn); and two grandchildren.  A celebration ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Inez R. Dickson

Spouse of Rev. Dr. Harley Dickson
Date of Death: 1/14/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Tuesday, January 14, 2020 death of Mrs. Inez Rufty Dickson of Asheville.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. C. Harley Dickson, Jr.; two sons, Chuck Dickson (Sybil Mann) and Kenneth Dickson; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  She was the ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Bonnie J. Shinneman

Retired Diaconal Minister
Date of Death: 1/12/2020 | Date of Birth: 12/12/1932 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, January 12, 2020 death of Mrs. Bonnie Jones Gehweiler Shinneman of Broomfield, CO.  She was preceded in death by her first husband of 29 years, S. Jameson Jones, Jr.  She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Dean Shinneman; four children: Shelley Rossbach, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Charles E. Tyson

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 1/6/2020 | Date of Birth: 7/25/1925 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, January 6, 2020 death of the Rev. Charles Edward Tyson of Asheboro.  Rev. Tyson was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Maude Brady Tyson, and a grandson, Brian Cheek.  He is survived by his daughter Angeline (Angie) Cheek; one granddaughter; and five ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Beverly R. Johnston

Widow of Rev. Eugene Johnston
Date of Death: 1/2/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, January 2, 2020 death of Mrs. Beverly Rieckhoff Johnston of Hendersonville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Eugene C. Johnston, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter, Sam Johnston; her sons, William Johnston and John Johnston; three ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Jack B. Yarbrough

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 12/24/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/3/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, December 24, 2019 death of the Rev. Jack Brown Yarbrough of Winston-Salem.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sylvia R. Yarbrough; two sons, Jack Anthony Yarbrough (wife Rachel) and Christopher Todd Yarbrough (wife Teresa); and three grandchildren.  A memorial ...

Notice of Death - Rev. William G. Summey

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 12/20/2019 | Date of Birth: 2/26/1956 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, December 20, 2019 of the Rev. William Gene “Billy” Summey of Albemarle.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally A. Summey; two daughters, Virginia Lyndsay Summey (Graham Abee) and Sarah Katherine Summey; a son, Roy Gene Summey; and one granddaughter.  A memorial ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Rebecca B. Heckard

Widow of Rev. Floyd Heckard
Date of Death: 12/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, December 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Rebecca Beamer Heckard of Savannah, GA.  She was preceded in death her husband, the Rev. Floyd L. Heckard.  She is survived by extended family.  A funeral service was held at 11:00am on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Fox & Weeks ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Judith O. Law

Widow of Rev. Joe Law
Date of Death: 12/7/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, December 7, 2019 death of Mrs. Judith Ann Overby Law, at Brookdale Concord Parkway.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Joe A. Law.  She is survived by a son, Jeffrey C. Law.  A private funeral service will be held for the family.  

Notice of Death - Rev. L. Ray O'Ferrell

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 12/4/2019 | Date of Birth: 3/6/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, December 4, 2019 death of the Rev. Lewis Ray O’Ferrell of Salisbury.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lynn O’Ferrell, and a grandson, Levi.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth S. “Beth” O’Ferrell; a son, David O’Ferrell (Kim); three ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Genevieve K. Stokes

Widow of Rev. Dr. James Stokes
Date of Death: 11/30/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, November 30, 2019 death of Mrs. Genevieve Kirkman Stokes of Raleigh.  She was preceded in death by three husbands, Walter W. Ingram, Judge B. Gordon Gentry, and the Rev. Dr. James B. Stokes.  She is survived by two daughters, Gail Ingram Lowry (Edward) and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ruby P. Powell

Widow of Rev. Glenn Powell
Date of Death: 11/22/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, November 22, 2019 death of Mrs. Ruby Pyatt Powell of Marion.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Charles Glenn Powell, Sr., and a son, Charles Glenn Powell, Jr.  She is survived by two children, Terry Lee Powell (Debbie) and Rebecca Anne Bowman; ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Faye B. Clanton

Spouse of Rev. Bob Clanton
Date of Death: 11/1/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, November 1, 2019 death of Mrs. Martha Faye Brown Clanton of Statesville.  Surviving is her husband, the Rev. Robert A. Clanton; one son, Stuart Clanton (wife LeeAnn); two daughters, Monique Dabbs (husband Randy) and Alise Last (husband Travis); six grandchildren;...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Donald S. Stanton

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 10/30/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/8/1932 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, October 30, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Donald Sheldon Stanton of Lake Junaluska.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Hoot Stanton; twin daughters, Debra and Diane; a son, Dale Stanton-Hoyle; and three grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Betty S. Moss

Wife of Rev. Ray Moss
Date of Death: 10/22/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Tuesday, October 22, 2019 death of Mrs. Betty Ruth Smith Moss, in Williamsburg, VA.  Surviving is her husband, the Rev. O. Ray Moss; a daughter, Cindy Moss Rogers (Bob); a son, Peter Moss (Carolyn); and two grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at a later date ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Carl "C.B." Barr, Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 9/14/2019 | Date of Birth: 1/2/1928 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, September 14, 2019 death of the Rev. Carl Benjamin Barr, Jr. of Gastonia.  C.B. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Betty Jo Parker Barr; two daughters, Yvonne Cole (Hugh) and the Rev. Angela Hollar (Mark); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  A ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Michael B. Harrill, Sr.

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 8/27/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/20/1944 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, August 27, 2019 death of the Rev. Michael Bryan Harrill, Sr. of Rutherfordton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Yelton Harrill (in May of this year); a daughter, Pamela Renee Ward; and a son, Doug Yelton.  He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Todd ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Dorothy S. Forbis

Widow of Rev. William Forbis
Date of Death: 8/16/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, August 16, 2019 death of Mrs. Dorothy Lee Scott Forbis in Newberry, SC.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William T. Forbis.  Surviving are two children: Richard Forbis (Carolyn) and Joyce Barrow (Steve); three grandchildren; and three ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Ardis D. Payne

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 8/15/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/14/1927 | Clergy
We have received word of the Thursday, August 15, 2019 death of the Rev. Ardis Darrell Payne of High Point.  He was predeceased by his wife, Alline Everhart Payne.  He is survived by two daughters, Jane Mendenhall (Gary) and Susan Yow (Rev. Jim Yow); five grandchildren (one of whom is Jonathan and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Joan C. Christy

Widow of Rev. John H. Christy, Jr.
Date of Death: 8/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Constance Joan Crowder Christy of Gastonia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John H. Christy, Jr.; and amongst her eight siblings, the Rev. Richard J. Crowder.  She is survived by four children: the Rev. Karen ...

Notice of Death - Rev. James E. Smith

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/14/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/29/1933 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 14, 2019 death of the Rev. James Edward Smith of Winston-Salem.  Jim is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mariam S. Smith; four children, Carolyn Walch (Artie), Michael Smith, Jana Ashcraft (Scott), and Sherri Bonham; five grandchildren; and two ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Harold K. Bales

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/11/2019 | Date of Birth: 1/16/1942 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, August 11, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Harold Keith Bales of Denver, NC.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice.  He is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy" Byrd Bales; two sons, David and Philip; and a daughter, Susannah.  A memorial service will be held ...

Notice of Death - Rev. David L. Warren

Currently Serving Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 8/6/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/26/1946 | Clergy
We have received word of the August 6, 2019 death of the Rev. David Lee Warren of Asheville.  He is survived by his wife, Katie S. Warren; a daughter, Jennifer; and a granddaughter.  A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Asbury Memorial UMC, 171 Beaverdam ...

Notice of Death - Rev. J. Harry Hawk

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/5/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/27/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, August 5, 2019 death of the Rev. Joseph Harry Hawk of Andrews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Gail Hawk Rech.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lavenia F. Hawk; two daughters, Diane Williamson (husband Ricky), and Debra Hawk Esposito; a son, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. G. Roland Mullinix

Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 8/4/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/17/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, August 4, 2019 death of the Rev. George Roland Mullinix.  He is survived by his two sons, Brett Mullinix (Brenda) and Jon Mullinix; one granddaughter; and two step grandchildren.  A memorial service and internment will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 17 at...

Notice of Death - Rev. Frank H. Edwards

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/2/2019 | Date of Birth: 5/11/1925 | Clergy
We have received word of the death of the Rev. Frank Hugh Edwards, former district superintendent and assistant to the bishop, on Friday, August 2, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Caudle Edwards.  He is survived by two sons, David C. Edwards and Mark A. Edwards (Jan).  A memorial...

Notice of Death - Rev. Keith W. Bingham

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 7/22/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/28/1951 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, July 22, 2019 death of the Rev. Keith Warren Bingham of Charlotte.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Green Bingham (a retired diaconal minister); two daughters, Kara Bingham and Jennifer B. Tosi (Gregory); and two grandchildren.  A celebration of life ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Nita P. Wagoner

Widow of Rev. Gilmer Wagoner
Date of Death: 7/3/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, July 3, 2019 death of Mrs. Nita Lozene Pyatt Wagoner, at Arbor Acres Retirement Community.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. R. Gilmer Wagoner.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at First United Methodist ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Louis H. Woodard

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 7/1/2019 | Date of Birth: 11/13/1939 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, July 1, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Louis Herman Woodard of Bermuda Run, formerly of Little Switzerland.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sandra Jenkins Woodard; sons, Mark Woodard (Sharon) and David Woodard (Debbie); and three grandsons.  A celebration of life ...

Notice of Death - Mr. Richard Walker

Spouse of Mrs. Priscilla Walker
Date of Death: 6/17/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, June 17, 2019 death of Mr. Richard Walker of Shelby.  He is survived by his wife, retired local pastor Priscilla B. Walker, and two children: Richard and Mattison.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:00pm at Double Springs ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Frank W. Buckner Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 6/15/2019 | Date of Birth: 10/11/1949 | Clergy
We have received word of the death of the Rev. Dr. Frank Wooldridge Buckner on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama.  Frank is survived by his wife, Mrs. Diane Leatherwood Buckner; two daughters: Melissa Reynolds (Justin) and Christina Buckner; and two grandchildren.  Also surviving among ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Lucy Norton Ponder

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 5/22/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/13/1920 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, May 22, 2019  death of the Rev. Lucy Strider Norton Ponder of Louisville, Kentucky.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Cleatus G. Norton, in 1999, and her second husband, A.D. Ponder, in 2017.  Lucy is survived by three children: Patricia Norton,...

Notice of Death - Mr. Kenneth R. Glahn

Spouse of Rev. Phyllis Glahn
Date of Death: 5/17/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, May 17, 2019 death of Mr. Kenneth Richmond Glahn of Asheville.  Ken is survived by his wife, the Rev. Phyllis Glahn, and extended family.  A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Mars Hill UMC, 201 S Main St, Mars Hill, ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. June H. Smisor

Widow of Harold N. Smisor
Date of Death: 5/11/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, May 11, 2019 death of Mrs. June Holbert Hill Smisor of Tryon.  She was preceded in death by her second husband, the Rev. Harold N. Smisor in 2009, and by her first husband, Mr. James Harris Hill.  She is survived by a son, James “Jamey” Harris Hill, Jr. ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Della L. Jamieson

Widow of Rev. Herbert Jamieson
Date of Death: 5/5/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, May 5, 2019 death of Mrs. Della Lee Fizer Jamieson in Florida.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Herbert M. Jamieson, Sr., and a grandson, Joseph Jamieson.  Surviving is her son, Herbert Jamieson, Jr.; two daughters, Susan Maguire (Steve) and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Lucille C. Warren

Widow of Rev. Garland L. Warren
Date of Death: 5/1/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, May 1, 2019 death of Mrs. Lucille Margaret Chambers Warren, widow of the Rev. Garland L. Warren.  In addition to her husband, Lucille was preceded in death by four sons: Ronald Lash Warren, Gary Michael Warren, Reginal Walter Warren, and Aaron Devon Warren; ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Edward S. Tapper

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 4/27/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/21/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, April 27, 2019 death of the Rev. Edward Sidney Tapper of Greensboro.  Ed was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicolas Spencer Andrews.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Brown Tapper; four daughters: Jodi Dawn Berlant (Robert), Heidi Jane Andrews, Tami Leigh ...

Notice of Death - Rev. David W. Lee

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 4/18/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/18/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Thursday, April 18, 2019 death of the Rev. David Wilcox Lee of Rutherfordton.  He is survived by his wife, Sibyl McDaniel Lee; three Daughters: Deborah Lee Lybarger (husband Jeff), Julia Lee Jackson, and Carolyn Lee Carter (husband Gary); two step sons: Bill McDaniel ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Miriam E. Hudspeth

Widow of Rev. Powell L. Wilkins, Jr.
Date of Death: 4/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, April 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Miriam Eula Ervin Wilkins Hudspeth of Winston-Salem.  Beyond her connection to the conference as a clergy spouse, Miriam was employed by the Winston Salem District Office for 23 years until her retirement.  Miriam was preceded in ...

Notice of Death - Mr. M. Duane Franks

Spouse of Rev. Caroline R. Franks
Date of Death: 4/13/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, April 13, 2019 death of Mr. Michael Duane Franks of Greensboro.  He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Caroline R. Franks; two children, Manning and Farrelle; and his mother, Alva.  A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 20, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Luther "Bud" Lawing

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/9/2019 | Date of Birth: 2/18/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, April 10, 2019 death of the Rev. Luther Harold "Bud" Lawing, Jr. of Brevard.  Bud was recently preceded in death by his wife, Billie West Lawing.  He is survived by four children: Erin Lawing, Scott Lawing (Nancy), Kim Lawing, and Susan Lawing Barnes (Steve); ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Sigmon

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/5/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/4/1939 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, April 5, 2018 death of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ralph Sigmon of Charlotte.  Tom is survived by his wife LaVon McCurry Sigmon; their children, Mary Beth Smart (husband Mike) and William Thomas Sigmon (wife Elizabeth); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  A...

Notice of Death - Rev. Theodore A. Kirk

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/2/2019 | Date of Birth: 10/24/1931 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, April 2, 2019 death of the Rev. Theodore Abraham “Ted” Kirk of Black Mountain.  He was recently predeceased by his wife, Ruth Durrant Kirk in February, 2019, and preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Sandford Kirk, in 2001.  He is survived by two ...

Notice of Death - Mr. W. Alton Spicer

Spouse of Rev. Cindy Spicer
Date of Death: 3/31/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, March 31, 2019 death of Mr. William Alton “Al” Spicer of Danbury.  He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Cynthia J. Spicer.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 13 at Snow Hill United Methodist Church in Danbury, followed by a luncheon. ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Richard B. Jarrett

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 3/29/2019 | Date of Birth: 5/17/1933 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, March 29, 2019 death of the Rev. Richard Bailey “Dick” Jarrett of Greensboro.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lee Palmer Jarrett; daughters, Robin Beth Jarrett (Wesley Norred) and Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam (Larry); two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter....

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. James W. Ferree, Sr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 3/26/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/14/1927 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, March 26, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. James Walter Ferree, Sr. of Winston-Salem.  Dr. Ferree was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Moore Ferree in 1992, and by his second wife, Doris Humphrey Davenport Ferree in 2017.  He is survived by son, James W. ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Mozelle S. Walker

Widow of Rev. Charles Walker
Date of Death: 3/25/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, March 25, 2019 death of Mrs. Georgia Mozelle Smith Walker of Archdale.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Charles B. Walker, and infant daughter, Jeanette Kay Walker.  Surviving are three daughters: Ann Walker Allnutt, Janice Walker Allred ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Samuel R. Hinton

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 3/24/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/18/1944 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, March 24, 2019 death of the Rev. Samuel Ray Hinton, Sr. of Greensboro and Lake Wales, Fla.  He is survived by his wife, Gail Jerman Hinton, and two sons, Samuel Ray Hinton, Jr. (wife Emily), and Stephen Randall Hinton.  Two memorial services were held for Sam: on...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Charles E. Page

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 3/19/2019 | Date of Birth: 3/24/1928 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, March 19, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Charles Elbert Page of Winston-Salem.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Harrison Page.  Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca (husband, E.W. “Bill” Buchanan, Jr.) and Susan (husband, Richard D. Kane); two ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Barbara T. Evans

Spouse of Rev. James H. Evans
Date of Death: 3/13/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Barbara Ann Toney Evans on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Survivors include her husband, the Rev. James H. Evans; one son, Ronald S. Evans (wife Catherine); one daughter, Sharon Diane Benfield; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  A funeral ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Jody B. Campbell

Local Pastor, Serving in Uwharrie District
Date of Death: 3/10/2019 | Date of Birth: 8/4/1961 | Clergy
We have received word of the death of the Rev. Jody Boone Campbell of Lilesville, on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  Jody was preceded in death by his wife, Suellyn Campbell.  He is survived by several siblings and extended family.  A celebration of life service will be held privately by his family. A ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Kay S. Draughn

Spouse of Rev. Bill Draughn
Date of Death: 3/7/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have only just received word of the Thursday, March 7, 2019 death of Mrs. Cheryl Kay Sharpe Draughn of Mooresville.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. William M. Draughn, and extended family.  A Memorial service was held at 2:00pm on Monday, March 11 at Rocky Mount UMC with Rev. Jamie ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Betty M. Manning

Spouse of Rev. Clay Manning
Date of Death: 2/24/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Betty Gene Moore Manning on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. C. Clay Manning; two daughters, Sue Manning Joyce (Drake) and Anna Manning Brown (Jim); two grandchildren; and two ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Kelly A. Creekmur

Retired Local Pastor, Serving in Appalachian District
Date of Death: 2/10/2019 | Date of Birth: 7/16/1951 | Clergy
We have received word of the sudden death of the Rev. Kelly Anthony Creekmur of Lenoir, on Sunday, February 10, 2019.  He is survived by his wife, Diane Scott Creekmur, and three sons: Scott Creekmur, Ryan Creekmur, and Jonathan Creekmur.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 16, at ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Carl E. McArn

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 2/8/2019 | Date of Birth: 8/14/1936 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, February 9, 2019 death of the Rev. Carl Edward McArn, Sr., of Cowpens, SC.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Vida, in 2018.  He is survived by two sons: Carl E. McArn, II and John McArn (Barbara); three daughters: Noor Kahn (Nadeem), Amanda McArn, and Dora ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Anita C. McRacken

Spouse of Rev. Mark McRacken
Date of Death: 2/7/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, February 7, 2019 death of Mrs. Anita Marie Chislaghi McRacken of Mount Ulla.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Mark E. McRacken; a son, Joshua H. Nantz; and three stepchildren, Andrew, Molly, and Caroline McRacken.  A Celebration of Life service will be...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ruth Durrant Kirk

Wife of Rev. Ted Kirk, and Widow of Rev. Charles Durrant
Date of Death: 2/7/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Durrant Kirk, of Asheville, on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, the Rev. Charles W. Durrant.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Theodore A. Kirk; four children: Margaret Grace Buchanan ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Marlana L. Clodfelter

Spouse of Rev. Jim Clodfelter
Date of Death: 1/11/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, January 11, 2019 death of Mrs. Marlana Carlton Leonard Clodfelter of Winston-Salem.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. James P. Clodfelter, Jr.; three sons: Steven Carlton Clodfelter, Danny Paul Clodfelter (Susan Williams), and Nathan Gilmer Clodfelter ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Evelyn D. Hawkins

Spouse of Rev. Thornton Hawkins
Date of Death: 1/4/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, January 4, 2019 death of Mrs. Evelyn Grace Diggs Hawkins of Asheville.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. W. Thornton Hawkins, and two daughters: Patrice Hawkins Sigmon (Allen) and Catherine Hawkins Hoffman (Roger).  She was preceded in death by her ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Wanda S. Winecoff

Widow of Rev. George H. Winecoff
Date of Death: 1/2/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Wanda Mae Sams Winecoff, of Clyde, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. George H. Winecoff.  She is survived by three daughters, Mary Groh (Larry), Hannah Cabe (Dick), and Elizabeth Enloe (Randy); six ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ellen J. Bailey

Widow of Rev. Richard D. Bailey
Date of Death: 12/30/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Ellen Joan Moir Bailey, of Charlotte, on Sunday, December 30, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Richard D. Bailey,  and a grandson, Benjamin.  She is survived by three children: Kimberly Cook (Raymond), Kent Bailey, and Mark Bailey ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Paul A. Sears

Local Pastor
Date of Death: 12/24/2018 | Date of Birth: 4/13/1956 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, December 24, 2018 death of the Rev. Paul Arthur Sears of Franklin, NC.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Callaghan Sears; three children, Meghan Ruth Sears, Ian Arthur Sears, and Wesley Sears; and two grandchildren.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Billie W. Lawing

Wife of Rev. Bud Lawing
Date of Death: 12/16/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, December 16, 2018 death of Mrs. Billie Sue West Lawing, of Brevard.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Luther H. [Bud] Lawing, Jr.; their children: Erin Lawing, Scott Lawing (Nancy), Kim Lawing, and Susan Lawing Barnes (Steve); and two grandchildren.  ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Carolyn M. Strader

Widow of Rev. R. Harold Strader, Sr.
Date of Death: 12/8/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Carolyn McCullough Strader on Saturday, December 8, 2018 in Asheville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. R. Harold Strader, Sr.  She is survived by four children: David (Shelley), Phil (Sandy), Russell (Toni), and Lynn (Paul); thirteen ...

Notice of Death - Rev. William B. Wombough

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 12/8/2018 | Date of Birth: 4/10/1943 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, December 8, 2018 death of the Rev. William Brian Wombough of Leicester.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Janice Spencer Wombough, and by a son, Jack Spencer Wombough.  He is survived by his daughter, Jacquelyn Sharpe (TJ); his son, Ron Wombough (Kim); and ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Elizabeth L. Graves

Elder in Full Connection
Date of Death: 11/27/2018 | Date of Birth: 4/27/1960 | Clergy
We have received word of the death of the Rev. Elizabeth Lorraine Graves on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Lexington.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Jamie Armstrong, and their children, Matthew Graves Armstrong and Margaret Elizabeth Graves Armstrong.  A Celebration of Life service will be...

Notice of Death - Rev. Ellen S. Harkey

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 11/25/2018 | Date of Birth: 12/13/1944 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, November 25, 2018 death of the Rev. Ellen West Sears Harkey of Salisbury.  She is survived by her husband, C. Luther Harkey; two children, Beth Harkey (Kirk Klingler) and Jeff Harkey (Angie); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  A funeral service ...

Notice of Death - Rev. William R. Doser

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 11/25/2018 | Date of Birth: 9/29/1931 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, November 25, 2018 death of the Rev. William Richard Doser of Charlotte.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Sigmon Doser.  He is survived by numerous cousins.  A graveside service with inurnment will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at...

Notice of Death - Rev. Wade E. Wright

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 11/22/2018 | Date of Birth: 3/7/1930 | Clergy
We have received word of the Thursday, November 22, 2018 death of the Rev. Wade Edward Wright of Hiddenite.  He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Reeves Wright; two daughters, Kathy W. Durmire (husband, Allen) and Carol W. McLain (husband, Barry); two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a g...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Frank L. Padgett

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 11/20/2018 | Date of Birth: 9/5/1944 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, November 20, 2018 death of the Rev. Dr. Frank Leprade Padgett of Sylva.  He is survived by his wife, Allison G. Padgett; three children, William (April), Justin (Mairi), and Heather Futch; a stepson, Steven Gentile (Solvig); and five grandchildren.  A memorial ...

Notice of Death - Rev. G. Lee Pollock

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 11/20/2018 | Date of Birth: 1/28/1941 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, November 20, 2018 death of the Rev. George Lee Pollock in Lexington.  He is survived by his wife, Alexis Hinkle Pollock; daughters, Melanie Murray (Joe) and Kristy Priest (Archie); step-sons, Jeremy Ammons (Kelly) and David Ammons (Angela); and six ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Douglas R. Beard, Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 11/17/2018 | Date of Birth: 6/12/1932 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, November 17, 2018 death of the Rev. Douglas Roach Beard, Jr., in Charlotte.  He is survived by his wife, Doris Bunn Beard; three daughters, Victoria York Beard, Evelyn Patrice Wiley (Scott), and Billie Peterson (David); a step-daughter, Kelly Bunn; a step-son, ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. M. Janice Wombough

Spouse of Rev. Bill Wombough
Date of Death: 11/16/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, November 16, 2018 death of Mrs. Mary Janice Spencer Wombough of Leicester.  She was preceded in death by a son, Jack Spencer Wombough.  Surviving is her husband, the Rev. William B. Wombough; a son, Ron Wombough; a daughter, Jacquelyn Sharpe; and three ...

Notice of Death - Rev. H. Wendell Brittain

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 11/16/2018 | Date of Birth: 4/2/1931 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, November 16, 2018 death of the Rev. Harold Wendell Brittain of Weaverville.  He is survived by two daughters, Wendy Spainhour (Todd) and Cara Furr; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.  Also surviving are his brother, the Rev. Dr. Robert Brittain ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Claire K. Wellons

Widow of Rev. Albert W. Wellons
Date of Death: 11/12/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Margaret Claire Kennedy Wellons of Pacific, Missouri, on Monday, November 12, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Albert W. Wellons, in 1979.  She is survived by two daughters, Linda S. Wellons and Carol A. Wellons; a son, James A. ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Mary Ann Hunt

Widow of Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr.
Date of Death: 11/10/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Mary Ann Kyker Hunt of Asheville, on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr, who served as bishop of the Western NC Conference from 1964 to 1976.  She is survived by her son, Dr. E. Stephen Hunt ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Shirlie A. Isenhour

Spouse of Rev. Olin Isenhour
Date of Death: 10/31/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, October 31, 2018 death of Mrs. Shirlie Ann Simmons Isenhour of Statesville.  She is survived by husband, the Rev. Olin Bernis Isenhour; two sons, Olin Brian Isenhour and Philip Andre Isenhour (Annette); two daughters, Theresa Lynn “Terri” Watt (Darrell), and ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Wayne A. Sutton

Retired Local Pastor (Serving)
Date of Death: 10/28/2018 | Date of Birth: 10/26/1940 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, October 28, 2018 death of the Rev. Wayne Alvin Sutton, a retired local pastor currently serving in the Smoky Mountain district.  Wayne is survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia Cox Werner Sutton; four children: Wayne Andrew Sutton, Diana Lynn Monk, Lisa Ann Thomas, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Ralph E. "Jack" Kayler

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 10/22/2018 | Date of Birth: 6/2/1927 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, October 22, 2018 death of the Rev. Ralph Earl “Jack” Kayler of Greensboro.  He is survived by his wife, Claudette T. Kayler; two sons, the Rev. Claude J. Kayler (Lorie) and Dayton Kayler (Mary Katherine); a daughter, Jacqueline DeBrew (Clint); six grandchildren; ...

Notice of Death - Rev. G.A. Presley

Part-Time Local Pastor, CV District
Date of Death: 10/19/2018 | Date of Birth: 2/4/1950 | Clergy
We have received word of the unexpected death of the Rev. Gaylen Arlis “G.A.” Presley of Newton, on Friday, October 19, 2018.  He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and a teenaged daughter, Katie.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 3:00pm at Covenant UMC, 801 W ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Jane H. Lutz

Spouse of Rev. Jack Lutz
Date of Death: 10/17/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, October 17, 2018 death of Mrs. Dora Jane Henson Lutz, of Mooresville.  Jane is survived by her husband, the Rev. R.R. [Jack] Lutz; one son, Christopher Eugene Lutz (wife, Stephanie); and three grandchildren.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Remember J. "Ree" Smith

Spouse of Rev. Wayne R. Smith
Date of Death: 10/12/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, October 12, 2018 death of Mrs. Remember Vanessa Jones Carr Smith of Willow Springs.  Ree is survived by her husband, the Rev. Wayne R. Smith (CV District); her sons, Richard Carr and Robert Carr (wife, Yolanda); and three grandchildren.  A Visitation was held on ...

Notice of Death - Rev. T. Steven McLain

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 10/10/2018 | Date of Birth: 10/27/1945 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, October 10, 2018 death of the Rev. Talmage Steven McLain of Elkin.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Connie Franklin McLain; a daughter, Shelly Lawter; two step-sons, Roger Speer and Larry Speer; three grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.  A funeral ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Elizabeth "Lib" W. McDonald

Widow of Rev. Thad L. McDonald, Jr.
Date of Death: 10/4/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, October 4, 2018 death of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth “Lib” Wiggins McDonald, of Hickory.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Thad L. McDonald, Jr.  She is survived by a son, Thad L. McDonald, III (Margueritte Gilkey); a daughter, Frances M. Stafford ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ada W. Hoyle

Widow of Rev. Wayne E. Hoyle
Date of Death: 10/3/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Ada Wingler Hoyle, of Lincolnton, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Wayne Everette Hoyle; a son, David Allen Hoyle; and a granddaughter, Morgan Suzanne Hoyle.  She is survived by a daughter, Katrina Hoyle ...

Notice of Death - Mr. T. Denny Choplin

Spouse of Rev. Patricia P. Choplin
Date of Death: 9/20/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, September 20, 2018 death of Mr. Thomas Denny Choplin of Yadkinville.  He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Patricia "Patty" Poteate Choplin; two children, Brent Choplin (Drama) and Julia Norman (Eddie); four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  A ...

Notice of Death - Rev. William H. Osborne, Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 9/19/2018 | Date of Birth: 4/22/1942 | Clergy
Our office has received word of the Wednesday, September 19, 2018 death of the Rev. William Homer “Bill” Osborne, Jr. of Salisbury.  Rev. Osborne is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jane Yarborough Osborne; one son, Matthew Edward Osborne (Mary Beth); two granddaughters; and a brother, the Rev. Barry P. ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Vivian R. Fite

Spouse of Rev. Ricky D. Fite
Date of Death: 9/12/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, September 12, 2018 death of Mrs. Vivian Rodriguez Fite of Lincolnton.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Ricky Darryl Fite; two daughters, Valerie Fite Freeman (Joseph), and Jacqueline Ingrid Feagin (Thomas); and four grandchildren.  Her funeral service...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Amy P. Stapp

Spouse of Rev. T. Cayce Stapp
Date of Death: 9/8/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the sudden death of Mrs. Amy Laura Powers Stapp of Lenexa, KS on Saturday, September 8, 2018.  She is survived her husband, the Rev. T. Cayce Stapp; two daughters, Emma Katherine and Isabelle Margaret; one son, Thomas Cullom; and her parents.   A celebration of life service...

Notice of Death - Rev. Joe L. Ervin

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/29/2018 | Date of Birth: 9/18/1929 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 29, 2018 death of the Rev. Joe Lane Ervin of Lincolnton.  He is survived by his wife, Rosalyn Morris Ervin; daughters, Susan Ervin Michael (Larry), and Alice Lane Ervin; son, Mike Pitman (Anne Craven); four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.  A...

Notice of Death - Mr. James C. Cornelius

Widower of Mrs. Doris Cornelius, Diaconal Minister
Date of Death: 8/25/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, August 25, 2018 death of Mr. James Cecil “Jimmy” Cornelius of Monroe.  Mr. Cornelius was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Doris H. Cornelius, a retired diaconal minister.  Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Jane Creech; a grandson, Mr. Joseph W. Creech ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Joan W. Andrews

Widow of Rev. Fletcher L. Andrews
Date of Death: 8/20/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Angela Joan Whitener Andrews of Maiden, on Monday, August 20, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Fletcher Lanier Andrews, and a son, the Rev. John Fletcher Andrews.  She is survived by two sons, the Rev. Harry F. Andrews and James ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ann S. Boyd

Widow of Rev. Jay Boyd
Date of Death: 8/16/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Eleanor Ann Scott Boyd, of Winston-Salem, on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Jasper (Jay) Boyd.  She is survived by two sons, Vann Alan Boyd (his wife, Caroline) and James Scott Boyd; three grandchildren; and ...

Notice of Death - Mr. Darryl K. Beckerleg

Spouse of Rev. Michelle Foster-Beckerleg
Date of Death: 7/27/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, July 27, 2018 death of Mr. Darryl Keith Beckerleg of High Point.  He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Michelle L. Foster-Beckerleg; his children, Lindsay and Ben; and stepsons, Michael and Pearson.  A service to celebrate Darryl’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Pauline F. "Polly" Scott

Widow of Rev. LeRoy A. Scott
Date of Death: 7/24/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 death of Mrs. Pauline Elizabeth Fincher "Polly" Scott in Winston-Salem.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. LeRoy A. Scott, and a daughter, Joie Rice Edwards.  She is survived by her daughters, Sandy Rice Troutman and Jan Rice ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Rosa H. Sellers

Widow of Rev. Liston Sellers
Date of Death: 7/17/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Rosa Lee Hooker Sellers of Greensboro, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Liston Sellers, Jr.  She is survived by a son, Curtis Lamar Sellers.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at Saint John's United ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Jeannie C. Fox

Spouse of Rev. Bryan Fox
Date of Death: 7/15/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, July 15, 2018 death of Mrs. Jeannie Lee Cashion Fox, at her home.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. D. Bryan Fox, Jr.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 2:00pm at Madison United Methodist Church, 110 W. Academy Street, Madison, ...

Notice of Death - Ms. Panzie M. Stevens

Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 7/11/2018 | Date of Birth: 10/4/1934 | Clergy
Our office has just received word of the Wednesday, July 11, 2018 death of Ms. Panzie Merilyn Miller Stevens of Charlotte.  She is survived by her son, Joseph Cleveland Stevens (Nella), and two granddaughters.  A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Bumgardner ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Barbara M. Temple

Widow of Rev. Edward Temple
Date of Death: 7/7/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Barbara Minish Temple, of Charlotte, on Saturday, July 7, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Edward O. Temple, Jr. in 1988.  She is survived by their children, Kay Temple Switzer, David Edward Temple (Tammy), Jonathan Edward Temple ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Earl Wilson Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 7/3/2018 | Date of Birth: 9/16/1946 | Clergy
Our office has received word of the Tuesday, July 3, 2018 death of the Rev. Dr. Earl Wilson, Jr., former Charlotte District Superintendent and resident of Monroe, NC.  Earl is survived by his wife, Doris Kinlaw Wilson; his son, Earl Wilson, III (wife, Camilla); daughter, Lindy Overstreet; and four ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Hazel B. Johnson

Widow of Rev. Timothy I. Johnson
Date of Death: 6/25/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, June 25, 2018 death of Mrs. Hazel Lean Brewer Johnson of Concord.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Timothy I. Johnson, II.  She is survived by her sons Dempsey, Timothy, Terrence, and Tracey, and her daughter Terri.  A Memorial Service was held...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Helen G. Hancock

Widow of Rev. Oros L. Hancock, Jr.
Date of Death: 6/11/2018 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, June 11, 2018 death of Mrs. Helen Jean Gross Hancock of Marshville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Oros Leo Hancock, Jr.  She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Nifong (Richard), Ruth Gardner (Clark), and Donna J. Stockwell (Jerry); sons, ...

Notice of Death - Ms. Jean M. Morgan

Retired Diaconal Minister
Date of Death: 9/26/2016 | Date of Birth: 5/24/1927 | Clergy
We have only just received word of the Monday, September 26, 2016 death of Ms. Jean Marie Morgan of the Brooks-Howell Home, Asheville.  She is survived by a sister-in-law, Doris Morgan; two nephews; and a grand-niece.  A memorial service was held in North Carolina.  Jean was interred in the Mount ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Phyllis H. Rouch

Widow of Dr. Mark A. Rouch
Date of Death: 9/24/2016 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, September 24, 2016 death of Mrs. Phyllis Maxine Hoover Rouch of Nashville, TN.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Mark Arnold Rouch; a son, Jordan Foster Rouch; and a granddaughter, Melissa.  Phyllis is survived by a daughter, Catherine ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Doris S. "Dobby" McLean

Widow of Rev. Thomas C. McLean
Date of Death: 1/1/0001 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the death of Mrs. Doris “Dobby” Simmons McLean of Waxhaw on Thursday, November 29, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Thomas C. McLean, in 2007.   She is survived by her son, Tommy McLean (fiancé, Karen Elliott); her daughter, Julia Tsitouris (husband,...
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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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