Irene A. Vann

Irene A. Vann, 88, of McAlpin, FL passed away on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 in the Good Samaritan Center at the Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, FL following an extended illness. The McAlpin, FL native was born Feb. 13, 1931 to Van and Lou S. Skinner Jones, she was a Certified Nursing Assistant for the Sunland Training Center in Gainesville, FL and the Good Samaritan Center in Dowling Park, FL for many years. She and her late husband, Dewey Dewitt "Buck" Vann also raised chickens for the Gold Kist Poultry Plant in Live Oak, FL. She and her husband were also Foster Parents in their latter years. Mrs. Vann was a member of the McAlpin Advent Christian Church in McAlpin, FL for most of her life.

She is survived by her son; Jefferson Dewitt "Jeff" and Penny Vann of Williamsburg, VA; ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Vann will be conducted Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Graveside in the McAlpin Advent Christian Church Cemetery, McAlpin, FL with Rev. Bruce Arnold officiating.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc, of Live Oak and Branford, FL is in charge of all arrangements.

Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes

Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes - May 9, 1927 -- September 12, 2019 (Age 92)

Pastor Michael Haynes fell asleep in the Lord at his home in Boston (Roxbury), Massachusetts September 12, 2019. When he graduated from New England School of Theology in 1949 he thought God was calling him to be a missionary somewhere miles from Boston. During his college years he became known in Advent Christian churches as a member of the CHRISTIANAIRES Quartet with Oral Collins, Floyd Powers, and Everett Ransom. The rest of his life he gave thanksgiving to God for the graciousness of the President of N.E.S.T., Dr. Guy L. Vannah, who made it possible for Mike to graduate from college. May 28, 1951 two promising young men, Michael Haynes and David A. Dean, were ordained for Christian ministry by the Massachusetts Advent Christian Conference in the Boston A.C. Church at 160 Warren Street in the Roxbury, neighborhood. Rather than ministering far from Boston, Michael Haynes was led by God to be a prophet in his home city with a ministry that echoed around the world.

In 1964 Dr. Haynes became the Senior Minister of Twelfth Baptist Church which by this time had moved into the former Advent Christian Church facility at 160 Warren Street. During his forty year pastorate more than 30 men and women were called to full-time Christian ministry and have served in national and international leadership positions. Rev. Haynes was the keynote preacher at the biennial Convention of the Advent Christian General Conference of America in 1966. Also in the 1960’s Dr. Haynes became a Trustee of Berkshire Christian College (formerly New England School of Theology) and served on that Board the rest of his life. Many of the youth of his church also followed him to study in this college.

Dr. Haynes served the Massachusetts House of Representatives for three terms, before serving the Massachusetts Parole Board from 1969 to 1985. He was a confidant and advisor for at least three United States Presidents. Mike served along side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Ministerial Staff of Twelfth Baptist Church when Dr. King studied in Boston in the mid 1950’s.

A prophet is a mouth-piece for God’s message. Michael Haynes was that in his living, in his family, in his neighborhood, in the pulpit, in the State House, on over a dozen college Boards, on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Board and on the Board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He attempted to love and bless those who criticized him. Like Daniel of old he found himself in some “lions’ dens” but even there God became ever more real. He chose to fight “the good fight.”

In the denomination that ordained him, he continued to be an urban pace-setter and prophet calling us to faithfully minister in and pray for our neighborhoods in the cities where “there are many lives that are gold to be mined and refined.”

Rev. Irvin M. Verrill

Rev. Irvin M. Verrill, age 86, of Dowling Park, FL fell asleep in the Lord on November 2, 2019 at Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, FL. Irvin was born January 12, 1933 in Windham, ME to Fred and Ethel Verrill. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Leona Riley and brothers Linden and Clayton, all of Windham, ME. He is survived by his wife Eleonor of 65 years, his three daughters Coleen Williams (Jim), Nadeen Baker (Steve) and Darleen Hinrichs (Wayne), seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, his sister Pearl Grant and several nieces and nephews.

He received his pastoral education at New England School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Irvin was a dedicated minister of the gospel, serving in eight Advent Christian churches across New England for more than 59 years. During his ministry, he also served in leadership on several state and regional conference boards and as representative to the Advent Christian General Conference. He trained several pastoral interns. His life of service was an expression of his love for the Lord, his family and the people he served.

Due to his New England heritage, Irvin was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He enjoyed gardening, golf, camping, woodworking, and baking chocolate-chocolate chip cookies for his family. What gave him the most joy was his relationship with the Lord and his family.

A memorial service will be held November 9, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Village Church in Dowling Park, FL. Interment will be in Windham, ME at a future date.

Donations in his memory may be made to Advent Christian Village or The Village Church, PO Box 4305, Dowling Park, FL 32064 or Advent Christian Retirement Communities, 143 Rogers Rd. Kittery, ME 03904.

Rev. Frank H. Weeks

Rev. Frank H. Weeks of Cranston, RI passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the age of 89. He was the loving and faithful husband of Madelyn V. (Penney) Weeks for 66 years. Frank was born on February 9, 1930 in Revere, MA, the son of the late Elmer and Annie Mae (Treat) Weeks.

Rev. Frank Weeks was a beloved husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather and pastor. He was devoted to the mission of Christ’s gospel and to his family. He attended the New England School of Theology and was ordained as an Advent Christian Pastor in 1955.
Pastor Weeks served churches in Lynn and Fall River MA, Deer Isle, ME, Whitefield, NH, Galesburg, IL and North Kingstown and Providence, RI.

In the late 1960’s, while still in the full-time ministry, Rev. Weeks became bi-vocational and worked his way up to a position of tax officer for RI Hospital Trust Bank.

In retirement Rev. Weeks served as interim Pastor at Church of the Master in Providence, Meshanticut Park Church in Cranston, Westerly Baptist Church in Westerly and Spring Green Baptist Church in Warwick. He also served pulpit supply in many churches throughout New England. The strength of his ministry was his ability to connect with people of all walks of life. He is highly spoken of and respected by his pastoral colleagues. For his work in area churches, he was named “2001 Senior Citizen of the Year” in Cranston.

Rev. Weeks cherished his family, especially his wife Madelyn. They shared in the ministry to the churches as well as raising their children. He was active in many of the activities for his children and later his grandchildren including high school football games, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, and many others. He also chaired the school board for Cranston Academy, a satellite school of West Bay Christian Academy. He was affectionately known as Grampa to his grandchildren and Grampa-Grampa to his precious great-grandchildren.

He loved to travel. He took special joy in camping and fishing trips, which took him to all 50 states and Mexico. He also enjoyed cruising and sight-seeing. This has created great family memories to reflect upon fondly for years to come.

Following a stroke, he rehabilitated himself by joining his wife in her quilting and machine embroidery hobby. He made queen sized quilts for all of his children and many other beautiful items.

His passion for genealogy was inspired by his family’s history. His mother’s side of the family included a signer of the Declaration of Independence and his father’s side has the oldest, onsite fired-brick house in New England dating 1710 and located in Greenland, NH. Rev. Weeks was a founding member of ‘The Weeks Brick House and Gardens Association”. He authored a two-volume genealogy reference entitled “Descendants of Leonard Weeks 1639 – 2016”.

He was the husband of: Madelyn Weeks; the father of: Karen W. Carnevale and her husband Frank of Cranston, RI, Frank C. Weeks and his wife Sandra of Cranston, RI, Alan J. Weeks and his wife Mary Ann of Scituate, RI, the late Gary K. Weeks, and Barbara Patch of Enosburg Falls, VT; Grampa of: Dr. Sara Carnevale Fearon, Brian E. Weeks, David Carnevale, Timothy Weeks, Craig Weeks MD, Laura Weeks, Susan Gancarz and Scott Ovitt; Grampa-Grampa to Samuel, Michael, Hannah, Leonard, Madelyn and Luke and brother to three late siblings: Elmer Weeks, Warren Weeks and Doris Boyington.

The funeral service will be held at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, RI 10:00 am on Thursday, October 10. Burial will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, North Kingstown. Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Margaret Louise Getchell

WATERVILLE, ME - Margaret Louise Getchell of Waterville died at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on Sept. 30, 2019 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was 88.

Margaret was born in Kezar Falls, Maine on August 22, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Louis Caryle “Carl” Marshall and Hilda Mae (Esterbrook) Marshall of Auburn. Margaret attended Auburn schools and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1949, and she graduated from Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. That same year, she moved to Waterville and worked as a registered nurse at Maine Medical Health Thayer Unit until her retirement in 1994. The last 23 years were spent working in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit. She also taught other medical professionals the Coronary Care Course, along with Dr. Michael Szucs, for 15 years.

Margaret married Earl “Jim” Getchell, the love of her life, in 1954. They remained happily married for 48 years until his death in 2002. Together they enjoyed spending time at their camp in Bridgton, ME and on their many vacations to South Carolina.

She was a fervent member of the Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church since 1954 and served in various capacities there for most of these years. Of primary importance to her was her strong faith in Christ Jesus. She led a Bible Study group at her church for many years, and with her angelic voice, she sang for her church in ensembles, choir, and solo.

Margaret had a keen intellect and a wide range of interests. She loved Nature and the outdoors. She was an avid bird-watcher, was a member of the Josselyn Botanical Society for 43 years, and loved working in her backyard gardens. She was an ardent reader and a passionate scholar of Civil War history, astronomy, and grand opera. She also enjoyed crocheting and puzzles, and was devoted to her close circle of female friends.

Her greatest joys were her two sons and their wives and her three grandchildren. She leaves behind sons Scott B. Getchell and Catherine L. Monrose of Cambridge, MA, and David N. and Elizabeth S. Getchell of Salem, NH and SC; a granddaughter Marisol R. M. Getchell; and grandsons, Bryce J. Getchell of Derry, NH, and Christian J. Getchell of Salem, NH and in-law cousin Anna (Barnes) Hall. She is pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Earl “Jim” Getchell, and her brother in-law Glenn A. Getchell.

Visitors may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield, ME 04937.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday October 12, at 2 p.m. at the Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, 10 Pleasant St., Waterville, with the Reverend Michael Alix officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, PO Box 473, Waterville, Me 04903

Joy (Knox) Roehrig

November 18, 1941 – August 16, 2019

Joy (Knox) Roehrig died peacefully on August 16, 2019 at Arden Courts in Geneva, IL. She was born on November 18, 1941 to Rev. Wendell and Rev. Eunice (Osborne) Knox in Boston, MA. Joy spent most of her childhood in Maine before traveling to Aurora to attend Aurora College. While there, she met and married Robert Roehrig on September 15, 1962.

After graduating from Aurora College, Joy taught math and science in Aurora, IL and in Easton, ME before settling at Batavia Junior High (now Rotolo Middle School), where she taught for 25 years before retiring. Joy grew up within the Advent Christian Church and was an active member of the Aurora church for her entire adult life, participating in several capacities including serving as Elder and on pastoral search committees. Joy had a lifelong love of music. She played piano and sang in the church choir and in many operas at the College of DuPage. She was particularly fond of opera – after retirement, she enjoyed season tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago. She had many other interests as well, including gardening, vacationing in Pentwater with her husband and dear friends John and Anita, Sudoku puzzles, and reading voraciously.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Roehrig; her daughters Robin (Allen) Foster and Lucinda (Steven) Metzger; her grandchildren Melissa, Robert, Amanda, and Thomas; her siblings Timothy (Verna) Knox, Kenneth (Cathleen) Knox, and Lois (Randall) Rutan; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Trudie. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Avenue in Batavia, where a service will follow at 12:00 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Pastor Timothy D. Fox

Pastor Timothy D. Fox, age 68, of Carson City, NV, passed away peacefully at home with his family, 6/16/19 after a long battle with cancer.

Born 4/27/51 in Washburn, ME to Harry and Shirley (Osborne) Fox. Tim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ruth (Crouse) Fox; his son Jeremy and wife Cara and their two sons, Joshua and Benjamin; his son Jonathan and wife Christina. Tim was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is also survived by his brother Bill and wife April and their six children of Monmouth, ME and his sister Debra of Fort Worth, Texas.

Tim first attended Berkshire Christian College. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and also with a Master of Arts in Religion in 1980. He was ordained in the Nazarene Church in 1977, and started serving in the Advent Christian Church in 1986.

Tim pastored Nazarene churches in Maine and Pennsylvania. He pastored the Oxford Advent Christian Church from 1986-1995 and Church of New Hope, Lewiston, ID from 1996-2005. From 2006-2011 he served as ACGC Missions Director. In 2011 he returned as pastor to Oxford Advent Christian Church but had to retire in 2014 due to health reasons. He and Ruth then moved to Carson City to be with his children and grandchildren. Tim had a pastor’s heart and loved ministering and serving his congregation and the community.

Tim was an avid hiker, fisherman, and hunter. He was blessed to pass his fishing skills on to his grandson, Joshua.

In later years of ministry, his favorite verse was 2 Peter 3:18. God’s grace was sufficient for him.

A memorial service was held June 18th at Connected Nazarene in Carson City. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Oxford Advent Christian Church in Oxford, ME on September 1, 2019 at 3pm.

Rev. William Randall Smith

Rev. William Randall Smith, age 77 of Wilmington passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. He was born November 28, 1941 to the late James Smith and the late Doris Register. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Diane, his granddaughter, Jennifer Long, stepfather, Dorris Register, and brother David Register. Randall was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He served in the United States Air Force before being called into the Ministry. Randall served faithfully as an Advent Christian Minister for 45 years. He was the Pastor of Middle Sound Church, Hickory Grove Church and was the current Pastor of Castle Hayne Advent Christian Church. He devoted his life to Jesus and sharing the Gospel with others. He is survived by his daughter Sandy Gerstenmier (Steve) , son William Randall Smith, Jr (Mary), daughters Susan Clay (Russell) and Sherry Pitcher (John) and "adopted" daughter Missy Mitchell (Steve), 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, sisters Sandra Register, Carolyn West, Linda McClellan (Noel) and brother Johnnie Register (Sara), numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members. A memorial service was held at 2:00 in the afternoon on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at Wrightsboro Baptist Church located at 2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 with Pastors Steve Spearing and Rick Crocker officiating. Visitation with the family immediately followed the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. Share memories and condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st St. Wilmington, NC 28403 901-791-9099.  
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on June 9, 2019

Beatrice E. Moore

Beatrice E. Moore, 90, of Loudon Ridge, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

“Bea” was born in Somerville, Mass. on Oct. 6, 1928, to George E. and Christina (MacKinnon) Turner. At a young age her family moved to Stoneham, Mass. She graduated from New England School of Theology. She came to the “Ridge” to teach Vacation Bible School at the Loudon Advent Christian Church where she met and married her beloved husband, Wendell A. Moore, in 1953. Her passion was her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, her church family and friends and cats. She was active in her local church as a deaconess, teaching Sunday school, VBS\ and Bible studies while raising her family and assisting on the farm. She was interested in foreign missions and served the Advent Christian denomination as president of the Women’s Home and Foreign Missions Society (WHFMS). She served on both the Eastern Regional and National conference boards. The highlight of her service was her trip to visit the mission work in the Philippines in 1994. Bea was also a member of the Concord Christian Women’s Club, part of the Stonecroft Ministries. Bea was active in the Loudon Elementary School PTA and served as its president. In 2009, she was honored as the Loudon Citizen of the Year. She was a 4-H leader for the Ridge Runners 4-H Club and Merrimack County 4-H for many years where she taught many children in the Loudon area to sew. Bea was very creative and loved to paint. She was a member of the White Mountain Decorative Painters Guild and sold her works of art at the sugar house at the family farm as well as many area craft fairs.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her brother, George Turner.

She is survived two sons, Karl C. Moore of Loudon and Larry J. Moore and his wife, Melissa, of Loudon; two daughters, Linda S. Flewelling and her husband, Gere, of Loudon and Diane J. Pearl and her husband, Bruce, of Gilmanton. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Angela C. Pearl and her children, Téa and Aidan Rodney of Gilmanton and nine grandsons, Brett D. Pearl of Gilmanton and Brian M. Pearl and his wife, Jenna and their children, Madelyn and Brooklyn Pearl of Gilmanton; Christopher K. Moore and his wife, Christine, of Rockwell, NC and Andrew N. Moore and his wife, Lindsay, of Salisbury, NC; Scot A. Flewelling and his wife, Sarah, of Northfield, Evan G. Flewelling of Loudon; Samuel R. Moore and his wife, Christina, and their children, Kelsea and Lydia, of Loudon, Jeffrey K. Moore and Taylar Clark, Bradley D. Moore and his fiancé, Erin Stevens, of Loudon. She is also survived by two sisters, Barbara (Turner) McLaughlin of Wade, ME, Ruth (Turner) Pifalo, and her husband, Paul, of Tewksbury, MA; one brother, John E. Turner, Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Stoneham, MA.; and two sister-in-laws, Charlene Turner of Milton, FL and Barbara (Moore) Burtt of Lee, MA. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Sweetie, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family thanks the Concord Regional VNA staff for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Family Bible Church, P.O Box 7858, Loudon, NH 03307.

Pastor Roland Roger Byrd

Pastor Roland Roger Byrd - April 27, 1938 – January 12, 2019

Pastor Roger Byrd, 80 years old, passed away January 12, 2019 . He is survived by his wife, Linda Tench Watts Byrd; two daughters, Teresa Byrd Shannon of Greensboro, North Carolina and Sharon Byrd Tetterton of Nicholasville, Kentucky; two step daughters, Sandie Watts Benfield of Indian Trail, North Carolina and Tina Watts Morgan of Concord, North Carolina; granddaughters, Megan Shannon Cook, Shanna Benfield Brown, Amy Benfield, Brooke Bostic Carrigan; grandsons, Matthew Shannon, Andrew Shannon, Taylor Tetterton, Jordan Tetterton, Christopher Tetterton, Dillon Bostic; great grandchildren, Graham Brown, Stella Grace Brown, Everet Brown, and new great grand daughter, Chandler Grey Carrigan.

Pastor Roger was the pastor of Cabarrus Christian Fellowship in Concord, North Carolina for 13 years. He started the fellowship. He was also pastor in many more churches in his ministry of 60 years. He received his Doctorate Degree in Theology at Word of Faith University in Concord, North Carolina.

He traveled and sang with his group, Roger Byrd and The Messengers, for 7 years, which he loved so much. He loved his friends and had so many good memories of their travels together.

He loved everyone and never met a stranger. He considered a new person he met as someone soon to become a friend. He loved with the most sincere love imaginable. Everyone loved him so much. He will be so missed by one and all. He loved the Lord first and foremost in his life and his life and ministry showed it. He was a lively, fun-loving man, always joking around with those he loved. He devoted his life to preaching the word of God with all of his might. He kept the faith - He fought the fight, He won the race, and there will be a crown of righteousness waiting for him when he enters God's kingdom on that day. He will hear, "Well done My good and faithful servant" from Jesus. He taught and preached the word, he lived the word, and his legacy will live on to all who knew him as being a TRUE MAN OF GOD.

His favorite Bible verse was " And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus," and He always did. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to Cabarrus Christian Fellowship in Concord NC, 60 Transit Court Concord , NC 28025.

Rev. George B. Boatwright

Rev. George B. Boatwright, 94, of Walton, WV, former pastor of the Advent Christian Church went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2019 at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

George was born December 9, 1924 in Clover, WV to Oscar “Ott” and Carrie (Chambers) Boatwright.

After graduating from Walton High School, WV in 1943, George enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served his country as a B-24 Bomber Belly Gunner/Armorer, seeing combat action in Europe, often escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen.

After the war, George attended Aurora College in Aurora, IL and the New England School of Theology in Boston, MA and pastored several churches in NY & Florida for over 35 years.

George enjoyed gardening, inventing, telling stories from the "holler" and hiking in the Catskills with his wife Mollie.

Surviving are his children, George Olin (Pam) Boatwright, North Augusta , SC, Barbara Boatwright (Brian Duncan) Arkville, NY, Bill (Ana) Boatwright, Mt Horeb, WI, David (Hyunsuk) Boatwright, Live Oak, TX and John (Donna) Boatwright, Ozark, AL; grandchildren, Jeremy Peck, Paul & Priscilla Boatwright, Daniel West (Courtney), Amanda Boatwright and Breanne Boatwright; great granddaughters, Arabella (Bella) Boatwright, and Katelijn West; several nephews, niece, cousins and sister-in-law, Joanne Soucy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Mavis (McCormack) Boatwright and Mollie (Almekinder) Boatwright.

Graveside services were held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Clover Cemetery in Spencer, WV with Rev James Harris Officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Local VFW and Camp Dawson Army Reserve. Online condolences can be sent to

Beverly Jean Mauerman

Beverly Jean Mauerman, 62, of Evansville passed away on March 2, 2019 at Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. Beverly was born on December 2, 1956 in Champaign Ill. to John and Peggy (Hughes) Johnston. Her family relocated to Evansville where she attended school and graduated from Evansville High School, Class of 1975, as salutatorian of her class. She attended UW- Platteville and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business. She married her high school sweetheart, John Mauerman, on October 6, 1979 at Magnolia Advent Christian Church in rural Evansville. They spent 47 happy years, married for 39 of them. They were blessed with two children. She was employed by General Motors Assembly Plant in Janesville, WI. and finished her career in Wentzville, MO. She retired in 2009 after 31 years of service. Beverly was an active member of the Magnolia A.C. Church where she served as the pianist for 40 years. She took great joy in her choir, especially their Christmas Cantatas. Bev served as secretary of North Central A.C. Conference. Bev and John farmed together for 35 years in the Evansville area. They shared their life together. She was a former member of the Magnolia 4-H club as a project leader and later as an active 4-H mom. She was the outstanding Girl of Rock county by the Janesville Rotary Club. Her most recent joy in life was becoming a grandma to her two granddaughters. They loved to have tea parties and bake cookies with Grammy Bev. She enjoyed reading, playing cards with her mom and sister, and taking random road trips with her husband. Beverly is survived by her beloved husband, John; their children, Matt of Evansville, and Katie (Nick) Doyle of Wuakesha; grandchildren Ellie and Shophie Doyle; her Mother, Peggy Johnston, of Champaign, IL.; sister, Debbie (Steve) Freeman, of Kernersville, NC; brother-in-law, Bill Mauerman, and sister-in-law, Jeanne (Jay) Johnson, both of Janesville. Also many nieces, nephews, special friends and her special puppy Dusty Rose. She was preceded in death by her father, John Johnston; father and mother in-law, Harold and Virginia Mauerman; sisters in-law, Sally Reisem and Lucia Mauerman.

Funeral services were held at 11:00AM on Friday March 8, 2019 at Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville with Reverend Tom Moe officiating. Burial will follow in East Magnolia Cemetery followed by a luncheon at Magnolia A.C. Church. A visitation will be held from 4:00PM to 8:00PM on Thursday March 7, 2019 at Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville.

A special thank you to the nurses in Special Care Unit for the compassion you showed for our loved one and for our family. Also, Pastor Tom Moe and Debby Jorgensen for your support and guidance during this difficult time.

Phyllis June Prior DuBois

Phyllis June Prior DuBois, 90, of Friendship, Maine, passed away on October 4, 2018 at the Sussman House in Rockport.

Phyllis was born on December 5, 1927 to Sidney E. Prior and Clara Bradford Prior in Friendship. She grew up there and attended local schools. She attended and graduated from Thomaston High School. She attended Fisher Business School in Boston and then she attended the New England School of Theology in Brookline, Mass. where she met her future husband Clarence DuBois. Phyllis and Clarence were married on September 4, 1949.

She served with her husband at several churches in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Illinois until they retired to Maine in 1996.

Music was a very important part of Phyllis’s life. She was the church organist for the churches that her husband served. She taught piano and she played with her traveling organ at many nursing homes and other local churches as well. She loved to sing in the church choir. She was very active in children’s ministry, King’s Jewels, Young Woman’s Auxiliary and the Church Kid’s Club. She was very active in the Advent Christian Church in Friendship with the Woman’s Home and Foreign Missions Society. She was also an active Sunday school teacher Kids Club, and she was a member of the Senior Citizens group of Friendship and Cushing.

Her hobbies included music, reading, her cats and gardening.

She is predeceased by her parents, Sidney and Clara Prior, her husband Clarence H. DuBois and a daughter-in-law, Tammy DuBois.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Sidney DuBois of Friendship; Hazel Blackstone and husband Clayton of Pittsfield, Mass.; Patricia Thompson and husband Darrell of North Tazewell, Va.; and Philip DuBois and wife Karen of Buckeye, Ariz.; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. She was also survived by her loving cat Patches.

A funeral service for Phyllis was held on Monday, October 8, 2018. A time of visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m at the Friendship Advent Christian Church, 19 Cushing Road, Friendship, ME. with Reverend Alan Chamberlin officiating. Interment was at the Harbor View Cemetery in Friendship.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Phyllis’s memory to The Friendship Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 9, Friendship, ME. 04547.

Rev. Orville L. Harvey


Reverend Orville L. Harvey, 94, of the Havens, died peacefully early Sunday morning, August 5, 2018 at his residence and is now resting in peace, awaiting the glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born May 14, 1924, at Flat Top, he was the son of the late Joseph Crockett Harvey and Ada Florence McBride Harvey. He was a graduate of Spanishburg High School, and a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army and a part of General Patton’s 3rd Army. Mr. Harvey began his career with U. S. Steel Coal Company in August of 1942 and remained with them until his retirement in October of 1971. He was called to the ministry in 1947 and was ordained in October of 1949. In his early ministries, he held tent revivals on the Welch-Pineville Road and organized Sunday School throughout the area. In 1954, he and his wife began cottage prayer meetings in homes around Princeton. In June of 1956, they assisted with organizing the Princeton Advent Christian Church on Prince Street, Princeton. There he pastored for some 35 years and then ministered in surrounding areas for many years thereafter. He served as president of the Pocahontas Conference for more than 25 years and was president of the Appalachian Region for six years. Pastor Harvey served on the Executive Council for six years and the Judicial Committee for 11 years. He also served as chairman of the Conference of Ministerial Association for five years and as a deacon for the conference. He was past chairman of the Princeton Ministerial Association and had served as chairman of the Chaplain Committee for Princeton Community Hospital.

Pastor Harvey was loved by all who knew him and respected by his peers and family. He was devoted to his Lord and Savior, his family, and friends and will be remembered for making people laugh and smile with his practical jokes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his precious wife of 66 years, Alma Allison Gross Harvey, along with his four brothers. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his two devoted daughters and their husbands; Anne “Florence Anne” & Jim Smith of Roanoke Va., Karen & David Hall of Princeton, special nephew, Von Peery & wife Jan of North Aurora, Ill; seven grandchildren; Andrea Starosciak, Matthew “Matt” (Anne) Smith, Allison (Chris) Hall, D.J. (Sarah) Hall, Caleb, Mollie & Xander Peery; eight great grandchildren; Lily & Grace Starosciak, Evelyn & Elaine Smith, Natalie & Micah Hall, Annalee & Morgan Hall; along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as special caregiver Brenda Barre.

On Thursday August 9, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. we celebrated the life of Pastor Orville L. Harvey from the Advent Christian Church on Prince Street, Princeton with Pastors Rob Buchanan & Joe Pritchett officiating. The burial followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends visited with the family Wednesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to services at the church. Serving as pallbearers were Gene Hudkins, Gordan Graham, Von Peery, Matt Smith, D.J. Hall & Chris Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Advent Christian Church, c/o Building Fund, P.O. Box 48, Princeton WV 24740. The Harvey family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Rev. Cushman A. Bryant

Reverend Cushman A. Bryant, 92, of Dowling Park, Florida passed away from cancer on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. He was born June 11, 1925, in North Springfield, the son of Clarence and Beatrice (Whitcomb) Bryant. Cushman grew up in North Springfield where he became a member of the Advent Christian Church at age 15. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1943. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII. After his time in the Navy, Cushman attended the New England School of Theology and for 60 years served as pastor at various Advent Christian churches, including the Advent Christian Church of Rutland, Vermont.

He moved to Dowling Park 35 years ago from Nova Scotia. In retirement, he was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Dowling Park.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years: Erlene A Bryant, Dowling Park, Fla ; three daughters: Joy Goode, Lake City, Fla., Donna Carr, Nicholasville, Ky. and Amy Beebe, Apopka, Fla; two sons: David Bryant, Winter Haven, Fla. and James Bryant, Bangor, Maine; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 am Monday, September 25, 2017 at Bixler Memorial Chapel, Dowling Park, Fla. with Rev. Jason Hilliard officiating.

In Service of God and Country

Seventy years ago, World War II was almost a year old. The United States had yet to enter the war directly, though they were sending supplies to their allies in Europe. Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia were marching (literally and figuratively) through Europe and Asia, defeating and laying claim to those countries they desired. It was a frightening time at home and abroad. And things had only just begun.

As the world remembers the 75th anniversary of its second world war, we would like to take the opportunity to spotlight a few Advent Christian Village members who served our United States as servicemen and women during those years of war. Without the personal sacrifices of brave individuals from all over, the outcome of the last world war would not have been as favorable. One such individual is Cushman Bryant.

Cushman Bryant was a scrappy 18-year-old when he joined the Navy in 1944. Cushman served until April 1946.

After World War II had been going on for a few years, Cushman Bryant received a draft notice during the summer of 1943. Not having yet graduated from high school, Cushman’s mother and principal worked it out that Cushman could receive a deferment in order to complete his senior year in half the time and report for military service during the winter of 1944. Cushman said he believes his teachers took pity on him, helping him to pass all his senior classes in half a year, and sending him off to Navy boot camp in January 1944.

After boot camp, Cushman was assigned to the USS Waldron, a destroyer named for John C. Waldron, a US Naval aviator who led a squadron of torpedo bombers earlier in the war. Cushman was assigned as a gunner’s mate, but construction on the ship was not finished until early summer 1944.

Stationed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a short distance by train from his hometown of North Springfield, Vermont, Cushman was granted leave to return home for his high school graduation ceremony. Though administration had asked for all applause to be held until the last name was called, when Cushman strode across the stage in uniform to receive his diploma, he received a standing ovation.

For the next two years, Cushman served on the Waldron. The Waldron’s main duty was to escort ships in the Pacific which were putting the pressure on Japanese forces.

One of the more memorable events Cushman remembers is when a Japanese picket boat attacked another destroyer and then attempted to break by the Waldron in order to get to the ships the destroyers were protecting. The Waldron could not fire on the boat because of its proximity to the other destroyer, so she rammed the picket boat, splitting it in two.

During Cushman’s two years as a sailor, he says he may not have advanced in rank or performed any memorable military service, but he is well remembered because of his faith.

Cushman and two other men, after finding each other because all three read their Bibles and prayed in their bunks, approached the captain about holding regular religious services on the Waldron. The captain granted their request and supported them, even when others fought to end their activities. Cushman had not previously had any ideas of becoming a preacher or missionary, but he readily and willingly acted as a chaplain for the men serving on the Waldron, including the captain himself.Cushman remembers fondly one particular sailor. On occasion, when in port, those who were involved in religious services on the separate destroyers would get together for what they called revival services. One of those times, an inebriated sailor approached Cushman and asked if they could pray together. Despite being warned by another chaplain that the sailor was most likely going to give Cushman trouble the next day, Cushman says he responded, “If someone asks me to pray with them, I’m going to pray.” The next day, Cushman found the sailor and discovered that he had left home on bad terms with his family and was now praying that God would heal those relationships. At a Waldron reunion, years later, people remembered that sailor and how Cushman had helped him turn his life around.

Gunner’s Mate Cushman Bryant stands aboard his ship, the USS Waldron, a destroyer.

Cushman has attended several reunions of the crews of the USS Waldron. In fact, he has the special honor of being a “plank owner,” meaning he was one of the original crew aboard the Waldron when it was first commissioned.

After his time in the Navy, Cushman attended the New England School of Theology and served as pastor at many churches in the east, even after his retirement to Advent Christian Village. At Waldron reunions, he is known as Reverend Bryant and has been asked to pray, and he has also performed a wedding ceremony.

We thank Cushman for his years of service to our country. But, more than that, we thank God that he used Cushman to support and reach so many sailors through love and ministry.
--Advent Christian Village News,
Dowling Park, Florida

Marian Alice Horne Wrigley

Marian Alice Horne was born on December 25, 1929 in Bristol, Connecticut to Rosa and Leon Horne, Sr.

Marian was active in the Bristol Advent Christian church as a young person and followed up a sense of call to Christian service by attending the New England School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. While at N.E.S.T., she met Donald E. Wrigley, whom she married on August 30, 1949.

For more than 50 years after that date, Marian served alongside her husband, Donald, in ministry to the Advent Christian denomination in Bath, ME; Whitman, MA; Providence, RI; Bellingham, WA; Hartford, CT; Waterville, ME; Clovis, NM; Walterboro, SC; Four Oaks, NC and Garner, NC. Marian also served as executive secretary of the national Women’s Home and Foreign Mission Society in Charlotte, NC from 1967-1971 and later as the national WH&FMS president.

In every church that Marian ministered in, she was active in children’s ministry, women’s ministry, and music ministry including both vocal and piano. In her later years of service, Marian also made an effort to be supportive to younger ministers and wives whenever she could.

In 2002, Donald and Marian moved to the Advent Christian Village. Marian remained active until poor health forced a move to the Good Samaritan Center in 2016. During her time there she continued to be an encourager to those she came in contact with and would pray for anyone who had a need. She fell asleep in Christ on May 22, 2018.

Marian is survived by her husband of 68 years, Rev. Donald E. Wrigley; daughter, Susan A. Darby; son, Rev. Donald B. Wrigley and wife, Penny; and sister-in-law, Shirley Horne. She is also survived by five grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, three bonus great-grandchildren and two nieces.

Judith A. (Haight) Latimore

Judith A. (Haight) Latimore, 79, a lifelong Upton resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 21, 2018, in the Milford Regional Medical Center after a very brief illness. She was the wife of the late Kenneth L. Latimore, Sr. who passed away in 2012.

Born in Danbury, CT., she was the only child of the late Ernest V. and Ruth (Allen) Haight. She was raised and educated in Upton and graduated from Grafton High School in 1956.

Prior to retirement, Mrs. Latimore was the co-owner with her husband, of the former Upton Country Store. Together they enjoyed antiques and previously ran the Old Town Road Antiques shop. Judy also had a talent for interior decorating which she proudly displayed in her home.

Judith was a very active member of the Oak Hill Bible Church in Oxford. She enjoyed acting during church performances. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three children, Rev. Kenneth L. Latimore, Jr. (Garner Advent Christian Church) and his wife, Kimberly, of Garner, NC., Rev. Allen Latimore (Advent Christian Church in Torrington) and his wife, Catherine, of Torrington, CT., and Darlene Waterhouse and her husband, Robert, of Charlton; four grandchildren, Kelly, Keith, Kristin and James; one great-grandchild, Nolan and one on the way; a niece, Wendy and a nephew, Scott.

Her graveside service will be held on Friday, May 25, at 1:15 P.M. at Lakeview Cemetery, North Main Street, Upton.

A calling hour will be held on Friday, May 25, from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, Inc., 45 Main Street, Upton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Oak Hill Bible Church, P.O. Box 277, Oxford, MA. 01540.

Gertrude E. (Trudy) Forbes

Gertrude E. (Trudy) Forbes went to meet our Lord on Tuesday, May 29th 2018. She passed away after battling a long illness with dignity and grace, just like she lived her life. She was married to the love of her life Bud for 68 years, she followed him 3 months and 2 days after he passed. She is survived by their daughter Patty (Butch) of Flagstaff, AZ, son’s David (Karen) and Donald (Heidi) both living in Whatcom County, and daughter June (Rod) in Midlothian, VA, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was born in Middleborough, MA on July 15th 1928 to Francis and Hattie (Eames) Merritt. She will be greatly missed by her brother Robert (Peg) Merritt of Carver, MA, sister Nancy Winslow of Issaquah, WA, brother Butch (Ginny) Merritt of Waterville, ME, and all of her nieces, nephews, and cousins from all over the USA. Her mother Hattie passed away while in her freshman year at Aurora College near Chicago, she mourned her death her entire life. She met Gordon (Bud) Forbes after answering a call for a pianist for a quartet at Aurora College, she was not just a gifted piano player, she was amazing. The members of the quartet stayed best friends until the end. Trudy married Bud on June 30th 1950 in West Wareham, MA, and then they moved across the country to Bellingham, WA. Trudy’s first teaching job was in Lynden, WA, then Everett where Trudy and Bud both taught and then they both accepted teaching jobs in Kent, WA. They were the only elementary music teachers in the entire district for several years, going from school to school. Trudy taught music her entire career.

During their summers they would take the entire family and drive around the country performing at church camps, churches, local TV shows, and colleges. The “Forbes Family” had so many wonderful memories of these trips that it’s difficult to name a favorite. These trips also somehow managed to make it to Carver, Massachusetts a lot of the time so Trudy could see her childhood home, family, and friends!

Of her many gifts, her deep love for the Lord and her absolute unflinching love for her family and friends will stand out to everyone who knew her. If you ever had the opportunity to watch or hear her play piano you would never forget her talent that was second to none. She played without looking at the keys most of the time and could transpose as fast as you could figure out the key that you needed.

Trudy’s celebrations were held in Bellingham, WA on Saturday, July 14th at 2:00. The day before her 90th birthday! The address was 2100 Broadway, Bellingham WA 98225. Everyone who knew and loved her was welcome!

Gordon C. “Bud” Forbes

Gordon C. "Bud" Forbes fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. He died after a short illness due to a traumatic injury. He was a kind, loving, talented man married to a wonderful woman for 68 years. Bud is survived by his loving wife Trudy; his daughter Patty (Butch) from Flagstaff, Ariz., twin sons David (Karen) and Donald (Heidi), both in Whatcom County, daughter June (Rod) in Midlothian, Va.; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Bud was born on July 25, 1928 in Ionia, KS, to Lester and Clara Forbes. The fourth of five children, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Rex, Barney and Keith. He is survived by his sister, Ruth Berry (Ray) in San Antonio, Texas and numerous extended family members. His father, Lester, did not want to raise his family in the dust bowl and had to choose between family in Bellingham or family in Florida. A coin toss resulted in the family moving to Bellingham in 1933 where Bud not only graduated as class president from Bellingham High School, but was also the captain of the football team, the captain of the basketball team and the lead in the school operetta. He then attended Aurora College in Aurora, Ill. and performed in the Aurora College Quartet. He met Trudy when she responded to an advertisement for an accompanist for the quartet. Bud and Trudy married on June 30, 1950, in the West Wareham Advent Christian Church in Massachusetts. They drove from Massachusetts and settled in Bellingham where Bud went to work for Georgia Pacific. Their daughter, Patty, was born on their second anniversary in 1952. Bud returned to college and finished his teaching degree, graduating from Western Washington College. After graduation, Bud received a teaching position in Everett and moved the family south. Bud and his wife, Trudy, were the first elementary school music teachers in the Kent School District, traveling from school to school.

In his spare time Bud enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and bowling, but music was dear to his heart. His extraordinary musical talent was enjoyed for decades by anyone lucky enough to hear him sing.

Bud's service was held on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM at the Fountain Community Church (2100 Broadway St, Bellingham, WA 98225). To share memories of Bud visit

Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 18, 2018.

Dorothy Mildred Carter

Dorothy Mildred Carter (August 13, 1919 - March 04, 2018)

Sandown, N.H.- Dorothy Mildred Carter, 98, of North Road entered into her eternal rest on March 4 at the Colonial Poplin Nursing Home.

Born August 13, 1919 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Dorothy was the youngest of 12 children born to the late Ewald and Dora (Hyhn) Knorr.

Dorothy was married to the late Raymond L. Carter, Sr. for nearly 76 years. They loved each other deeply and served as a great example of faith and commitment throughout their lives. They loved taking walks together daily. Dorothy and Ray lived in Norwalk until moving to the Maine/New Hampshire area in 2006.

Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Community Advent Christian Church in East Norwalk, Conn. She served in various capacities including teaching Sunday school.

Her faith in Jesus Christ was the foundation of her life and brought her much peace and hope. She enjoyed reading her Bible and devotional books. She also worked for many years as a preschool teacher in Norwalk. Dorothy loved opening her home for picnics and visits with friends, cooking and baking for her family, and working on her garden and crossword puzzles. In recent years, she gained much joy from visits with her six great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Raymond L. Carter Jr.; her son-in-law Willie Batson; two granddaughters and their husbands, Courtney (Erik) Pedersen and Cammie (Dave) Gilchrist; and six great-grandchildren, Alexi Gilchrist, Mollie Pedersen, David Gilchrist, Nate Pedersen, Jonathan Gilchrist and Scarlett Gilchrist.

She was predeceased by her parents and siblings; her husband, Raymond Sr., her daughter, Cindy Batson; and Raymond Jr.’s wife Betsy Carter.

No services are scheduled at this time. A burial will be held in the spring in Norwalk, Conn.

Arrangements are under the care of the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home in Rochester, NH 03867.

Donn Frederick Heanssler

Deer Isle - Donn Frederick Heanssler, 76, fell asleep in Christ on March 15, 2018, at his home in Sunshine, Deer Isle, Maine, after a battle with cancer fought with strength and determination.

Born on July 8, 1941, to parents Frederick "Fred" and Mildred (Shaw) Heanssler, Donn grew up with his sisters, cousins and other relatives on Deer Isle, attending the Sunshine one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from Deer Isle High School in 1959 and studied for one year at Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Mass. He then met and married his wife, Janice (Weeks) on June 14, 1969, and settled in their home on Sunshine, later raising their two daughters there.

Donn was a life-long attender and long-time member of the Sunshine Advent Christian Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, deacon and chairman of the board for many years. In 1976 he became the treasurer for Evergreen Cemetery in Sunshine, a position he held until 2018.

In 1974, he joined the Deer Isle Volunteer Fire Department, later becoming captain, then assistant fire chief. He served on fire truck committees and was president of the Deer Isle Firemen's Association from 1982 until his death.

Donn was very active at the Washington Second Advent Christian Campground in Washington, Maine, where he became vice president in 1983 and held that position until 2015. He could be seen on the campground jacking up buildings, doing plumbing work and attending church services.

Donn grew up working with and for his grandfather, Augustus 'Gus,' and his father, Fred, driving trucks at an early age. He worked under his father at Heanssler Oil Company in Deer Isle, later becoming owner and manager in 1980. He was well known in the community as a businessman and leader. Donn was a good-natured hard worker who wanted to please his customers. For a number of years, he had a boat storage business as well.

For those who knew him, Donn was a very active man. For many years, he could be seen in his fluorescent vest taking his daily walks in Sunshine in the very early morning hours, in any and all kinds of weather.

He will be remembered for his generosity, his sense of humor, his caring nature and his love and devotion to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his devoted wife of 44 years, Janice; and his infant brother, Gerald. He is survived by his daughters, Raegan Heanssler of Augusta, and Larissa Heanssler of Sunshine, Deer Isle; sisters, Sally Dunham and her husband, Richard, of Stonington, and Beth Lane and her husband, Daniel, of Deer Isle; niece, Andrea (Chris) Wheeland of Vermont; nephews, Wade Dunham of Massachusetts, and Nathaniel (Diana) Lane of Deer Isle; as well as many cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Reach Performing Arts Center, 249 North Deer Isle Rd, Deer Isle. A reception will follow at the Sunshine Advent Christian Fellowship Center. A private burial will be held later in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donn's memory can be made to Washington Advent Christian Campmeeting, c/o Pam Allen, 2 Deer Lane, Hallowell ME, 04347; or Deer Isle Fire Department, P.O. Box 275, Deer Isle, ME 04627.

Funeral arrangements have been made by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home.

Carolyn Gayle Plummer

Carolyn Plummer of Strafford, N.H. fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, December 27 after a courageous battle with cancer. Carolyn was born on March 24, 1956 in Melrose, Mass. She received her nursing degree in 1977 from Berkshire Community College and attended Berkshire Christian College where she met her husband.

Carolyn was an exceptional nurse, an example to young, an encouragement to old and a friend to all. She was dedicated to her profession, and her skill and knowledge were second to none. She was a registered nurse for 40 years, a CNOR and a member of AORN. She worked in the operating room at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover, N.H. for 25 years and most recently at Concord Orthopaedic Surgery Center. She also held other positions over her career including school nurse in Somersworth, N.H., a nurse at Camp Brookwoods in Alton, N.H., and roles in other surgery centers, doctors offices and hospitals.

More than anything, Carolyn loved her children and grandchildren. She loved being a Mia and was so proud and happy to be a grandmother. Her favorite times were when all of her family could be together capturing the memories. She looked forward to family vacations at Newfound Lake, and cherished those moments.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Rev. Donald Plummer; daughter Christie and her husband Nathaniel Goodwin of Strafford; son Andrew and his wife Kim of Nashua; and six grandchildren Travis, Bentley, Adelaide, Shane, Caleb and Levi. Her parents Norman and Carol Small of Gilmanton; her brother Rev. Steven Small and wife Kelley of Bridgewater; and many nieces and nephews.

Carolyn loved the Lord, and we look forward to seeing her again. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Family and friends visited Friday December 29, 2017 from 4-7:30PM at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, Rochester, NH.

The funeral service was held Saturday Dec. 30, 2017 at 2PM at Emmanuel Advent Christian Church, 34 Eastern Avenue, Rochester, NH.

Private burial will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made through

Cynthia Lynne (Carter) Batson

Cynthia L. Batson of Somersworth, N.H. peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on February 19, 2018, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H. after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was born May 8, 1952 to Raymond and Dorothy (Knorr) Carter in Norwalk, Conn.

Cindy and Willie began their journey together when they fell deeply in love as students at Berkshire Christian College in 1970 and married on August 19, 1972. A faithful follower of Jesus Christ, she served alongside Willie as an Advent Christian Church pastor’s wife in South Carolina, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. She read her Bible every day, volunteered in various church ministries and helped Willie lead Family Builders Ministries, a non-profit marriage and family ministry, for 30 years.

Cindy was a devoted mother and nana who enjoyed loving on her children and grandchildren. She found no greater joy in life than to spend time with family and close friends. Her grandchildren will always remember her having bubble gum in her pocketbook to give them.

She enjoyed playing various board games, but Scrabble was her favorite. Among her other personal activities, crafts, swimming, playing with her cats and baking desserts ranked high on the list. Cindy loved to bake/cook for others and often baked a carrot cake from scratch for Willie’s birthday. She was a quiet, unassuming and gentle person who constantly thought of others before herself.

Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and taught first grade for two years in Walterboro, S.C. before leaving the professional field to raise her two daughters. Once they were both in school, she began an 18-year career as a para-professional in special education at the New Franklin Elementary School in Portsmouth.

In 1991, Cindy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She fought hard to not let it keep her from what she enjoyed in life. When her legs became too weak to operate her car’s foot pedals, she had the car equipped with hand controls so she could continue driving to work and other places. Though she eventually had to depend on a wheelchair for mobility, she never gave up hope of being able to walk again. Her confident assurance was that someday she would walk again (and swim) when Jesus returns.

Over the past couple of years she fought hard against the complications brought on by the advancing of the MS. Many people commented that she was a “real trooper.” It was her strong and abiding faith in the goodness of God that sustained her.

She is survived by her husband and caregiver, Willie; her daughters, Courtney Pederson and husband Erik, and Cammie Gilchrist and husband David; her mother, Dorothy; and her brother, Raymond L. Carter, Jr. She had six grandchildren: Mollie and Nathanael Pedersen; and Alexi, David, Jonathan and Scarlett Gilchrist. She is predeceased by her father Raymond Sr.

Cindy’s husband and daughters want to express their grateful appreciation to the doctors and nurses who lovingly and graciously cared for Cindy over the past few years. The staff of the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and the visiting nurses of Cornerstone VNA became something like a second family to Cindy.

The family requests that any donations in Cindy’s memory go to Family Builders Ministries (PO Box 321, Durham, NH 03824-0321).

Melba Sears

Melba Sears, 86, Barrington Passage, NS, Canada passed away November 3, 2017. Melba was an active member of the Bear Point Advent Christian Church, Bear Point, NS. Melba's sense of humor, prayer warriorship, financial contributions and membership will be missed. Melba leaves to mourn many dear friends and family. Melba had four children, one like-a-daughter, one step-son and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren. Melba will be missed by our church, but we will meet again when our Lord returns for his children.

Jean S. Crowell

Jean S. Crowell, 88, Bear Point, NS Canada passed away July 24, 2017. Jean was a member of the Bear Point Advent Christian Church, Bear Point, NS. She was married to Freealnd Crowell for 69 years. Jean loved to knit, crochet and make quilts of which her two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren were recipients. Jean will be missed at our services, Sunday School, and Thimble Club which she was a member of until declining health a few months before her passing. We look forward to seeing our sister again when our Lord returns.

Glendon A. Smith

Glendon A. Smith passed away on December 21, 2017 at Medilodge of Clare. He was born on April 2, 1930 to the late Charles and Nora (Neal) Smith.

Glendon served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a licensed funeral director in the state of Wisconsin. Glen enjoyed flying, traveling, farming, going on rides and talking to all people around him. He loved to preach and spread the Word.

Glendon is survived by his wife, Wendie, children; David (Gwyn) Smith, Vicky (Paul) Pavalas, Matt (Julie) Antczak, Sheila Antczak, grandchildren; Derek (Elizabeth) Smith, Brook (Jim) Johnson, Griffin Antczak, Jenny Pavalas, Shelly Pavalas, Paul Pavals, Luke Pavalas and several great-grandchildren.

Glen was predeceased by his siblings; Paul, James, Donald, Marjorie Wilson, Elmer and Keith.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Club House of Old Oak Trails with Rev. Jung Eun Yum from First United Methodist Church officiating. There was fellowship afterwards.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Advent Christian General Conference, P.O. Box 690848, Charlotte, NC 28227.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Paul E. Stevens

Paul E. Stevens, 79, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 10, 2017 surrounded by his family, after a short illness.

Paul was born in Charlton, Mass. He was the son of the late Erwin and Jennie (Foskett) Stevens. Paul graduated from Charlton High School and Berkshire Christian College. He married Marjorie E. Thurlow and lived in North Carolina before returning to Charlton to raise his family. He lived in Colorado for some years before moving to Massachusetts.

He leaves behind three children, Jonathan and Kim (McDonald) Stevens of Holland, Mass; Jennifer and Dennis McGrail of Leicester, Mass. with whom he lived; Jesse and Sherry (Rogers) Stevens of Baraboo, Wis., eight grandchildren; Julie (Christopher) Stapleton, Jessica (Owen) Curboy, Jenna (Eddie) Rojas, Timothy, Matthew and Jacob McGrail; Solomon and Josiah Stevens; great grandchildren, Christopher, Clayton, Autumn and Dani-Lynn; sisters, Barbara Stevens Sellers Beaty of Keene, Texas., Priscilla Stevens of Charlotte, N.C. and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He leaves us to join his wife Margie and brother Raymond Lee Stevens (formerly of Castle Hayne, N.C.) in waiting for the hope of Christ and his return.

Paul worked as an Advent Christian pastor, a dairy farmer and as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator in the construction field. However, he considered it his true life’s work and calling to share God’s word, and to reach out to help others in any way he could. He did this from the pulpit, on the work site and everywhere he went. Paul led by example, teaching his family the importance of faith, family and hard work. He touched the lives of many, through his faith, kindness, friendship and generosity to all who knew him.

In honor of Paul’s memory, he and his family ask that you would pay forward any kindness he showed you, and carry on his mission of showing God’s love to others.

Calling hours for Paul will be Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5-7pm at the ROBERT J. MILLER-CHARLTON FUNERAL HOME, 175 Old Worcester Rd., Charlton.

Paul’s funeral Service will be Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12 (noon) at the Hope Christian Fellowship, 6 Haggerty Rd. in Charlton (please meet at the church).
Burial will be at a later date in West Ridge Cemetery with his beloved Margie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a Memorial Contribution to: Teen Challenge 1315 Main St., Brockton, MA. 02301, or a charity of your choice.

To leave a condolence message or share a memory of Paul, please visit his on line guest book at:

Ryan Brett Riley

Ryan Brett Riley, age 48, passed away Sunday, July 9th, 2017 at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, Kansas. He was born on September 22, 1968 in Spokane, Washington to John Edward and Penelope Ann (Paulsen) Riley. Ryan graduated from Sarasota High School, Sarasota, Florida in 1988. He married Elizabeth Lynn Jewett on August 13, 2000 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Pastor Ryan grew up in a military home where he learned the value of hard work and leading by example. He demonstrated these traits when he enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to graduating from high school. While in Basic Training in Oklahoma, Pastor Ryan suffered his first military “wound” when he angered a tarantula by sitting on it and required medical attention to treat the bite. He went on to be stationed at Furth Army Base in Nuremberg, Germany. Following an honorable discharge from the Army, Pastor Ryan continued his German experience by working for Eurowings in operations control and air traffic control.

After hearing God’s call to ministry, Pastor Ryan landed at the Lowry Park Church in Tampa, Fla. This church was his first of many as he proceeded to minister in Florida, South Carolina, Washington, Texas and Kansas. He even took on the challenge of a church-plant in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. Through these moves, Pastor Ryan touched many lives and gave much of himself to the communities he served. His final calling was at the Sublette Christian Church where his influence will be remembered long into the future. He wore multiple hats; in addition to being a pastor, he served as a firefighter, EMS responder, deputy sheriff and summer camp manager. Pastor Riley’s security work allowed him some unique experiences such as providing security for several celebrities including Janet Jackson, Metallica and WWE stars Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker as well as for a haunted house attraction.

Pastor Ryan worked hard in the communities he served to break down all types of barriers so that each individual was included. He knew that progress could be made when everyone worked together toward a common goal. Ministering to youth excited Pastor Ryan. He dedicated himself to projects such as managing youth summer camps, serving as chaplain for high school football teams, working with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and coordinating a toy drive at Christmas. He also coached Ashley’s softball team and loved it when she would have a great hit right after he said something to make her mad.

There were many passions in Pastor Ryan’s life. God and family were first and foremost, but he also loved horses, the outdoors and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Being a horseman didn’t come naturally for Pastor Ryan. He was initially scared of them, but with help from a lady named Doris, he conquered his fear and soon intensely loved horses. He enjoyed fishing while living in Washington. Just as Doris influenced Pastor Ryan’s love of horses, a little boy named Bayler Teal and a football team fueled his passionate love of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Bayler was only seven years old when neuroblastoma took his life, but before his passing he had been embraced by the Gamecock teams. The love shown to Bayler and his family by the team inspired Pastor Ryan and made him a dedicated fan for life.

Ryan is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth Riley of Sublette, Kan.; his daughter, Cheyenne Ashley Riley of Sublette, Kan.; his loving mother Penelope “Penny” Treadwell and husband Thomas of Brooksville, Fla.; a sister, Heather Hammond and husband Thomas of Pace, Fla.; a niece, Elizabeth Hammond; a nephew, John Thomas Hammond.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Edward Riley.

A Celebration of Life will be 10:30 am Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at the Sublette Christian Church, 106 W. Carson Sublette, KS 67877. Cremation has taken place.

Suggested memorial contributions are to the Ryan Riley Fund in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be left online at

A. Cameron Ainsworth

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you see will change.”—Thomas Pomeranz

Rev. A. Cameron Ainsworth Jr., 77, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Cameron was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Ashland, Maine to Rev. Ariel and Bernice Ainsworth.  He graduated from Berkshire Christian College in 1960 and married Janice Clark.  He pastored churches in the Advent Christian denomination for 54 years, serving in Clearwater, Florida, Clovis, New Mexico, Rochester, New Hampshire, Memphis, Tennessee, Fort Worth, Texas and Torrington, Connecticut.. He was a popular camp evangelist and had a deep heart for Home Missions and Urban Ministry.  He was also known as a Gospel Magician and was instrumental in establishing the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians in Fort Worth. Cameron was a man of grace, wit and kindness, a fine preacher who will be deeply missed. Survivors: Wife, Janice Ainsworth; daughter, Tracy Ainsworth; son, Ariel Cameron Ainsworth III and wife, Lisa; grandson, Cameron Joseph Ainsworth; sister, Connie Ainsworth Jones and husband, Jack; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Chester (Chet) Ronald Perkins

Chester (Chet) Ronald Perkins
September 29, 1925 – January 6, 2017

Chet Perkins of Danville, Quebec, Canada, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2017, with family by his side, at the Wales Home in Richmond, Quebec. He was 91 years old. He was a man of utmost integrity, character and faith. All who were blessed to know him were impacted by his positive outlook and his commitment to live a life of faithfulness and gratitude.

He was married to the late Joan (nee Webb) for 58 years, and together they raised four children who deeply loved and respected their mom and dad. His passing leaves a tremendous void in the family, but each one is thankful for the blessing God bestowed by giving them the dad he did. Ken (Darlene) of Bear River, Nova Scotia / Ruth (Wayne Lucas) of Walterboro, SC / James (Shana) of Ottawa, Ontario / and Esther (Doug Peters) of Pointe-Claire, Quebec all miss their Dad terribly, as do the 14 grandchildren he cherished: Candi (Ralf), Abram, Hannah, John, Sarah (Jon), Matthew, Elizabeth, Laura, Jessica (Justin), Justin (Kelsee), Jenna, Jacob, Corabella, and Alice, as well as his 4 (almost 5) great-grandchildren – Victoria, Noah, Marley, Aurora (and he just missed meeting baby Joanna).

A funeral service was held on Friday, January 13th at The Wales Home in Richmond, with a large crowd assembled to pay their respects and honor a man whose influence ran very deep. There was lots of music, many laughs and many tears shared, and much thanksgiving to God for his grace and presence. Family and friends from near and far shared of the impact Chet has had upon their lives.

Chet grew up on the farm, the youngest of three brothers born to James and Blanche Perkins. In his late 20s, while tending to the family farm (and now married to Joan with toddler Ken), Chet was stricken with polio, resulting in paralysis from the waist down. They did not know what would happen to them, how they would get through such a devastating affliction or what he would do after the inevitable loss of the farm. Chet's most desperate prayer throughout the year that followed – a year of rehabilitation and sometimes seclusion, much of it away from Joan and Ken – was a plea to his Heavenly Father that God might not let him become bitter. If you were blessed to know Chet, you're smiling right now, because you know that prayer was answered.

Chet was known, loved and respected by many people – in the community where he lived, in the Danville Advent Christian Church where he served for decades, in the Beebe Advent Christian Campmeeting where again he willingly served throughout the years, at the schools where he worked in finance (which gained him the opportunity to befriend teachers, staff and students), and at The Wales Home, where he served on the board of directors, even as president for a term. He and Joan attended numerous Eastern Regional Association Conventions and had the chance to be part of one Triennial Convention, all gatherings they very much enjoyed. They had many friends throughout the denomination, and his humble and positive spirit made a significant imprint on numerous lives. All who knew him will continue to be inspired, encouraged and challenged to do more, complain less, and laugh until the tears flow.

A colleague and friend from Danville who knew Chet well from his days working with the school board, upon learning that in 2011 Chet again had a significant health issue to overcome, penned this note in a card:

“Dear Chet,
We are so sorry that you have yet one more burden to bear. Your deep faith that the Almighty knows
what is best has always allowed you to meet these tests with stoicism, strength and dignity. Your
exemplary character has always stood forth like a beacon to the rest of us, showing by example how
life should be lived. Our prayers are certainly with you.”

What a blessing to know that God used Chet to reveal himself to others, and that his life well-lived continues to point others towards our Father in Heaven.

Chet's memoirs were printed in December: 364 pages of inspiring memories, insights and perspectives. “My Selective Memory – the Memoirs of Chester R. Perkins” is a real treasure. On the back is his quote, “If you can look back on your life with contentment, you have one of God's most precious gifts to man – a selective memory.”

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for
me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day – and
not only to me, but also to all those who have longed for His appearing” (2 Timothy 4: 7-8)

Gerald H. Bass, Sr.

Gerald H. Bass Sr., 88, of Lynn Haven, Florida passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at a local hospital.

Gerald was born in Holt, Florida. He graduated from Crestview High School where he was an All American in football. Gerald worked in law enforcement in Bay County from 1956 - 1992. He graduated from the F.B.I. Academy in 1958. Gerald worked for the Bay County Sheriff's Office and later as an Investigator for the State Attorney Office in Panama City. He was a life-long member of Hope Christian Church, West Bay, Fla. Gerald had an extraordinary love for his family and friends. He was greatly loved and respected for his deep Christian faith, moral example and great kindness to all.

He is preceded in death by son Gerald "Howie" Bass, Jr; son–in–law Larry Striplin and James A. "Tony" McGill, Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife Doris Bass; his children Wanda McGill, Rhonda Striplin, and Tonya Wagner (Bryan); grandchildren Melissa Dudley, Chad Bass (Carrie), Kyle Bass, Deliah Bass, Josh Jackson, (Tiffany), Anthony McGill, Aharon McGill (Amber), Heather Gentry (Wayne), Jessica Ceurvels, Kaitlyn Rodriguez (A.J.) and Brittney Latta (Austin).

Funeral services were held at 11 A.M. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Chad Bass and Rev. David L. Van Huisen officiating. Interment followed at West Bay Cemetery. Family received friends Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed online at - See more at:

Richard Ronald Darr

His Legacy... Richard Ronald Darr, 84, died March 24, 2017 surrounded by his family.  He was born on July 07, 1932, in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Edgar and Anna Darr. While serving in the Air Force he met and then married the love of his life, Martha Turnbow of Shamrock, TX on October 23, 1954.
Richard graduated from the University of Michigan in 1960 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  Richard was family-focused, strong in his faith, generous and attended Dexter United MethodistChurch. He loved watching his grandkids' activities, Detroit and University of Michigan sports, golfing, and vacations with Martha and their family. He retired from the University of Michigan in 1996 as Operations Director in Telecommunications. After retirement he "worked" at the Hudson Mills Golf Course.

His Family... Richard will be missed by his spouse, Martha Darr; his children, Norma and Donny Heller, Ron and Sandra Darr, Gordon Darr, Tim and Deva Darr; siblings, Kathy Darr Lebeau,  Arnold Darr, Mike and Karen Darr, John and Carol Darr; sister-in-law, Irene Darr; grandchildren, Sandra and Todd Genske, Becky and Nick Houle, Melissa and Matt Groth, Charlotte Darr, Caroline Darr, Hailey and Larry Nunamaker, Brian Darr, Richard Darr III, and Mark and Kara Plum; great grandchildren, Marissa Genske, Alison Genske, Lillie Nunamaker, Laynie Nunamaker, Clara-Mae Plum, Alan Groth, Charles T. Plum, and Walter Groth. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses: Edward and Mardell Darr, Robert Darr, Dale and Elizabeth Milliken, Donald Darr; and brother-in-law, John Lebeau. 

His Farewell... Richard's family and friends will gather 2:00PM-4:00PM and 6:00PM-8:00PM, Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Dexter United Methodist Church. His Community Farewell will be held 11:00AM, Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Dexter United Methodist Church. Rev. Tom Snyder will serve as celebrant. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hudson Education Center (9500 Island Lake Rd., Dexter, MI.

Ronald Arthur Murch

Ronald Arthur Murch died Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine.

He was born in Rockland, Maine on April 21st, 1928. He was the son of Malcolm and Lena Barnes Murch.

After graduating from Bridgton High School in 1947, he went on to Aurora College (now Aurora University) in Illinois, and earned a B.A. in music in 1953, a B. Theology in 1955, and a M. Ed. from the University of Massachusetts in 1962.

He served churches in New London, Conn.; West Wareham, Mass.; East Granby, Conn.; Carr, Fla.; and Auburn, Maine. He also taught French and English at East Granby, Conn. Junior-Senior High School from 1964 to 1983. After moving to Lewiston, Maine in 1986, he taught at Franklin Academy in Sabattus, and substituted for various subjects in the Auburn school system.

He married Carol Sylvester Edgecomb in 1986, and they had 30 happy years together. They enjoyed their annual trips to Virginia and Tennessee to spend time with son, Bruce, and his wife Beverly, and their children and grandchildren; and daughter, Miriam Kezer, and her husband, Bruce, and their children.

Many of Ronald’s former students kept in touch through the years and developed lasting friendships. One former student, Tricia Grant Gregoire, requested that Ronald and Carol become her godparents, and they were delighted to fill that role in her life.

Ronald was known to be a loyal friend to people he met as far back as grade school, and to friends he met in more recent years.

Besides his wife, Carol, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, he leaves a sister, Janice Chapman, of Dowling Park, Fla., and a sister-in-law, Janice Huntley Murch, of Zephyrhills, Fla..

He was predeceased by his father in 1982; his mother in 1984; his brother, Bruce, in 1953; his brother, Sherwin, in 2013; and his brother, Brian, in 2016, and many dear friends.

Many thanks to Unit 4-West at d’Youville, and Beacon Hospice, for the excellent care they provided for the past year.

There was a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 18th, at 1 o’clock. It was at the Turner Street Community Church (Advent Christian), on 263 Turner Street, Auburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ron can be made to a favorite charity, or do a good deed for a person in need, in his memory.

Alma Elizabeth Lampard

Alma Elizabeth Lampard, 91, of Torrington, fell asleep in her Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, March 2, 2017. She was born in Hartford, Conn. on May 22, 1925 daughter to the late George F. and Clara L. (Maynard) Johnson Sr.

While attending the New England School of Theology, she met her husband, Charles Lampard. They were married on June 17, 1948 and for 63 years they served the Lord together. Charles pastored in several Advent Christian Churches, including Penfield, N.Y., New Bedford, Mass., Peacedale, R.I., Massena, N.Y., and Bristol, Conn. Alma was a dedicated pastor’s wife who loved her Lord and faithfully served by her husband’s side. During their years of ministry, Alma served in the Ladies Mission Society, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and loved on many people.

Her love for children led to her to babysit and work in daycare for many years. She was a registered member of the Girl Scouts and enjoyed camping and leading a troop. Alma was the ultimate hostess and there was always someone invited to her home for Sunday dinner. Always gracious, she welcomed everyone into her home with open arms.

Alma is survived by her daughter, Nancy Sylvester and her husband, Phillip, of Windsor; her daughter, Dianne Hart and her husband, Walter, of Torrington; her son, Stephen Lampard and his wife, Cindy, of Oceanside, Calif.; her eight grandchildren; her three great-grandchildren (and was expecting a fourth); her brother, George F. Johnson, Jr., of Newington; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, the Rev. Charles Lampard, she was predeceased by her sisters, Eleanor Hurley and Birtise Martin.

A Celebration of Alma’s life will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11 AM at the Advent Christian Church, 217 New Harwinton Road, Torrington, CT 06790. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Alma to the Advent Christian Church, 217 New Harwinton Road, Torrington, CT 06790.

Eleanor “Loretta” (Nickerson) Ilse

ILSE, Eleanor "Loretta" (Nickerson) - 84, Bay Side Home, formerly of North East Point, Shelburne Co., passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Born August 19, 1932, at Clark's Harbour, Loretta was the daughter of the late Clifton and Esther (Nickerson) Nickerson. Following graduation from Clark's Harbour High School in 1950, she attended Provincial Normal College in Truro. She taught for 40 years. She furthered her studies and received a Bachelor of Arts (U. Ste. Anne), a BA in Theology and a Master's Degree in Theology and Bible Studies; all of which were achieved with Honours and High Distinction. She was the author of several books and articles of a historical nature. Loretta was a member of the Bear Point Christian Advent Church and a member of the NS Advent Conference. She had a great interest in missions, both locally and at the conference level. She also enjoyed watching curling, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Loretta is survived by her daughter, Denise (Richard), North East Point; sons, David (Stephanie), North East Point; Devere, Shelburne; grandchildren, Jessica Ilse, Halifax; Matthew (Carly Niven) Ilse, LaHave; Ryland Ilse, North East Point; brother, Leroy (Luba) Nickerson, Aurora, ON; sister, Barbara (Gary) Nickerson, West Head; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald; brothers, Douglas, Stirling, Rupert; sisters, Mavis Cavicchi, and Augusta Chase.  Memorial donations may be made to the Autism Society of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice. 

Leslie Earl Mark

Leslie Earl Mark was born in Rochester, Vt. as the youngest of 14 children. In his life’s journey, he lived in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, India, California, Guadalajara, Mexico and finally, in Fresno, California.

Leslie was a graduate of the New England School of Theology, and Gordon Divinity School with advanced studies in the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He served faithfully and enthusiastically as a pastor (student pastor in Mechanic Falls, Maine; Concord, N.H.; Rochester, N.H.; pastor of Tustin AC Church, Tustin, Calif.), missionary (in Guadalajara for the Advent Christian Church to work with university students), mentor and university professor, the last most notably teaching classes at the University of Guadalajara and as a long-time faculty member of Fresno Pacific University. Prolific in English and Spanish, Leslie loved and served communities in Mexico and both language communities in the United States.

A practitioner of the Socratic Method, Leslie was noted for encouraging critical thoughtfulness by asking carefully constructed questions that served to encourage independent intelligence and personal responsibility. He loved God and all of God’s creation with great passion and sought the “temporal and eternal best good” of everyone. Every day he would greet someone with, “Have a great forever!” And he meant it.

Leslie Graduated from this life, as he would say, following his beloved wife, Erlene, who preceded him in death in 2002.

He moved on peacefully and in the company of his sons and their wives, David and Wendy, and Steven and Barbara. He left six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, whom he loved with joy and tenderness. He also leaves behind his brother, David C. Mark, the next to the last born of the 14 children.

All who were blessed by Leslie Mark are cordially invited to a memorial celebration in his honor at Bethany Mennonite Brethren Church, 9161 North Maple Ave., Fresno, CA 93720, on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

As would be expected, Leslie wrote and organized the entire memorial celebration himself as a witness to hope in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Todos aquellos que fueron bendecidos por Leslie Mark están invitados cordialmente a una celebración memorial en su honor en el lugar y la hora arriba mencionado.

Soli Deo Gloria

Charlotte Iola Kelso Hall

Charlotte Iola Kelso Hall, 96, fell asleep in Christ on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Vernon Advent Christian Nursing Home in Vernon, Vermont. She was born on June 22, 1920 in Milford, Connecticut to Murriel and Cora (Valentine) Kelso.

She graduated from Live Oaks High School, in Live Oaks, Florida in 1938. She was recruited out of high school to work as a house mother for Dowling Park Orphanage. A year later, she attended Aurora College in Aurora, Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked as a teacher for a number of years before getting her Masters of Library Science from the University of Maine, Orono. She worked as a high school librarian in Calais, Maine and then Caribou, Maine. After leaving the public-school system, she organized the public library on Swan's Island, Maine. After retirement, she continued her life of service by managing the library, creating a monthly activity calendar, teaching bible classes and other assorted volunteer activities for the Vernon Advent Christian Homes. She enjoyed gardening, reading, needlework, baking, bird-watching, Scrabble and other word games and spending time with friends and family.

Charlotte married Winslow Hall on June 15, 1944 in Aurora, Illinois. They served together in the Christian Ministry for 62 years. Charlotte and her husband were also members of the Gideons International.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and five siblings. Charlotte is survived by her two daughters, Cathleen Jane (Hall) Knox and spouse Kenneth L. Knox of Pittsfield, Maine and Sandra Lynne (Hall) Nordstrom of Vancouver, Washington; her sister Joyce (Kelso) Knox of Spartanburg, South Carolina; her grandchildren Cheryl Harris, Dan Knox, Bunny Pounds, Jeremy Knox, James Knox, Stephen Knox, Jennifer Lau, Shasta Tate and Todd Nordstrom; her 21 great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A graveside service will be held in Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, Vt. in the spring at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Vernon Advent Christian Homes, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, Vermont 05354.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. is in charge of arrangements.

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Eleanor S. Bowden

Eleanor S. Bowden, 95, of Kittery, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at The Meetinghouse Village in Kittery.

She was born on May 16, 1921 in Eliot, Maine, a daughter of Robert and Stella (Spinney) Staples. Eleanor was a graduate of Berkshire Christian College.

Eleanor was formerly employed as a teacher for the Lee Massachusetts School System; the Rowley Massachusetts School System and had was also employed for the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center with her husband, Rev. Raymond Bowden, when he served as director.

Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Raymond W. Bowden, in 1996.

Survivors include three sons, Robert and his wife, Sandra of Chatham, Mass; David and his wife, Sandra of The Villages, Fla; and Steven and his wife, Dale of Eliot; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and one niece, Helen Sullivan of Eliot.

Services: A memorial service will be held at Meeting House Village Chapel on Thursday February 16, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Meetinghouse Village 143 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904. Visit: Care for the Bowden family has been entrusted to the J. S. Pelkey Funeral Home.

Rev. George Fred Perry

Rev. George Fred Perry, retired minister, 98, passed away peacefully at Bay Side Home, Barrington, Nova Scotia on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. George was born September 3, 1918, in Bear Point, NS, to Frederick M. C. Perry and Ina E. Cook Perry. George married Edith Joyce Lucille Greenwood on December 31, 1938. George was a Nova Scotia fisherman and then became a minister. He held pastorates in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New York, Illinois, South Carolina and Florida. For many years, George was a pastor of a church in South Carolina, but in 1995, he accepted the pastorship of the Advent Christian Church in Bear Point and George and Edith returned to their birthplaces. George also served in the Canadian Army and was stationed in Newfoundland in 1944.

He is survived by sons, Rodney C. Perry and his wife, Marcia, Williamson, New York; Gary M. Perry and his wife, Margaret, Bowdoinham, Maine; Eric T. Perry and his wife, Alice, Hallowell, Maine; daughter, Dora Perry Breland, Walterboro, South Carolina; eight grandsons; nine granddaughters, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret and her husband, John Cameron, Shag Harbour, NS. George was predeceased by his wife, Edith, February 13, 2002; and son, Jackie G. Perry, June 25, 2005.

Memorial donations may be made to the Advent Christian Church, Bear Point.

Fred Olen Sapp

Fred Olen Sapp, 87, fell asleep in Christ on September 20, 2016, after a valiant battle with stomach cancer. His family asks that any memorial gifts made in Fred’s name be given to Asante Hospice, Medford, Oregon. They blessed both Fred and his family with their kindness and care during the last months’ of Fred’s life.

Fred and his beloved wife, Paula, moved to the Rogue Valley with their two young children, Kevin and Karen, in 1959, when Fred accepted the call to pastor the Blessed Hope Fellowship Advent Christian church in Medford. In 1963, Fred and Paula welcomed a second son, Kirk, who has the distinction of being born in the middle of his dad's Easter sermon. Family love to say Fred took the phone call about the birth, went back to the pulpit and finished the sermon, and then told the church family he had a new son. Though Fred denied the story, he always did so with a grin.

Fred and Paula--working from a foundation of deep faith, humor, and wisdom--loved serving their church family. Blessed with a rich baritone, Fred's singing touched many as he performed in church and at various organizations. After Paula's death in 2002, Fred continued to pastor the church until his retirement in 2004.

A bi-vocational pastor, Fred also worked full-time outside of the church. As the Athletic Director at the Medford YMCA, he headed up such programs as the Y Indian Guides, the minibike program for troubled teens, handball/racquet tournaments, summer caravans to Disneyland, and the summer camp program at Diamond Lake. A skilled handball and racquetball player, Fred loved teaching the games as much as competing in them, so when he left the Y he joined Superior Athletic Club as an instructor.

Even after retirement from the pastorate, Fred ministered through sharing song videos on Facebook and on a TV channel at the denominational retirement community in Dowling Park, Florida. But the role that brought Fred the deepest joy was that of husband, father, and grandfather, and family gatherings always overflowed with laughter and the simple delight of being together. While his passing leaves a void in the hearts and lives of those who loved him best (three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren), the faith he imparted to us sustains us as we look forward to seeing him and our mom/grandmother again. As Fred often shared from 1 Peter when he spoke at funerals, "For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children.... So be truly glad, for there is wonderful joy ahead."

William Amos Flewelling

img_1495-william-flewelling-2-optWilliam Amos Flewelling, 95, of Rowley, MA, went to his rest on October 21, 2016. He will be remembered less for his various achievements than for how he lived out a humble life of dedication to his Lord and his family. He and his beloved wife, Esther Welkley Flewelling, were partners in marriage and ministry for 62 years before she died in 2004.

William was born on October 29, 1920 in Crouseville, Aroostook Co., Maine — potato farming country. He was the third of seven children in the Frederic and Avis (Crouse) Flewelling family. From early age, William and his siblings were deeply influenced by the spiritual lives of their family, neighbors, and the other devoted members of the Advent Christian Church at the village center. Father Fred was a lay minister who often rode a weekend preaching circuit around the region while Mother Avis guided the children at home. Of the siblings, William and Gerald became pastors, the two sisters married pastors, and all 7 became reliable, active members of their chosen church congregations.

William graduated from Washburn High School in 1938 with an agricultural emphasis. He and Gerald decided to pursue Bible studies at the New England School of Theology in Brookline, MA. There he met and fell in love with Esther. Once William graduated in 1942, he and his brother were both ordained to Christian ministry in the same service. Their father preached the dedication sermon. Later that summer, William and Esther were married on September 4 and soon he began his first pastorate in Exeter, NH. She was ordained a year later. During the next 14 years, the couple served congregations in Rochester, NY, Morrisville, VT, and Portland, ME, and gave birth to their three sons: Stephen Gerald, Stanley James, and Sherwin Paul.

In 1956 the family moved to Japan where William and Esther entered 11 years of missionary service. Despite struggles with language studies and cultural adjustments, their quiet, caring ways gained the respect of many Japanese neighbors and won lifelong friends. They returned to the US and pastorates in DeKalb, IL and Albuquerque, NM. In 1971 the inseparable pair both joined the support staff of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in So. Hamilton, MA. William worked in the accounting office while Esther served as an administrative secretary. They moved from Beverly to Rowley a year later. They retired together in 1987.

William and Esther kept busy in retirement, helping out wherever they knew of a need. They were longtime members of Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, where William served as a trustee, deacon, and then elder. Their joy in a growing family and circle of friends increased their bond, as did mutual interests. They read books and prayed together daily, grew their garden, shared gallons of fresh raspberries and rhubarb with friends. Many folks in Rowley still remember them walking hand-in-hand to the post office each day. William was a clever craftsman who could build or repair useful objects with a minimum of materials.

When Esther was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, William looked after the full measure of her needs at home until her final demise a decade later. He always said it was a “privilege,” not a chore, to be her caregiver. Many kind friends supported his efforts. In his remaining years, despite his own mounting health issues, William resumed many of the church-related activities that he had curtailed. He volunteered nearly every week in the Advent Christian Church archives at Gordon-Conwell—and was on duty there two days before he died. William and Esther’s greatest hope in life, he wrote as a young man, was “that Christ may be magnified in reaching the lost through our lives.” Now they are both at rest, awaiting Christ’s return.

Besides Esther, William was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Leo and Gerald. He is survived by four siblings (Anna Goodwin Newton and Clarissa Jordan, both of Vernon, VT, Wilmot & Ruth Flewelling of Crouseville, ME, and Erwin & Ellen Flewelling of Northport, ME), three sons and two daughters-in-law (Stephen & Joan [De Lia] Flewelling of Winter Park, FL, Stanley of Rowley, MA, and Sherwin & Jean [Cothrell] Flewelling of Auburn, WA), four grandchildren (Jacob, Jaclyn, Mary, and Anna), and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Byfield Parish Church (132 Jackman Street, Georgetown, MA) on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. William’s burial will take place on the previous day at the South Byfield Cemetery after a family graveside service. The F. S. Roberts & Son Funeral Home of Rowley is assisting with the arrangements. Memories may be shared with the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063, or to other Christian mission efforts around the world.

Rev. Warren G. Rivenbark Sr.

warren-rivenbark-optRev. Warren G. Rivenbark Sr., was born on June 14, 1926, in Pender County to Eugene and Daisy Bowen Rivenbark and fell asleep in the Lord on September 4, 2016, at the age of 90. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 66 years, Mildred Pierce Rivenbark; two sons - Warren Jr. (Wreen) and his wife, Janet, and Chris; two granddaughters - Ashley and Caitlin; two sisters - Eloise Wood and her husband, Alton, Marshalean and her husband, James; three brothers – Gene, Jack and his wife, Lois, and Mickey and his wife, Tama; and a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Alfred and Harrison.

Rev. Rivenbark was a veteran and worked for 20 years with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. He served our Lord for more than 60 years, pastoring churches in North Carolina and Florida. In addition, he served for 10 years as Superintendent of the Southern Region and was instrumental in starting three churches.

A celebration of his life was held at United Christian Fellowship in Wallace, N.C., on September 7 at 12 noon with many of his fellow pastors in attendance. The graveside service with military honors was held at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, N.C., at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Adrian Shepard officiating.

Truly, here is a servant of the Lord that one day will hear those words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Note: The picture was taken at his 90th birthday party this past June.

Louia Roy Gransee

LouiaSeptember 19, 1926 – August 13, 2016

Dr. Louia R. Gransee died just one month before his 90th birthday. Louia was born in Evansville, WI, the son of Paul and Ruby Gransee. He was raised on the family farm with a brother, Earl Gransee (deceased), and two sisters, Pauline Champion and Gwen Reese. He was married in 1949 to Dorothy Clothey, and they have four daughters: Martha Fernandez, Lucinda Chase, Elise Finney, and Jane Mergens. There are nine grandchildren and four who call him ‘Great Grandpa.’

He attended grades 1 through 8 at Moore School in Rock County, WI - a one-room school house, the oldest school building still in use in WI. He graduated from Evansville High School in 1943 where he was active in music and drama and President of the Junior Class. He was presented the American Legion Medal for Leadership upon graduation. He attended the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Short Course one winter and participated in the University operetta while there.

Louia entered Aurora (College) University in preparation for the ministry. During his college years, he participated in dramas, sang in a quartet, traveled on behalf of the college for promotional purposes, and was Student Body President in his Senior year. His name was listed in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" and he received the Spartan Award. He continued his education, receiving his Master of Divinity in 1967 from Evangelical Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry in 1982 from Claremont School of Theology.

Following ordination in 1952, he served pastorates in DeKalb, IL (1952-1955), St. Louis, MO (1955-1961), Baraboo, WI (1961-1970) and San Diego, CA (1970-1993). After retiring, Louia served as Superintendent of the Southern District of the Western Advent Christian Association and was interim pastor at churches in Aurora, IL, Baraboo, WI, and Clovis, NM.

During his years of active ministry, he served in many capacities in the Advent Christian Denomination:
- Chairman of the National Board of Christian Education
- Chairman of the International Advisory Mission Committee of the Advent Christian General Conference
- Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Advent Christian General Conference
- Member of the Mission Mexico Committee

Louia took an active part in the communities where he pastored. He always seemed to take a leadership role in these projects, receiving many awards along the way.
- Organizing the North Park Christian Service Agency
- First chairman of the Mid-City Council in San Diego
- A member of Optimist International in St. Louis and Baraboo, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and President
- Reactivating Boy Scout Troop #53 in North Park
- Clergy Advisory Committee of Sharp Hospitals and volunteer on-call chaplain
- Lion’s Club of North Park, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and President

A gifted life, a faithful servant of God has laid down his armor. He knew who he was and whose he was. He leaves a legacy that will influence many for the Kingdom of God.

Priscilla Marie (Gedney) Taber

Priscilla-TaberPriscilla Marie (Gedney) Taber fell asleep in Jesus on August 18, 2016. She was born on July 13, 1935 to Edwin Kemble Gedney and Dorris Mae (Clough) Gedney. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Clinton E. Taber. Together they had four children, Rebecca (Taber) Nicoll and her husband James of Easthampton, MA. Deborah (Taber) Donnelly and her husband Sean of Snow Camp, NC.  Susan (Taber) Fournier of Portland, ME. Jon Taber and his wife Laura of Alton Bay, NH. She had a great love and enjoyed all 10 of their Grandchildren: Becky’s children, Jennie and Katie; Debbie’s children, Meghan and Mikaela, Susan’s children, Michael (predeceased in March of this year), Joseph, and Nicholas, and Jon’s children, Benjamin, Peter and Samuel. She is also blessed with two Great-Grandchildren; Jon (Jack) and Abigail – Jennie’s children.

She is survived also by two Siblings: Robert Gedney and Cynthia (Gedney) Bostock. She is predeceased by brother Donald C. Gedney and Barbara L. (Gedney) Schaeffner, and she was a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Her greatest achievement in life was being that of Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend.

She was a faithful and loving Pastor’s wife, and extended care and love to each person that she met. Her sense of humor was contagious and she loved having a good time. Whether working in the Church or in her home with her children, she enjoyed life and loved Jesus; and that was evident to all who knew her.

She was an accomplished Church Organist and pianist for many years in the early part of their pastorates and played with feeling and spirit.

She had a strong and beautiful alto voice, and would sing anytime someone started a song. Her favorites would be the hymns of the Church. Her voice will be missed.

Many times she had wished she had a college degree, but her father in his great wisdom knew that because she was so very social, a college career was probably not going to work. Yet she was one of the wisest women in counsel. Her gifts would include the gift of Hospitality, always opening her home to a person in need. She had the gift of loving a person where they are. There was a no judgment zone when talking with her, yet she would always point you to the cross. She would make whomever she was talking with feel so worthwhile and loved; it was a true gift in her heart. She had wisdom and understanding and expressed that to her family often in phone calls, and she believed in the power of Prayer! She was praying for people all of the time, and would often just pray right there with you. And she loved reading the word of God. The pages of the Bible would pop out at her and she would highlight verses to share the next time she talked with a grandchild. She had a true passion to express to her children and grandchildren the word of God, and to encourage Spiritual Development within her immediate and extended family members. The most important thing to her was the salvation of her family and friends!

People were important to her, no matter their station in life; where they had come from, or what they may have done. Her main concern was where were they going? Would they be ready to meet Jesus?

When she closed her phone conversations with her family, she would say “I love you and leave you in the loving care of our precious Heavenly Father.”

She knew how to make anyone feel special and filled with promise. Today we Love her and Leave her in the loving care of our precious Heavenly Father. She was a dearly loved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend.

Committal Service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the New Riverside Cemetery,  Alton, NH. Memorial Service will be held later in the day, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Emmanuel Church, 24 Eastern Ave, Rochester, NH  03867

Margaret Elizabeth (Shaw) Monroe

Margaret Monroe1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
EAST WATERBORO - Margaret Elizabeth Shaw Monroe of East Waterboro fell asleep in Christ on July 12, 2016, after a serious fall.

She was born in Middle Simonds, New Brunswick, in November of 1933, the second child of eight born to Alison M. Shaw and Erma E. Corey. Margaret also had seven additional half-brothers and sisters. After completing high school, she attended the Carleton County Vocational School studying office practices. She put these skills to use at the Provincial Department of Health in nearby Fredricton. In 1954, she began studies at the New England School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. Graduating in 1958, she helped the school move to their new location in Lenox, Mass., where she providentially met an incoming student, William Monroe. They married on June 10, 1961. In the fall of 1963, the newlyweds undertook missionary training with the intention of being sent to India. As that door began to close due to restrictions there, they moved with their newborn son to Bear Point, Nova Scotia, in the fall of 1964 to pastor a church. By then she was the mother of one young son. Shortly after the birth of her second son, she contracted tuberculosis and spent 11 traumatic months in a sanitorium some 200 miles away. The family relocated to Springfield, Vt., in 1970, where Margaret led a children's ministry alongside her husband's pastoral work, which they carried on in their next church in Friendship. In 1991, she became a citizen of the United States.

In every home, whether in Springfield, Friendship, or most recently in East Waterboro, Margaret's passion for gardening was noticed and enjoyed by all. Her creative arrangements often graced the altar of their churches.

Besides gardening, Margaret's main passions were children's ministries, world missions, and devotion to her husband. She was a faithful prayer warrior, often thinking of others and serving them well. Many friends and neighbors enjoyed gifts of garden produce, flowers or baked goods. She was a member of the Goodwins Mill Advent Christian Church and the Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years; her children, John (Lydia) of Churchville, N.Y., and Philip (Kim) of Abington, Pa.; four grandchildren, Abigail, Aaron, Samuel and Jared; all her siblings, Alice Long of Somerville, N.B., Eleanor of Clemmons, N.C., George of Framingham, Mass., Mary Granato of Burlington, ON, John (Jean) of Fredericton, N.B., David (Dorothy) of Vancouver, B.C., Annie Mae Tysick (Dennis) of Kingston, ON; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Advent Christian Church of Goodwins Mills on Friday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Graveside service was held on the following day at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery, Morris, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society
c/o Goodwins Mills
Advent Christian Church
503 Goodwins Mills Road
Dayton, ME 04005
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Margaret L. Ehle

Margaret L. Ehle, 90, of 59 Upland Street, Springfield, for many years a resident of Lenox, Mass., died Sunday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Westfield, January 20, 1926, the daughter of Arthur L. and Alice Rainneault Morin, she grew up in the Shurtliff Mission in Westfield and at age 16 was taken in as a Foster Child by the Ralph Emerson family, also of Westfield. It was there that she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was a 1944 graduate of the former Westfield High School and earned her Bachelor's degree from the New England School of Theology where she also met her future husband, Dr. Carl F. Ehle, Jr., Ph.D. She and her husband were married August 30, 1947. Mrs. Ehle was a school teacher for the Lee Public Schools teaching 2nd grade from 1965 until her retirement in 1991. She was an active member of Hope Church in Lenox, was an integral part of the former Berkshire Christian College where her husband was a Professor of Biblical Languages for many years, and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Ehle is survived by her five children; Katherine M. Ehle of Agawam, Carl F. Ehle III and his wife, Sandra, of Hancock, Laura R. Ehle and her husband, Ronald Epps, of Upper Marlborough, MD, David J. Ehle and his wife, Susan, of Springfield, and Miriam A. Babbit and husband, David, of Nebraska, and Jonathan Ehle and his wife, Carol, of Friendship, Maine; one sister Mabel Johnson and husband, Howard, of Southwick; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Carl Frederick Ehle Jr., Ph.D., on January 17, 2013. The funeral of Mrs. Margaret L. Ehle will be Friday, July 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Hope Church in Lenox. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Calling hours at Hope Church will be Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to B.I.C.S in care of the funeral home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240. To share stories, memories, visit

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Allene “Tiny” Linkous

Allene "Tiny" Linkous
(August 30, 1939 - June 26, 2016)

Allene “Tiny” Linkous, age 76 of the Adria community in North Tazewell, Va., died Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. Born August 30, 1939, in Buchanan County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Dempsey and Frances Wright Ramey. She was a member of the Adria Advent Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Edith Ramey.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Randall Linkous; son, Scott Linkous and wife, Kerina of Vinton, Va.; granddaughter, Morgan Brown and husband, Wes of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Anthony Ramey and friend, Donna of Grundy, Va., and Eugene Ramey of Morristown, Tenn.; sisters, Lucille Whitt and husband, Fred, and Roma Lee Clevinger and husband, Kermit, all of Grundy, Va.

The family will receive friends at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va., from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bluefield, Va., with the Reverend Mark Sexton and Nathan Thomas officiating. Those planning to attend graveside services are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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Clifton Hartley Alley

Clifton Hartley Alley, 80 years old, lived in Brewer, Maine, and Zephyrhills, Florida, for many years. He fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Ormond Beach, Florida, surrounded by his family.

Clifton was born on December 1, 1935, in Beals, Maine, to Clifton Calvert and Octavia Agnes (Peabody) Alley. A handsome and hardworking man, with a kindness for strangers, he loved Jesus and to be about His work. Clifton enjoyed life, especially his family. He loved to drive his many campers, in which he took his family on many trips around the U.S. and Canada. He loved Lakeside Advent Christian Campground and his dog, Cocoa. He was a proud member of the 1951 Beals basketball team, which won the first of many gold championship balls for the area. He was a Field Engineer for IBM, as well as an entrepreneur who owned several businesses, including a tour bus company and a landscaping business. He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a Civil Defense volunteer during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marion (Libby) Alley; his children Stephen Hartley Alley and his wife, Muriel, of Hampton, Virginia, Patricia Durkee of Brewer, Maine, Kevin Alley and his wife, Ronda, of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Donald Alley and his wife, Jennifer, of Lynchburg, Virginia; siblings Leona Libby and her husband Clinton Libby of Beals, Maine, Donaline Brown and her husband, Reverend Raymond Brown, of Dowling Park, Florida, and Jeannine Beal and her husband, Calvin Beal, Jr., of Beals, Maine; grandchildren Jason Alley, Sarah Marreel-Alley, Britney Alley, Adrian Durkee, Meghan Marreel-Alley, Paige Durkee, Cameryn Alley, Ethan Hartley Alley, Roisin Carter, and Jack Carter; as well as many special nieces and nephews.

Clifton is predeceased by his parents; his very special uncle, Thomas Peabody; his brother, Donald Alley; and a niece, Jannnell Lynn Beal.

The funeral was held at Beals Advent Christian Church, Beals, Maine, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, and Clayton Blackstone, pastor of the Bangor Advent Christian Church, officiated. Clifton was laid to rest immediately following the service at the Great Wass Cemetery on Beals, Maine. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made in his name to the Beals Advent Christian Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias, where online condolences may be sent:

R.I.P. DAD, we will miss you and will see you in heaven one day.

Funeral Home
Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home - Machias 
215 Main Street Machias, ME 04654

Published in BDN Maine on June 15, 2016

Edwin Howard Carter

Edwin Howard Carter, 89, of Vernon is asleep in the Lord as of June 13, 2016. Born to Harvey and Hazel (Carvell) Carter in Mapleton, Maine, on March 4, 1927. He graduated from Mapleton High School in 1945. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and was sent to Italy to assist in the return of prisoners of war to Germany. Upon discharge from the service, he attended Aurora College in Aurora, IL, and New England School of Theology in Boston, MA.

Edwin married his sweetheart, Mary E. Parks of Washburn, ME, on June 28, 1949. His life’s work was service to his Lord as a pastor, being ordained in the Advent Christian denomination. Serving in churches in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Nova Scotia with ministry extending to a children’s camp in Virginia, Camp ACCOVAC, as well as manager of Vernon Hall in Vernon, VT.

He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Carter.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. (Parks) Carter of Vernon and their four sons: Paul Carter and his wife, Glennis of Stockholm, ME; William Carter and his wife, Barbara of Duxbury, VT; Philip Carter and his wife, Gloria, of South Portland, ME; and Calvin Carter of Redmond, OR. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many special friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Vernon Advent Christian Church. Burial will follow at Tyler Cemetery in Vernon. A second celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Vernon Hall. The Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vernon Homes, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354 or Camp ACCOVAC, c/o C J Nicely, 625 Frontier Way, Fincastle, VA 24090. Condolences may be offered at

Roger K. Parolini

Roger K. Parolini, 90, died peacefully on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Born in Westfield, Massachusetts, on June 24, 1925, Roger was raised in the Advent Christian Church, the denomination that founded Aurora College. It was at Aurora where he met his wife, Marilyn Bohy. They married in 1955 and have four children: Mark, Stephen, Timothy and Martha. He also is survived by grandchildren Topher, Scot, Daniel, and Isabella, and great granddaughters Harper and Luna. Roger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Aurora College in 1949. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in music in 1958 and a master's degree in 1960 from the American Conservatory of Music. He also served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps from 1942-1945. In 1954, Roger returned to Aurora College as a field representative. He eventually served as associate professor of music, choir director, men's tennis coach, director of development, director of alumni and church relations, vice president of college relations, and most recently, director of special gifts. He worked at the university for more than 65 years until his passing, demonstrating a deep commitment to the college, community, his faith and students. In every role he held, Roger always infused his love of music into his work. Many friends and family members can recall being greeted with the singing of "Happy Birthday to You." He led countless audiences in the singing of the Aurora University alma mater. He directed music of the Advent Christian, Oswego Presbyterian, Westminster Presbyterian, Our Savior Lutheran churches, as well as the Holmstad and Aurora College/University choirs.

He also performed as a soloist throughout the greater Chicago area. In 1999, Roger received the inaugural Roger K. Parolini Lifetime Achievement Award from Aurora University, presented to individuals who have given exemplary service to AU or other educational, social or religious institutions or causes. As further testament to Roger's lifetime commitment to music at Aurora University and the Advent Christian Church, the Roger and Marilyn Parolini Music Center was dedicated on campus in 2006.

Roger was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and a volunteer at Wayside Cross Mission. He was a friend, father, husband, scholar, mentor and man of faith. His legacy of service and friendship will be cherished at all the places he loved. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial servicewas held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at Aurora University (1347 Prairie St., Aurora, IL). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roger's memory to Aurora University (347 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora, IL 60506-4892). Arrangements were handled by The Healy Chapel, Aurora. For further information please call 630-897-9291 or to sign the online guestbook.Published in the Aurora Beacon News from June 12 to June 13, 2016.

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Rev. Eunice Greene

Rev. Eunice Greene, 92, died on Wednesday, June 2, 2016. She was born to Fred and Elizabeth Brown Greene on November 8, 1923 in Wolcott, Vt.  She was the youngest of five siblings, all of whom predeceased her.

Eunice was educated in public school in Newport Vt., through high school. She trained one year with the Salvation Army and made many friends there.  Her mother's illness warranted her return home to be with her. Later, when her mother had improved, Eunice enrolled in Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She graduated with a BA in Theology. She received ordination by the Advent Christian Conference of Vermont.

Rev. Greene was pastor of a number of churches throughout her career. Her principle employment, however, was as a public school teacher at Elmore School grades 1 - 6 in Elmore, Vt. She earned awards and accolades for her teaching ability. She was a well-loved teacher in a one-room schoolhouse for 30 years. She had students in three generations from the same family. Eunice maintained contact with some of them throughout her life.

She loved attending conferences and camp meetings throughout New England and at Beebe Camp Meeting in Beebe, Quebec, Canada, and was well known in that venue.

Eunice remained single, but loved her nieces and nephews very much. Although she never married, she raised Marleen, the daughter of a close friend.  She was always included among Eunice's nieces and nephews. They loved going to York Beach, Maine, eating salt water taffy and enjoying Nubble Light, (the oft painted lighthouse) from the beach. Eunice did a large oil painting of the lighthouse, herself. 

Eunice was also an avid reader all her life. As her eyesight failed in later years she was able to obtain Books on Tape frorm the American Association for the Blind. Among those, she had the complete Bible on tape.

In 1988 Eunice retired from 30 years of teaching. She lived in Las Cruces, N.M., for a while before returning to Vermont and then later moving to the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Fla., in 1990. For the next several years she spent summers in Morrisville, Vt., where Marleen had a place reserved for her to use.

In Florida, Eunice was a Sunday school teacher, participated in the closed circuit TV programming, held a Bible study in her home and a morning devotional service at Good Samaritan Center monthly for 20 years.

She is survived by her most immediate nieces, Elizabeth Weaver (Paul), Joyce Chapman, Marleen Smith; grandnephew Ken Chapman (June), grandniece Jean Casey (Allen) and grandnephew D'Arcy Chapman (Robbin); several other grandnieces and nephews and their children, making up a long list of relatives to the 5th generation.

A memorial service will be held at Bixler Memorial Chapel at the Advent Christian Village at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Burial will be in Newport, Vt., at a later date to be determined.

Laurence T. Newton

Laurence T. Newton, September 25, 1923 ~ June 7, 2016, Vernon, Vt. 

Laurence T. Newton, 92 of Vernon, died Tuesday morning (6-7-2016) at the Vernon Green Nursing Home. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on September 25, 1923 the son of William R. and Clara (Taylor) Newton. Laurence grew up on the family farm on Ames Hill in Brattleboro, was educated in Brattleboro schools, and was a 1941 graduate of Brattleboro High School. 

He married the former Emily Chapman on September 6, 1947. They moved to Bernardston, Ma. in 1952 and raised a family on a farm in Bernardston. Emily predeceased him in 1985. He worked early in life at the Book Press in Brattleboro, and then was employed for many years for Eastern A I, retiring in 1985. He owned draft horses for many years and loved giving rides around the farm. In 1986 he married the former Anna Flewelling. They became members of SOWERS and spent many winters in Florida. He enjoyed motorcycling and was an active rider until he was 85 years old. He was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Vernon, Vt. where he enjoyed singing in the church and area nursing homes. He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the recent addition to the church. 

He is survived by his wife Anna, and his sons: David and his wife Phyllis of Vernon, Vt. and Mark and his wife Cathy of Shelburne Falls, MA. and a step-son Alfred Goodwin and his wife Carolyn of Northfield, Ma. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Adam, Matthew, and Corey Newton, Kristena Starkey, Jason Jones, Adam Phillips, and Brittany Miller, and step grandchildren: Eric Goodwin, Mary Fallono, and Andrew Goodwin, three great grandchildren, and five step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter Margaret. 

A memorial service was held on Sunday June 12, 2016, at the Advent Christian Church 4554 Ft Bridgman Rd. Vernon, Vt. at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Bruce Burks, Pastor, officiated. Burial will be at a later date in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt. 

Donations in his memory may be made to the Advent Christian Church, 4554 Ft. Bridgman Rd. Vernon, Vt. 05354.

Miles Clifton DuBois Jr.

Miles-DuBoisMiles Clifton DuBois, Jr. - After a lengthy battle with cancer, Miles Clifton DuBois, Jr. died on May 21, 2016 in Stockbridge, GA, at the age of 50. He leaves behind his loving wife, Nancy Fuller DuBois; his daughters; Erica Madeline DuBois, Ruby-Kate Alecia Fuller; step-daughter, Tabitha Lynn Rivera and her husband Gio; his step-son, Michael Gregory Davidson; his grandson, Dallas Peyton Hunter Goss, his granddaughter, Savannah Lora-Leigh Adriance; his step-grandsons, Dominic Adrian Rivera, Blake Aquillo Rivera; his father, Miles Clifton DuBois, Sr.; his brothers, Rodney Steven DuBois and his wife Courtney Leigh DuBois, Tommy Lee DuBois and his wife Wendy Kay DuBois; his adorable dogs, Rocky DuBois and Lulu DuBois; and several aunts, uncles, nephews, and cousins. Miles was born on November 27, 1965 in Atlanta, GA, to father Miles Clifton DuBois, Sr. and mother Doris Beatrice DuBois, who predeceased him. He was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing and the outdoors, he was Christian man, loyal, humble, and honest; loved by all. He loved his entire family yet he shared a special bond with his grandson Dallas. He was the owner of Dubois Landscaping, Inc. until April 30, 2016. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Horis A. Ward - Fairview Chapel, from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held in the Horis A. Ward chapel on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12 pm. Interment will follow in the Fairview Memorial Gardens cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Little Red Door Cancer Agency Inc., 1801 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202, (317) 925-5595. Horis A. Ward - Fairview 376 Fairview Rd., Stockbridge, GA 30281 770-474-1231 Savannah Morning News May 23, 2016 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

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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

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