Let Us Remember

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 ...

Mr. Timothy Grant Manchester

5/1/2013
Let us remember Mr. Timothy Grant Manchester, public health worker who improved access to reproductive health and family planning in Africa and Asia. Born in Newton, Kansas, on June 5, 1951, he died in a cycling accident in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on May 1, 2013, at age 61. News of Tim’s death was shared in a Let Us Remember notice on May 4th and he was named in the memorial service during annual conference in June. Recently, a biography published in www.the lancet.com written by Stephen Pincock...

Ms. Sara Jo Greever Bardsley

4/28/2013
  Sara Jo Greever Bardsley, 83 of Fall Branch, a native of Tazewell, VA, and daughter of J. J. Greever and Mamie Wilder, entered the Life Triumphant on April 28, 2013.   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, the Rev. John W. Bardsley; their two children: Donna Bardsley of Kingsport, TN; John Bardsley, and wife Gina of Anchorage, AK; one grandson, Alexander Bardsley of Anchorage, AK; her niece Debbie Bates and her family of Wise, VA; her Godchild, Morgan Phillips of Johnson City, TN; her “...

The Reverend Dr. Richard E. Smeltzer

4/28/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Richard E. Smeltzer, who died yesterday April 28, 2013, in Maryland. Born on November 11, 1926, Dick was 86 years old at the time of his death. Dolores, his beloved wife, died in January, 1995. They are the parents of six children: Debra Smeltzer Seegers, Jeffrey Smeltzer, Gerald Smeltzer, Janet Smeltzer Scott, Kathleen Smeltzer Wilhelm and Carolyn Smeltzer Slatch. Dick was a faithful follower of Christ, serving his Lord ...

The Reverend Poong Ro Cha

3/27/2013
The Rev. Dr. Poong Ro Cha, 82, of Morristown, NJ, died on March 27, 2013 after having faithfully served God as an ordained minister for 57 years. Poong Ro Cha was born in Shin-Chang, Korea in 1930. Rev. Cha was ordained an elder in the Korean Methodist Church in 1956. His ministry in Korea included service as an army chaplain (’56-’60); director of the Wonju Christian Center, Wonju, Korea (’60-‘66); and professor at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea (’66-’81). With his arrival ...

Mr. Mack Logan, Jr.

2/14/2013
Let us remember Mr. Mack Logan, Jr., spouse of the Rev. Bernadette Logan, pastor of Union UMC, South Ozone Park. Brother Logan died on February 14th. He is survived by his dear wife Bernadette, three daughters, LaShawna Logan, Lathishia Towles, Shakita Logan-Goodwin, a son, Mack Logan, III, and four grandchildren. Pastor Logan describes her husband as “a faithful servant of God who was in ministry with his wife.” The family has made the following arrangements for his Home Going Service: ...

Mrs. Marian Linn Wright

2/13/2013
Marian Linn Wright, 93, widow of the Reverend Robert Roy Wright, died on February 13, 2013 at Asbury Towers Retirement Community in Greencastle, Indiana where she resided for the past five years. She was born on June 24, 1919 in Craig, Nebraska. Marian graduated from Barnard College in 1941 with a bachelor of history degree and Teachers College, Columbia University in 1942 with a master's in education. She was a high school history teacher in Northport, New York and married her husband, Rev. ...

The Reverend Frederick D. Savage

2/5/2013
Let us remember the Reverend Frederick D. Savage who “entered into glory” on February 5, 2013 at the age of 92 years. An avid traveler and outdoorsman, he was the beloved husband of Isabelle Gardner and Ann Sheriff. He is survived by his children Rev. Arthur Savage and Linda Weber, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and was pre-deceased by grandson Joshua Weber. Through the Church of the Nazarene, Frederick Savage served as a missionary in China for one year and Japan for four years....

The Reverend Lucile C. Hill

1/25/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the Reverend Lucile C. Hill who died peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the age of 68. Lucile was born in Chester, PA on October 2, 1944. She was ordained a Full Elder in The United Methodist Church in 2007. Rev. Hill faithfully served Long Island People’s UMC as a Provisionary Member from 2004 through 2008 and Epworth UMC in Bronx, NY from 2008 until her death. During her illness, her husband Rev. Ellis Hill assisted with her duties at Epworth UMC. ...

The Reverend Dr. William Marcus James

1/18/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life of the Reverend Dr. William Marcus James who died peacefully on January 18, 2013 at 97 years of age. Rev. James was born in Mississippi on June 4, 1915. He received his license to preach in Lexington, KY in 1936 and was ordained a deacon in the South Indiana Conference in 1938. In 1940 Rev. James was ordained Elder in the New York Conference and was appointed to East Calvary (Harlem) the same year. In 1944 he was appointed to the Trinity (Morrisania) ...

The Reverend Gerard B. Pollock

1/16/2013
Let us remember the Reverend Gerard B. Pollock who died peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the age of 80 after a brief illness. Gerry, as he was known by all, was the son of Michael and Beatrice Windram Pollock of Brooklyn, NY born on September 12, 1932. Gerry attended Tilden High School, the Stony Brook School, Houghton College and seminaries at Alfred University, Boston University and the Hartford Theological Seminary. In 1964, Gerry was ordained a pastor in The United Methodist ...

Mrs. Judith-Ann (Clamser) Grant

1/4/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving Judith-Ann (Clamser) Grant, widow of the Rev. Howard L. Grant who died in 2005. Judy died on January 4, 2013 at home. Born October 30, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY, Judy graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, Queens, as well from the New York Institute of Finance, Manhattan. While married to each other, Howard was appointed to the Glendale and Katonah churches in New York; she lived in Glastonbury, CT for the past 20 years.  Judy was an active member of the ...

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