Memorial Service 2018: Remembering those who have gone before us

6/11/2018

A Memorial Service for those faithful servants who served in the South Georgia Annual Conference was held Monday afternoon, June 4, at 2 p.m. as conference members gathered at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, retired South Georgia minister, gave a touching message as she remembered those who have gone before us.
 
Rev. Raynor reminded us of our calls to serve and to thank God for calling us all into ministry.
 
“Remembering our calls, shouldn’t we be saying thank you, Jesus, for calling us? As we remember these who served, let us say thank you for letting us be among those on whom you shower your grace,” Rev. Raynor said.
  
Those faithful servants remembered include:
 

Deceased Clergy
Mable Victoria Waye
May 13, 1946 – May 5, 2017
 
G. Ross Freeman
July 7, 1923 – July 3, 2017
 
Thomas Franklin Williams
March 3, 1927 – August 5, 2017
 
Charles Michael Benson
September 9, 1954 – August 9, 2017

Helen Berenthien
September 3, 1930 – August 25, 2017

William Russell Key
December 18, 1923 – August 27, 2017
 
William Benjamin Dowdy
August 27, 1936 – November 14, 2017
 
William Homer McCoy
November 1, 1942 – November 27, 2017
 
Thomas M. Key
July 2, 1922 – December 8, 2017
 
Robert Kea
November 28, 1929 – December 18, 2017
 
John Daniel Williamson
October 15, 1942 – December 21, 2017
 
Charles L. Dennis
December 19, 1934 – January 16, 2018
 
Harold Bratton Smith, Jr.
January 25, 1936 – February 23, 2018
 
Buford Taylor
May 21, 1944 – February 23, 2018
 
James Emlon Houseal
October 12, 1930 – March 9, 2018
 
Donald Willard Northrip
September 9, 1931 – March 11, 2018
 
James Wallace Chester, Jr.
September 20, 1925 – March 13, 2018
 
Franklin Johnny Terry
January 1, 1933 – March 28, 2018
 
Deceased Clergy Spouses
 
Joel Bennet Avera
Spouse of Rev. Donna Avera
September 7, 1960 – April 17, 2017
 
Edith Marcum Lain Thompson
Surviving Spouse of Rev. William Thompson
April 15, 1920 – May 15, 2017

Helen Waters Pulliam
Spouse of Rev. Lee Pulliam
November 19, 1939 – June 1, 2017
 
Francis Clements Flournoy
Surviving Spouse of Rev. William W. Flournoy
October 21, 1940 – June 9, 2017
 
Emmie Clarice Atkins Robertson
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Vernard Roberson
September 25, 1925 – July 12, 2017

Mary Eva Deen
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Edward Emmitt Deen
June 28, 1915 – August 5, 2017

Vera Higginbotham Strickland
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Marshall B. Strickland
July 16, 1929 – August 31, 2017
 
Esther Elizabeth Williams Boggs
Spouse of Rev. David Boggs
February 20, 1944 – October 27, 2017
 
Emily Elizabeth Britton Parker
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Pledger W. Parker
June 21, 1925 – November 2, 2017
 
Vera Turner Pharr
Spouse of Rev. H. L. Pharr
May 24, 1937 – November 21, 2017

Eulalie Massee Woeltjen
Spouse of Rev. Donald Albert Woeltjen, Sr.
April 27, 1939 – January 10, 2018
 
Katherine Whaley Bird
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Horace Bird
October 27, 1921 – February 12, 2018
 
Frank O’Neal
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Hilda O’Neal
December 18, 1942 – March 8, 2018
 
The Conference Memoirs Committee helps plan and lead the Memorial Service. They also put together a Memoir Book that contains beautiful tributes to each of these faithful saints who have passed away in the past year and presents one to each family prior to the service.
 
Click here to view the Memoirs Book.