Obituaries

Previous Years Records (Prior to July 2018)

Notice of Death - Mrs. Dorothy S. Forbis

Widow of Rev. William Forbis
Date of Death: 8/16/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, August 16, 2019 death of Mrs. Dorothy Lee Scott Forbis in Newberry, SC.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William T. Forbis.  Surviving are two children: Richard Forbis (Carolyn) and Joyce Barrow (Steve); three grandchildren; and three ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Ardis D. Payne

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 8/15/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/14/1927 | Clergy
We have received word of the Thursday, August 15, 2019 death of the Rev. Ardis Darrell Payne of High Point.  He was predeceased by his wife, Alline Everhart Payne.  He is survived by two daughters, Jane Mendenhall (Gary) and Susan Yow (Rev. Jim Yow); five grandchildren (one of whom is Jonathan and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Joan C. Christy

Widow of Rev. John H. Christy, Jr.
Date of Death: 8/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Constance Joan Crowder Christy of Gastonia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John H. Christy, Jr.; and amongst her eight siblings, the Rev. Richard J. Crowder.  She is survived by four children: the Rev. Karen ...

Notice of Death - Rev. James E. Smith

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/14/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/29/1933 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 14, 2019 death of the Rev. James Edward Smith of Winston-Salem.  Jim is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mariam S. Smith; four children, Carolyn Walch (Artie), Michael Smith, Jana Ashcraft (Scott), and Sherri Bonham; five grandchildren; and two ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Harold K. Bales

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/11/2019 | Date of Birth: 1/16/1942 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, August 11, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Harold Keith Bales of Denver, NC.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice.  He is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy" Byrd Bales; two sons, David and Philip; and a daughter, Susannah.  A memorial service will be held ...

Notice of Death - Rev. David L. Warren

Currently Serving Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 8/6/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/26/1946 | Clergy
We have received word of the August 6, 2019 death of the Rev. David Lee Warren of Asheville.  He is survived by his wife, Katie S. Warren; a daughter, Jennifer; and a granddaughter.  A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Asbury Memorial UMC, 171 Beaverdam ...

Notice of Death - Rev. J. Harry Hawk

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/5/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/27/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, August 5, 2019 death of the Rev. Joseph Harry Hawk of Andrews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Gail Hawk Rech.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lavenia F. Hawk; two daughters, Diane Williamson (husband Ricky), and Debra Hawk Esposito; a son, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. G. Roland Mullinix

Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 8/4/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/17/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, August 4, 2019 death of the Rev. George Roland Mullinix.  He is survived by his two sons, Brett Mullinix (Brenda) and Jon Mullinix; one granddaughter; and two step grandchildren.  A memorial service and internment will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 17 at...

Notice of Death - Rev. Frank H. Edwards

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/2/2019 | Date of Birth: 5/11/1925 | Clergy
We have received word of the death of the Rev. Frank Hugh Edwards, former district superintendent and assistant to the bishop, on Friday, August 2, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Caudle Edwards.  He is survived by two sons, David C. Edwards and Mark A. Edwards (Jan).  A memorial...

Notice of Death - Rev. Keith W. Bingham

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 7/22/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/28/1951 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, July 22, 2019 death of the Rev. Keith Warren Bingham of Charlotte.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Green Bingham (a retired diaconal minister); two daughters, Kara Bingham and Jennifer B. Tosi (Gregory); and two grandchildren.  A celebration of life ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Nita P. Wagoner

Widow of Rev. Gilmer Wagoner
Date of Death: 7/3/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, July 3, 2019 death of Mrs. Nita Lozene Pyatt Wagoner, at Arbor Acres Retirement Community.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. R. Gilmer Wagoner.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at First United Methodist ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Louis Herman Woodard

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 7/1/2019 | Date of Birth: 11/13/1939 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, July 1, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Louis Herman Woodard of Bermuda Run, formerly of Little Switzerland.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sandra Jenkins Woodard; sons, Mark Woodard (Sharon) and David Woodard (Debbie); and three grandsons.  A celebration of life ...

Notice of Death - Mr. Richard Walker

Spouse of Mrs. Priscilla Walker
Date of Death: 6/17/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Monday, June 17, 2019 death of Mr. Richard Walker of Shelby.  He is survived by his wife, retired local pastor Priscilla B. Walker, and two children: Richard and Mattison.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 2:00pm at Double Springs ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Frank W. Buckner Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 6/15/2019 | Date of Birth: 10/11/1949 | Clergy
We have received word of the death of the Rev. Dr. Frank Wooldridge Buckner on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama.  Frank is survived by his wife, Mrs. Diane Leatherwood Buckner; two daughters: Melissa Reynolds (Justin) and Christina Buckner; and two grandchildren.  Also surviving among ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Lucy Norton Ponder

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 5/22/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/13/1920 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, May 22, 2019  death of the Rev. Lucy Strider Norton Ponder of Louisville, Kentucky.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Cleatus G. Norton, in 1999, and her second husband, A.D. Ponder, in 2017.  Lucy is survived by three children: Patricia Norton,...

Notice of Death - Mr. Kenneth R. Glahn

Spouse of Rev. Phyllis Glahn
Date of Death: 5/17/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, May 17, 2019 death of Mr. Kenneth Richmond Glahn of Asheville.  Ken is survived by his wife, the Rev. Phyllis Glahn, and extended family.  A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Mars Hill UMC, 201 S Main St, Mars Hill, ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. June H. Smisor

Widow of Harold N. Smisor
Date of Death: 5/11/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, May 11, 2019 death of Mrs. June Holbert Hill Smisor of Tryon.  She was preceded in death by her second husband, the Rev. Harold N. Smisor in 2009, and by her first husband, Mr. James Harris Hill.  She is survived by a son, James “Jamey” Harris Hill, Jr. ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Della L. Jamieson

Widow of Rev. Herbert Jamieson
Date of Death: 5/5/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, May 5, 2019 death of Mrs. Della Lee Fizer Jamieson in Florida.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Herbert M. Jamieson, Sr., and a grandson, Joseph Jamieson.  Surviving is her son, Herbert Jamieson, Jr.; two daughters, Susan Maguire (Steve) and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Lucille C. Warren

Widow of Rev. Garland L. Warren
Date of Death: 5/1/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, May 1, 2019 death of Mrs. Lucille Margaret Chambers Warren, widow of the Rev. Garland L. Warren.  In addition to her husband, Lucille was preceded in death by four sons: Ronald Lash Warren, Gary Michael Warren, Reginal Walter Warren, and Aaron Devon Warren; ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Edward S. Tapper

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 4/27/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/21/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, April 27, 2019 death of the Rev. Edward Sidney Tapper of Greensboro.  Ed was preceded in death by a grandson, Nicolas Spencer Andrews.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Brown Tapper; four daughters: Jodi Dawn Berlant (Robert), Heidi Jane Andrews, Tami Leigh ...

Notice of Death - Rev. David W. Lee

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 4/18/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/18/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Thursday, April 18, 2019 death of the Rev. David Wilcox Lee of Rutherfordton.  He is survived by his wife, Sibyl McDaniel Lee; three Daughters: Deborah Lee Lybarger (husband Jeff), Julia Lee Jackson, and Carolyn Lee Carter (husband Gary); two step sons: Bill McDaniel ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Miriam E. Hudspeth

Widow of Rev. Powell L. Wilkins, Jr.
Date of Death: 4/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Sunday, April 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Miriam Eula Ervin Wilkins Hudspeth of Winston-Salem.  Beyond her connection to the conference as a clergy spouse, Miriam was employed by the Winston Salem District Office for 23 years until her retirement.  Miriam was preceded in ...

Notice of Death - Mr. M. Duane Franks

Spouse of Rev. Caroline R. Franks
Date of Death: 4/13/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, April 13, 2019 death of Mr. Michael Duane Franks of Greensboro.  He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Caroline R. Franks; two children, Manning and Farrelle; and his mother, Alva.  A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 20, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Luther "Bud" Lawing

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/9/2019 | Date of Birth: 2/18/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, April 10, 2019 death of the Rev. Luther Harold "Bud" Lawing, Jr. of Brevard.  Bud was recently preceded in death by his wife, Billie West Lawing.  He is survived by four children: Erin Lawing, Scott Lawing (Nancy), Kim Lawing, and Susan Lawing Barnes (Steve); ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Sigmon

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 4/5/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/4/1939 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, April 5, 2018 death of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ralph Sigmon of Charlotte.  Tom is survived by his wife LaVon McCurry Sigmon; their children, Mary Beth Smart (husband Mike) and William Thomas Sigmon (wife Elizabeth); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  A...
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