Death Notices

If you have a death announcement about a North Alabama Conference clergy or clergy family member please email the information (including arrangements) to dclifton@umcna.org

Dr. John Kearns’ mother-in-law Kathleen Duggan

January 11
Dr. John Kearns’ mother-in-law Kathleen Duggan died Jan. 11, 2020. Rev. Kearns is the senior pastor of Christ Harbor UMC (Southwest District). The ...

Rev. Stanley Clark

January 11
Rev. Stanley Clark died on Saturday, January 11, 2020.  He was a retired elder in the Northwest District. The arrangements are below: Visitation will...

Rev. Bob Gunn

January 06
Rev. Robert (Bob) Wilbanks Gunn died January 6, 2020.  He was a retired elder and the father of Rev. Patrick Gunn, senior pastor of Winfield First ...

David Karr’s wife Sharon Karr

January 04
David Karr’s wife Sharon Karr died on January 4, 2020.  David is the supply pastor serving Genesis UMC in Hazel Green (Northeast District). A ...

Rev. Ricky Smith’s son Blaine Smith

January 04
Rev. Ricky Smith’s son Blaine Smith died on January 4, 2020. Rev. Smith is the senior pastor of Guntersville First UMC (Mountain Lakes District.) ...

Rev. Mike Spivey’s mother-in-law Topsy Spillers

January 01
Rev. Mike Spivey’s mother-in-law Topsy Spillers died January 1, 2020. Rev. Spivey is a retired elder. His wife, Pam, formerly served on Conference ...

Rev. James Rice’s daughter Chilipin Lewis

December 30
Rev. James Rice’s daughter Chilipin Lewis died on Dec. 30, 2019. The arrangements are as follows: Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 4, ...

Dr. Phillip Huckaby

December 21
Dr. Phillip Huckaby died on Dec. 21, 2019. Rev. Huckaby was a retired elder. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Trinity UMC in Homewood on...

Retired Local Pastor Dewayne Clifton

December 15
Retired Local Pastor Dewayne Clifton died on Sunday, December 15, 2019. He was serving Pine Grove UMC in Fort Payne (Mountain Lakes District). Funeral...

Rev. Patrick Cooley’s father Andy Cooley

December 09
Rev. Patrick Cooley’s father Andy Cooley died on December 9, 2019. Rev. Cooley is the senior pastor of Northport First UMC (Southwest District). There...

Dr. Jonathan Watts' mother Barbara Watts

December 02
Dr. Jonathan Watts' mother Barbara Watts has died.  Rev. Watts is a retired elder. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be Thursday, ...

Rev. Mitchell Williams' brother Bob Williams

November 28
Rev. Mitchell Williams' brother Bob Williams died on November 28, 2019. Rev. Williams is the senior pastor of Trinity UMC in Huntsville (Northeast ...

Lessie Wren

November 23
Lessie Wren, the surviving spouse of retired local pastor Rowe Wren, died November 23, 2019. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be at ...

Edward H. (Ted) Cramer

November 17
Edward H. (Ted) Cramer died on November 17, 2019. He served as a local pastor in the former Bessemer and Birmingham-East Districts. He was a member of...

Dr. Bill Brunson’s mother

November 15
Dr. Bill Brunson’s mother Mary Pauline Brunson died on November 15, 2019. Rev. Brunson is the senior pastor of Vestavia Hills UMC (Central District). ...

Rev. John Hassell Jr.

November 07
Rev. John Hassell Jr. died Thursday, November 7, 2019. He was a retired elder. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at ...

Dr. Ken Dunivant’s father William A. Dunivant

October 28
Dr. Ken Dunivant’s father William A. Dunivant died on October 28, 2019. Rev. Dunivant is a retired elder in the Southwest District. A private family ...

Rev. Robert Warren “Bob” Smith Jr.

October 24
Rev. Robert Warren “Bob” Smith Jr. died on October 24, 2019. He was a retired elder living in the Southwest District. There is no public memorial ...

Betty Hazel

October 19
Betty Daniel Hazel, the surviving spouse of Rev. Charles Hazel Sr. died on October 19, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 22, ...

Rev. Amanda Rochelle's mother Debbie Connett

October 19
Rev. Amanda Rochelle's mother Debbie Connett died October 19, 2019. Rev. Rochelle the Youth Pastor of Ford's Chapel UMC (Northeast District). The ...

Elizabeth M. Collins

October 15
Elizabeth M. Collins, the surviving spouse of Rev. Milford M. Collins Sr., died October 15, 2019. She was a member of Trussville First United ...

Jean Sandefur’s husband Jim Sandefur Jr.

October 13
Jean Sandefur’s husband Jim Sandefur died on October 13, 2019.  Jean is the Administrative Assistant for the United Methodist Foundation of North ...

Barbara Euler

October 09
Barbara Euler died on October 9, 2019. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. Lon Euler and the mother of Rev. Lonna Lynn Euler Higgs. Rev. Higgs is the...

Barbara Euler Memorial Service Arrangements

October 09
Barbara Euler died October 9, 2019. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. Lon Euler and the mother of Rev. Lonna Lynn Euler Higgs and mother-in-law of ...

Mildred Gilbert

October 05
Mrs. Mildred Gilbert, the surviving spouse of Rev. Thomas Gilbert, died on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be...

Rev. Abi Carlisle-Wilke’s mother Kate Eastman Carlisle

October 05
Rev. Abi Carlisle-Wilke’s mother Kate Eastman Carlisle died on October 5, 2019. Rev. Carlisle-Wilke is a retired elder. The arrangements are as ...

Jimmy R. Beck Sr

October 02
Jimmy R. Beck Sr died October 2, 2019.  He was a Methodist minister with the North Alabama Conference of the UMC for over 54 years. The arrangements ...

Rev. R.G. Wilson-Lyons' father-in-law David Wilson

October 02
Rev. R.G. Wilson-Lyons' father-in-law David Wilson died on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Rev. Wilson-Lyons is Associate Pastor of Birmingham First UMC ...

Rev. Tom Parrish’s father-in-law Donald R. Norton

September 23
Rev. Tom Parrish’s father-in-law Donald R. Norton died on Monday, September 23, 2019. Rev. Parrish is the Superintendent of the Northeast District. ...

Curtis Lewis Watts

September 02
Curtis Lewis Watts died September 2, 2019. He had served as a local pastor in the Southeast District. He was a member of Rocky Mount United Methodist ...

Rev Barry Dunn’s brother Thomas Dale Dunn

August 20
Rev Barry Dunn’s brother Thomas Dale Dunn died on August 20, 2019. Rev. Dunn is senior pastor of Alexander City First UMC (Southeast District). The ...

Rev. Ruth Grissom’s husband Phillip Grissom

August 20
Rev. Ruth Grissom’s husband and Rev. Kelsey Grissom’s father Phillip Grissom died August 20, 2019. Rev. Ruth Grissom is the Pastor of Children's ...

Dr. Charles Gattis’ mother Wilma Daniel Gattis

August 16
Dr. Charles Gattis’ mother Wilma Daniel Gattis died August 16, 2019. Rev. Gattis is a retired elder in the Northeast District. The arrangements are as...

Retired Local Pastor L.B. “Jake” Mays

August 05
Retired Local Pastor L.B. “Jake” Mays died August 5, 2019. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be Thursday, August 8 from 12-3 p.m. at ...

Rev. Joel Maxwell's father Lowell Lee Maxwell

August 01
Rev. Joel Maxwell's father Lowell Lee Maxwell died August 1, 2019. Rev. Maxwell is the pastor of Liberty and Liberty Hill UMCs (Southeast District). ...

Dorothy Rowland “Dot" Grove

July 19
Dorothy Rowland “Dot" Grove, the surviving spouse of Rev. Woodfin Grove, died July 19, 2019. Funeral services were held in the main sanctuary of the ...

Rev. Jimmy Howard's sister Linda J Schrimsher

July 14
Rev. Jimmy Howard's sister Linda J Schrimsher died July 14, 2019.  Rev. Howard is a retired elder. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation is ...

Dr. Chris Denson's father William "Bill" Denson, Jr.

July 13
Dr. Chris Denson's father William "Bill" Denson, Jr. died July 13, 2019.  Rev. Denson is a retired elder. A Memorial Service will be held in the ...

Rev. Donnie Patterson’s mother Melba Pauline Orr Patterson

July 04
Rev. Donnie Patterson’s mother Melba Pauline Orr Patterson died July 4, 2019. Rev. Patterson is pastor of Asbury and Dutton UMCs in the Mountain Lakes...

Rev. William O. "Bill" Lipp

June 28
Rev. William O. "Bill" Lipp died on June 28, 2019.  He was a retired elder. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be on Saturday, July 6, ...

Connie Lenell Hulsey Abney

June 25
Benny Abney’s wife Connie Lenell Hulsey Abney died June 25, 2019. He is a retired local pastor from the North Georgia Conference serving as the pastor...

Dr. Adlene Kufarimai's father Ernest Shupai Katsidzira

June 06
Dr. Adlene Kufarimai's father Ernest Shupai Katsidzira died on June 6, 2019. Rev. Kufarimai is pastor of West Huntsville UMC (Northeast District), ...

Rev. Larry E. Wright's mother Mrs. Marie Powell Wright

May 25
Rev. Larry E. Wright's mother Mrs. Marie Powell Wright died on Saturday, May 25, 2019.  Rev. Wright is a retired elder.  Marie was the daughter of ...

Elizabeth Irene Tate Gandy

May 20
Elizabeth Irene Tate Gandy died on Monday, May 20, 2019. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. Ralph Gandy and the mother of retired elder Rev. Bill ...
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