Let Us Remember

The Reverend Kermit B. Morrison

1/2/2015
Let us remember the Reverend Kermit B. Morrison, who died at the Mary Wade Home in New Haven, CT on January 2, 2015 at the age of 86. Rev. Morrison served The United Methodist Church for more than half a century; the majority of that time was served in the NY Conference. Kermit Blancher Morrison was born on Jan 17, 1928, in St. Johnsbury, VT. He was raised in Springfield, VT in a large and loving family that included three sisters, a brother and grandparents. He was a fine student and a star ...

Ms. Sarah Wilson Ohms

12/21/2014
Let us remember Sarah Wilson Ohms who died on December 21, 2014 at 94 years old. Sarah was born in Paradise, PA on February 26, 1920 to Rev. Charles and Alice Burns Wilson. She spent her early years in MA and RI. Sarah Ohms married the Reverend Frederick John Ohms on September 6, 1943. Rev. Ohms entered the ordained ministry through the Atlantic Conference of The Evangelical Church. This denomination joined the United Brethren in Christ to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which ...

The Reverend John Wallace Bardsley, Jr.

11/9/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Dr. John Wallace Bardsley, Jr., who died on November 9, 2014. John was born in Appalachia, Virginia on March 1, 1929, almost 7 months prior to the beginning of “The Great Depression.” John graduated from Appalachia High School, Emory and Henry College, B.A.; Drew University School of Theology, M.Div., Geneva-St. Albans Theological College, D. Rel., followed by additional graduate study at Drew Theological School. John and Sara Jo Greever Bardsley shared 60 years of ...

The Reverend Richard R. Guice

10/17/2014
Let us remember Richard Robert Guice, who entered his earthly existence on August 10, 1932; 82 years later he began his heavenly life on October 17, 2014. Expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to Jean Guice at P.O. Box 136, 5 Kenny Lane, Kiamesha Lake, NY 12750. The son of the late Reverend Robert B. and Dorotha Guice, Dick was born in Brooklyn, NY. Dick’s journey to ordained ministry through the New York Conference includes the following markers: License to Preach (1950); Deacon’s ...

The Reverend Thomas Frank Beveridge

10/12/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Thomas Frank Beveridge, age 75, who passed away unexpectedly at Hartford Hospital on October 12, 2014. The son of the late Clayton and Margaret (Auten), he was born on July 9, 1939, in Middletown, CT and grew up there. He was a graduate of Grinnell College and had a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University Theological School, a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of St. Joseph, and a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from ...

The Reverend Juanita Valyou Middlebrook

10/11/2014
Let us remember Juanita Valyou Middlebrook, daughter of Ralph Valyou and Florence Milton, who received the gift of life on July 19, 1933. Juanita worked for many years in the pediatric department of Sharon Clinic before opening her own retail business. In 1978, Juanita returned to school to pursue a calling to the ministry. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of New Rochelle and received a Master of Divinity from the Drew University Theological School. At the annual conference of ...

The Reverend Jack W. H. Mattair

10/10/2014
Let us remember Jack William Henry Mattair, Retired Elder, who died at his home in East Hampton on October 10, 2014 at 81 years-of-age. Jack Mattair was born on August 14, 1933, in Charleston, South Carolina. He grew up in Port Washington, NY where he was raised by Mabel and Royal Burlison, who had adopted him. A graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Mattair earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. Jack’s clergy record began in the Florida Conference with a License to ...

Mrs. Ismay A. Hoyte-Isaac

10/7/2014
Let us remember Mrs. Ismay A. Hoyte-Isaac, born on January 29, 1926, in Leeds Village - Corentyne, Guyana (South America); daughter of Jessie Kendall and Alfred Joseph. Ismay attended Leeds Anglican School. Later she met, and married Oswald Hoyte (deceased), and celebrated a union of forty-four years; they had seven children. Ismay later emigrated to the United States, where she worked at the Oxford Nursing home for twenty years as a nurses’ aide, until her retirement. Ismay was known as fashion...

The Reverend Michael Inego Nathaniel Dash

9/21/2014
Let us remember the life and ministry of the Reverend Dr. Michael Inego Nathaniel Dash, a retired Elder of the New York Conference. Rev. Dash died in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21, 2014. Michael’s journey toward the ordained ministry began in the British Methodist Church with a License to Preach in 1955. Five years later he was a Provisional Member of the BMC. Elder’s Orders and Full Membership was offered through the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas in 1963. When he arrived...

Mrs. Estelle Miller Jackson

8/28/2014
Let us remember Estelle Miller Jackson of Corinth, who died at the Blue Spruce Home for the Retired in Bradford, Vermont on August 28, 2014 at the age of 103. Born Eleanor Estelle Miller on September 25, 1910, the daughter of Nathaniel Edward Miller and Eleanora Wilhelmina vonPeyn Miller in Plainview, Long Island, NY. Estelle graduated from Huntington High School in 1928. On June 12, 1934 she married the Reverend Edgar Newman Jackson in Centerport, NY. They were the parents of 3 children: Edgar ...

Mrs. Evelyn S. Day

8/24/2014
Let us remember Evelyn S. Day, who died at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, on August 24, 2014, at 84 years-of-age. Evelyn was born in Canaan, CT, to Lois and Ennis Silvernale. She grew up in Millerton and attended elementary and high school in the Webutuck Central School District, where she graduated in 1947. After working for three years, Evelyn attended the St. Francis Nursing Program, graduating in June, 1953. For forty years, caring for others was at the core of Evelyn’s ...

Mrs. Dorothea M. Queen

8/10/2014
Let us remember Dorothea Mitchell Queen, who passed away on August 10 in Groton, NY.  She had lived a century, and she was content to move on.  Dorothea was born on November 1, 1913, and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. There she attended Millsaps College, a United Methodist related college, and Chicago Musical College where she received Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Music Education. In 1940, she moved to NYC to attend Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, where she earned a ...

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Smyres

8/9/2014
Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Smyres passed away on August 9, 2014. She was born in Gainesville, NY on May 27, 1923, the third child of Charles Roberts Stevenson and Alta Nay Munns Stevenson. The family moved to Illinois when Mary was still a small child. Her father had been working for Cornell University as an expert in potato diseases. He started a truck farm in Illinois as a way of doing more research for his doctoral thesis. The depression got in the way and the family had to abandon the farm. ...

The Reverend Ivan Francis Gossoo

7/22/2014
Let us remember Ivan Francis Gossoo retired elder of the New York Annual Conference died on July 22, 2014 at 94 years-of-age. Ivan and Dorothea Mathena were married in 1944; they are the parents of Burton Gossoo, who lives in Hampton Bays, NY and Lynnea Jones of Wolcott, CT.  Dorothea died nearly 10 years ago on August 4, 1994. Ivan received a Local Preacher’s License in 1940; seven years later he was ordained deacon and began his probationary membership which climaxed with the reception of ...

Mrs. Jean Waters

7/17/2014
Let us remember Mrs. Jean Waters, a disciple of Christ and a loyal member of the household of faith! She was the widow of the late Rev. Barber L. Waters, a member of the New York Conference who died on June 5, 2005; by God’s grace they were reunited on the occasion of her death, July 17, 2014. They are survived by two sons, Brian and Craig Waters. While at school Barb was appointed to Simpson Church, Amityville. Departing Suffolk County, most of their home life and ministry can be described as ...

Mrs. Cherry Grossman

7/16/2014
Let us remember Mrs. Cherry Grossman who was born on December 21, 1921 and died on July 16, 2014 at 92 years of age. Cherry and the Reverend Chester E. Grossman were married in December 1969 during his third year as Superintendent of the Hudson West District (1967-1973). Cherry was born in Cuero, Texas and graduated from high school in San Antonio, and went on to be trained as a bookkeeper. Later she served on the New York State Committee to establish the Girl Scout “God and Community Award.” ...

Mrs. Willavene Sandbek

5/30/2014
Let us remember Ms. Willavene Sandbek, widow of the Reverend Phillip Sandbek.  Willavene died in Bentonville, Arkansas on May 30, 2014 at the age of 92 years. The funeral was held in Arkansas. Rev. Sandbek married Willavene on April 14, 1946. She supported his ministry at the following churches: Treadwell and Ouleout; Roosevelt; Brooklyn: Grace; and Hauppauge until his retirement in 1981; he died on March 12, 2007. Ms. Sandbek is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Sandbek and Arlyce Ann Sandbek;...

The Reverend Robert William Smyres

5/14/2014
Robert William Smyres was born in Ithaca, New York on September 22, 1922, the eldest child of the Reverend Roy Smyres and Esther Montgomery Smyres.   In 1924, Bob moved with his parents to Elizabethville, Belgian Congo where they served as missionaries until 1929, when they returned to the United States.  If we do not know what influence his father’s vocation had on Bob’s future calling to be a missionary, we are confident that God knows.   Bob earned his BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan College ...

The Reverend Ellis R. Hill, Jr.

5/10/2014
Let us remember Ellis R. Hill, Jr., who died three months ago; he was the widower of Rev. Lucile Hill who died January 25, 2013. Notice of his death on May 10, 2014 at the age of 80 was received by the conference secretary several days ago. Information about a funeral service and interment is not available at this time. Ellis was born on April 17, 1934 in Chester, PA to Ellis R. Hill, Sr. and Amanda (Campbell) Hill; the oldest of six siblings. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life at a...

The Reverend Jack Larry Sharpe

3/31/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Jack Larry Sharpe, age 74, of Matthews, North Carolina who died on March 31, 2014. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Jean Clark Sharpe; their daughter Beth Sharpe of Charlotte, and her daughters; their son, Chris Sharpe and his wife Kristen Sharpe of Indian Trail, and their children. He is also survived by two sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews. Larry was born June 8, 1939, in West Point, Georgia. He graduated from Valley High School in ...

Mrs. Evelyn Cole Viets

3/24/2014
Let us remember Evelyn Cole Viets who died on March 24, 2014 at the Bishop Wicke Health Center in Shelton, CT, in the company of her children. Born July 3, 1921 to Ralph Brooks Cole and Martha Chambers Cole, Evelyn was the youngest of five children and a native of West Haven. She attended Larson Junior College and the New Haven State Teachers College, receiving her BA in 1944. She later earned MA degree in early childhood education from Southern Connecticut State College and CW Post College. ...

Mrs. Lois Anderson

3/21/2014
Let us remember Lois Anderson who passed from this life to eternal life by the grace of Jesus Christ. Ms. Anderson was born in Waterbury on May 29, 1942, the daughter of the late Romeo and Aurelie (Michaud) Desjardins. She attended Prospect schools and graduated from Wilby High School in 1960. She died on March 21, 2014 at St. Rafael’s Hospital. She was married to the Reverend Mark Anderson, former pastor of the United Methodist Church of Branford; he died in 1997. Lois is survived by her ...

The Reverend Lewis C. Johnson

3/7/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Lewis C. Johnson, Episcopal priest, Pastoral Psychotherapist, joyful Christian and husband of the Reverend Thea Crites, Deacon in the New York Annual Conference, died on March 7, 2014 at Calvary Hospital in New York City, after a long illness. Father Johnson was a gifted and beloved parish priest, therapist and consultant on behalf of the Diocese of New York to many parishes on matters of congregational life, development and mission. He was ordained a priest in 1981,...

Mrs. Louise F. Purnell

2/27/2014
Let us remember with joy the life of Mrs. Louise F. Purnell, wife of retired Reverend Richard A. Purnell, Jr. Mrs. Purnell died peacefully on February 27, 2014. Louise was the daughter of William Faupel and Ida Belle Bortz (Groff) of Mann's Choice and Everett, PA. She grew up in Bedford and Lancaster and graduated from Dickinson College in 1944. The following year she married the Rev. Richard A. Purnell, Jr., a United Methodist minister. Over the next 40 years, they served parishes in W. ...

The Reverend William Forest Rogers

12/19/2013
Let us remember the Reverend William Forest Rogers, former member of the New York Conference, who died on December 19, 2013.  He was born on July 12, 1924 and died at the age of 89. On February 22, 1946 he and Ruth Allen were united in Christian marriage.  Ruth resides in Catskill, NY. They are the parents of Forest A. Rogers of Connecticut and William L. Rogers of Hannacroix, New York; there are 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Known as “Bill” to his family and friends, he served in ...

Retired Local Pastor Doris Foltz Arnold

12/15/2013
Doris Foltz Arnold, born on May 2, 1926 in Hagerstown,  Maryland, died at the age of age 87, on December 15, 2013 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut. Doris earned a B.A. degree at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia and was ordained that year in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On April 1, 1953 in Beaver Creek, MD, she married Raymond M. Arnold who died on April 26, 1998. After completing a master’s degree in Religious Education at Lexington Theological Seminary in ...

Mr. Ernest Swiggett

12/2/2013
"As in baptism Ernest Swiggett put on Christ, so in Christ may Ernest be clothed with glory.” Ernest entered this world on March 1, 1934 where he matured and served for 79 years entering that life that has no end on December 2, 2013. He drew his final breath at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital last night. A memorial service will be held later this month, details will be announced when they are received by the Secretary. He is survived by a godson Darrin Glymph. At the time of his death Ernest ...

Mrs. Margaret R. H. J. Monkman

11/27/2013
Let us remember the life and service of a clergy spouse, Margaret Rosalie Howlett Jones Monkman who died at her daughter’s home in Lagrangeville, NY on November 27, 2013. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years. Margaret was born in London, England in 1932. She spent six years of her childhood under bombing raids and evacuation assignments during World War II. After her husband, Rev. Richard S. Monkman retired in 1993, they moved to New Canaan, CT where she wrote ...

The Reverend John Edwin Swords

11/22/2013
Let us remember with gratitude to God as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day the life and ministry of the Reverend John Edwin Swords. He was born on October 22, 1920 and joined the heavenly host on November 22, 2013. His final day is described as “peaceful” with visitations from children and grandchildren, while listening to them sing many of his favorite hymns and German folk songs accompanied by viola and violin. The memorial service is planned for this Friday, November 29 at the ...

The Reverend Madeline L. McDonald

11/7/2013
Let us remember the Reverend Madeline L. McDonald a retired Elder of the New York Conference who left this world for the one where the Sun never sets. Madeline was born February 23, 1929 in Long Island City, NY, living past her 84th birthday, dying after a short illness on November 7, 2013. She earned a B.A. degree in psychology and education from Adelphi University and a masters of divinity in practical theology from Union Theological Seminary. Prior to her ordination, Madeline was employed as...

Mrs. Sarah Marion Droppa

11/6/2013
Let us remember Mrs. Sarah Marion Droppa of Gainesville, Virginia who died on November 6, 2013. Born October 29, 1922, Marion was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Cecelia J. Williams. She graduated from Whitesboro High School and furthered her education at Houghton College. Proud of her Welsh heritage, Marion enjoyed singing in the Gymanfa Ganu’s, and was a life member of the St. David’s Society of Utica, NY. Marion, was the wife of the late Rev. Ernest Droppa who died in 2010. They ...

The Reverend Betty R. McKinney

11/1/2013
Let us remember the Reverend Betty R. McKinney who joined the “great cloud of witnesses” on All Saint’s Day, November 1, 2013. Betty began her earthly journey on September 24, 1941 and died in her 72nd year. She was married to John R. McKinney in 2001 and was the mother of Susan Callamari and Steven Toepfer. A Retired Elder of the New York Conference, her last appointment was at Hospice, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY, before retiring in 2007. A memorial service will be held at the Poughkeepsie ...

The Reverend George Czar

10/9/2013
Let us remember with grateful hearts the life and ministry of the Reverend George Czar who died on October 9, 2013 at the age of 85 years. George was born on December 4, 1927 in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. He graduated as valedictorian of Luzerne High School and then served in the Army Air Corps from 1945 until 1948. After the service, he attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1951. In 1955, Rev. Czar graduated from Yale University’s Divinity School. While in Oberlin, George married Marion Shonk ...

The Reverend Alfredo Cotto-Thorner

10/3/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Alfredo Cotto-Thorner who “has passed on to be with our Lord Jesus Christ” as of Thursday night, October 3, 2013. According to Milagros Solorzano, pastor of Brooklyn: New Jerusalem, Rev. Cotto-Thorner died at New York Methodist Hospital. Dorothy Lee, his wife, died in July of 2007. Rev. Cotto-Thorner entered the ordained ministry through the Baptist church in 1944 and was received as an Elder and a Full Member of the New ...

Mrs. Bonnie Jean Ecker Pinto

9/29/2013
Let us remember with gratitude Bonnie Jean Ecker Pinto, spouse of Rev. Robert Pinto, retired Associate Member of the New York Conference. Bonnie Jean died at 65 years of age on Sunday, September 29, 2013 following a long illness. The Pintos were married in 1986 when Pastor Bob was appointed to the Rock Hill, New York church. Bonnie Jean was born July 10, 1948 in Middletown, NY, the oldest of four siblings. She knew from early childhood that she wanted to teach. Following graduation from Pine ...

The Reverend Barent Johnson

9/25/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the lives of the Reverend Dr. Barent Johnson and his wife Geraldine Johnson. Rev. Johnson was born on April 16, 1921 and died on September 25, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Rev. Johnson died in his retirement community in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. News of Mrs. Johnson’s death arrived at the conference secretary’s office at the same time as the announcement of her husband’s death. She was born on October 23, 1923 and died on November 4, 2012. Barent was born in ...

The Reverend Hector Manuel Navas

9/18/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Hector Manuel Navas who died on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 79 years of age. Calling hours and a Service of Death and Resurrection were held at the First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs on Sunday, September 22. The committal service was held on September 23 at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Hector was a U.S. Army veteran. Hector is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ina;. four children: ...

The Reverend John G. Wall

8/26/2013
Let us remember the Reverend John G. Wall who died on August 26, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He was 85 years old at the time of his death. Arrangements to celebrate Rev. Wall's life and ministry have been announced for this Saturday, August 31, with calling hours from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Colchester Community United Methodist Church, 15151 State Highway 30, Downsville, NY 13755. A memorial Service of Death and Resurrection will held at the church beginning at 11:00 a.m., followed by a ...

The Reverend Vincent William Watson

8/7/2013
 Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Rev. Vincent William Watson, beloved husband, father, grandfather and faithful minister of Jesus Christ who entered the church triumphant on August 7, 2013. “Vin” and “Jackie” (Jacquelyn) were married in 1942; they celebrated seventy-one years of marriage on March 3rd. Rev. Watson’s ministry began in 1942 when he received a Local Preacher’s License in Tennessee and Deacon’s orders in California in ’46. He came east to the New York ...

The Reverend Roger Floyd

8/2/2013
Let us remember the Rev. Roger Floyd who died on August 2, 2013 at 82 years-of-age. A native of Connecticut — Naugatuck was his hometown — his entire life and ministry was spent in “The Constitution State.” Near the end of his pilgrimage, Roger and Joy Floyd made their home at the Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield for the last six years. His first response to God’s call to ministry was when Roger became a local preacher in 1955 in the former New York East Conference of The Methodist ...

Mr. Sunghee "Sam" Lee

7/31/2013
Sunghee “Sam” Lee, beloved husband of Rev. Koonae Annie Lee, pastor of the Stratford United Methodist Church. Mr. Lee died on July 31, 2013. He is the father of Patrick, Mark and David Lee, father-in-law of Jane Cha-Lee and Hannah Lee, and grandfather of Josiah Lee. Sam is also survived by his brother, Tae Hee Lee, and sister-in-law, Okhe Lee and several nieces and nephews. He was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 15, 1935, and emigrated to Korea at the age of 12. Sunghee graduated from the Choong ...

Deaconess Nazgul William

7/17/2013
Deaconess Nazgul William was known for her smile and vivacious love of life. Her laughter was infectious, and when she danced you couldn’t help but join her. “Naz” to her friends, she dedicated her life to ministries of care and compassion and was looking forward to sharing what she had learned about women’s issues and gender inequality in Asia having just completed a two-month course in the Philippines. Her life abruptly ended July 17, 2013, in Beijing, China. While out for an afternoon walk ...

The Reverend Walter W. Pitt, Jr.

7/16/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving to the Creator, the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Walter W. Pitt, Jr. who entered that life which has no end on July 16, 2013. A celebration of Walter’s life was held on July 28 at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. The homily, Soaring Like Eagles, was delivered by the Rev. Marilee Benson. Following the message, the congregation joined the soloist in singing the chorus of On Eagle’s Wings. All five children and their spouses, his ten grandchildren ...

Mrs. Dorothy P. Pollard

7/15/2013
Let us remember Dorothy P. Pollard, widow of the Rev. Robert A. Pollard, who died on July 15, 2013, at 91 years of age. Ms. Pollard received the breath of life in Huntsville, Alabama on December 28, 1921. Together, they served four churches beginning in 1947, including Fishkill (1953-1966) and Sayville (1999-1981). Rev. Pollard retired in 1981 and entered that kingdom which has no end on January 12, 2008. Professionally, she was a school teacher in New York for 21 years. Funeral services were...

The Reverend Sylvester McClearn

7/3/2013
The Reverend Sylvester McClearn entered the church triumphant on July 3, 2013. Reverend McClearn was born in Smithfield, NC on July 15, 1937. He was one of fourteen children born to Mr. and Mrs. Randolph McClearn. In 1957, he met, fell in love with and married his beautiful wife, Billie Marie. He and Billie Marie McClearn are the proud parents of six great kids and ten grandchildren. Reverend McClearn is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and also studied psychology at Empire State ...

Mr. Robert G. Titus

6/28/2013
Robert G. Titus, life partner of the Rev. James M. (Mac) Speights since July of 1989 (and husband since March of 2013), passed away at Hospice House on Long Island on June 28, 2013, after a month-long hospitalization including three cardiac arrests. Bob was born June 14, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY.  He was a World War II veteran, enlisting at age 18. He became a surgical technician, and served on hospital ships throughout the war, traveling across oceans several times, caring for wounded and maimed ...

The Reverend William W. Ross

6/16/2013
William W. Ross entered this life on January 10, 1922 in Orange City, Iowa. He graduated from two Iowa colleges, Northwestern Junior and Cornell. His academic education for ordained ministry was at Boston University School of Theology. During a student pastorate in Townsend, MA, he married Jean MacDonald in 1944. They were the parents of three sons, William Howard, Robert Ellis and David Allen. His marriage to Jean ended and, after several years, he and Ella Betsy Case were married in 1964. Bill...

Mrs. Dorothea Hormel Dier

6/4/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life of Dorothea Dier, widow of the late Rev. John Raymond Dier. Mrs. Dier died on June 4, 2013 at 92 years of age. Notice of her death was sent to Sally Truglia, NYAC benefits administrator this week and forwarded to the conference secretary. We have been unable to locate an obituary, but several remembrances of Dorothea are found in Rev. Dier’s memoir (1989 Conference Journal & Yearbook, pages 305-6). “Ray married Dorothea Hormel in 1943 at the Kings ...

The Reverend Dolores Helena Johnson Henderson

5/17/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the Rev. Dolores Helena Johnson Henderson who died on May 17, 2013 at 77 years of age. Services were held at the St. James United Methodist Church, St. James, NY on May 25, 2013. The committal service took place on May 28 at the Heavenly Rest Memorial Park in East Hanover, NJ. Rev. Henderson experienced the death of her daughter, Mary Watkins, but found healing as caregiver for her granddaughter, Mara Helena Rani Watkins. Other survivors include a devoted niece,...

The Reverend DuBois Tangier Smith

5/13/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving, to our Creator, the life and ministry of the Rev. DuBois Tangier Smith. DuBois was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 17, 1931, the youngest child of Edward H.L. Smith and Dorothy Miller Smith. He spent most of his life on his family’s farm in Nissequoque, NY part of the township of Smithtown, NY that was founded by his maternal and paternal ancestor Richard Smythe in the 1600s. DuBois’ obituary describes him as “a man who lived life dedicated to his two ...

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