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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Asleep in Christ

Rev. Hal Sherrill Vannoy
Rev. Hal sherrill Vannoy, 83, of Lenoir, N.C., passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Kirkwood Hospice House from complications of esophageal cancer. Born December 3, 1930 in Boone, N.C., Rev. Vannoy was the son of the late Arthur Elbert Vannoy and Annie Sherrill Vannoy.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances Elizabeth Gillett Vannoy, with whom he shared more than 59 years of marriage.

A lifelong minister of the Advent Christian (AC) faith, Rev. Vannoy served as pastor to the congregations of Beaver Creek AC Church in Ferguson, N.C.; Fellowship AC Church in Bethlehem, N.C.; Dulins Grove AC Church in Charlotte, N.C.; and Tabernacle AC Church in Lenoir, N.C. He also served 12 years as Regional Superintendent for the Appalachian Region of the Advent Christian General Conference. He was active in denominational affairs throughout his career, serving as president of the Piedmont Conference and the Appalachian Region as well as many other positions in conference, regional and national leadership. While in Lenoir, he was active in the Kiwanis Club, Lenoir Ministerial Association and other organizations.

Rev. Vannoy was a proud 1949 graduate of Appalachian High School in Boone. Included among the highlights of his later life were the fond remembrances of the many reunions with his fellow 49ers. Upon graduation, Rev. Vannoy attended Appalachian State Teachers College where he pursued a degree in music education. After three years studying music, he felt the call to ministry and transferred to the New England School of Theology (NEST) in Brookline, Massachusetts. While attending NEST, he remained active in music through the Maranatha Quartet, traveling with the quartet in the summers of 1952 and 1953 from New England to Florida to California and all points in between. Rev. Vannoy met his future wife, Frances, a nurse at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, while he was a student at NEST. After his graduation in 1954, Rev. and Mrs. Vannoy moved to North Carolina to begin their years of ministry together.

Upon retirement, Rev. Vannoy remained very active in church and denominational affairs. He was also active in the community and particularly enjoyed his time in the aerobics classes at QUEST in Lenoir. In his later years, his time at QUEST was among the highlights of each day.

Rev. Vannoy is survived by his sons, Ronald George Vannoy of Lenoir, and David Arthur Vannoy, wife, Shannon and daughter, Erin of Hickory. Also surviving are foster children Tammy Chisholm of Bluffton, S.C., and Charlotte Herman of Lexington, N.C., and Caldwell Friend Brandy Angley of Lenoir.

The family respectfully requests that memorials and gifts be given to the General Fund at Tabernacle Advent Christian Church, PO Box 596, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Rev. Harold E. Aldridge

Rev. Harold E. AldridgeRev. Harold E. Aldridge, 87, passed away at home Sunday, November 9, 2014. A native of Waycross, GA, he is the son of the late Rev. James E. Aldridge and Elizabeth Highsmith Aldridge.

Rev. Aldridge was ordained as an Advent Christian minister in August of 1953. He has pastored churches in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida and served as President of the Advent Christian Virginia Conference for 4 years and the Advent Christian Georgia Conference for 13 years. After retiring in 2000, he continued his ministry by providing interim pastorate services until his recent declining health.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Allene Carter Aldridge; daughters, Darlene A. Barnard of Garner, Sharon A. McGee of Hanover, VA; son, Stephen E. Aldridge and wife, Annette of Clayton; sister, Carolyn A. Hutchison of Waycross, GA; brothers, Rev. Silas B. Aldridge of Live Oak, FL. Gilbert E. Aldridge, Carl L. Aldridge, and Henry W. Aldridge all of Waycross, GA. Ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Aldridge was predeceased by his brother Lewis S. Aldridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to Garner Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 381, Garner, NC 27529.

Rev. Warren W. Feustel

SOUTH PARIS — The Rev. Warren W. Feustel of Norway, husband of the late Helen L. (Winsor) Feustel, died on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Market Square Healthcare Center.

He was born in Springfield, Mass., on April 28, 1926, the son of George and Cecelia (Parkhurst) Feustel. He attended Washington School and Springfield Trade School.

During World War II, he served as a diesel engineer in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Cockrill (DE-398) and nearly traveled around the world. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he worked for New England Rototiller Sales in Wilbraham, Mass, and for Machlett Laboratories and American Cyanamid Corporation, both in Stamford, Conn.

Hearing God’s call to ministry, he attended Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, N.J., and graduated in 1960. He served as pastor of Baptist churches in Stafford and Southington, Conn; Grace Alliance Church in Buzzards Bay, Mass.; Advent Christian churches in North Springfield, Vt., Oxford and Mechanic Falls and Faith Community Church in Lovell.

He is survived by his son and wife, Eric and Robin Feustel, of Allenstown, N.H.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen L. (Winsor) Feustel; and his brother, George I. Feustel.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

Hannah Catherine MacLeod Melvin
Mrs. Hannah Catherine MacLeod Melvin, 91, of Charlotte, N.C., left her earthly home and went on to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Hannah was born May 18, 1923 in Providence, R.I., to the late George and Lillie MacLeod. Following her public schooling in Warwick, she continued her education at Barrington College. Hannah was married July 25, 1942, to Dr. Nelson B. Melvin in Providence and served with him as home missionaries in Iowa, and with him in pastorates in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Florida. She was his secretary when he was manager of Advent Christian Publications, Inc., and served as a proof reader for the publications he edited. Hannah helped organize the Pink Ladies at Suwannee Hospital in Live Oak, Fla., she served on the central board of the Woman's Home and Foreign Mission Society as treasurer, and was a member of the Altar Guild at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.

Hannah excelled in the culinary arts and frequently blessed neighbors and friends with baked goods. She was a gifted soloist and sang in several choirs, including the Christianaires, the senior adult choir at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, and in her later years became a member of Blair Road United Methodist Church.

Hannah was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 years, Nelson, who passed away in October of 2013, and her son Paul Melvin who passed away in November of 1963. Mrs. Melvin is survived by her sons David Melvin and his wife Pamela of Aurora, Ill., and Daniel Melvin and his wife D'Anne of Pineville, N.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brenna Melvin Brown and her husband Kevin, of Chicago, Ill., Courtney Melvin of Brooklyn, N.Y., Tyler Melvin of Raleigh, N.C., and Sarah Melvin of Pineville, N.C., and one great granddaughter, Gemma Brown, of Chicago, Ill.

A service to celebrate Hannah's life was held at the Blair Road United Methodist Church on Friday, August 15, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org or to Blair Road United Methodist Church.

Rev. Robert Louis "Bobby" Wilmoth

The Rev. Robert Louis "Bobby" Wilmoth, 81, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 3, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. He was born May 21, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Robert Lee and Gladys Wood Wilmoth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Euel Lee and Vernon Wilmoth.

Bobby was a former contract driver for the U.S. Postal Service as well as an Advent Christian minister with 55 years of service to churches including Creston, Ohio, Henryville, Ind., R.C. Elmore, First and Faith Advent Christian Churches in Charleston.

Bobby was a decorated Korean War veteran, enlisting in the Army at the age of 17, who proudly served his country for three years. After moving to Charleston he was active in the Charleston Job Corps, president of the Charleston Ministerial and chaplain for the Charleston area hospitals and other organizations.

He is survived by his childhood sweetheart with almost 62 years of marriage, Frankie Lucille Wilmoth; daughters, Diana Graham (Homer) and Vicky Sizemore (John); son, Stephen Wilmoth, all of Charleston; granddaughters, Alysia Sigman, Krista Wilmoth and Ashley (Erik) Strock; sisters, Phyllis Noe and Mary Baker; brother, Larry Wilmoth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Dayton Reynolds and the Rev. Sandy Burdette officiating. Burial followed in Moore Fork Cemetery, Big Otter, with an open gathering of family and friends held at Big Otter Community Center immediately following burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.The family would especially like to thank Charleston General Hospital ER staff, 4 South nurses, doctors and staff and the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority for their compassionate care to Bob and his family.

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Emile J. Bedard
April 11, 1923 - June 14, 2014

Norway-Emile Joseph “Whistling Bill” Bedard, 91, of Norway passed away at his daughter Linda’s home on Saturday evening, June 14, 2014, after a brief period of failing health. He was born April 11, 1923 in Norway, the son of Nazaire P. and Celanire (Demers) Bedard. He attended Norway schools and worked in local factories: Cummings Mill and Wilner Wood Heel Products. He proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Later he became a Master Barber which was a vocation he really enjoyed because he was a “people person”. 

He owned and operated Bill’s Barber Shop and retired after 50 years. During the last few years of barbering, he worked at Lee’s Barber Shop with his grandson, Lee Ellingwood. 
In 1942 he married Lona Noble Brill, whom he met while playing in her father’s orchestra. In 2012, they celebrated 70 years of marriage. Playing together was a joy they both shared. He played guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, ukulele and any other stringed instrument. Some of the musical groups he played in were: Maine Melody Mountaineers, the Northeasters, the Felt Band, and the Bedard Trio. In 1998, he was the 49th inductee into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. He and Lona also played in area churches, nursing homes and at various functions. 

One of the joys of his life was his 10 grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them fishing and taught them many practical lessons about life. 
He is survived by three daughters, Mary Cook of Livermore, Emilia Fogg of Norway and Linda Ellingwood and her husband Jerry of Norway; former son-in-law, Donald Fogg of Norway; 9 grandchildren, Terrence and Gina Parker, Kenneth and Sue Parker, James and Bonney Fogg, Joseph and Stefanie Fogg, Jeffrey and Katrina Fogg, Julie and Garth Nicholson, Lee and Robin Ellingwood, Jason Ellingwood, Brady and Sara Ellingwood; 24 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lona, in 2012; son-in-law, Reginald Cook; grandson Jeremy Ellingwood; great granddaughter, Sommer Evelyn Fogg; and three brothers and one sister, Nazaire P. Bedard, Jr., Edmond J. Bedard, Francis P. Bedard and Anna Bedard. 

“Bill” was a Christian, who enjoyed sharing his faith in Christ with family and friends alike, offering them a Gospel of John which meant so much to him. A special thank you goes to the staff at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris, Dr. Kieliszek and his staff at Oxford Hills Internal Medicine. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris with interment to follow at Norway Pine Grove Cemetery in South Paris. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Oxford Advent Christian Church of the “Gospel of John” ministry, 1130 Main St., Oxford, ME 04270,or the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, c/o Carole Huntington, 15 Plummer St., Apt. 145, Auburn, ME 04210. 

Edith Ferguson Carter 
August 15, 1930 - May 12, 2014 
Resided in Ferguson, NC 
Monday, May 12, 2014, marked the passing of Edith Ferguson Carter, a loving mother, art educator, community leader, conservationist, historian and friend. She made her home in Ferguson at her grandfather Captain Lindsay Ferguson's home place. Ms. Carter passed away at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

She was born on August 15, 1930, in Caldwell County to T.W. Ferguson and Edith Kyles Ferguson and eventually moved back to the Ferguson family farm "River Plains Farms" in Ferguson, N.C. From an early age, Edith expressed interests in the visual arts as well as in farming. She attended college at Southern Methodist in Dallas, Texas, The Art Students League in New York City, RPI ( now Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, Virginia and Appalachian State University where she earned her BS degree in art education. She worked for many years as a graphic designer. In the 1950's she illustrated the story of Tom Dooley, a story which fascinated her for the rest of her life. She has illustrated stories from North Carolina history and made them into discs for public school use. She has also illustrated several books. Ms. Carter taught art in the Wilkes County and the Caldwell County School system. She retired from West Caldwell High School in Lenoir. In the 1960's she was director of art for the Lenoir City Schools. Three times she was named teacher of the year in the Caldwell County School system. 

Ms. Carter was an active and lifelong member of the Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church in Ferguson, helped in teaching Sunday School and at one time directed the youth programs. She also played organ and piano for services. She helped organize the Ferguson Fire Department and was involved with the Ferguson Community Organization and also the Ferguson Homemaker Extension Club. Following in her father's footsteps, she wrote the Ferguson Community News column for the Wilkes Journal-Patriot for decades. She served on the Wilkes Telephone Membership Corporation and the N.C. State Grange Insurance Company Boards. Ms. Carter has been active as a Wilkes Chamber of Commerce leader. In addition, she taught private art classes and was involved with the operation of running a farm with her husband of 54 years, G. Hill Carter. 

One of her life passions started when she began "collecting" old buildings and moving them to their farm. Before long, she had established Whippoorwill Academy and Village where she created an educational experience for thousands of school children and a draw for tourism with visitors coming from all over the world. Weddings were, and are continuing, to be held at the farm. Her favorite day of the year was the Daniel Boone Day Event, a celebration of this pioneer who lived at three different home sites in Ferguson. The event also focused on the talents of local artists, crafts people, dancers, and musicians which gave visitors the opportunity to experience weaving, blacksmithing and farm life from a long time past. She provided a place where local people could sell their jams, jellies and pickles. Admission to the event was always canned food to give to a local charity kitchen and money donations for a children's home. 

Edith Carter wanted one more building to be added to her village and a memorial fund has been set up for making her final wish a reality. Her daughters, their husbands and children plan to keep the village operating. 

Mrs. Carter also helped establish the Over Mountain Victory Trail Association and the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail and served on the Wilkes Heritage Museum board. She received the Paul John Barringer Jr. and Sr. Award of Excellence from the N.C. Society of Historians in 2011. Several years ago, she was also honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for her contributions to preserving history. 

In the 1960's, Edith Carter began an exhibition opportunity for artists and craftsmen in Blowing Rock. This event became known as Art in the Park. She directed these shows for nearly thirty years. In the early 1960's, Edith Carter became one of the founders of the Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro. She was the last living founder of this wonderful art organization. Edith Carter was active with the Wilkes County Democrat Women's Organization. 

Her honors included being chosen as the N.C. State Grange Woman of the Year and Grand Marshal for the Wilkes County Christmas Parade. She was the Grange Arts and Crafts Director for 25 years. In 2012 she was chosen as the Rotary Citizen of the Year in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. 

When she married G. Hill Carter, they moved to the Captain Lindsay Ferguson home in Ferguson, N.C., where they reared two daughters: Margaret (also an art educator) is married to Dick Martine and Sharon (a Family Consumer Science educator) is married to the Reverend Roger Underwood. Mrs. Carter was blessed with three grandchildren: Maggie Minton, Caleb and KT Underwood; two bonus grandchildren, Joe and Jennifer Martine; and also two great grandsons, Maddox Marley and Gavin Martine. 

One of the things that Mrs. Carter was most pleased about was preserving the Ferguson family farm, which has been in the family since the 1700's. She put the farm in a farmland preservation and conservation easement program to protect the land from future development. She was very concerned about the loss of farmland in North Carolina. 

Family friend, Tony Deal recently wrote a short story about Edith Carter in which a character said: "There is no way we could explain to you who Edith was. Words simply won't work. You have a better chance of describing a sunset to a blind man or helping a deaf person feel the passion of Doc Watson's guitar than you have of limiting Edith Carter to one page, online obituary… and that one will never know how to describe Edith Carter until his life is touched by an Edith Carter." 

Family and friends will gather at the Ferguson family cemetery in Ferguson on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:30 across from the Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church on highway 268. The Reverend David Blythe will officiate the service. The family will receive friends following the service at the Whippoorwill Academy and Village. Pallbearers will be Allen Finley, Cam Finley, Rocky Mackintosh, Tom Mackintosh, Jim Mackintosh, Buzz Mackintosh, Andy Mackintosh, Paul McCabe, Chris Privette and Willie Underwood. 

Memorials may be made to: Whippoorwill Academy/ Building Fund, PO Box 458, Ferguson, N.C. 28624 or to the Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church Cemetery Fund at PO Box 268, Ferguson, N.C. 28624

Rev. George Roger Teshera

Rev. Teshera slipped peacefully into sleep awaiting the coming of the Lord Jesus on May 31, 2014. George was born Nov. 5, 1925 in Bellingham, WA to Art and Etta (Dahl) Teshera. In 1943 he enrolled in the United States Maritime Service in Seattle, WA and served as a Merchant Marine on the Liberty ships in the Pacific Theater. From 1946 to 1948, George served with distinction in the US Army in occupied Japan. As one of his many duties he daily baked and delivered a fresh loaf of bread to General MacArthur. On Easter Sunday 1951, George committed his life to the Lord Jesus and was baptized April 15. He married his beloved bride, Beverly Ehle, Aug. 31, 1951. After graduating from New England School of Theology in 1955, George and Beverly, with their sons Roger and Kris, traveled to California where they pastured two churches. In 1963, they accepted the call to serve as missionaries to the Philippines where daughter Annie was born. George founded Oro Bible College and became its first director in 1972. In 1979 George pastured in New Hampshire and from 1981 to 1990 pastored in Lynwood, WA. 1994 to 2002 George served as Asia Pacific Area Director for the Advent Christian Missions. He spent his remaining years as Pastor of Missions at Fountain Community Church in Bellingham, WA. George was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert, James, and Lee. He is survived by his beloved Beverly; sons Roger (Wendy), Kris (Jennifern) and daughter Annie (Jim) Glass; former daughter-in-law Sabine Teshera; grandchildren Samantha, Stephanie, Heather, Jamieson and Ian; sisters Barbara Elsner and Shirley Gunter; cousins Nancy and Mary; many nieces and nephews and many spiritual sons and daughters. A graveside service will be held on Monday June 9, at 10:00am at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale. A memorial service and reception will follow at 11:30am at Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway St. in Bellingham Memorial donations can be made to the Fountain Community Church in George's name. Funds will be designated for World Missions. Please share your thoughts and memories of George at www.farewelltributes.com A graveside service will be held on Monday June 9, at 10:00am at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale. A memorial service and reception will follow at 11:30am at Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway St. in Bellingham Memorial donations can be made to the Fountain Community Church in George's name. Funds will be designated for World Missions. Please share your thoughts and memories of George at www.farewelltributes.com

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Gary Pierce
Batavia, IL (May 2, 2014) — A funeral service for Gary Pierce, the husband of Covenant Chaplain Sally Pierce, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Batavia United Methodist Church.
Gary, 74, was born June 27, 1939, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, the son of Ralph and Elizabeth (née Morrison) Pierce. He graduated from Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Massachusetts, and studied at Gordon Theological Seminary. He served as pastor at Advent Christian and United Methodist congregations.

Gary and Sally were married August 24, 2007, in Batavia. She serves as chaplain at the Homlstad, a Covenant Retirement Community.

Survivors include four daughters, Stephanie McKay, Cherrill Gaul, Kristen Unterberg and Meredith Wyman; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Interment will follow the service at West Batavia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Organ Fund in Memory of Gary Pierce c/o Holmstad 700 West Fabyan Parkway Batavia, IL 60510.

Rev. G Sturdevant
(June 16, 1921 to May 10, 2014 )
Resident of Dayton, Maine

Visitation Information:
Friends and relatives may call on Wednesday May 14, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dennett, Craig & Pate funeral home 365 Main St, Saco. A funeral service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. at the Goodwins Mills Advent Christian Church, 498 Goodwins Mills Rd, Dayton, ME 04005. Rev. Nick Foss will officiate. Burial will follow at Goodwins Mills Cemetery. 

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in his memory please consider the Advent Christian Church of Goodwins Mills, 498 Goodwins Mills Rd, Dayton, ME 04005 or to the Eastern Regional Association, 4 Rod Rd, Rochester, NH 03867 

Rev. G. Franklyn Sturdevant, 92, of Waterhouse Rd, passed away May 10, 2014, at his residence. 
He was born in Norwalk, Conn., June 16, 1921, the son of George W. and Dorothea Brugge Sturdevant. Franklyn graduated from Norwalk High School. He then graduated from Aurora College with a bachelor's degree in Theology. 

He was ordained to the Advent Christian ministry in East Norwalk, Conn., in 1945. He first served in Mann’s Creek, Idaho, Westfield, Mass., Kansas City, Kansas, and then to Goodwins Mills in 1970. Rev. Sturdevant remained at The Goodwins Mills Advent Christian Church until he retired in 1987 and became of the Minister of Visitation. While at the Goodwins Mills church, he was active in the choir and taught Sunday school.

Franklyn, throughout his many years of service, was involved in leadership positions in the regional and state conference. He enjoyed writing poetry, songs and doing crossword puzzles. 

He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Jane Nankervis Sturdevant, in 2009. Survivors include a son, David Sturdevant of Cape Elizabeth, two daughters, Ruth Smith and Nancy Sturdevant, both of Dayton, 2 grandchildren, Sharon and Susan and 3 great grandchildren Fred, Jason and Andrew, a sister-in-law Janet Nankervis, a niece Patty and a nephew Craig. 

Jannas L. Harrington
Jannas Harrington, wife of Rev. William Harrington of Venice, Florida, fell asleep in Christ on March 26, 2014.

Pauline Elizabeth (Brown) Faulkingham
Pauline Elizabeth (Brown) Faulkingham, aged 76 years, of Tiverton, RI, died on Thursday March 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Rev. James W. Faulkingham, who predeceased her on August 26, 2004. She was born in Fall River, daughter of the late Frederick F. and Muriel F. (Nutter) Brown. She was a graduate of the New England School of Theology. Pauline was a social worker for the Town of Middleboro Welfare Department, for several years, before working for the Massachusetts Welfare Department, Taunton, and later for St. Andre’s Nursing Home, Biddeford, ME. She was a lifelong member of the Advent Christian Church, Fall River. She was an active member of the Tremont Advent Christian Camp Meeting Association in Marion. Survivors include a daughter, Lynne E. Robbins of Tiverton, RI; a step-daughter, Karen L. Gregory of Olmstedville, NY; two step-sons, Steven J. Faulkingham of Plainville, and Peter H. Faulkingham of Miami, FL; a brother, Edmund A. Brown of Fall River; a sister, Carolyn J. Henry of Newport, RI; three grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, March 18th in the Ashley Funeral Home, Middleboro. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 19th in the Advent Christian Church, Coral St Fall River. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory, made to the Tremont Advent Christian Camp Meeting Association, PO Box #522 Marion, MA 02738, would be appreciated.

Rev. Garth E. Story 

Garth Elias Story, 92, died January 28, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center at the Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park, FL. He was born on March 13, 1921, in Morristown, VT. His parents were George and Alma Wheelock Story. He graduated from high school at The Peoples Academy in Morrisville and went on to college at the New England School of Theology in Brookline, MA, which became Berkshire Christian College when it moved to Lenox years later. He met his future wife there, Avis Fox, of Wade, Maine. They married on June 22, 1943, and pastored a number of Advent Christian churches in the northeast: Ashland, ME, Bear River, Nova Scotia, Bridgton, ME, Loudon Ridge, NH, Bristol, CT, and Dover, NH. He oversaw the building of a brand new church in Dover.

When Garth retired from the ministry, he and Avis moved to Pittsfield, MA, to live near Sonny and Karen and to work in their business, The Fire Place. He learned to install wood stoves, and he and Avis helped out in the store. They moved to Park of the Pines in the Advent Christian Village in 1985. Garth worked for the Village for a number of years and finally retired again as custodian of the Village Church. Garth and Avis had been married for 64 years when Avis died in 2007. Garth was the kind of person who could fix just about anything and solve most problems. He was always a kind and gentle man who modeled a life of service and was a faithful servant of God. 

Garth was predeceased by his son, Timothy Peter, who died in 1986. He leaves his sons Garth, Jr. (Sonny) and his wife, Karen, of Lee, MA, and Robert Stanley and his wife, Brenda, of E. Norwalk, CT, and Catherine Story Brown of Meredith, NH. He also leaves six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.     

A memorial service was held at the Bixler Memorial Chapel on March 17. Interment was at the Bixler East Cemetery in Dowling Park, FL. Donations in Garth's memory may be made to the Advent Christian Village, PO Box 4305, Dowling Park, FL  32064.

Morrisville, Vermont “News & Citizen” Newspaper Dec. 3, 2013

Rev. Melvin White
MORRISVILLE – Rev. Melvin White, 96, died peacefully at The Manor in Morrisville on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, with his loving family by his side. He was born June 26, 1917, in Bangor, ME, the son of Irving and Gladys Crafts White.

Rev. White graduated from Bible College in Boston and spent the rest of his years serving as a minister from Maine to California. He returned to the East Coast in 1988 and served two years as the supply minister at the Advent Christian Church in Morrisville. He was an avid reader and enjoyed painting and crocheting.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Godin Miller White; his children, Paul White of Bangor, ME, and Lanita White of St. Joseph, MO; step-children, Linda Audibert of Johnson; Larry Miller of Morrisville and Deborah Griggs of Johnson and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Anita White; two sons, Arthur White and Jim White; step-son, Royce Miller; his siblings, Rev. Stanley White; Lloyd Robert White; Maxine Paine; Walter White and Jeanette White.

A memorial service was held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lamoille Valley Grace Brethren Church in Morrisville. Interment will be at a later date in Bethel, CT. White-Fiess Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Advent Christian General Conference, P.O. Box 690848, Charlotte, NC 28227.

Rev. Nelson B. Melvin
May, 27, 1921 - October 14, 2013

Dr. Melvin, as he was more commonly called, was born in Waterville, Maine, the son of Lorin Bertram and Ruth (nee Nelson) Melvin. Graduating from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, he pursued higher education at Berkshire Christian College/New England School of Theology in Brookline, Mass. He was ordained by the Wisconsin Conference of the Advent Christian Church and pastored four churches in the Midwest states and one in Florida. On July 25, 1942, he married Hannah MacLeod in Providence, RI.

He filled several denominational positions including Vice President of the General Conference, manager of Advent Christian Publications, Inc., president of three state conferences, and as editor for "Advent Christian Witness," "Voice," and "Testimony" magazine for the International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen. In 1977, Evangelical Bible Seminary conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his home mission ministry.

Locally, Dr. Melvin served as interim pastor at the Dulin's Grove Advent Christian Church, associate pastor of Garr Memorial Church, deacon at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, minister to seniors and visitation pastor at Blair Road Methodist Church, and Coordinator of Pastoral Ministry for Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Hannah, his wife of 71 years who served with him both in the pastorates and in the publishing ministry; two sons, David (wife Pamela) of Aurora, Illinois, and Daniel (wife D'Anne) of Pineville, NC. Dr. Melvin is further survived by four grandchildren: Brenna (husband Kevin) Brown of Chicago, IL; Courtney Melvin of Brooklyn, NY; Tyler Melvin of Pineville, NC; and Sarah Melvin of Pineville, NC. Nelson is further survived by a great-grandchild expected in November, and numerous other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul, on November 16, 1963.

Bernard P. Bowse, Jr
Bernard Bowse, 58, of Southbridge, died Wednesday, June 12th surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marylou (Austin) Bowse; three sons, Ronald Bowse of Worcester and Justin and Peter Bowse both of Chicago; two daughters, Katie Bowse of Port St. Lucie, FL and Emily Bowse of Southbridge; his brother Ronald Kramek and his wife, Mary of Worcester; a granddaughter, Kyomi Black; two cousins, Vincent Bacys of Worcester and Alphonse Petkiewicz of Idaho and several nephews and nieces. 

He was born in Worcester, the son of Bernard P. Bowse, Sr. and Celia T. (Kramek) Bowse. Bernard was a graduate of Berkshire Christian College where he earned his B.A. in Theology, and later the University of Southern California where he received his M.S.in Education. Mr. Bowse proudly served in the United States Air Force for 14 years. While in the Air Force he and his family were stationed in Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Delaware, Maine, Japan, Okinawa, California, South Carolina and Connecticut before settling in Massachusetts. He was an ordained minister of the Advent Christian denomination, serving for 12 years as a pastor; and later worked for the Veterans Administration, four years as the Director of Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina and most recently as a Field Examiner for the VA . 

His funeral is Monday, June 17th with a service at 1:00 p.m. in O’CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue. Calling hours will be held Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service in the funeral home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001.

Carl F. Ehle, Jr.
1927 - 2013
LENOX--Dr. Carl F. Ehle, Jr., 85, for many years a resident of Old Stockbridge Road, Lenox, died Thursday at Hospice of the Fisher Home in North Amherst.

Dr. Ehle was a well-known scholar and Professor of Biblical Languages at the former Berkshire Christian College of Lenox from its inception in 1958 until its closing in 1988. Shortly thereafter he helped to found the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS) on the campus of Hope Advent Christian Church, also in Lenox.

He was born in Aberdeen, Washington March 14, 1927, son of Carl F. Ehle, Sr. and Marguerite Larkin Ehle. He earned his B.A. from the New England School of Theology, his B.D. from the Gordon College of Theology and Missions, and his Ph.D. from New York University. He was a past president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, and was awarded an educational scholarship to study in Israel in 1962.

Dr. Ehle and his wife, Margaret Morin Ehle, were married August 30, 1947.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children; Kathryn M. Ehle of Agawam, Carl F. "Rick" Ehle III and wife Sandra of Hancock, Laura R. Ehle of Largo, Maryland, David J. Ehle and wife Sue of Springfield, Miriam A. "Mimi"Babbitt and husband Dave of Barhamsville, Virginia, and Jonathan Ehle and wife Carol of Friendship, Maine; one sister Beverly Teshera and husband George of Bellingham, WA; 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services for Dr. Carl F. Ehle, Jr., will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10 am at Hope Advent Christian Church in Lenox. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Lenox. Visitation will be Monday evening at Hope Church from 4-6 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS), 249 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on January 20, 2013

Oral Edmond Collins, Ph.D.
1928-2013 Dr. Oral Edmond Collins, 84, of 152 Old Stockbridge Road, Lenox, Mass., died on Monday, January 14, 2013, anticipating the Lord's soon return.

Born on May 9, 1928 at the family farm in Sodus (Alton) N.Y., he was the youngest of four children born to Johnston Homer Collins and Thelma Davis Collins.

Oral graduated from Sodus High School in 1946 and then attended New England School of Theology and Gordon Divinity School. In 1950 he was ordained as an Advent Christian minister. He received his Ph. D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His scholarly writing career culminated in the publication of his book The Final Prophecy of Jesus: An Historicist Introduction, Analysis, and Commentary on the Book of Revelation (2007). From 1958-1987 he served as the Director of the Library and professor of Biblical Studies at Berkshire Christian College in Lenox.

In 1988 he began his association with Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS) serving as Professor of Bible until 2009. An enthusiastic archeologist, he traveled frequently to Israel and created the Bible Lands Travel Seminar currently offered through BICS.

A founding member of Hope Church, and a churchman, he served as elder for many years. Oral was preceded in death by his sisters, Marion Polk, Arla Ross, and his brother Homer.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Towle Collins of Rochester, N.H., and his five children, Sandra Lynne Wanamaker (Robert) of Burnt Hills N.Y., Rev. Rodney Johnston Collins of West Springfield Mass., Rev. Roger Gerald Collins (Shari) of Byram, MS, Judith Anne Faulkner (Scott), of Larkspur Colo., Paula Marie White (John) of Columbia S.C., twenty grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 18 at Hope Church, (259 Kemble Street, Lenox MA). The Funeral will be Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. at Hope Church, the Rev. Dr. Doug Foss officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Housatonic Street, Lenox.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to BICS, PO Box 1888, Lenox MA 01240.

NICKERSON, Lorraine Mary
 – 96, Bay Side Home, Barrington, formerly of Doctor’s Cove. It is with great sadness that the family of Lorraine Mary Nickerson announces her passing on Monday, January 7, 2013 in the Bay Side Home. Born in Clark’s Harbour on September 21, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Susan (Atwood) Nickerson. She was a member of the Advent Christian Church, Bear Point, serving her Lord faithfully as a Sunday school teacher and working with youth groups at the Bear Point and West Head Advent Christian Churches over the years. Her “Sunshine Girls” were her pride and joy. She worked with her husband, Jack, in the lobster business for many years. She was loved and will be remembered, by many, for her love of people, her generosity and her deep, unwavering faith. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Warren) Ross and grandson, John Ross, Doctor’s Cove; Niece Fay Gillis, Plymouth, Mass.; special sister-in-law, Esther Nickerson; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Lorraine was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Jack; sisters, Beulah, Charlotte, Ethel; brother, Orville; nephew, Richard, niece, Joan. Visitation was Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. for the family and from 6-8 p.m. for family and friends at the H. M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, Barrington, where the funeral was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 10, Rev. Alvin McComiskey officiating. Interment was in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Barrington Passage. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Bear Point Advent Christian Church or the W.H. & F.M.S. or charity of your choice.

Victor B. Osborne Sr.
Thursday January 3, 2013 at the age of 97 Rev. Victor B. Osborne, Sr. passed away. Victor was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, F. Louise Osborne. He is survived by his sons, George (Betsy), Victor (Ruth) and Leon (Jan) Osborne; daughters, Martha (Robert) Whiting and Alberta (David) Anderson; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grand-children. Victor’s faithful pastoral ministry lasted over 63 years within the eastern United States and Canada. Victor was a vibrant Christian right up until death. He was still writing articles for the Toccoa News and the Maranatha. He spent his days: praying for friends and family and studying the Word, emailing, checking out Face Book, and hand written encouragements to friends and family listed in his address book. Any opportunity he had he would pass out tracts and bless the ones he gave them to. Who could turn down a tract handed to you by one with such love in his eyes. We were blessed to have him live in our home for the past year and a half. His Memorial Service will be Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 pm at Covenant Life Fellowship, 1574 Hennessy Road Ontario, New York 14519. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Advent Christian World Missions.

Helen Kimble Pritchett
Helen Kimble Pritchett, 81, of 3209 Monte Drive in Monroe, N.C., formerly of Princeton, W.Va., fell asleep in Christ on Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Hospice House of Union County in Monroe, N.C. Born November 29, 1931, in Princeton, she was the daughter of the late English Grant Kimble and Cordie Meador Kimble. She was retired from Leggett’s Department Store in Princeton and had been a resident of Monroe, N.C., since 1995, moving there from Princeton. Helen was a member of the Princeton Advent Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Pritchett; three sisters: Virginia Cooper, May Lair and Ruby Fletcher; and three brothers: Jackie Ray Kimble, Ezra Carl Kimble and John Paul Kimble. Survivors include two sons: Rev. Joe Pritchett, SACA Superintendent, and wife, Robin, of Garner, N.C., and Ken Pritchett and wife, Virginia, of Lenoir, N.C; one daughter, Alice Croy and husband, Glen, of Monroe, N.C., with whom Helen made her home; six grandchildren, Rebecca Carter and husband, Keith, Benjamin Pritchett, James Pritchett and Jacob Pritchett, Justin Croy, Jaelyn Croy; three sisters: Norma Hill Frye of Roanoke, Va., Peggy Ford of Ashland, Ky., and Bobbie Smith of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012, at the Princeton Advent Christian Church with Rev. Rob Buchanan and Rev. Orville Harvey officiating. Private interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the church from 12:00 Noon until the service hour on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Advent Christian Church, 706 Prince St., Princeton, WV 24740 or the STIC Group of the Shiloh Advent Christian Church, 3601 Sikes Mill Rd., Monroe, NC 28110. On line condolences may be sent by visiting
www.seaverfuneralservice.com. Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Pritchett family.

Helen Davis Estep
Helen, 98 years old, of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Charleston, W.Va., passed away at her daughter’s home in Alexandria on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Helen was born on February 15, 1914, in Rhode Island, to Frank and Susie Davis, both ministers. She was the middle child of three girls, who preceded her in death. Her growing up years were spent in New Hampshire, partly on her grandfather’s farm and partly in small communities where her parents pastored small parishes. She attended New England School of Theology in 1934 – 1936 and earned a BS Degree at Edinboro State Teacher’s College in 1941.

She taught school in Kanawha Co. schools. She took a job at the first Advent Christian Church as choir director. In 1951 she married Don Estep, and they enjoyed 44 years together until his death in 1995. Helen was an active member of First Church for more than 60 years. She taught Sunday school, and was very active in all the works of the church. She loved reading the Bible and read it through several times. Helen spent many years at Camp Whitney, which is the summer youth camp in Clendenin, W.Va. She served as teacher, counselor, song leader, nurse and cook. Her life was devoted to encouraging young people to learn more about the Bible.

She was very active in the community, and spent several years as a Red Cross volunteer. She was a musician at heart and could play many hymns “by ear,” (loving hymns that praised the Lord). If there was a piano in the room, there you could find Helen. She was always willing to play for any Advent Christian function and spent many hours at Agsten Manor playing the piano for the residents. She also worked with the Cub Scouts where she helped several boys earn their God and Country Badge.

Her church family loved her very much, and she will be missed.

Her funeral service was held December 17 at the First AC Church in Charleston, W.Va., with burial at Elk Hills Memorial Park in Big chimney, W.Va.

Donald Henry Ilse
October 7th 1929-October 10th 2012
Donald Henry Ilse, 83, North East Point, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County, passed away on October 10 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Don was born to the late Arthur and Julia (Moe) Ilse on October 7, 1929, in Brookings Township, South Dakota, U.S.A. Don served 4 years in the American Military during the Korean War 1950-1954. Following this he attended the South Dakota University from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Later he was employed by the Barrington Municipal School Board for 18 years. Don was a member of the West Head Advent Christian Church and more recently a member of the Bear Point Advent Christian Church and the Nova Scotia Advent Christian Conference. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Loretta Eleanor Nickerson; sons, David (Stephanie), North East Point, Devere, Shelburne; daughter, Denise, North East Point; grandchildren, Jessica, Halifax, Mathew, British Columbia, Ryland, North East Point; brothers, Gerald (Gladys), Brookfield, Wisconsin, Glen (Cheri), Sioux Falls, S. Dakota, Gary (Cindi), Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Gail (Curtis) Mayberry, Citrus Heights, California; a number of Nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Bud (Doris) & Philip; sisters, Kathleen & Joan in infancy. Funeral was 2:00p.m., Friday from the H.M. Huskilson’s Memorial Chapel, Barrington, Rev. Alvin McComiskey officiating. Burial was in the West Head Advent Cemetery, West Head. Memorial donations may be made to the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund or the Autism Society.

Wilma L. Booth
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
 - Wed Nov 07, 2012, 05:00 AM EST

TAZEWELL, Va. — Wilma L. Booth, age 80, of North Tazewell, Va., died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va. Born Nov. 20, 1931 in Horsepen, Va., she was a daughter of the late Luther Isaac and Bessie Virginia Waldron Murray. She was a member of the Adria Advent Christian Church where she had served as Sunday school Superintendent, and currently was serving as President of the Ruby McAmis Ladies Aide Ministry. Mrs. Booth was also a strong supporter of the church youth ministries. Throughout her illness, her days were made more comfortable and easier by the special help and care given by many volunteers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Booth Jr.; two brothers, Dorman and Herald Murray; and one sister, Margaret Daniel.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Chambers, of North Tazewell, Va. and Gilda B. Sheets and husband, Douglas, of Lynchburg, Va.; three sisters, Retha Witten and husband, Richard, of Vinton, Ky., Maxine Hess, of Tazewell, Va., and Martha Peters of Charleston, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Norman Sheets of Madison Heights, Va., and Heather Ball of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; three great-grandchildren, Kayla Ball, Isaac Ball, and Michael Ball.

Funeral services was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with Pastor Mark Sexton officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society 230 Charwood Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210 or Adria Advent Christian Church, 120 Cecil Drive, North Tazewell, VA 24630.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Percy A. Grant, Jr.
Percy A. Grant, Jr., 84, son of Percy Sr. and Capitola Grant, was born in Mechanic Falls, ME in 1928. He collapsed while preaching at Bixler Memorial Chapel in Dowling Park, FL and fell asleep in Christ on October 29, 2012. He was a pastor and missionary in the Advent Christian Church. He is survived by his wife Joan; sister Florence Mitchell; children Percy Grant, III, Sheryl Simmons, and Melody Varieur and their spouses; step-children Mala Magee and Robert Britton, and their spouses; and also many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Donald Eugene Rose
Donald Eugene Rose, age 80, of Dowling Park, Fla., passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Shands UF in Gainesville, Fla. He was a native of Charleston, W.Va., moving to Dowling Park in 2008 from Monterey, Va. He worked as a printer for the Curtis 1000 Printing Company, and since retiring, he enjoyed traveling. He attended the Beachville Advent Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jeane Rose, Dowling Park, Fla.; one sister, Angela Shawver, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in the Bixler Memorial Gardens East cemetery with Rev. Bruce Arnold officiating.

Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., Live Oak, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. and Mrs. Frank and Mary Supangan
Rev. Frank Supangan of Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, Phippines and Los Fresnos, Texas, fell asleep in Jesus on Thursday, September 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Mary, seven children and their spouses and numerous grandchildren.

A carpenter by trade, he gave up his profession to serve the Lord full time. He and Rev. Floro Paglinawan were the first 2 ministers to be ordained in the Philippine Advent Christian Church. His main focus of ministry was church planting and mentoring. He planted churches in Binitinan and Balingasag, Misamis Or. and in Loay, Bohol. His ministerial training came through lay minister’s classes with Rev. George Teshera and his own personal study.
His wife, Mary was his co-worker in ministry. She started a women’s group and regularly visited with her husband. He was involved in the leadership of the AC Conference.
His children were challenged to study at Oro Bible College. Two of the sons have served as pastors and a daughter taught at Oro Bible College. The Supangans moved to Texas to assist their daughter in the time of her husband’s illness and death. They desired to start an Advent Christian Church in South Texas, but it never came to fruition. Many lives have been changes through His life and ministry.

---------------------Memorial Donations: The family welcomes memorial donations to help offset the high cost to transport Frank Supangan’s remains to the Philippines and for the airline tickets of his widow and a grandson. Please send your memorial donations to: Abundant Life, C/O Pastor Chris Edge, 299 West Ocean Blvd., Los Fresnos, Texas 78566, Tel. No. (956) 233- 8283
---------------------The family of Rev. Frank Supangan wishes to express our sincere thanks for the expressions of love during our time of bereavement.

Reverend Frank Supangan - May 25, 1929 to Sept.13, 2012

Rev. Frank (Francisco) S. Supangan, age 83, of Los Fresnos, Texas, has joined his Creator on September 13, 2012 at 12:40 noon at his Los Fresnos residence. He died of natural causes.

Frank Supangan was born in Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines May 25, 1929. On November 24th, 1949 he married Maria Cual Supangan, his life partner for 63 years.

Rev. Supangan was a retired ordained minister of the Gospel after serving God full time for 36 years. He was a successful evangelist, mentor, Bible teacher, counselor, and a church planter.

In the Philippines, Rev. Supangan served one term(four years) as president of the Evangelical Advent Christian Advisory Council, as president of the Northern Mindanao Evangelical Advent Christian Conference for five different terms, as a member of the School Board of Directors at Oro Bible College, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, as president of the Oro Bible College Board of Directors, as a national adviser of the denomination’s American Missionaries in the Philippines, as a language interpreter from English to Cebuano. He also established three churches. In Texas, he was an employee of the Cameron County Housing Authority and Los Fresnos Housing Authority.

Rev. Supangan’s avocations were building homes, gardening, and fishing. He also liked to hunt, ride his motorcycle, and learn new things including handcrafts. Furthermore, he enjoyed reading various literature of diverse subjects and genres, and he enjoyed discussion of ideas.

Frank Supangan is survived by his wife, Mary Supangan, who resides in Los Fresnos, Texas, three daughters and four sons, nineteen grandchildren, and eight great- grandchildren.

Rev. Frank Supangan’s remains are to be laid to rest at Green Hills Memorial Park and Homes at Bulua, Cagayan de Oro Philippines.

Alice K. Aulis
God began the weaving of a masterpiece when almost 95 years ago, a lady now known as Mrs. “A” was born. Mrs. “A” was born on July 3, 1917, to Oscar and Cora Kingsbury in Boston, Mass. Her life took her from entering the world as a baby so tiny and delicate that she needed to be carried around on a pillow, to becoming a strong, faithful follower of Christ.

It was at a young age that Mrs. “A” met the master and asked him to be Lord of her life. It was during her teen years that she met her beloved Gerry who, during his last year of college, asked her to be the love of his life. Thus, she embarked on the long journey of 70+ years as a pastor’s wife and servant of the Lord. Through the years, this journey took Mrs. “A” from her home in Mass., to Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and all the way across the United States to California.

While Mrs. “A” was a wonderful helpmate working side by side with Mr. “A”, she was also used by God in numerous other capacities including being a leader and official in various local, regional, state, and national church organizations, a Sunday school teacher, a Bible school teacher, a church member, and a LINKS coordinator. Being both an excellent violinist and soloist, Mrs. “A” used these talents as another way to serve the Lord. At just eight years old she was asked by the leader of a prayer meeting to sing her first solo. From that time on, she sang for her Lord until she turned 90 years of age.

Mrs. “A” was endowed with the ability to what today is called multi-tasking. In addition to being a pastor’s wife and a servant of the Lord in her own right, she was also a caring, loving Christian mother to seven children. Also, periodically through the years she worked outside the home serving in positions ranging from sales to business offices to instructional assistant to registrar to school secretary. Her excellent capabilities and great work ethics led her to be selected and honored with the “Imperial County Excellence in Education Award.” She wrote for the AC “Maranatha” devotional for many years and was very active in leadership roles in the AC missions organization.

As the years progressed and Mrs. “A” was no longer able to participate in some aspects of Christian work, she remained ever faithful to the Lord, being both a prayer warrior and a student of his word. God’s masterpiece is now completed in the legacy Mrs. “A” leaves. The legacy she leaves cannot be bought with money, fame or riches, yet, it is a priceless legacy – a life completely dedicated and given to serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Frances Elizabeth Gillett Vannoy
September 8, 1928 – August 14, 2012

Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Gillett Vannoy, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care due to complications of Alzheimers. Mrs. Vannoy was born in Concord, N.H., on September 8, 1928, to the late George and Asenath Rodliff Gillett. She was married to Reverend Hal Sherrill Vannoy for 58 years.

She was a member of Tabernacle Advent Christian Church for 40 years and was a former Director of Education and Nursing at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was a registered nurse and had previously served at New England Baptist Hospital, Wilkes General Hospital, Charlotte Presbyterian Hospital, and Hickory Memorial. Mrs. Vannoy also taught at Ferguson School. In addition to her nursing responsibilities she also found time to teach piano.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Ronald George Vannoy and David Arthur Vannoy; sister, Lillian Illsley; special loved ones, Tammy Chisolm, Charlotte Herman and Caldwell Friend, Brandy Angley.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to: Tabernacle Advent Christian Church, PO Box 596, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Forrest M. Chapman Sr.
Sept. 29, 1922 ~ July 17, 2012

Forrest was born to Ruth and Isaac Chapman in Scofield, Ore. a small sawmill town. As a child, the family moved often, going where his father could find work. They settled in Bristow, Okla. on an oil lease. There, he attended school, playing football, basketball and track. He moved back to Oregon where he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Forrest served as a cook in Europe, participating in "The Battle of the Bulge", Colmar Pocket and crossing of the Rhine with the 75th Inf. Div. He was discharged in 1946 and made his way to Portland, finding work at Pacific Meat Co. where he worked for 31 years until the plant closed. Other jobs followed until retirement in 1987. Forrest married Dolores Lucas, the love of his life, on Nov. 1, 1947 and they were looking forward to celebrating their 65 anniversary. All of his life he faithfully served God and was active in his church. Forrest enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, bowling, playing Scrabble and collecting "three little monkeys" figurines. Forrest is survived by his wife, Dolores; sons, Forrest Jr. (Glenna), Tim (Phyllis), Jeff and Tracy (Michele); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Cook; many nephews, nieces and extended family and friends. Brother, Robert and grandson, Kris Chapman, preceded him in death. He loved them all.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at Thompson Road Bible Fellowship (TRBF), 7606 SE Thompson Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to TRBF.

Published in The Oregonian on July 29, 2012.

Johnny Dale Lewis
DIED: August 2, 2012, in Dallas, Texas

BIOGRAPHY: John was born on April 13, 1953 in Plainview, Texas and was raised in Petersburg, Texas where he attended school. Following graduation, John attended Southwest Business College in Plainview, Texas, where he became a court reporter. He married Rebecca O'Neal on August 17, 1979, in Pampa. John spent most of his adult life working in the oilfield. He worked for Samson Drilling and Key Energy as an independent oilfield consultant. Prior to that, he worked for Baker Oil Tools. He was a member of Faith Advent Christian Fellowship of Pampa where he served as a deacon. John thought the world of his three boys, and he loved spending any time he could with his only granddaughter Charlotte. John was a thinker with a dry, but playful sense of humor. He enjoyed playing video games and reading. When he was home, he was inseparable from his faithful pet Chihuahua, Snickers. John loved the Lord, and he always tried to think of others before himself. He became an organ donor with the hope that his contribution would bring others the hope of life.

SURVIVORS: his wife: Rebecca of the home; their three sons: Seth Lewis of Pampa, Jacob Lewis, Christopher Lewis and wife Gina, all of Amarillo; and his only granddaughter: Charlotte. He is also survived by his mother: Joyce Holley of Mooresville, North Carolina; his mother-in-law: Edna O'Neal of Pampa; his brother: Jerry Lewis and wife Linda of Pampa; his sisters: Terri Herrington and husband Dan of Boerne, Tanaya Krauss and husband Craig of Mooresville, North Carolina, and Suzie McConnell of Groton, Connecticut; his sisters-in-law: Deborah Bailey and husband Johnny, and Kathy Johnson and husband Tim, all of Pampa; his nieces and nephews: Matt, Mark, and Luke Bailey, Joshua, Jarrett, and Patrick Parsons, Jason Herrington, Stacie Barker, Krystin Price, Kayden Mims, Blake Frye, Tara Jackson, Jamie Morris, Nathan Davis, and Robyn Wing; his great nieces and nephews: Jordan, Jadyn, Courtney, Addison, Kinsley, Lane, Alex, Ryan, Ava, Madison, and Nataleigh; and his former exchange students: Richard and Robson Rodrigues of Birigui, Brazil, whom he thought of as sons. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Lewis of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In memory of John, the family would like to encourage his friends to register as organ donors.

Rev. Clayton T. Dilworth
April 24, 1921 – April 5, 2012
Rev. Clayton T. Dilworth died peacefully on April 5, 2012, at the age of 90 in Tacoma, Washington. His beloved wife of 62 years, Dolly Dilworth, died in 2005. He was born in Buena Vista, Texas. He was raised in Modesto, California, on a dairy farm. In his youth he excelled at long distance running and raising and judging livestock. Rev. Dilworth, after obtaining his Theology degree from Aurora College in Illinois, moved to Santa Cruz, California, in 1949 and served as the pastor at Santa Cruz Advent Christian Church for 10 years. In 1960, Pastor Dilworth left for Savannah, Georgia, and Berea, South Carolina, Advent Christian Churches to serve over 8 years. The Dilworth’s relocated to Washington where they worked for 15 years as house-parents and counselors for troubled teens. In 1984 he and wife Dolly returned to Santa Cruz to serve in the church he began in 1949. After Dolly died, he moved to Tacoma, Washington, to spend his last years in a retirement complex. He made many friends and enjoyed being close to extended family. He is survived by sons Richard Dilworth and wife Victoria of Eugene, Oregon, and David Dilworth and wife Lucille of Vaughn, Washington; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Maxine Lobb; and best friend Laura.

Mr. Jerry Wayne Harris, Sr.
Mr. Jerry Wayne Harris, Sr., 65, died Sunday evening (April 15, 2012)

He was a native of Brunswick, Georgia, but he was raised in Waycross before moving to Blackshear. He was a truck driver for 21 years and member of Waring Community Church in Waycross, Georgia.

He is the son of the late Leroy Harris and Geraldine Taylor Davis. He is preceded in death by his step-father, Harley Davis; one son, Roy Dale Harris; three brothers, Roger Harris, Johnny Davis and Infant Boy Davis; and one niece, Natasha Harris.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Eva Reed Harris of Waycross; seven children, Jerry Wayne Harris, Jr. (Wanda) of Patterson, Lisa Mullaly (Rev. Jerry) of Hoboken, Brandi Furjanc (Don) of Johnstown, PA, Stephanie Catanzaro (Phillip) of Jacksonville, FL, Jennifer Harris of Tampa, FL, Angela Guy (Don) of Blackshear, and Ben Guy (Renee) of Blackshear; 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; two brothers, Bo Harris (Marlene) of Waycross and Dennis Harris of Douglas; one sister, Virginia Fussell (Danny) of Douglas; one niece, Tammy Maze (Chris) of Douglas; and several great nieces and nephews.

Charles H. Lampard
January 10, 1924 - March 5, 2012

Rev. charles Lampard, 88 of Windsor, Conn., fell asleep in His Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 5, 2012.

He was born on January 10, 1924, in Friday Harbor, Washington. He served in the army during WWII and returned home to attend the University of Washington. Feeling called to the ministry he came to the East Coast to attend the New England School of Theology where he met his wife, Alma Johnson. During his career, he served as pastor in several Advent Christian Churches, including Penfield, N.Y., New Bedford, Mass., Peacedale, R.I., Massena, N.Y., and Bristol, Conn. During his years of ministry he served on many boards for the conference and region. He was a registered member of the Girl Scouts and enjoyed camping and helping with his wife's troop. He always saw the positive side of life and loved to laugh. His sense of humor was appreciated by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Alma (Johnson) Lampard, his brother, Ray Lampard and his sister, Margaret Lampard, both of Olympia, Wash. A loving father and grandfather he is survived by his daughter, Nancy Sylvester and husband, Phillip, of Windsor, Conn.; his daughter Dianne Hart and husband, Walter, of Torrington, Conn.; and son Stephen Lampard and wife, Cindy, of Oceanside, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

A celebration of Charles' life will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Advent Christian Church, 517 West Street, Bristol, CT 06010. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Torrington Advent Christian Church, 217 New Harwinton Road, Torrington, CT 06790. The Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad Street, Plainville, CT, has care of arrangements.

LaRoy Shaull
Sept. 25, 1935 – Oct. 14, 2010
Funeral services were Monday for LaRoy N. Shaull, a longtime Payne County resident. He died Oct. 14, 2010 in Stillwater. He was 75.

LaRoy was born Sept. 25, 1935 near Yale to the late Homer F. and Gladys Bradley Shaull. He was reared and educated in Payne County and attended school in Quay and Cushing. He graduated from Cushing High School with the Class of 1953.

On July 22, 1955 in Yale, LaRoy was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerrie” Baxter. They had three children.

LaRoy and Gerrie lived briefly in Bartlesville but made their first home in Tulsa. They also lived in Virginia before returning to Oklahoma.

LaRoy was a licensed journeyman electrician and a 50-year veteran of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 584. He was a lifelong member of Council Valley Advent Christian Church and enjoyed hunting and gardening. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, especially taking them fishing in the farm pond at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Gerrie, of the home; two sons, Jim Shaull and his wife, Cory, of Williamston, S.C., and Craig Shaull and his wife, Suzann, of Bristow; two brothers, Donald Shaull and his wife, Mildred, of Pryor, and Harry Shaull and his wife, Betty, of Tulsa; one sister, Luella Dethloff of Cushing; six grandchildren, Jennifer Winner and her husband, Aaron, Jamie Shaull, Micah Shaull and his wife, Amanda, Sarah Fisher and her husband, Justin, Katie Shaull and Blake Shaull; one great-granddaughter, Layla Grace Shaull; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, LaRoy ws preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Shaull.

The Shaull family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Council Valley Advent Christian Church Building Fund.

Services under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home were in the First Christian Church of Cushing. Burial was in Fairlawn-New Zion Cemetery, Cushing.

Rev. Joseph Edward Adams
Benson – Rev. Joseph Edward Adams, age 84, of 1200 Adams Road died Friday, January 20, 2012, at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. Funeral service will be 2:00PM Monday, January 23, 2012, at Stone’s Creek Advent Christian Church. Dr. Larry Withrow and Rev. Tom McMahon will officiate. Burial will follow in Banner Chapel Church Cemetery.

Rev. Adams was born in Johnston County on October 30, 1927 to the late John Quincy and Mancy Lee Adams. He was also preceded in death by Brothers, Woodrow Adams and Pinkney Adams. He served in the U. S. Air Force for three years. Rev. Adams was a retired Advent Christian Church minister. During his ministry, he served Advent Christian Churches in Erwin, Garner, Potters Hill, Hollandale, and Smithfield, all in North Carolina. He also preached in Georgia at Bethlehem Advent Christian Church and in South Carolina at Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church and Savannah Advent Christian Church. Rev. Adams was currently a member of Stone’s Creek Advent Christian Church.

Surviving include wife, Frances Ryals Adams; Children, Connie Adams and husband, Alan Hengle, of Four Oaks, James Edward Adams, Sr., and wife, Jean, of Snow Hill, and Brian Adams of Charleston, SC; Sister, Annie Parsons of Dunn; and Brother, John D. Adams of Garner; 2 Grandchildren; and 2 Great Grandchildren.

Posted Feb. 14, 2012, at 7:50 p.m.

PERHAM – Henry J. Nutting, 95, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his residence. He was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Perham, the son of Ernest and Florence Nutting.

Henry was the grandson of James Nutting, who founded the farm in 1861. Henry lived his entire life in the homestead house, which was built in 1879. He married Ethel Anderson Nov. 9, 1935. Henry was a young man when he took over the farm from his father. After years of struggling to make a profit with potatoes and other crops, Henry and his wife, Ethel, converted the farm to producing eggs. They started small but when Henry retired in the 1980s, his eggs were known throughout Aroostook County. After Henry and Ethel retired, they spent many happy days in their converted van camping all over the country and into New Brunswick. Henry fulfilled a lifelong dream when the couple drove all the way to Alaska in that van. He was also a ham radio enthusiast and his KA1IWX call is well known in this part of the country. He had a vegetable garden and relished treating his church family to a corn roast every fall. Henry was a longtime and devoted member of Dunntown Advent Christian Church. He served as a deacon and elder of the church, a position that reflects his many years of living his faith and being a good neighbor. He served as a selectman for many years at the town of Perham. Henry received the Perham cane from the community for being the oldest resident. In 2004 at the Washburn August Fest, Henry and Ethel were honored to be The King and Queen.

He is survived by a daughter, Joyce Barker of Perham; five grandchildren and their spouses, Carol and John Blackstone, Bruce and Karen Barker, Brett Barker and his fiancee, Candace, Debra and Mark Getty, Scott and Rebekah Barker, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel, in April 2010; and a sister, Ruth Drost.

Relatives and friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Dunntown Advent Christian Church, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, with the Rev. George McLaughlin officiating. Spring interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Perham. Those who wish may donate in his memory to Dunntown Advent Christian Church, 20 North Wade Road, Wade, ME 04786. Online condolences may be expressed at


Reverend Frank Cyphers
Reverend Frank Cyphers, faithful servant of the Lord, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in Natchitoches, LA.

Frank was born on February 18, 1926 in War, West Virginia, to Perry and Elizabeth Cyphers. He had two brothers, Daniel (Dan) and Commadore and two sisters, Georgia and Virginia.

He served in the Navy during War World II. Upon returning from War, he married Betty Christian, his childhood sweetheart. To this union, four children, Sandra, Janey, Frances and Benita, were born. Betty preceded him in death.

After his honorable discharge, Frank became a coal miner. He started his ministry in 1948 with his brother Dan. Frank would preach and Dan would lead the singing. He was a firm believer in the Advent Christian Doctrine and became a full time minister in 1958, moving his family to preach at the First Advent Christian Church in Fayetteville, NC.

In 1964 he took the church in Yale, OK, leading the church to build and again leading the children in Bible Schools, Camp Shockley and Camp Texas in Grapevine, TX.

He followed the Lord's leading taking him and his family to North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and many times in Oklahoma. After his wife's death, he moved to Louisiana and was ministering with the church family there in Natchitoches.

Frank touched many lives of the church family. He performed many baptisms, marriages, celebrating with the families as they had children and sharing the sorrow of the families as they were laid to rest.

The world was a better place for having Frank serving the Lord and leading others to find the love and joy of the Lord. We will miss him and he will always be in our hearts.

Frank is survived by three daughters, Janey Williams and husband Donald of Yale, OK, Frances Hutson and husband Louis of Natchitoches, LA and Benita Cyphers of Natchitoches, LA; six grandchildren, Samantha Lancaster and husband Jeff of Bristow, OK, Tabatha Williams of Yale, OK, Danielle Williams of Evansville, IN, Frank Church, Scott Frederick and Christian Ivy all of Natchitoches, LA; three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Addie and Jackson Lancaster of Bristow, OK and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Frank was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra Kay.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Advent Christian Church with Steve Tiger officiating.

Burial followed in the Fairlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Advent Christian Church Building Fund, 22808 E. 44th Street, Yale, OK 74085.

Shirley Chaplin Sr.
LEWISTON — Shirley Chaplin Sr., 78, of Norway went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 26, at Central Maine Medical Center.

He was born in North Fryeburg, July 29, 1933, the son of Alton and Gertrude Adams Chaplin. He graduated from Fryeburg Academy and had been employed as a skidder operator in the woods for many years. He married Madeleine Morin on July 29, 2000. He faithfully served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the Waterford Grange and Pamona Grange, where he was an officer in both. He attended Oxford Advent Christian Church and had been the maintenance man there for 11 years. He loved life, people and all of God’s creatures. He was hardworking and loyal. He enjoyed dancing, gardening, hiking, canoeing, camping, being outdoors and watching birds. He was a bright light in this world and will be greatly missed by friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of Norway; his children, Shirl Chaplin and his wife, Chris, Wendy Bruins and her partner, Peter Robinson and Belinda Woitko and her husband, David and their mother, Evelyn Chaplin; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Earle and his wife, Mauretta, Robert, Burton and his wife, Renee and Kenneth and his wife, Gerry. Online condolences may be shared with his family at

Esther Virginia Miller Hurley
Associated Press Sat Nov 19, 2011, 06:23 PM EST

NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Esther Virginia Miller Hurley, age 89, of North Tazewell, Va., died Friday, November 18, 2011. Born August 31, 1922 in Lansing, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Wade Hampton Miller and Laura Combs Miller. She was a longtime member of the Adria Advent Christian Church. Mrs. Hurley loved to sew and quilt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Hurley; one daughter; one granddaughter; and five siblings.

Mrs. Hurley was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by six children, Thomas Hurley, Linda George, Brenda Hall, Suzanne Hurley, David Hurley, and Dwight Hurley; thirteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, November 21, 2011 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with Pastor Mark Sexton officiating. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bluefield, Va. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dwight Hurley, Chris Hurley, Randall Linkous, and Rocky Fowler.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Adria Community Church, 120 Cecil Drive, North Tazewell, VA 24630.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Alma Allison Gross Harvey
November 8, 2011 
Bluefield Daily Telegraph  
PRINCETON — Looking for that blessed hope, Alma Allison Gross Harvey, 85, of the Eads Mill Road, Princeton, departed this life on Monday, November 7, 2011 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, Va. and is now resting in peace, awaiting the glorious appearance of our great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Born January 7, 1926 in Elbert, she was the daughter of the late Paris K. Gross and Mollie Ann Myers Gross. Mrs. Harvey was a graduate of Gary High School and was a former employee for the Union Supply Company Store at Gary. Mrs. Harvey was an active member of the Advent Christian Church on Prince Street in Princeton for many years. She served as a Sunday school teacher, past president of the Women Home & Foreign Mission Society for the church as well as the conference. She had served as treasurer for the church as well as for the Pocahontas Conference and was the past treasurer for the Pocahontas Women's Home & Foreign Mission Society. Mrs. Harvey will be remembered as a devoted pastor's wife, always  supportive, one who preferred to serve behind the scene, yet, had a strong leadership role in the church and with her family. Mrs. Harvey was a wise person and offered practical advice to her family and friends. Her talents were many, none more than her cooking skills, especially her ability to make chicken and dumplings, a gift that has yet to be mastered by her children and grandchildren.  She had baked and decorated many cakes, making wedding cakes for her family and many friends. Mrs. Harvey and the ladies of the church had enjoyed making Easter eggs for the church and surrounding communities. No one enjoyed laughter more than Mrs. Harvey. She loved pulling practical jokes on her family and friends. Those who have had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Harvey have had their lives blessed and enriched greatly, and her memory will live for years to come in all our lives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters and five brothers.

She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband of 66 years, two months and seven days, Pastor Orville L. Harvey; two devoted daughters and their husbands, Anne “Florence” and James Smith of Roanoke, Va., Karen and David Hall of Princeton; a special nephew who she loved dearly, Von Peery and his wife Jan of North Aurora, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Andrea and Mark Starosciak, Matthew and Anne Smith, Allison and Chris Hall, D. J. and Sarah Hall, Caleb Peery, Mollie Peery, Xander Peery; four great-grandchildren, Natalie Hall, Micah Hall, Lily Starosciak and Annalee Hall; one brother, Robert “Bob” Gross and wife Barbara of Riodosa, N.M.; a host of dearly loved nieces and nephews.

On Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., we will celebrate the life of Mrs. Alma Harvey from the Advent Christian Church on Prince Street in Princeton with Pastor Rob Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends are invited to visit with the family Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Family and friends may share messages of love and concern via

Serving as pallbearers will be James Smith, David Hall, Von Peery, Matthew Smith, D. J. Hall, Mark Starosciak, Chris Hall, and Eugene Hudgins. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Baxter, Kenneth Curley, Mike Cox, Mike Blackwell, Doyle Wray, Curtis Weese, Joe Phillips and Don Whitacre. The family will receive flowers or gifts can be made to the Building Fund, Advent Christian Church, 706 Prince Street, Princeton, WV 24740. The honor of serving the Harvey family has been given to the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Walter Warren Shirley
Walter Warren Shirley, 88, of Idyllwild , died Saturday, Oct 1st,, 2011 in Hemet, CA with his loving wife at his bedside.
Born Sept 25, 1923 in Stuart, Oklahoma where he resided until he joined the Navy. Serving from 1943 -1946 in World War II.
He met his wife of 63 years, Ruth Shirley in Pasadena, CA during his navy service. They resided in South Pasadena, CA
for 35 years while he was employed as an Petroleum Engineer for Atlantic Richfield, later starting Shirley Software Systems.
They retired to Idyllwild, CA in 1993 where he volunteered at Camp Maranatha and attended Idyllwild Bible Church.
There will be a graveside service Wednesday, Oct. 5th @1:30 with a memorial service at a later date.
Mr. Shirley is survived by his wife Ruth; two brothers Paul Shirley of Tulsa, OK, Glenn Shirley of Milwaukie, OR, and one sister Maxine Jones of Ada, OK; three sons, Ralph Shirley of Moorpark, CA, Dwight Shirley of Santee, CA and Keith Shirley of Idyllwild, CA; nine grandchildren; one great grandson.

Mary Kathleen Page Lester
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. —  Mary Kathleen Page Lester, age 60, of Barbourville and formerly of North Augusta, Ga., was born on October 7, 1950 in Augusta, Ga. She was a daughter of Weldon and Anne Phillips Page. Mrs. Lester fell asleep peacefully, Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky. She was a member, church pianist and a Sunday School Teacher at the First Advent Christian Church in Barbourville. On October 10, 1970, she united in marriage to the Reverend Leonard A. Lester, and to this union eight beloved children were born.

She is survived by her loving husband, the Reverend Leonard A. Lester of Barbourville; her beloved children, Joshua Lester and wife, Rebekah of Corbin, Weldon Lester of Barbourville, Erin McCann and husband, Nathan of Woodland Park, Colo., Laura Davis and husband, Kristopher of Irvine, Ky., Rachel Lester, Abigail Lester, Dara Carmack and husband, Travis and Mary Ellen Lester, all of Barbourville; her dear grandchildren, Peter, Colin, Seth, Ethan and Josiah McCann, Susan, Brittney, Brandy, Nell, Andrew and Owen Davis, and Hannah Lester; her parents, Weldon and Anne Phillips Page of Barbourville; her sister, Laura Karl and husband, George of Lee, Mass.; her mother-in-law, Zella Lester of Tazewell, Va.; and many other relatives and dear friends. Mrs. Lester was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Hubert Arnold Lester.

Funeral services for Mary Kathleen Page Lester were conducted at the Barbourville First Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Dave Hart and the Reverend Michael Medlock officiating. Burial will follow in the Evans Cemetery at King in Knox County, with Mark Evans, Monty Martin, Steven Rodriguez, Keith Parker, Aaron McCullum, Michael Adams, Peter McCann and Richard Zerbee serving as pallbearers. Contributions may be made to Kathleen's favorite charity and cause, Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443. On the memo line: gift in loving memory of Kathleen Lester.

Dan Clayton Teague
Hickory, N.C.: Dan Clayton Teague, 80, of Bethlehem, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2011, at Lutheran Home East in Hickory. Born August 26, 1930, in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Clayton Marcus Teague and Hessie Preslar Teague. A lifelong member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church, he was a founder of Clayton Marcus Co., Inc. He loved his church and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe C. Teague and Grant S. Teague, and his daughter-in-law, Jane Elder Teague. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Novella B. Teague of the home, son Steve Teague and son Marc and wife, Debbie Teague, all of Bethlehem. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Shawn Teague and Mary Townsend of Alexander County, NC, Stephanie Teague of California and Melanie Wingler of Pitt County, North Carolina. He is survived by 5 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Lowell Teague and Donny Teague.

The funeral was held on Monday, August 15, 2011, at Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem, with the Rev. Floyd Boston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Beverly D. Teague
Fellowship Advent Christian Church

Beatrice L. Stevens
Beatrice L. Stevens, 86, of Red Creek / Sodus, NY, and a resident for the past 14 years at Blossom View Nursing Home, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011. Bea was born April 13, 1925, in Auburn, NY, a daughter to Merrill and Nina Eno Stevens. She cared for many families in the area and was devoted to her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her brother, Norman Stevens of New Hampshire; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and best friends, Homer and Jessie Collins. Predeceased by her parents; and brother, Duane Stevens.

Bea was active in the Alton and Westbury,NY Advent Christian Churches. She played the piano and was an encourager to many people in the rest home and to her family and friends. Though beset by many hardships in her life she continued to look to her Lord for strength and hope. We look forward to the day when our relationship with her will be restored at the resurrection.

Houston Randall Benson
DELCO -- Mr. Houston Randall Benson, age 74, of Livingston Chapel Road, Delco, died Monday June 20, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Benson was born in Columbus County on March 10, 1937, and was the son of the late Van Lee and Laura Carroll Benson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Irvin Benson. Mr. Benson was a member of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church where he served as lay Minister, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for many years. He retired from International Paper Armour Plant after 25 years of employment. He was an avid fisherman, especially enjoyed fishing with his grandsons and loved being with his family and gardening. 

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence Annell Benson of the home; four children, Laura Bordeaux and husband Phillip of Riegelwood, Ronnie Benson and wife Pam of Bolton, Angie Sutton and husband Ray of Georgia, Karen Connor and husband Ray of Delco; eight grandchildren, Brent, Justen, Kimber and husband Kevin, McKenzie, Kylie, Leah, Landon, Logan and a great grandson, Kamden; two brothers, Van Lee Benson and Thomas Benson of Delco; four sisters, Mary Jackson, Geneva Todd of Delco, Sadie Robinson of Bolton, Katie Moore of Currie. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 11am at Piney Grove Advent Christian Church with Reverend Martin Heath, Reverend Durwood Jackson, Reverend Tommy Henschel officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Wednesday evening at the church and other times from the residence.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport

Online condolences at StarNewsOnline.com

Published in the Wilmington Star-News on June 22, 2011

Ruth was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on April 12, 1922, the second of seven children whose parents were Ralph and Ethel Lindsey Woodard. She graduated high school at Foxcroft Academy where she played basketball. She then attended New England School of Theology in Massachusetts. In 1944 she married Philip Lake Shuman, who became an Advent Christian pastor. They lived in Bridgeton, Maine, South Eliot, Maine, and Kennebunk, Maine. In those years they had four children.

Ruth was active in each church she was a part of, as well as at Lakeside Campground in Belgrade, Maine, and Camp Maranatha in Idyllwild, California.

She is survived by her children: Kenneth Shuman of Warren, Maine; Bernard (Chris) Shuman of Santa Maria, California; Karen Froiland of Rohnert Park, California; and Mark Shuman of Sonoma, California; her grandchildren: Jessica Froiland, Philip (Michelle) Shuman, and Benjamin (Danielle) Shuman; her great grandchildren: Sierra, Justin, Daniel and Jonathan Shuman.

Ruth will be most remembered for her compassion and love, her generosity and grace, and her strength of character. Her life was a gift and a blessing from God.

Joyce L. Towle
January 25, 1937 — March 7, 2011
Joyce L. Towle, age 74, formally of Lake Elmore, VT passed away Monday evening, March 7, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Center in Dowling Park, FL. The Stowe, VT native moved to McAlpin, FL three years ago from Lake Elmore, VT. She worked for many years as a cook in the school cafeteria. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She will always be remembered for the amazing cook that she was. She enjoyed singing in her church choir and was a Sunday school teacher and Advent Christian by faith. She was predeceased by a son, Scott in 1987. Survivors include her husband, Eldon Towle, McAlpin, FL; two daughters, Pam (Tim) Carver, Live Oak, FL; Lynn (Doug) Mabey, Dowling Park, FL; two sons, Brian (Carol) Towle, Waterville, VT; Chris (Melissa) Towle, Johnson, VT; a daughter-in-law, Robin Copeland, Angier, NC; one brother, Earl Magoon, Morrisville, VT; two sisters, Arlene Preston, Morrisville, VT; Barbara Shonio, Stowe, VT; sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Joe Carroll Teague
HICKORY: Joe Carroll Teague, 78, of Bethlehem, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2010, at Lutheran Home East in Hickory.  Born October 5, 1932, in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Clayton Marcus Teague and Hessie Preslar Teague.  A lifelong member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church, he was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force Intelligence Service for four years during the Korean Conflict.  He was a founder of Clayton Marcus Co., Inc., and the Arts & Science Center of Catawba Valley, a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne College Foundation, American Legion Post 43 and the Elks Club.  Mr. Teague was an avid left- handed golfer who had seven hole-in-ones.  He loved his church and was happiest when he was at a church service or function.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Grant S. Teague.  He was survived by his wife of 59 years, Mickie M. Teague of the home, daughter Beverly and husband, Edward Bryant and daughter Joye and husband, Terry Hollar, all of Bethlehem, NC.  He is also survived by his brothers, Dan Teague and wife, Novella, Lowell Teague and wife, Martha, and Donny Teague and wife, Myra, all of Alexander County.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem, with the Rev. David Ross and the Rev. Floyd Boston officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western Caroline Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC  28215-3220 or Fellowship Advent Christian Church, 833 Icard Ridge Rd., Taylorsville, NC  28681.

Leona Mae Johnson
Leona Mae Johnson, 72, of Pond Gap passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

She was a homemaker, a lifelong resident of Kanawha County and a member of Laurel Fork Advent Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Okey Johnson of Pond Gap; daughters, Pam (Jerold) Hamrick of Mammoth, Robin Jarrell of Glasgow and Sarah Johnson of Dixie; six grandchildren; Shannon Wells, Michelle Chandler, Candice Jarrell, Nicholas Coleman, Meghan Jerrell and Veronica Jerrell; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, February 25, at Laurel Fork Advent Christian Church, Laurel Fork, with Pastor Toney Rucker and Pastor Bill Messer officiating. Burial will follow the service in Seabolt Cemetery, Laurel Fork.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family via our website: www.cookefuneralhome.com. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Since September 2010, the Bear Point Advent Christian Church in Bear Point, Nova Scotia, Canada, has seen the passing of the following:
Paula Smith
Olive Stoddart
James Nickerson
Ralph Halliday

Marlene Joanne Forester 1930-2011
Marlene Joanne Forester, fell asleep in the Lord January 16, 2011 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  She is survived by her brother, Max Johnson of Dowling Park, Florida, her son Randall Bradford, Daughter-in-law Connie Bradford, and grandson Stuart Bradford, all of Bellingham.  She is also survived by numerous sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and much Church family. 

Marlene was born October 23, 1930 in Nooksack, Washington, to Myra and Claude Beebe.  The youngest child and only daughter of six children, Marlene lived a life of service to others; she cared for her Mother all of Myra’s life, and served her Church, Fountain Community Advent Christian Church in Bellingham.  She was also on the Board of the Advent Christian Denomination, served as Bookkeeper in her local Church, and performed as a gifted singer and soloist.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  Marlene loved to cook and you could never leave her home hungry or feeling unloved. 

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at Fountain Community Church, on Broadway and Halleck Streets in Bellingham, Washington on Saturday, January 22, 2011,at 2:00 pmo’clock.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Marlene’s memory to the Women’s Home and Foreign Mission Society, of Fountain Community Advent Christian Church. 

Marlene leaves a legacy of service to others and a life of witness to the power, grace, and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  She now awaits the glorious resurrection upon His return.   She will be sorely missed by all, but remembered in love eternally.

Floyd Murray Greene
Lenoir, NC- Mr. Floyd Murray Greene, age 76, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at his residence.
Lenoir, NC- Mr. Floyd Murray Greene, age 76, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at his residence.

Born April 5, 1934 in Caldwell County, Floyd was a son of the late Murray Fathering and Emma Mae Storie Greene.  Floyd was an electrician by trade and had worked for many years in the Caldwell county area.  He was an Army veteran serving in the Korean War.  He was a member of the Bethel Advent Christian Church where he served as a deacon.  After retiring, he enjoyed transporting cars, helping the Angel Food Ministries and working in his garden.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lela Greene and Lois Goins.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Joyce Evelyn Greene of the Home; a daughter & son in law, Sherry & Tracy Kincaid of Hudson; two sons & daughters in law, Harold & Lisa Greene of Mooresville, and Darrell & Deana Greene of Lenoir; one sister, Lyda Teague of Lenoir;  his grandchildren, Kalie Kincaid, Hannah Kincaid, Jared & Cylie Greene, Aaron Greene, Christian Greene, David Greene, and Clinton Greene.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Memorials can be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC  28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Greene Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com

Dorothy Pierce Dean
Sept. 1, 1927 - Nov. 1, 2010.
On November 1, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. my dear wife, Dorothy May Pierce Dean, ended her earthly pilgrimage in Memorial Hospital at Jacksonville, Florida in the eighty-fourth year of her life. Three of our children (Paul, Nathan and Bethany) and I were at her side. She died in full confidence that whether in life or in death, she was not her own but belonged to her faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with his precious blood had fully satisfied for all her sins and redeemed her from all the power of the evil one.

This year her health had appeared good and she continued her usual schedule of activities until a short period of weakness in mid-October led to her hospitalization. Her final illness (apparently a form of leukemia) had appeared suddenly and it claimed her quickly. She suffered consciously only one of her five days in the hospital before the Lord mercifully gave sleep to the one we loved. As sunset approached on November 4th we laid her to rest in Bixler Gardens East near our home at Dowling Park, FL. Her children and I confess that our loss is almost greater than we can bear and that sadness reaches into our souls. Yet we do not sorrow as those who have no hope; we know that shall see her anew when our Lord Jesus returns to this earth.

Dottie was born in Porter, Maine on September 2, 1927as fifth of the eight children of LeRoy Samuel Pierce and his wife, Beatrice Sawyer. A graduate of Porter High School (1945) and Berkshire Christian College (1951), she later did specialized studies at North Adams State College. In addition to serving at my side in pastorates at Danville, P. Q., Canada; Springfield and Southfield, MA, and Pacific, MO she was an important part of my ministry at Berkshire Christian College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dottie gave birth to our five children and later taught in the Lenox, MA elementary schools for 15 years. After our retirement to Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, she taught with me in India, Japan, the Philippines and Mexico.

Our family has lost our closest friend, one whose love and encouragement can never be fully recounted. Her husband, children (Dwight, David, Paul, Nathan, and Bethany), sisters (Marjory and Kay), brother (Dwight), 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren are saddened, but not broken. We heartily thank God for sending this godly woman to enrich our lives and draw us closer to Christ. The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away. Please join us in blessing the Name of the Lord.
- David A. Dean

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