Annual Conference Memorial Service remembers clergy and clergy spouses who have died in the last year


The 2011 North Alabama Conference began on Thursday evening, June 2, at Asbury UMC in Madison with the annual Memorial Service to remember clergy and clergy spouses who have died in the last year.

Rev. Reagin Brown preached a sermon titled "Nothing" based on Romans 8:28-39. He reminded those gathered that nothing can separate us from the love of God. He reflected on the thought that even in times of pain we can feel separated from God, yet our relentless God comes in painful moments to do whatever it takes to knock away the separation we feel. He gave thanks for the lives of those being remembered as witnesses to this truth of God’s love throughout their ministries.

Those being memorialized included the following:

  • Rev. Dr. Barry Hollis Anderson
  • Rev. James Elton Beasley
  • Mrs. Martha Patricia Burnham
  • Mrs. Betty Lou Smith Clark
  • Mrs. Minnie Doss
  • Rev. Oscar David Eddleman
  • Rev. Marvin Edmondson
  • Rev. Henry Ford, Jr.
  • Rev. Charles Gilbert
  • Rev. Ernest Ray Goodwin
  • Rev. Thurston Edison Hamby, II
  • Mrs. Margaret Van Cleave Handley
  • Mrs. Robbie L. Holcomb
  • Rev. Charles Philip Howell
  • Mrs. Yvonnia Johnson
  • Mr. Calvin Lambert
  • Mrs. Georgia Hollis McCain
  • Mrs. Peggy Diane McCrary
  • Rev. Dr. Rex Alan Manasco
  • Rev. William E. Milstead
  • Mrs. Winnie Murphree
  • Mrs. Shelvey Jean Parker
  • Rev. Samuel David Pickard
  • Mrs. Minnie Frances Railey
  • Mrs. Willene H. Ray
  • Rev. Al Reaves
  • Rev. Clarence Rice
  • Rev. Osborn Justice Ridgeway
  • Mrs. Louise Haywood Scott
  • Rev. Ernest H. Smotherman
  • Mrs. Altrue Virginia Stewart
  • Rev. Kenneth Ray Street
  • Mrs. Jessmer Glenn Terry
  • Mrs. Eula Inez Wallace
  • Mrs. Marilyn Joy Formby Warlick
  • Rev. William Douglas Wells, Sr.
  • Mrs. Jacquelyn G. Williams

During the service Bishop William H. Willimon read the name of each person being remembered as a candle was lit in her or his memory.

The Wesley Ringers, Piano, Organ and Choir of the host church Asbury UMC provided music during the service.

Annual Conference will continue on Friday as the 142nd Session of the North Alabama Conference will be called to order at 9 a.m.

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