Barbara E. Lash

Barbara-LashFRIENDSHIP, Maine - Barbara E. Lash, 95, has fallen asleep in the blessed hope of the second coming of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Miles Memorial Medical Center in Damariscotta. 

Born in Thomaston, April 3, 1921, she was the daughter of Irving A. and Lizzy Flint Fales. She attended Cushing schools and was a 1938 graduate of Thomaston High School.

On October 13, 1940, she married her best-friend and soul mate, Winfield C. Lash. Together the two recently celebrated 75 wonderful years of marriage. The couple said ‘There were lean times and times of plenty’ and it was only with ‘God’s grace and blessing’ and a lot of ‘patience, forgiveness, longevity’ they were able to attain this rare diamond anniversary. 

A devoted mother, wife, and homemaker, Barbara's greatest desire was to help others in all she did. Her quiet, gracious service was evident, whether making donuts for the crew at the boat shop, singing in the choir at church, or sitting at her kitchen table sharing the Love of her Lord and Savior with anyone at hand.

For more than 75 years she has been active in the ministries of the Friendship Advent Christian Church. Barbara sang in the choir, was involved in Women’s Home and Foreign Missions Society, and always made certain her seven children were in Sunday School.

Barbara was comforted in recent years to have come to love and consider as family her caregivers, Linda Maxcy Simmons, Susan Simmons and Carrie Perkins. 

Predeceased by her beloved husband Winfield C. ‘Winnie’ Lash in 2015, her son Wesley Austin Lash and her brother Richard Fales, Mrs. Lash is survived by her children and their spouses, Neil and Bonnie Lash of Waldoboro, Irving ‘Irv’ and Willi Lash of Augusta, Paulette ‘Polly’ and Ivan Hill of Friendship, Dianne and Norman Hill of Friendship, Theresa Fullerton of Waldoboro, Suzanne and Thomas Simmons of Friendship; a daughter-in-law Cindy Lash of Friendship; a special nephew whom she raised, Philip J. Lash of Friendship; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Lash, Howard Lash and his wife Lois, Philip Lash and his wife Janice, Kathryn Lash, Lucille Lash, Carolyn Kaler and Esther Lane, all of Friendship; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews, and even a larger extended family. 

Family and friends are invited to visit from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Advent Christian Church of Friendship, 19 Cushing Road, Friendship; where a Celebration of her Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. The Revered Alan Chamberlain will officiate. Mrs. Lash will be laid to rest at the Old Village Cemetery, Friendship. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 279, Friendship, ME 04547, or the Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 9, Friendship, Maine 04547. 

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Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, Maine 04841.

Stephen Michael Blake

Reverend Stephen Michael Blake, 60 of Ridgeland, S.C., husband of Melanie Blake, passed away on April 3, 2016, at his home.

Reverend Blake was born in Houston, Texas, on September 25, 1955, to Ina Myrtle Knight Blake and the late Frank Blake. Reverend Blake graduated from Charleston Southern University; received a Masters in Counseling from N.C. State University; and Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. Reverend Blake was actively serving as the pastor of the Ridgeland Advent Christian Church for the past 10 years and formerly pastor of Savannah Advent Christian Church for 5 years. Reverend Blake was a mental health and guidance counselor for many years. Reverend Blake served in the U.S. Navy; he enjoyed photography, shopping in Thrift shops, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Reverend Blake is survived by his wife, Melanie Allen Blake, of Ridgeland; his mother, Ina Myrtle Blake, of Salters, SC; daughter, Chelsea Clites (Matthew), of Walterboro, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Patricia Blake, of Simpsonville, S.C.; sisters, Melinda McCrea (Marion), of Slaters, S.C. and Diane Umphlett, of Kingstree, S.C.; grandchildren, Farrah Blake, Xander Blake and Joshua Zeddicus Clites and several nieces and nephews. Reverend Blake is predeceased by his son, Josh Blake.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Sauls Funeral Home, 310 W. Adams St., Ridgeland. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Ridgeland Advent Christian Church. Burial will be at 12:00 noon, Monday, April 11, 2016, at Grace Advent Christian Church Cemetery in Walterboro, S.C.. Family and friends are invited to meet at Sauls Funeral Home, 310 W. Adams St., Ridgeland at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11th for processional to the cemetery.

Faye Gabrielsen Chambers

Faye Doris Chambers
Thursday, 12 July 1928 - Sunday, 20 March 2016

Faye Gabrielsen Chambers, 87, died Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Dacier Manor at the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Fla., where she resided. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Mrs. Chambers was born on July 12, 1928, and grew up in Providence, R.I. She was the oldest daughter of the late Henry and Theresa Gabrielsen. Always a good student, she graduated from Classical High School in Providence in 1946 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Aurora College (now Aurora University) in Aurora, Ill., in 1950. In 1972 she received a Master of Arts with a focus in reading education from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Mrs. Chambers was an educator. She taught and tutored elementary school students for more than 35 years in public school systems in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. She was a lifelong reader and focused on helping her students grow their own love of reading. She possessed deep faith and also shared it as a Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader.

She was a devoted, loving wife, mothe, and grandmother. She was married for 60 years to the late Rev. Weldon M. Chambers, whom she called “the love of my life” and was his partner in ministry. She is survived by her two sisters, Ruth Waterman of Exeter, R.I., and Mildred Gabrielsen of Middleton, Wis., and by her four children: Rolly L. Chambers and his wife, Nancy, of Charlotte, N.C.; Sue C. McKee and her husband, Tate, of Lenoir, N.C.; S. Brent Chambers and his wife, Jeannette, of Live Oak, Fla.; and Tami L. Gutek and her husband, Glenn, of Oviedo, Fla. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Chambers generously shared her gifts of service, of wonder at all God’s creation, and of genuine friendship. She was thoughtful, caring, inquisitive, and always eager to learn. She enjoyed good conversation, good music, giving to people, studying Scripture, and the love of her family and friends. 

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Chambers was held Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Village Church in Dowling Park, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Advent Christian Village Benevolent Fund, Post Office Box 4305, Dowling Park, FL 32064 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Nancy Betheleen (Hunt) Facemyer

Nancy Betheleen (Hunt) Facemyer of Scott Depot died on March 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was just 3 weeks short of her 96th birthday when she completed life’s journey in the care of Hubbard House in Charleston, WV. Nancy, known as Betheleen to many, was born on April 3, 1920. She was daughter of the late Daniel Webster and Evaleanor Pauley Hunt and was the sister of Hazel Evelyn Cart . She was married to Orville G. Facemyer for 70 years prior to his death and the two resided in and raised their family around the Charleston area.

Nancy was a teacher. She taught at West Sattes Elementary School for 35 years and following retirement continued to substitute teach until the age of 85. Nancy was loved by her students and colleagues alike. She looked for the potential in each child and nurtured it.

Nancy was also a musician. She played both piano and organ, and was a lifelong minister of music for the Advent Christian Church and served as an officer for state wide and national offices of the denomination. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Clendenin Advent Christian Church.

Nancy’s special loves were her faith and her family. She is survived by her sons, Daniel D. (Diana M.) Facemyer of Loudon, Tennessee, Orville Jerry (Gloria C.) Facemyer of Kings Mountain, NC; and daughter Janice F. (Henry C.) Bowen of Charleston, West Virginia. She was a proud and devoted grandmother to 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Todorovich officiating. Visitation will be held from twelve o’clock noon until service time.

Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, Saint Albans where she will once again join the love of her life, her husband Orville.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial gifts be made to “Walking Miracles” a cancer charity that was near and dear to her heart. Checks can be made to Walking Miracles, Brett Wilson, 116 Ridgeview Drive, Scott Depot, WV 25560.

Rev. Thomas Rutan

Tom-Rutan-optDATELINE: Chesterfield, SC

DECEASED: Reverend Thomas “Preacher Tom” Rutan, age 72, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

HISTORY: Reverend Rutan was born September 18, 1943, in Buffalo, West Virginia, a son of the late Herman Cecil Rutan and Oma Christine Cobb Rutan. He was a graduate of Richwood High School and Berkshire Christian College and served as a minister of The Gospel for the past 50 years. Tom pastored churches in Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and South Carolina. He was currently serving Chesterfield Baptist Church as interim pastor. Reverend Rutan was a member, former pastor, and Pastor Emeritus of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was also a former Trustee of the South Carolina Baptist Ministry for the Aging, and diligently worked to raise financial support for Bethea Retirement Community and the Martha Franks Retirement Center. “Preacher Tom” was also a member and former moderator of the Chesterfield Baptist Association. Tom also had served as a school teacher and coach. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and training dogs and horses. Tom carried many young people on their first hunting and fishing trip. Preacher Tom was a true servant of God and was a witness of God’s love to everyone he met. In addition to his parents, Rev. Rutan was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles and Neil Rutan and by a great grandson, C.J. Gillespie.

Wife of 53 years: Rose Ann Shinkle Rutan of the home
2 Sons: Scott Rutan of Chesterfield, SC and Stephen (Sandi) Rutan of Myrtle Beach, SC
Brother: Randy (Lois) Rutan of Berkley Springs, WV.
Sister: Marilyn Rutan (Jim) Taynor of Delaware, OH
Also 6 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren

MEMORIALS: May be made to Chesterfield County Relay for Life, c/o Kathy Treadaway 275 Forest Road, Cheraw, SC 29520

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC ( is serving the Rutan Family.

Edna Carpenter

Edna Schur Carpenter MIDLAND - Edna Schur Carpenter, 91, of Midland, NC, fell asleep in Christ on November 4th, 2015, at the Hospice House of Monroe, NC. She was born on July 23rd, 1924, in Webster, MA, the daughter of Hugo and Alice Cole Schur. She graduated from the Robinson Female Seminary in 1942. She later pursued a degree in Christian Education at the New England School of Theology, where she met and in 1944, married Ernest Carpenter a pastoral student. After his graduation they served the Advent Christian Church in several pastorates including, Westbrook, Maine; Nooksack, Washington; Detroit, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington, DC; Wallingford, Connecticut; Fort Worth, Texas; Tustin, California; and Perrin, Texas. In each new locale, Edna soon found a job, enjoying each one. She was a devoted Christian and found many opportunities to speak, write, teach and minister through the local church. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 64 years, Ernest; her daughter, Jane Beverly Carpenter; brothers, Carl, Harold, and Richard Schur; and sisters, Helen Cronin, Julia Ellery and Alice Schur. She is survived by two sons, Dwight (Ann) Carpenter of Fort Worth Texas, and Brent (Glenda) Carpenter of Mint Hill, NC; five grandchildren, C. Scott Carpenter of Indian Trail, NC; Chad Carpenter of Mint Hill, Jason Carpenter of Matthews, NC; Jill Hart of Huntersville, NC; and Brian Carpenter of Midland; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Hannah, Ryan, Caleb, Elijah, Ella and Lillian Carpenter; and one brother Robert Schur, of Exeter, NH. She sleeps in death awaiting Jesus' return and that blessed Resurrection Morning. A memorial service will be conducted at Hope Second Advent Christian Church, 6804 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe, NC at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening November 8th, with Rev. David Ross officiating. A time of visitation and refreshments will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the building fund of Hope Second Advent Christian Church, Monroe, NC.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 7, 2015

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Burton “Bertie” Eldridge Greene

Burton “Bertie” Eldridge Greene of Bear River passed away peacefully August 3, 2015.  His obituary reads, in part, “… Burton and Marie were baptized together in their first year of marriage in the Bear River Pond at the Head of the Tide.  Bear River Advent Christian Church meant a lot to him over the years…”

Barbara Lois (Gedney) Schaeffner

(Alton, NH)

Barbara-SchaeffnerBarbara Lois (Gedney) Schaeffner fell asleep in Christ on Sunday October 11, 2015, following an extended illness.

A beloved family member and precious servant of Jesus, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dale, three children, Cynthia (Glenn) Rice of Oxford, MA, Carolyn Schaeffner of Alton, NH, and David Schaeffner of Arlington, MA, four grandsons, Joshua (Sarah), Andrew (Carrie), Matthew Rice, and Nathaniel Schaeffner, and five great-grandchildren, Jadon, Lily, Madelyn, Gavyn, and Josiah. Her extended family includes three siblings; Robert (Diane) Gedney, Priscilla (Clinton) Taber, and Cynthia (Charles) Bostock, and many nieces and nephews by blood and by love. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald (Priscilla) Gedney.

Born in West Hollywood, California, on December 17, 1931, Barbara was the daughter of the late Dr. Edwin K. Gedney, longtime professor at Gordon College (Wenham, MA), and Dorris C. Gedney.

She had an accomplished career as a Registered nurse, working at the Kingston, NY hospital, the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, MA and at Symmes Hospital in Arlington, MA, where she was the Night Supervisor for many years. She was recognized in the Who’s Who in American Nursing (1988-89 edition) by The Society of Nursing Professionals. Her tireless efforts and selfless care endeared her to patients and professionals alike, and contributed to a fruitful career in caring for those in need.

A graduate of New England School of Theology, Barbara cared most about her Savior Jesus Christ. She was active in the work of the Gospel, serving in local church ministry and missions work through her denomination, the Advent Christian Church. Barbara was past President of the Eastern Region Woman’s Home and Foreign Mission Society (WHFMS), a position she held for 18 years, was a member of the national WHFMS Board in Charlotte, NC, the Eastern Regional Association, and the Vernon Advent Christian Homes, Inc.

In her work in Christian missions Barbara traveled to Mexico with her family in 1970 and visited Japan in 1998 at the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Advent Christian Church in Japan, returning to the country where her parents conducted mission work during their retirement years. She represented the cause of Christian missions in many local churches and worked tirelessly to promote efforts for the work of the gospel locally and around the world.

Locally, she was known as “Auntie Barb” to many children – family and friends alike. She was camp nurse for over 20 years at Camp Advenchur in Alton, Bay, NH. Barbara invested significantly in the spiritual formation of children and made an eternal impact on countless children across New England, pointing them to Jesus by her example and through her teaching.

An accomplished soloist, Barbara’s soprano voice could be heard at Campmeetings, conferences and local churches throughout New Hampshire and beyond. She was a gifted pianist, playing for church services, at conferences, and in other settings where her help was needed. Barbara was a member of the Somerville and Melrose, Massachusetts Advent Christian Churches, and at Alton Bay, NH. She was a lifelong participant in the ministry of the Alton Bay Campmeeting Association in Alton Bay, N.H.

She has devotedly served her Savior throughout her lifetime, keeping the faith and finishing her race. Now she awaits the trumpet call at the soon-coming of her Savior, when she shall hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday October 17, 2015, 11:00AM at the Emmanuel Advent Christian Church, Family Life Center, 34 Eastern Ave., Rochester, NH. Burial is private and will be held at a later time. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Advent Christian General Conference - World Outreach, PO Box 690848, Charlotte, NC 28227, or the Central NH VNA and Hospice, P.O. Box1620, 03894, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

Luella Warriner Johnson

Luella Warriner Johnson passed away after a brief illness on April 11, 2015, in Dowling Park, Florida.  She was born on August 17, 1922, to John and Charlotte Warriner in Bellingham, Washington. Luella was an excellent student and could have graduated early from high school, but she took extra classes in order to stay with her age group. Then off to Aurora College in Illinois where she excelled. During the Second World War the college was close-knit and a great place to be. Back in Bellingham she became a chemist at the plant that would later be Georgia Pacific. In 1947 Luella married Max Johnson who also worked there, and they were active in the Bellingham Advent Christian Church. They were also faithful in attending the triennial General Conference meetings.

After visiting Dowling Park they decided it was a good place to retire. Max got established there first and Luella joined him after completing her term as president of the AC Western Region. They made many friends at the Advent Christian Village and were helpful in various ways. Luella's brother, Rev. Austin Warriner, and wife, Dorothy, moved to Dowling Park in 2007, and Dorothy became a resident in the nursing home. When Luella's husband, Max, also entered the nursing home, she and Austin began sharing a home together. Luella is greatly missed.

Luella was pre-deceased by her parents, her two sons, Lewis Johnson and Alan Johnson and her husband, Max. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Green; Lewis' widow, Deborah Johnson; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; her sister, Rhoda Peel; her brother, Austin and his wife, Dorothy. Hers was a life well lived. She now awaits the glorious resurrection.Luella 

Dr. Rev. David A. Dean

David-A-Dean(June 3, 1929 – July 24, 2015)

Dr. Rev. David Arnold Dean died on July 24, 2015, at Vernon Green in Vernon, Vt., at the age of 86. He was born in Brockton, Mass., and was the only son born to Ellery Cushing Dean and Phoebe Chase Dean. His funeral service will be held at the Village Church in Dowling Park, Fla., on Friday, July 31, at 11 a.m. with Dr. Rev. Timothy Setzer officiating. Visitation will be held at the Village Church before the funeral from 10 to 11 a.m. and burial will follow immediately at the Bixler East Cemetery.

Dr. Dean is survived by his wife, Lee K. Barringer Dean of the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Fla.; 4 sons, Rev. Dwight S. Dean (Barbara) of Windsor Locks, Conn.; Rev. David E. Dean (Melodie) of Sandwich, Ill.; Rev. Paul M. Dean (Linda) of Pink Hill, N.C.; Rev. Nathan E. Dean (Susan) of Augusta, Ga.; a daughter, Bethany D. Melton (J.R.) of Concord, N.C.; a sister Natalie Gartman (Gene) of Orangeburg, S.C.; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy P. Dean.

Dr. Dean was an ordained Advent Christian minister who served churches in New Hampshire, Quebec, Massachusetts and Florida; an administrator and professor at Berkshire Christian College; a Theology professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; a distinguished Advent Christian theologian; a missionary who served in Mexico, Japan, India and the Philippines; and the author of numerous books. One of his books titled, “Who Will Go For Us?” provides the story of the AC denomination’s ongoing sacrifice and commitment to world missions. Other significant writings for the denomination include: “Resurrection His and Ours,” “Resurrection Hope,” “The Gift From Above,” and “Don’t Drink the Water.” He impacted the lives of countless people through his preaching, teaching and writing. His life was a reflection of the character of the Lord he served and his legacy continues in the lives of his family and students.

Tom Warner

Tom-Warner1950 - 2015
We grieve the passing of the intelligent, funny, personable, compassionate Tom Warner. Tom was born in Pittsburg, California on January 22, 1950 and moved to Boise, Idaho at a young age, where he grew up. He attended Bishop Kelly High School and graduated in 1968 from Borah High. He attended Boise State College where he enjoyed being a writer and literary editor for Impulse, a poetry publication. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible and graduated with honors in 1981. 

He loved to get together with childhood friends, so it was a joy for him to return to his roots in 2003 after pastoring churches in five states. After moving back, he enjoyed working as a chaplain with Ministry to the Aged and with the Idaho State Veterans' Home. He also pastored Mountain View Church of the Brethren bi-vocationally. 

Tom was a music man; he played in rock bands during his youth and later wrote and performed songs about his Christian faith. He also loved to stay up late at night singing the oldies. Tom was a theologian; he loved to study the Bible and figure out all the doctrinal angles. He was a shepherd and a strong gentle leader.

Tom died from cancer on Friday, July 17. He was preceded in death by his parents, known affectionately as "Jody and Jim" (James and Joanne Warner). He is survived by his wife, Shelley; his son, Andy; his daughter, Corina; his two grandchildren, Faith and Zachary; and his four siblings, Kevin, Karen, Mike, and Jerry.

A memorial service will be held on August 29 at 1:00 P.M at Cloverdale Funeral Home.
Instead of flowers, people may contribute to the Tom Warner Memorial Fund at the Bank of the Cascades. This will be used to benefit his grandchildren for future needs such as education.

Published in Idaho Statesman on July 26, 2015

Treva M. Clark


Treva ClarkThe death of Treva Madeline Clark of Simonds occurred on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Central Carleton Nursing Home, Hartland. Born December 23, 1924 in Simonds she was the daughter of the late Vandyke and Helen (Shaw) Underhill. She was also predeceased by her husband, Arnold Clark; 2 brothers, Allison and Merrill. 

Treva is survived by her 4 children, Irvine Clark (Paulette), Andrew Clark (Linda), Sandra Conary (Warren) and Irene Clendenning (Donald); 11 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Doreen Farrell; her best friend, Leota Shaw; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family that loved her very much. 

Visitation will be held from the Britton Funeral Home, 2 High St. Hartland on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 5-8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm from the Lorne Britton Memorial Chapel. Rev. Warren Conary will officiate. Interment will be in the Middle Simonds Cemetery. For those who wish donations made to the Simonds Advent Christian Church, Mission Work or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. (506) 375-4343 

Simonds Advent Christian Church 
2995 Route 105 
New Brunswick 
E7P 3A9

Kenneth R. Twitchell

Fort Fairfield – Kenneth R. Twitchell, 72, husband of Mary (Levigne) Twitchell, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, June 26, 2015 at a Presque Isle healthcare facility. He was born May 24, 1943 in Norway, ME, the son of Oscar O. and Alice I. (Pratt) Twitchell.

He was a graduate of the Oxford High School Class of 1961 and served in the United States Army. He and Mary owned and operated Pittston Farms, for a number of years and also owned Mike and Maude’s Restaurant in Fort Fairfield.

He was predeceased by his father and is survived by his mother, Alice Twitchell of Norway, ME; his wife, Mary Twitchell, of Fort Fairfield; two sons, Rev. Greg Twitchell and his wife, Missie, of Rochester, NH; Ben Twitchell of Oxford; one stepson, Dana Matthews and his wife, Mar,y of South Paris; one stepdaughter, Melissa Smith and her husband, Glen, of Albion; one sister, Miriam Wigsby and her husband, Raymond, of Union, WV; twelve grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A service to Celebrate Kenneth’s Life with military honors will be held Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Twitchell Farm, 204 Old East Road, Fort Fairfield with Marty Thompson officiating, followed by a time of continued fellowship with refreshments. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Twitchell to the New England Organ Bank, 60 1st Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451 or the charity or organization of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield.

Carl T. Hankins

Carl HankinsCarl Thomas Hankins, age 88, of Mount Vernon, OH, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at his residence. He was born on September 20, 1926 in McDowell County, WV, to the late Thomas Richard and Sallie Belle (McCann) Hankins.

Carl Hankins loved the Lord. He was devoted to winning souls for Christ. He was a doting husband, and loving father and grandfather, and an adored pastor for many years. When Carl passed from this earth into Heaven there was great rejoicing. His family today rejoices with him and thanks God for the privilege of loving and being with him all these years. “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of life.” Yesterday Carl Hankins took freely his gift of life from our Lord and Savior.

Carl served in the Army during WWII in Germany and Austria. He worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Mount Vernon for 30 years. Carl’s greatest passion was pastoring the Willow Grove Advent Christian Church from 1980 to 2010. His love that he showed to people was tremendous. Carl was satisfied with his place in life and lived it to the fullest.

He is survived by his daughters, Crystal (Eugene) Ball of Sunbury, OH and Linda (William) Powell of Washington, WV; 5 grandchildren, Crystal, Chad, Christopher, Mandy and Melinda; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ella Brown of Mount Vernon, OH and Ada Hack of Cardington, OH; a brother, Hubert Hankins of North Wilkesboro, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Carl is preceded in death by wife, Pauline Hankins; a sister, Sylvia Baldwin; brothers, Grant Hankins, George Hankins and Blaine Hankins.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11 AM at the Willow Grove Advent Christian Church, in Mt. Liberty, OH with Pastor Chad Davis officiating. Entombment will follow in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to: Willow Grove Advent Christian Church; 7192 Columbus Rd. Mt. Liberty, OH 43048 or Kindred at Home Hospice; 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr. #140, Columbus, OH 43231.

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Wesley B. Rand

March 28, 1921 – April 5, 2015

Wesley Bradford “Bink” Rand, 94, died peacefully April 5, 2015, in Dowling Park, Fla. He was born March 28, 1921, in Ashland, Maine, to Errol Lee and Una Hope Gardner Rand. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Pacific. He raised potatoes in Ashland for many years, cut pulp in the winters with his friend and neighbor, “Beeb” Gardner, then worked for Great Northern Paper Company until his retirement in 1986.

He and his wife, Luona Sylvester Rand, spent his retirement years traveling to and from the homes of family members in North Carolina, Florida, California and Hallowell, Maine. He declared that he was done shoveling snow, so spent many winters in North Carolina with family members, and drove back to Ashland to the old homestead for the summers.

Wesley “Bink” Rand was a good and godly man who loved his God and his family. He spent his last two years in the Good Samaritan Center at Dowling Park, Florida, where every nurse and employee there loved him. He was known and loved by many, whether he was Wesley, Wes, Bradford, Brad, Bink, Dad, Grampy, Uncle Bink or Mr. Rand.

Wesley leaves behind his wife of 68 years, and four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren: Phyllis Rand of Pensacola, Florida, Linda and Richard Russell of North Carolina and their sons, Jason and Seth, and their families; Kay Rand and Cornell Knight of Bar Harbor, Maine, and their daughters, Jessie and Jillian, and their families; and Douglas and Sheri Rand of Matthews, North Carolina, and their daughters, Royale, Jennifer, Reagan and Taylor.

He was pre-deceased by his infant son, Lee Bradford, his brother Philip Rand and his sisters, Ada Rand Snowman, Pearl Rand, and Sally Rand Martin. He is survived by his sister, Edna Rand Ellis, of Ashland and her husband, Malcolm.

A memorial service will be held at the Ashland Advent Christian Church at a date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, Bink would have loved donations in his name to his beloved home church, the Ashland Advent Christian Church, Ashland, Maine, or to the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Florida, his last home on earth. Arrangements are a service of Lajoie Funeral Home - Ashland, 114 Exchange St., PO Box 39, Ashland, ME 04732.

George L. Rogers

George-L.-Rogers-optGeorge L. Rogers of Robertsville, Mo., formerly of Ballwin, Mo., fell asleep in Christ, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. He was born September 13, 1935, in Emerson, Iowa and raised in Corning, Iowa.

Beloved husband of 54 years of Janet Rogers (nee Milam). Loving father of David L. (Pam) Rogers, Kenneth A. Rogers, and Kathy L. (Mark) Woolfington. Dear grandfather of Nathaniel D. (Lucie) Rogers, Justin G. Rogers, Joshua D. Woolfington, and Jacob T. Woolfington. Brother of Joan (the late Richard) Russell, Harley (Mary) Rogers, Jerry (Mattie) Rogers, Jimmy (Peggy) Rogers, and the late Teddy Rogers. Beloved uncle and friends who he cherished as family.

George was a faithful member, Elder, and Deacon of Hilltop Advent Christian Church in Pacific, Mo. He was a trustee of Camp Wilderness, Iberia, Mo., for many years. He was a retired employee of Fred Weber, Inc. with 42 years of service, and a veteran of the US Army.

Services: Funeral service were held at the Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Saturday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Camp Wilderness Building Fund, or Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at

Douglas C. Lash

497838-54f9f46aa9c25-shrink-x180FRIENDSHIP - Douglas C. Lash, 90, passed away peacefully at Cove's Edge in Damariscotta on March 4, 2015, after a long illness. Born April 14, 1924, Doug was one of fourteen children born to Captain Robert S. Lash and Levilda Carter Lash. As a young man he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He was a long time member of the Friendship Advent Christian Church having served as deacon and in other church leadership roles. He had a special interest in the youth ministries of the church and was very supportive of those ministries. Doug was a role model to his family and friends, sharing his faith and the importance of knowing Christ as Lord and Savior, wanting no one to perish, but for all to have eternal life.

On March16, 1950, he married Lucille Mank of Rockland and they made their home in Friendship. Doug and Lucille would have been married 65 years this month.

He honorably served his country during the peak of World War II, spending the bulk of his wartime efforts in France and Germany. He was a true patriot with a love and passion for his country. He often referred to the American Flag as ‘Old Glory' and would show emotion when ‘God Bless America’ or the National Anthem was sung.

After the war Doug returned home and with friends and built his first lobster boat. He lobster fished for a while and then went into partnership with his brother Winfield, owning and operating Lash Brothers Boatyard. He eventually sold his part of the boatyard to his brother Winfield and then owned and operated D.C. Lash Hardware in Friendship. After selling the hardware store he operated a small boat shop where he built and repaired boats including dories and cat boats that still grace Friendship Harbor today. He was a fine craftsman who loved to work with wood and he could fix just about anything.

Doug was predeceased by his mother and father, his sisters, Eleanor Lash and Mary Wotton, brothers, Austin, John, Robert, Jr. and Harold; sisters-in-law, Loretta Marino, Elsie Bond and Lucille Newbert, and brothers-in-law Benjamin Kaler, Alfred Wotton, Harlan Maxcy and Robert Lane.

He is survived by his wife Lucille Mank Lash of Friendship, his sons, Myron Lash and his wife Rebecca of Waldoboro, Richard Lash and his wife Theresa of Warren; three grandsons, Benjamen Lash and his wife Amanda of Cushing, John Lash and his wife Sara, and Samuel Lash and the mother of his grandchildren Viola Lash, all of Friendship; six great-grandchildren, Noah, Ava, Austin, Madelynn, Mallory and Peyton; brothers, Winfield, Paul, Howard, Philip; and sisters Carolyn Kaler, Myra Maxcy and Esther Lane, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A service with Military Honors will be held at 7:00 P.M., Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Advent Christian Church, 19 Cushing Road, Friendship, where friends are invited to visit from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. The Rev. Alan Chamberlain will officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Advent Christian Church of Friendship designated to ‘Youth Ministries’, PO Box 9 Friendship, ME 04547. Interment will be at the Friendship Village Cemetery in the spring.

Roxanna Tate Sieber

Roxanna-Tate-Sieber-optimizedRoxanna fell asleep in Christ Jesus at 3:45 p.m. on January 18, 2015, at the hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, following a fall on her way to the Villisca Advent Christian Church that morning. Roxanna was 69 years old. She awaits her Lord’s return.

Roxanna was born in Villisca, Iowa, to Rev. Joe Tom and Velma Bowden Tate on October 29, 1945. She graduated from Aurora College, Aurora, Ill., in 1967, with a degree in Social Science, and Bible and Religion. Roxanna began her career in banking in Massachusetts and then in Florida where she met and married Frederick Sieber. Following her divorce, she returned to live in Villisca with her son. Roxanna enjoyed needlework and so she started her own counted cross-stitch company. Over the years, Roxanna worked in programs to aid people to establish their own businesses in Southwest Iowa, as a reporter for the “Villisca Review,” and most recently with the Villisca Economic Developer Initiative. She also served on the board of Pensions for the Advent Christian Denomination.

Roxanna strongly believed in the biblical principle that everything that one does should be done as an offering to the Lord. She followed that principle in her everyday work and as a faithful member of the Villisca Advent Christian Church. Over the years she served God in the church on committees, boards, through youth work, study groups, and wherever else the Lord led her. She loved her family, her church family, her community, and the friends she made over her lifetime. Above all, she deeply loved Jesus and desired to honor him with her life.

Roxanna was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her son, Frederic D. Sieber and his fiancée, Ellice Campbell, and their two sons, Jacob and Jeremiah, whom Roxanna greatly loved; her older sister, Margaret “Peggy” Paxton and her husband Harold; her younger brother, Rev. Barry Joe Tate and his wife, Janet; her nephews Hal Paxton, Philip Paxton, Joel Tate and his wife, Christine, John Tate and his wife, Lisa, Josh Tate and his wife, Sarah, Job Tate and his wife, Lisa, Carolyn Tate and her husband, Neil Burrows; and 12 great nieces and nephews.

George Moose

Looking for that blessed hope, George Howard Moose, 81, of Charleston, WV, passed away January 7, 2015, in Charleston, was a paraplegic since June 2000 and in declining health.

Mr. Moose was born May 9, 1933, at Cabarrus County, N.C. to the late John Daniel and Nannie Victoria (Bost) Moose. He was educated in Concord, N.C., public school and was a member of the 1951 Class of Concord High School.

Served in the Navy-Korean War; attended Clemson Univ., Clemson, S.C., Pfeiffer Univ., and graduated from Morris Harvey (University of Charleston), Charleston; Graduate Studies at College of Graduate Studies (COGS). He was active in the Advent Christian Church Denomination (national, regional, and local church affairs); a Mason and Scottish Rite, United States civil Service Examiner-In-Charge, Retired Mgr., Postal Development Education Center (PEDC), US Postal Service, Mountaineer District, Charleston, WV. Licensed by the US Atomic Energy Commission as an instructor for WVU and the US Department of Defence in Radiological Defense; Past President, West Virginia-Middle Ohio Valley (WV-MOV)-Navy LST Association; Past Editor of Mail Cal; interested in Genealogy-Past President of Kanawha Valley Genealogical society (1989-1995) and member, past member of the West Virginia Genealogical Society, member of the Palatines to America, member of the Hilton Head, South Carolina, Heritage Library Foundation, Inc., a member of Mining Your History Foundation, Member of the Morris Harvey’s “Blackfriars” and West Virginia State College Players; has appeared in stage plays and the outdoor drama – “Rebel Sister.” Played basketball and ran track at Clemson Univ.

Mr. Moose was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Carl T. Moose, Concord, N.C., and John D. Moose Jr., Charlotte, N.C.; and sister, Better Elaine Moose, Township #7, Cabbarus Co., N.C.

Survivors include his wife, Glenna Marie Baxter Moose; daughter, Kimberly Kay Moose Olson and son-in-law, Robert D. Olsen, Charleston; one granddaughter, Andrea Meredith (Dodd) Maynard and her husband, Jason Maynard, Lexington, Ky.; one grandson, Nicholas Clay Dodd, Charleston; one great-granddaughter, Riley Renee Maynard, Lexington, Ky.; brother, Edward M. Moose, Albemarle, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Beulah Moose, Concord, N.C., and Linda Moose, Charlotte, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Also special thanks to caregiver, Roxie Means for many years of service.

The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers, be made to Hubbard Hospice House, West 1606 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25387. Condolences may be sent to the family via web site

William H. Lyon, Jr.

0001737309-01-1_201502041963 - 2015 VERNON William H. "Bill" Lyon, Jr. of Laurel Ledges passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at his home. A lifelong resident of the area he was born in Brattleboro on Mar. 27, 1963 the son of William and Mae (Morine) Lyon. He was raised and educated in Vernon and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1981. Bill was a carpenter by trade, well known for his meticulous craftsmanship. He worked with his father for many years eventually becoming self-employed working full-time on his own until a serious motorcycle accident that occurred in 2012 prevented him from working. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, camping, motorcycles and especially looked forward to sugaring every season. He also cherished time spent with his family and friends. Although his accident left him disabled, he continued to be very active up until the time of his death. Bill was very inventive and innovated and could fix or repair just about anything. On Oct. 13, 1990 at Vernon Advent Christian Church he was married to Brenda Longley who survives. Besides his faithful and loving wife of 24 years he leaves two sons, Nick and Jacob Lyon both of Vernon, one daughter, Jessica Lyon of Vernon, his parents of Vernon, maternal grandmother, Idella Morine of Bear River, Nova Scotia, four sisters, Wilma Patterson of Windham, ME, Susan Longley of Brookline, Katherine Walker and Sandra Draper both of Vernon and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Cindy Lyon who died in childhood. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Vernon Advent Christian Church with Pastor Bruce Burks and Pastor David Patterson, a brother-in-law officiating. A reception at the church will follow the services. 

Laura Mavis Perkins

Laura Mavis Merrill Perkins, better known as Mavis Perkins, died on Jan. 11, 2015, at the Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill, MA. She was born in Madison, ME, on May 25, 1936. She was the daughter of Orrin H. Merrill Sr. and Ruby Haines Merrill. The family moved often during the Second World War, so Mavis attended elementary schools in Madison, Richmond and Bath, all in Maine. Following the War, they relocated to Lakeport, NH and became involved in the Advent Christian Church. When Mavis was a young teenager the family moved once again, this time to Bangor, ME, where they continued to be active in an Advent Christian Church.

After graduating from Bangor High School in 1954, Mavis enrolled at the New England School of Theology in Brookline, MA, and graduated from the Lenox campus. While in the Boston area, she was employed by The Children’s Haven, an inner-city missionary outreach.
She worshipped for several years at the Somerville Advent Christian Church. Eventually, she purchased a cottage at The Alton Bay Christian Conference Center in New Hampshire. She enjoyed the fellowship there, making many new friends during those years.

On October 6, 1979, Mavis was married to Laurie Perkins at Alton Bay, NH, thus becoming stepmother to Cheryl Perkins. This threesome attended the Haverhill, MA, Advent Christian Church. Mavis enjoyed the fellowship and ministry there and faithfully participated in serving wherever she could. During many of those years, she worked in the admissions office of the former Bon Secoeur Hospital in Methuen.

Mavis leaves three brothers and 3 sisters-in-law: Dr. Eugene H. and Janet Merrill from Dallas, TX; Orrin H. Jr. and Fay Merrill from Millinocket, ME; and Erwin R. and Alberta Merrill from South Paris, ME. Her only sister, Miriam, is married to the Rev. James Loghry. They now live in Pascoag, RI. Mavis had eight nieces and nephews and was a great-aunt to many others. Her funeral was conducted on Jan. 17, 2015, at the Haverhill Advent Christian Church, with the Rev. Frank Jewett officiating.

Although she suffered from many and varied health issues throughout the years, Mavis was a model of grit and determination in spite of it all. Now she rests from her trials and awaits the return of her Savior Jesus Christ, Whom she loved and served so well.

Gifts in memory of Laura Mavis Perkins may be sent to the Haverhill Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton Street, Haverhill, MA 01832 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Marion C. Ballard

NORTH SPRINGFIELD - Marion C. Ballard, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Genesis Health Care Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born Feb. 7, 1922, in North Springfield, the daughter of Willard N. and Verna M. (Graham) Clark. She attended schools in North Springfield and graduated as valedictorian of Springfield High School in 1940. She later graduated from the University of New Hampshire.

On Feb. 6, 1943, she married Arthur R. Ballard in North Springfield. He predeceased her on Feb. 5, 2012.

Mrs. Ballard was a lifelong resident of North Springfield. She was an active member of the Advent Christian Church in North Springfield, teaching Sunday school and serving as church organist and church treasurer for many years.

For 30-plus years, she operated the North Village Kindergarten and Nursery School in North Springfield, retiring in 1986. After her retirement, she volunteered for 20-plus years at elementary schools in Springfield.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda B. Streeter of Snowflake, Ariz.; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Grahame Clark.

Friends may call at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday Jan. 12, 2015, at the Advent Christian Church in North Springfield. The Rev. Floyd McIntyre will officiate.

Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 21, North Springfield, VT 05150.

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

1557_Harold_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.

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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 or to Blair Road United Methodist Church.

Rev. Robert Louis “Bobby” Wilmoth

Bobby-WilmothThe 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

Emile BedardNorway-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

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

George-TesheraRev. 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 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

Published in Bellingham Herald on June 5, 2014
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