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Obituary for Patrick Garner

photo of Patrick GarnerPatrick Carl Garner, a lifelong resident of Ft. Worth’s Handley community, died peacefully at home on July 30, 2022, following three courageous victories over cancer.

Something of a "wild child" as a youth, his mother was known to comment that Pat would wind up "in prison or the pulpit" but he managed to combine both in the Kairos Prison Ministry program, bringing a breath of fresh air and God's Word to many inmates.

Obituary for Patrick Garner

Patrick Carl Garner, a lifelong resident of Ft. Worth’s Handley community, died peacefully at home on July 30, 2022, following three courageous victories over cancer.

The son of Carl and Catherine Garner, Patrick was a lifelong resident of Handley, attended Eastern Hills High School and participated in many community groups activities. He taught informal classes at TCC in the art of the cue stick. His pool hall pals gave him a lot of good games! He was a man of many talents, holding a lifetime of jobs from paper boy, light bulb salesman, burger flipper, maintenance at Miller Brewery and, finally, the owner of Omega Builders.

He attended Handley Methodist Church as child and man, and at the time of his passing was a valued member of St. Paul's Methodist in Hurst. Something of a "wild child" as a youth, his mother was known to comment that Pat would wind up "in prison or the pulpit" but he managed to combine both in the Kairos Prison Ministry program, bringing a breath of fresh air and God's word to many inmates. He loved raising money to send children with disabilities to the Texas Lions Camp and belonged to the local Lions Club chapter, serving as president and Region V Chairman and was a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Pat had an affinity for tools and could make, fix, or restore just about anything. His handyman skills kept him busy at home, too, where he delighted in his expansive yard, garden, and home workshop, and always had projects underway. When he passed, he hadn't quite finished the decorative tile in the renovated master bath and was probably irritated about leaving it incomplete! Pat cared for everyone in his way – through acts of service. He professed his love and concern through PVC pipe, tile grout, motor oil, and reminders to change your AC filters. There was nothing he could not build, fix, or restore, and his list of projects was never-ending.

He was mischievous and wondrous and cantankerous. He collected treasures and treasured good friends. He loved finding deals and shooting pool, playing guitar and telling stories, counter cakes and chocolate doughnuts, chicken fried steak and an open seat at a diner. Waffle Houses across the nation will mourn one of their most devout followers.

He was a music lover and accomplished guitarist. He and Laurie often performed together at church. The guitar-filled music room was the heart of their home. He worked at times as a stagehand and lighting specialist for musical events just to be there, in particular performances by Ft. Worth's own Tommy Alverson.

Patrick loved animals and was never without at least one dog. In the Garner Family, we believe all good dogs go to Heaven, and there are no bad dogs, so he will be greeted by a whole pack of furry love. Every year, he took dozens of friends and family to the Stock Show and Rodeo, sporting his signature bandana, Stetson hat, and fringed leather jacket. Ever the tough old cowboy, Pat rode that last bull for all he was worth.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Laurie Johnston Garner; three living children, Rachel, Sarah, and Daniel; twin sister Pamela (Doug) Garner-Taylor; and siblings Mariann (Edwardo) Garner-Wizard Vasquez, D.G. (Michelle Hedgecock) Garner, and Robert (Ginger Whitworth) Garner. He is also survived by nephews Amos (Linda) Harrison, Matt (Jessica) Kleinman, and Kevin Garner; nieces Caitlin (Marshall) Brown Schrader, Melinda (Jeff) Lunsford, and Cari (Josh) Jackson; great-nephews and nieces Ethan, Cooper, Elizabeth, Konner, Judah, and Maddox.

He was predeceased by his parents, infant son Patrick Chapman Garner, and cherished aunts, uncles, and other cousins.


Obituary for Mike Biggs

photo of Mike BiggsBorn on March 16, 1943, to Jeff and Alma Biggs, Mike joined all the saints to praise holy God on August 14th 2022 after a valiant fight.

Mike touched hearts with his messages of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. To him, nothing could rival the importance of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Obituary for Mike Biggs

Born on March 16, 1943, to Jeff and Alma Biggs, Mike joined all the saints to praise holy God on August 14th 2022 after a valiant fight. He had struggled with one health crisis after another for months, but finally, he is fully restored. No more confusion, no more pain, and no more tears in this fallen world.

Throughout his life, Mike achieved his goals. As a boy, he was awarded Most Valuable Player in Little League. He continued to play baseball and lettered in his sport at Robert E. Lee High School. He was also selected as the representative to Boys Town and graduated with honors in 1961. After graduating from his beloved University of Texas with a degree in business, Mike remained a loyal fan of the Longhorns. He married Carol Farmer, and they had a son, Brett. Later Mike and Carol welcomed a daughter, Kaye Lynn. Talented at more than one discipline, Mike taught in the business departments at both Lamar University and Oklahoma State University. At Texas Tech University, Mike taught graduate courses in Statistics. He earned his Master of Business Administration at Texas Tech and began working on his Doctorate Degree there.

During his time in Lubbock, God clarified Mike’s purpose. God led Mike to preach and opened doors of opportunity at Sunset International Bible Institute (then school of preaching), where he studied and learned from several distinguished Bible scholars who impacted his vision. Mike’s first church to pastor was the Church of Christ in Ponca City and then the Church of Christ in Bartlesville, Ok. After serving there, Mike was recruited to preach at Pleasant Rd. Church of Christ in Arlington, TX. and then Van Church of Christ in Van, TX. He also preached at the Clearview Church of Christ in Lindale, TX. A talented speaker, Mike touched hearts with his messages of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. To him, nothing could rival the importance of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the Tulsa Workshop, Mike was invited as the keynote speaker for 10,000 attendees. As a certified and licensed financial planner, he worked with Asset Preservation Ministries to create financial plans for congregants based on Biblical principles. Mike married Joy Ziegler Dunlap and was blessed with two stepchildren Josh and Ginger Dunlap. The couple moved from Mesquite, TX. where they taught, to settle in hideaway Texas.

During the past five years, Mike taught the Saints Alive Bible Class at Hideaway Church. He also enjoyed playing golf and left his love of the sport to his son, Brett. One of his memorable highlights was a trip with Brett to play Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. He considered that experience the apex of his golfing experiences. Mike was also blessed with a naturally beautiful singing voice. He could sing “How Great Thou Art” and Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” with equal aplomb. Mike also possessed an uncanny ability to whistle any tune perfectly on key. Like Jesus, Mike was the epitome of masculinity with a tender, caring heart. Never one to kill any living thing, he would catch a bug in the house to release it outside in the grass. His rescue dog, Sadie, reserved a special place to Mike. When she developed diabetes, he gave her insulin shots and carried her outside due to blindness. Mike’s own experiences had taught him an important lesson: “Life is full of sadness, but it does not have to be lived sadly.”

Mike is survived by son, Brett Biggs and wife Kara of Rogers, AR.; daughter, Kaye Lynn Jones of Tyler, TX. Carol Farmer Florey of Tyler TX., Joy Biggs-Tunnell of McKinney, TX.; stepdaughter Ginger Dunlap and sister, Becky Mullins of Garland TX. A proud “Papa B,” Mike has been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, Hadley and Ansley Biggs of Rogers, AR. and a step grandson Jude Valencia of Tyler, TX. Special thanks to his loyal friend, Bill Brunnemer, of Hideaway and the staff of Primerose Retirement Community and Hospice of East Texas. Most importantly Mike is survived both in heaven and on Earth by the many individuals he led to Christ.


Obituary for James Dalton, Jr.

photo of James Dalton, Jr.Rev. James Albert Dalton, Jr., 68, of Cabot, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Jim was an Episcopal priest and loved playing his guitar, fishing, the Razorbacks, and prison ministry!

Obituary for James Dalton, Jr.

Rev. James Albert Dalton, Jr., 68, of Cabot, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022. He was born November 4, 1953 in Charleston, Arkansas to the late James Albert and Doris Jean (Loudermilk) Dalton. Jim was a retired assistant superintendent of the Cabot School District, having worked there for 36 years. He was also an Episcopal priest. Jim loved playing his guitar, fishing, the Razorbacks, and prison ministry!

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of forty-nine years, Joyce Foley Dalton; his children, Erin and Matthew Dalton, daughter-in-law Hope Dalton; two grandchildren, Aiden Dalton and William Douglas; sister, Joy Lynn Slayton and numerous extended family members and friends.


Obituary for Cynthia "Cindi" Griffith

photo of Cynthia GriffithCynthia Griffith, age 63, was called to her heavenly home on July 27, 2022. She was a loving mother, friend, and sister in Christ. She was a native of Spartanburg, S.C.

Cyndi was loved by many as she was a free spirit who marched to the beat of her own drum.

Obituary for Cynthia "Cindi" Griffith

Cynthia Griffith, age 63, was called to her heavenly home on July 27, 2022. She was a loving mother, friend, and sister in Christ. She was a native of Spartanburg, S.C. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Cyndi is survived by her two children, Travis White and Toni Michelle Chavez; and only grandchild, Emery White. Cyndi was loved by many as she was a free spirit who marched to the beat of her own drum.


Obituary for John Marshall Morris III

photo of John Marshall Morris IIIJohn Marshall Morris III, born January 8, 1950, departed this life on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

John lived a life of service to others. He served on many Kairos Weekends, attended and served in the Emmaus Community.

Obituary for John Marshall Morris III

John Marshall Morris III, born January 8, 1950, departed this life on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. John was preceded in death by his mother, Alyce Spier Morris, his father, Robert Todd Morris Sr., brother Robert Todd Morris Jr., brother William “Bill” Morris, and son John “Marshall” Morris IV. He is survived by his wife, Kay Taylor Morris, his daughter Allison (Jason) Sullivan, son Ryan (Stephanie) Morris, grandsons Sawyer Sullivan, Dillon Morris, Xander Morris, and Andrew Moncrief; granddaughters Caroline Sullivan and Kayla (Ben) Williams, great grandchildren Beau Williams, Bryce Williams, Kelli Snyder, Cadie Moncrief, Derek and Darian Foggy, and one great great granddaughter, Charlotte Fladung.

John lived a life of service to others. He served on many Kairos Weekends, attended and served in the Emmaus Community. He was to be the weekend Lay Director for Walk #209 on January 26-29 but God had other plans. He attended Frazer Church and taught the Gold Tee Sunday School Class. He loved his family, friends and LSU football. John was a devoted husband, loving father, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed.


Obituary for Russell Briley

photo of Russell BrileyOn Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 at 10:41 AM Russell Graham Briley, loving husband, father, and devoted servant of God passed away at the age of 50.

Upon moving to Kenedy in 2004, Russell began volunteering at the John B. Connally Unit in their prison ministry programs. It didn’t take long for Russell to recognize that this was his true passion and calling in life, as he began working as a full-time prison Chaplain in 2010.

Obituary for Russell Briley

On Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 at 10:41 AM Russell Graham Briley, loving husband, father, and devoted servant of God passed away at the age of 50. Russell was born on May 3rd, 1972 in San Angelo, Texas to Ruth Elaine Briley and Ronald Clyde Briley. He spent his childhood years in Ballinger, Odessa, Gatesville, and Ingram where he graduated from Tom Moore High School in 1990. Russell briefly attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was in the Longhorn Band. He went on to finish his college degree at Austin Graduate School of Theology, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in May of 1995.

Russell married the love of his life, Saundra LaKay Irby on January 2nd, 1993 in Kerrville, Texas. Just over 2 years later, they welcomed their first child, a son, Conner Graham followed 5 years later by a daughter, Caleigh Faith. Russell and Saundra were honored to work with churches in Bertram, Harlingen, Rockdale and Kenedy. Upon moving to Kenedy in 2004, Russell began volunteering at the John B. Connally Unit in their prison ministry programs. It didn’t take long for Russell to recognize that this was his true passion and calling in life, as he began working as a full-time prison Chaplain in 2010. Russell served in this capacity until the time of his passing and loved serving “the men in white”. During this time, he was recognized by Austin Graduate School of Theology with the “Living Stones Award” in recognition of “dynamic and active service to build the kingdom of Christ with dignity and humility”. Since his passing, the family has been overwhelmed by stories of how Russell touched so many lives in every community he has been a part of.

Russell is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Elaine Briley, his loving grandparents, and an infant child that was born into Jesus’ arms. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Saundra Briley of Kenedy, TX, his son Conner Briley of Austin, his daughter Caleigh Briley of College Station, his father Ronald Clyde Briley of San Angelo, his brother Ronnie Briley (Kati) of Miles, his sister Regina Bridges (Steve) of Selma, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family that he loved dearly. As Russell recently pointed out, he’s “always known how much he loved his family, but didn’t realize until recently how much he loved his dogs”- Grace and Mindy will miss you Dad.


Obituary for Gary Brownell

photo of Gary BrownellMr. Gary George Brownell, 84, a resident of Aero Plantation, Waxhaw, NC and formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at Atrium Union Hospital in Monroe, NC on February 2, 2022.

Residents of Evans Correctional Institute located in Bennettsville, SC have mentioned to the Kairos community how much Gary has impacted their lives while he was their Table Leader at a few of the Kairos Weekends over the last 20 years.

Obituary for Gary Brownell

Mr. Gary George Brownell, 84, a resident of Aero Plantation, Waxhaw, NC and formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at Atrium Union Hospital in Monroe, NC on February 2, 2022.

Mr. Brownell was a proud graduate of Dayton High School as well as the Ohio State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He retired from Arthur G. McKee as Director of Human Resources, Cleveland, Ohio, and he also retired from Midrex Corp., Charlotte, NC as Manager of Human Resources. Mr. Brownell had a generous heart which showed in all of his charity work including Emmaus Community, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Messiah Lutheran Church. He was also a faithful, active member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Charlotte. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing in his retiremen He was also a devoted alumnus of Ohio State University and cheered on their football team to many a national championship. Above all, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who adored his family more than anything else in his life. Those he leaves behind will always cherish the lifetime of memories they made together.

Mr. Brownell was preceded in death by his parents, Leona, and George Brownell. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Karen Brownell; daughter, Stacey Richardson; son-in-law, Nolen Richardson; three grandchildren, Haynes Richardson, Reiley Richardson, and Austin Colvin; sister, Doris Evans age 91; and mother-in-law, Paula Richardson as well as lots of additional loving extended family.

Residents of Evans Correctional Institute located in Bennettsville, SC have mentioned to the Kairos community how much Gary has impacted their lives while he was their Table Leader at a few of the Kairos Weekends over the last 20 years. His Kairos brothers and sisters have fond memories of serving with Gary in the Kairos Prison Ministry. Gary will certainly be missed by his family and friends. We know and take comfort that the Apostle Paul said, "To be absent from the body is to be present with Jesus". Gary is certainly in the loving arms of Jesus in his Heavenly Home. We will always remember Gary and the time we spent together in Kairos.


Obituary for Marsha Carter

photo of Marsha CarterMarsha Ottnat Carter, 70, of Abilene passed away peacefully with her family at her side on May 20, 2022 at home.

She was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church where she operated the audio/ visual, later joining North Park Baptist where she did the audio/ video. She also loved serving with Kairos and made many friends along the way through the organization.

Obituary for Marsha Carter

Marsha Ottnat Carter, 70, of Abilene passed away peacefully with her family at her side on May 20, 2022 at home.

Marsha was born on August 15, 1951 in Great Bend, KS to the late Harry B. and Leatha K. (Woodward) Hacke. At a young age her family moved to the Houston area where she was raised. Marsha obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began a rewarding career in the nursing field. She worked in numerous roles throughout hospitals in central and west Texas. As a natural leader Marsha rose to Charge Nurse in her field and demanded the best of herself and others who she led. She was truly an advocate for her patients and wanted the best for them. During this busy time of her growing career she became a mother to her three children. She met a fellow nursing student, Mike Carter and they were married on July 28, 1990. They were devoted to one another and renewed their vows on May 1, 1998. Marsha’s career took a new turn and she went into Holistic Nursing and being a nutritional consultant.

Above all Marsha was a devoted Christian women. Her faith led her life. She was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church where she operated the audio/ visual, later joining North Park Baptist where she did the audio/ video. She also loved serving with KAIROS and made many friends along the way through the organization. Marsha loved her family and was blessed to see her children succeed and things only got better once grandchildren came into the picture. She enjoyed crocheting, helping people, nutrition, traveling, scuba and sky diving, hiking and yoga. Marsha will be remembered as a kind, gentle, godly, righteous women who loved veggies!

She leaves to cherish precious memories to her husband, Mike Carter; her children, Chuck Bailey Ottnat, Kristi Rene Drake and her husband, Damon, and Chadwick Louis Ottnat and his wife, Erin; her grandchildren, Justice Ottnat, Amelia Ottnat, and Anakin Drake; and 1 great-granddaughter, Daizy Cate Gregg; two sisters, Judy Burns, and Lorna Van de Wiele; her mother-in-law, Nelda Carter; a host of other relatives, and brothers and sisters in Christ.


Obituary for Phillip Fairchild

photo of Phillip FairchildPhillip D. Fairchild was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 28, 1943 and died on June 6, 2022 following a tragic swimming accident on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.

He served in both Morgan County and Bledsoe County Correctional Complexes through Kairos and FOCUS Group Prison Ministries.

Obituary for Phillip Fairchild

Phillip D. Fairchild was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 28, 1943 and died on June 6, 2022 following a tragic swimming accident on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Phil earned his B.S. (1966) and M.S. (1967) in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and became a Registered Professional Engineer (1975). In 1975, he married the love of his life, Donna Ervin, who he met while they were employed at Ebasco Services, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1976, they moved to East Tennessee where Phil began work for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Over the span of his career at ORNL, Phil worked on solutions to energy and environmental issues. From 1976 to 1986, he was an R&D engineer in the Buildings Technology Center within the Energy Division. In 1986, he was promoted to Program Manager for Building Equipment Research, serving in that role until 2001. Finally, he was Group Leader for Cooling, Heating, and Power and Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Resources Program (2001-2004).

Phil’s notable accomplishments include establishing ORNL’s research program on alternative refrigerants that led to phasing out fluorocarbon refrigerants that damage the earth's ozone layer, launching research and development (R&D) partnerships with major appliance manufacturers to develop front-loading washer technologies that reduce household water use, and leading teams of engineers and scientists in exploring large fuel cell technologies as energy sources for buildings. Phil brought together research and industry collaborations as an integral part of the R&D program, including ORNL’s first Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). He served a one-year special assignment, beginning in 1985, at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)in Palo Alto. Phil played an instrumental role in the “Greening of the White House” (1994-1995), both testifying before congress and consulting on specific improvements made to the White House and Old Executive Office Building to increase the energy efficiency of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. Phil authored or co-authored 18 publications and was co-inventor of one patent, “Method of Reducing Chlorofluorocarbon Refrigerant Emissions to the Atmosphere” (1990)."

As a result of Phil’s leadership, ORNL’s collective research in building equipment was recognized at the White House as having the highest impact on reducing energy consumption among all the national laboratories. Phil’s legacy in developing a center for research in building equipment has also resulted in numerous prestigious honors for the staff, many of whom have received best paper awards and recognition in professional societies, including several who have been awarded Fellow designation. The research has also resulted in 10 R&D 100 Awards given for the most important technical achievements. In 2017, ORNL’s Building Equipment Research team received the Rittinger International Heat Pump Award, the highest international award in the air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration field.

The impacts from Phil’s service at ORNL go far beyond his technical achievements. His greatest contribution was forming a Bible study where a group of men and women met during the lunch hour to share thoughts on scripture. The Bible study group continued several years past his retirement in 2004 and spanned over thirty years and involved numerous members. These Bible studies helped to form strong bonds among the members. As a result, relationships among the group were strengthened and influenced not only their spiritual growth, but also their professional growth. The group looks forward to once again being reunited with Phil to continue those studies in heaven.

Beyond his professional life, Phil was always involved in various activities, leadership, and mission work for his faith communities. He was a model for “faith in action”, putting his hands to work through service to others as a volunteer for prison ministries and disaster relief efforts. He served in both Morgan County and Bledsoe County Correctional Complexes through Kairos and FOCUS Group Prison Ministries. Phil and his wife engaged in disaster relief mission work both domestically throughout the U.S. and internationally in the Caribbean and central Americas. One of the most impactful missions was his work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) where he and Donna spent one year (2006-2007) as Volunteer Coordinators at Camp Gulfside, a Hurricane Katrina relief site on the Gulf Coast. During that year, they helped repair 82 damaged homes and rebuild 10 homes in Waveland and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Phil and Donna also spent seven months helping repair and rebuild homes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that were damaged/ destroyed by a tornado in 2009; they also served on several short-term mission teams with Nomads and Samaritan’s Purse. In addition to Christian ministry, Phil enjoyed serving his community as a member of the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club.

In his free time, Phil loved traveling across the country and around the world with his love, Donna. He was an avid Tennessee VOLS fan who enjoyed fishing, golfing, hiking, camping, and spending time with his children and three amazing grandchildren.

Preceding Phil in death were his parents, Willie Gene “Bill” Fairchild and Verna Case Fairchild. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Donna Ervin Fairchild, three children, Sherrie (Mike) Fairchild-Keyes, Matthew (Sharon) Fairchild, and Micah (Jenny) Fairchild, and three beautiful grandchildren, Alesandra Grace Fairchild, Isaac Matthew Fairchild, and Jonah Rowh Fairchild. Phil is also survived by his sister, Sandra Shaw, and brother, Richard (Cindy) Fairchild, as well as several nieces and nephews. Counted among surviving family are numerous friends and brothers in Christ, including his small men’s bible study group who have gathered weekly for over 20 years.


Obituary for Stefan Abresch

photo of Stefan AbreschOur family is saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother, Stefan G. Abresch, of College Park, Maryland, on January 17, 2022, at 54 years of age, after a lifelong, but valiant battle with kidney disease.

Stefan was devoted to his faith, being an altar boy early in life and later becoming active in teaching CCD, participating with the Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Washington, serving on the Cursillo Secretariat, and volunteering with the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Stefan Abresch

Our family is saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother, Stefan G. Abresch, of College Park, Maryland, on January 17, 2022, at 54 years of age, after a lifelong, but valiant battle with kidney disease.

Stefan was born on June 2, 1967, in Washington, DC and was the youngest of five brothers. Stefan grew up in Calvert County, living in Broome’s Island and Prince Frederick for most of his early life. Later in life, Stefan moved to St. Mary’s County before finally residing in the College Park area where he worked at University of Maryland as a Contract Manager. Stefan graduated with a Master's in Business and continued his career at University of Maryland until his death. Stefan was devoted to his faith, being an altar boy early in life and later becoming active in teaching CCD, participating with the Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Washington, serving on the Cursillo Secretariat, and volunteering with the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Stefan studied scripture and wrote daily meditations about how the scripture influenced his life which he shared through email and social media. He also authored two books of meditations, both of which were published. The first was titled Life Songs of Advent: Scripture Reflections for the Christmas Season, followed by his second book, for the Lenten season, titled The Journey of a Lifetime. Stefan was known for his strong faith, gentle disposition, willingness to help others, volunteering, and devotion to his nieces and nephews and all of his family. Stefan’s life struggles and his devotion to his faith served as inspiration to many. Stefan will be greatly missed.

Stefan was predeceased by his father, Peter Julian Eymard Abresch, He is survived by: his Mother: Annemarie Abresch; brothers: Peter Abresch Jr. and wife Toni, Joseph Abresch and wife June, Marc Abresch and wife Christine, Christopher Abresch and wife Katherine; nieces and nephews: Benjamin Abresch and wife Alicia, Monica Abresch, Joseph Abresch, Jr.; Anthony Abresch and wife Casey, Michael Abresch, Summer Rickett, Morgan Abresch, Nicole Hancock and husband Clayton, Danielle Burris and husband Evan, and great nieces and great nephews: Aria, Lila, Isaac, Joseph, III, Autumn, Anthony, Jr., Skyler, Michael, Jr., Riley, Madison, Avery, Noah, Lucas, Kendall, and Maverick.


Obituary for Preston Johnson

photo of Preston JohnsonPreston Lawrence Johnson, of Federal Way, Washington, went to be with his Lord peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 27, 2022 after a short stay on hospice.

Not wanting to be “married singles” and realizing they could be more effective as a couple, Preston and Liz volunteered together in Episcopal Marriage Encounter, Cursillo and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Preston Johnson

Preston Lawrence Johnson, of Federal Way, Washington, went to be with his Lord peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 27, 2022 after a short stay on hospice. He was born on August 1, 1936 in Walla Walla, Washington to Lawrence “Larry” J. Johnson and Ruth (Eubanks) Johnson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Elizabeth (Strandberg) Johnson. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Alisa Johnson and Dina Johnson, his son, Miles Johnson (John), grandchildren, Sophie (formerly called Tristan) Johnson and Ruthrose (formerly called Nicholas) Johnson, his brother Dean W. Johnson, his “adopted” girls, Mai, Donna, Malinda, Alexis and Lindsay, and his many Rinehart cousins.

Preston and his younger brother Dean, grew up in a house built by his father in Dayton, Washington. His dad was a human resources manager at the Green Giant cannery and his mother was a homemaker with an interest in ceramics. Preston delivered the local newspaper with his faithful dog, Blackie, always by his side. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and attended the 1950 National Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where he saw his first television. The summer before his senior year of high school he attended the American Legion Boys State program.

During his childhood Preston read almost every book available in the Dayton public and school libraries. Preston dreamed of becoming an attorney, but the prospect of attending law school seemed daunting, so he set that aspiration aside for a time.

After graduating from Dayton High School in 1954, Preston enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, 161st Infantry, Washington National Guard. The $2.60 a drill he was paid was extra spending money for his first year of college. In the fall of 1955 he took Signal Corps training at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Following the training, he returned to Washington State to complete his degree in elementary education at Whitman College. During finals week of their senior year, he and his future wife, Elizabeth Strandberg, went on their first date to the play “Anne of Green Gables,” followed by drinks at the storied Green Lantern Tavern in Walla Walla. Their courtship was largely by mail, as Preston spent three years post-college in the Army stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Preston and Liz married on June 17, 1961 in Seattle, Washington.

Many years after they were married, Preston and Liz realized they had met each other prior to their time at Whitman. First, as teenagers swimming at Sun Lakes State Park near Grand Coulee with their younger brothers. They met again at the Pendleton, Oregon train station when a friend of Liz’s from college who was from Dayton introduced them. He was traveling home from his training at Camp Gordon, and she was going home to Seattle on her winter break from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. They always said the Lord kept throwing them together until they got it right!

Upon Preston’s discharge from the military in the fall of 1962, Preston and Liz moved to the Seattle area from Georgia, with one month old, Alisa, in tow. Preston quickly obtained an interview for a teaching position with the Federal Way School District. They asked him to start that day. He said, “No, tomorrow” and immediately began teaching fourth grade at Woodmont Elementary and later fifth grade at Panther Lake. Following the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Puget Sound experienced a real estate boom. Having just moved and both starting new careers in education, Liz and Preston were low on cash but full of optimism for the future. They channeled this hope into their newly-built, first home in the Twin Lakes neighborhood of Federal Way through a down payment of sweat equity earned by painting the home themselves. (Banks actually allowed that back then!)

1967 was an event-filled year for Preston. He and Liz now had three children under the age of 5 and needed more space. They bought a new home in Federal Way where he lived the rest of his life. He joined the Army Reserves, in which he served until 1978 when he retired as a Reserve Instructor in International Law at Fort Bragg with the rank of Major.

While Preston was applying to schools to fulfill his "fifth year" (post-baccalaureate) program requirement for teaching, he also secretly applied to and was accepted to attend several law schools. He resigned from the Federal Way School District, and started attending classes at the University of Washington School of Law in the summer of 1967, using the GI Bill. The flute-like sounds of the recorder he had taught students to play and the LP of “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha filled the home. That was how he unwound from the stress of studying.

Preston passed the bar in 1970 on his first attempt and secured a job with the Burlington Northern Railroad Legal Department in Seattle. He quickly learned that corporate life was not for him, so he opened his own general practice law office in 1972, first in Seattle and later moving it to Federal Way.

Work in the Law Office of Preston Johnson became a family affair. Liz joined him as his legal secretary and eventually office manager. At one time or another, all of his children and grandkids put in some time in the office. Alisa, in particular, was his legal assistant for a number of years, bringing Tristan and Nicholas to the office as “official greeters” and “honorary grandchildren” for his clients.

In 1990, he became one of the first local attorneys to specialize in the area of Elder Law. Preston quickly became a respected attorney in that field and in 2001 he was named “Elder Law Member of the Year” by the Washington Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He mentored a number of young attorneys as they started out until he retired in 2006, when he sold his practice to his mentee Rajiv Nagaich.

In the late 70’s, the Johnson family became active in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Federal Way. Over the years Preston served on the Vestry, the Endowment Committee, the breakfast ministry for the FW Caregivers, and as a Eucharistic Minister and Intercessor at Sunday services. Not wanting to be “married singles” and realizing they could be more effective as a couple, Preston and Liz volunteered together in Episcopal Marriage Encounter, Cursillo and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Preston never lost his love of learning. He attended the Episcopal Diocesan School of Theology for a time. He subscribed to Biblical Archeology Review which he always read from cover to cover. He also researched family genealogy, aspired to write screen plays and stories, and amassed a vast and varied store of knowledge over the years.

Preston gave of his time, talent and treasure to individuals and the entire community in ways both big and small - and never with an eye towards gaining attention to himself. He did it because helping others was an integral part of who he was and it fed his soul. During his life in Federal Way, Preston served in many volunteer positions. He was Federal Way Education Association (FWEA) Local National Education Association Chair and travelled to New Jersey as a delegate to the National Education Association (NEA) convention. He served as precinct, area chair, and delegate to state political events. He was a member and officer of the Federal Way Noon Lions Club, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Way Community Council.

Always a team, Preston and Liz were a package deal who worked together with many organizations and conventions. They were instrumental in the founding of the South King County Multi-Service Center which has grown to give assistance to more than 40,000 residents annually, with a yearly budget of over $20 million. They volunteered with the Washington Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and served together on the state and national boards of the American Volkssport Association. Though not one to seek the limelight, he was elected to many local, state, regional and national positions in these organizations over the years. He was inducted into the American Volkssport Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

Preston and Liz made the decision to travel before they became too old to do so, They did a volkswalk in every state, all Washington and Oregon counties, several provinces in Canada, Mexico, and England. On their volksmarch in London, Queen Elizabeth waved at them on her way to the opening of Parliament. In Japan, they climbed Mount Fuji and visited temples on Shikoku Island with members of the Japan Walking Association, successfully encouraging them to join the International Volkssport Federation. After their first cruise to Alaska for their 40th Wedding Anniversary, they made cruising their vacation of choice, sailing in the Caribbean, around the Hawaiian Islands, and into the Panama Canal. Their last cruise to Alaska in September 2019 included the whole family.

Preston was blessed with a loving family. He married his best friend, right arm and partner in life, Liz, and spent over 60 joy-filled years with her. Just before he passed, they were touring retirement communities, looking forward to beginning the next chapter of their lives. He helped raise his three children - and numerous “adopted” family members - with love, patience, discipline and humility. He was a deeply spiritual man who remained an educator at heart his entire life. He always had time to answer a question and share a piece of knowledge or a helpful insight. He would often recite a favorite story by Mark Twain or sing a ditty from his favorite childhood comic strip, Pogo, and, right until the end, he always did it from memory.

Though as children we ran from his “peanut butter kisses”, we were so very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn first-hand from his examples of professionalism, community service, and unconditional love. We frequently remark on just how blessed our family is. This is without a doubt because he both taught and demonstrated how to be a family, one that not only loves one another, but likes each other, too. Whether it was his closest friend or a cashier describing him, most would say he was a gentleman or a gentle man. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.


Obituary for Al Kolff

photo of Al KolffAlbert "Al" Kolff born in sin March 4, 1947, liberated to glory by the blood of Jesus Christ, December 5th, 2021.

He would want everyone to know that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ, and that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith, not works of our own doing.

Obituary for Al Kolff

Albert "Al" Kolff born in sin March 4, 1947, liberated to glory by the blood of Jesus Christ, December 5th, 2021.

Precious husband of Sharon (nee Mettelmann). Papa, Daddy, Pops and Dad to Angela (Bauer), Andrea, Christopher (Jessica), and Lauren (Carlton). Adoring Grampy of Allie and Adeline. Beloved son of Arthur and Paule Kolff and Robert and Adeline Mettelmann. Big brother to Michael (Dianne) and Andrew (Vicki) and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Chosen "Dad," mentor, teacher, coach, chaplain, tech support repairman, friend, and "Big Al" to countless others.

There is so much more to say about his life, but he wouldn't want anyone to point to him. He would much rather that everyone heard about his wonderful Savor, Jesus Christ. He would want everyone to know that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ, and that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith, not works of our own doing.


Obituary for Gene Coe

photo of Gene CoeNorris Eugene “Gene” Coe, 91, passed away surrounded by his family on May 5, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was a leader in the Walk to Emmaus Ministry, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Kairos Torch for young offenders.

Obituary for Gene Coe

Norris Eugene “Gene” Coe, 91, passed away surrounded by his family on May 5, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was born to A.B. & Ernestine Coe on January 15, 1931 in Imperial, Nebraska, and was raised in Newport, Arkansas. Gene graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He met his future wife, Pat Smith, at the university and they were married for 70 years.

Gene grew up in poverty and developed a very strong work ethic that lasted his entire life. He worked from the age of 6, selling newspapers for 25 cents a week, until he retired from his own company at the age of 82.

Following college graduation in 1953, Gene entered the Air Force and was stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1955 until his retirement in 2013, he worked for Alcoa, the J.M. Smucker Company, Sport Print, and his own promotional product company, the Gene Coe Company.

Gene was deeply loved by his family. He enjoyed spending time with them and always made them laugh with his teasing. He was a man of great faith and was very active in his church. He taught Sunday school and Bible studies for over 40 years, and led many church committees. He went on mission trips to Mexico and Russia. He was a leader in the Walk to Emmaus Ministry, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Kairos Torch for young offenders. He read weekly to inner city preschool children for 15 years. He was active in Rotary International for 40 years and had 22 years of perfect attendance.

Gene had many interests and hobbies. He liked to read, loved his dogs, was a great cook, and was passionate about gardening and photography. He always had a large vegetable garden and shared his bounty with family, friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Coe; his daughter, Diana (Dean) Posey; his sons, Bruce (Rhonda) Coe and Brian (Christy) Coe; grandchildren, Matt Posey, Trisha Posey, Karisa Coe, Jordan (Christian) Warren & Lexi (Brandon) Philipps; great-grandchildren, Elysa Posey, Liana Posey, and Julian Posey; and brother, George (Sandra) Coe.


Obituary for Shirley Bulen

photo of Shirley BulenShirley J. Bulen, 70, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, MO.

Having faced her share of both hardship and blessing, her professional and personal life were consumed in caring and loving, and helping others to do the same.

Obituary for Shirley Bulen

Shirley J. Bulen, 70, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Lee’s Summit, MO. She was born January 22, 1951 in El Reno, OK, the daughter of Omar and Ruth (Luff) Nunn.

Shirley earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and was a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery. She was extremely proud of her work, specializing in Neo-Natal Care and Fetal Demise, and is author of Forever Remembered, a book of support and guidance through the grief process for bereaved parents. Having faced her share of both hardship and blessing, her professional and personal life were consumed in caring and loving, and helping others to do the same.

On December 24, 1983 she married David Bulen, who survives of the home. Other survivors include: her children, Edward Moad and wife Nura (Doha, Qatar), Christina Edmonds and husband Anthony (Havre, MT), Robbie Bulen and wife Tabatha (Greenwood, MO), and Keith Bulen; her brothers, Mark Nunn and wife Sherri (Oak Grove, MO), David Nunn and wife Ivy (Robinson, KS); her sisters, Kathy Mobley (Oak Grove, MO) and Sherri Henson (Independence, MO), along with 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Thomas R. Nunn.


Obituary for Richard Uschold

photo of Richard UscholdAge 93 of Owosso, Michigan (formally of Buffalo, New York), passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022, at Oliver Woods, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was a member of St. Christopher's Church in Tonawanda, New York.

Obituary for Richard Uschold

Richard L. Uschold, age 93 of Owosso, Michigan (formally of Buffalo, New York), passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022, at Oliver Woods, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born September 10, 1928, in Buffalo, New York, the son of Francis and Barbara (Wagner) Uschold. He married Joan (Schwartz) Uschold in Buffalo, New York, on June 9, 1951.

Richard obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics, and taught at Canisius College for over 40 years. Richard served his country in the United States Army from 1946 to 1950.

Richard was a member of St. Christopher's Church in Tonawanda, New York. He was an avid bicyclist, riding 100,000 miles after the age of 60, hitting all 50 states. Other interests included genealogy, prison ministry, and other volunteer work.

Richard is survived by his children, Joanne (Doug) Kenyon, Rick (Gilligan) Uschold, Michael Uschold, Raymond Uschold, James (Shannon) Uschold, Suzanne (Doug Maroney) Uschold, Nancy (Mike Stoolmiller) Uschold, Bert (Dee) Uschold, and Jen Schwartz Uschold; 16 grandchildren; sister, Ruth Liszewski; and brother, David Uschold.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan (Schwartz) Uschold; parents, Francis and Barbara (Wagner) Uschold; and seven siblings.


Obituary for Ralph Heim

photo of Ralph HeimRalph William Heim, Jr., 75, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022 following an illness. He was born in Orlando, Florida, May 22, 1946 to Ralph and Ouida Heim.

Over the years, Ralph was active in his church and the community, serving in numerous capacities in both. Especially gratifying was involvement with the church’s build out of the new facility in 2010.

Obituary for Ralph Heim

Ralph William Heim, Jr., 75, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022 following an illness. He was born in Orlando, Florida, May 22, 1946 to Ralph and Ouida Heim.

Ralph grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. As a young man he enlisted in the USMCR and returned to complete his education at Jacksonville University with a degree in Business Administration. Post graduation, he entered the emerging field of containerized ocean freight transportation as a management trainee and remained in that industry for his entire career. He held a variety of positions in the United States and abroad with his last being President and Chief Operating Officer of Trailer Bridge Inc, a Jacksonville based company that Ralph helped launch in 1991. During his Trailer Bridge tenure he was also instrumental in the development of a unique system for intermodal transport of automobiles that was subsequently awarded 4 patents.

In retirement Ralph was blessed with a late blooming talent as an artist with much of his art celebrating the industry he was a part of for so long as well as the natural surroundings of this area that he enjoyed so much.

Over the years, Ralph was active in his church and the community, serving in numerous capacities in both. Especially gratifying was involvement with the church’s build out of the new facility in 2010.

Ralph was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 53 years, the cutest girl in his 3rd grade class. He is also survived by his daughter, Shelly; son, William (Nicky); grandchildren; Sadie Ponicall, Tyler Frank, Alex Heim and Cambria Heim; sisters, Cathy Fox and Martha Pittman (Kim) and brother Richard (Jamie) and a numberous nieces and nephews. Ralph is predeceased by his parents Ralph and Ouida Heim.


Obituary for Joe Barcelos

photo of Joe BarcelosJoe Barcelos was born May 5, 1960 and passed into the arms of the Lord on February 9, 2022. His parents were Diego and Joanne Barcelos.

Joe loved the Lord and served Him through several Christian ministries which included Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Joe Barcelos

Joe Barcelos was born May 5, 1960 and passed into the arms of the Lord on February 9, 2022. His parents were Diego and Joanne Barcelos. He grew up in Kerman, California on the dairy his family owned. When the dairy was sold, he farmed the land with his father and brother.

He met the love of his life Kim Findley and they were married in 1982. They had three children, Jared, Justin, and Rachel.

Joe earned a bachelor’s degree from National University and went to work for Kerman State Bank. He finished his career as the Business Manager for the North Central Fire District where he worked for 21 years.

Joe loved the Lord and served Him through several Christian ministries which included Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison ministries.

He enjoyed golf and fishing, but his favorite thing to do was spend time with his family, especially his three precious grandchildren, Annie, Everett, and Cora. They were the light of his world. Anyone fortunate enough to have known Joe describe him as gentle, soft-spoken, kind, generous, and a friend to everyone. He never said no when asked to help and went the extra mile to make sure that things were done right. His children knew he would do anything for them and was never further than a phone call away. He supported them in everything they did and his faith and work ethic continue to be an inspiration to them.

This July, Joe and Kim would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his brother Michael Barcelos and his mother Joanne Barcelos. He is survived by his father Diego Barcelos, sisters Kathy Halstead and Judy Barcelos, wife Kim, son Jared and his wife Emily, son Justin and his wife Marissa, daughter Rachel Barcelos and grandchildren Annie, Everett, and Cora.


Obituary for James O. Evans

photo of James O. EvansRev. James O. Evans was born Jan. 27, 1925 near Ruston, La. James completed his earthly ministry Feb. 28, 2022.

James started Epiphany Ministry at Swanson Youth Centers in north Louisiana and was spiritual director for 65 three-day retreats there and for Kairos Prison Ministry at Winn Prison in Winnfield.

Obituary for James O. Evans

Rev. James O. Evans was born Jan. 27, 1925 near Ruston, La. He honorably served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army in World War II as a paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st Airborne. He was married to Dorothy Jordan for 64 years. After graduating from La. Tech, he taught farming, and later became a welder in the defense industry. In 1955 he entered the ministry, earning a Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology of Emory University in 1958. He was ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1956, and an elder in 1959. He served churches throughout Louisiana for 31 years, most recently supplying the pulpit at Port Barre UMC. He chaired the La. Conference Board of Church and Society addressing major moral issues. He was a delegate to the World Methodist Council in Hawaii in 1981.

James and Dorothy retired to family property near Ruston in 1988 to establish and cultivate Evans Eden Fruit Farm for 23 years. His green thumb was legendary. He never forgot the glory of rolling acres of peach blossoms in the spring.

James started Epiphany Ministry at Swanson Youth Centers in north Louisiana and was spiritual director for 65 three-day retreats there and for Kairos Prison Ministry at Winn Prison in Winnfield. Gifts from the Evans endowed both of these ministries and provided funds to build the Evans Eden Bunkhouse at the Wesley Center for Spiritual Renewal in Woodworth, LA. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate in he was the Louisiana Advocate of the Year in 2014. He continued to teach Disciple Bible Study and Sunday school at Northwood UMC.

James completed his earthly ministry Feb. 28, 2022. He is survived by his children: Dr. Marilyn Whitley (Steve Schaffer) of Brentwood, TN, Jim H. Evans (Kathy) of Cedar Park, TX, Rev. Dr. Wayne Evans (Renee) of Carencro, LA., 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and one brother Thomas Evans.

What we do for ourselves, dies with us, but what we do for others, lives on. His was a life well lived. He wrote four books: Called to Serve, Finding the Way Forward, The Influence of Writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls on the Early Church, and The Dogs that Ran with Us.


Obituary for Pat Pate

photo of Pat PateHugh Pat Pate was born on March 7, 1938 in Austin, Texas and remained a proud Texan throughout his long life. Pat died on February 11th with his family beside him.

After his second retirement, Pat moved back to Central Texas. He dedicated himself to working at his church, to serving in the Kairos Prison Ministry, and to volunteering and enjoying fellowship at the Bell Baptist Association.

Obituary for Pat Pate

Hugh Pat Pate was born on March 7, 1938 in Austin, Texas and remained a proud Texan throughout his long life. He was raised by his parents, Mary Frances and Bob Pate, and his grandparents, Pat and Nancy Bullock. Like his grandfather, Hugh was called Pat, and he took pride in being the namesake of a West Texas rancher, educator, State Representative and Senator. A voracious reader and lover of history, Pat excelled in school and loved learning.

From childhood, Pat's favorite sport was football and his team was always the Texas Longhorns. After graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1956, he attended the University of Texas with an NROTC scholarship. Pat and his best friend Bob Carnes had many escapades during their UT years - about which they remained stoically silent - but they were both successfully commissioned into the Marine Corps upon graduation.

Pat loved serving in the Marine Corps with all the opportunities for working with a variety of people in myriad roles and responsibilities. One of the reasons military life was so gratifying to him was his wife, Jane Montgomery Pate. Pat's 27-year career took them to Virginia, California, Japan, Texas, Kansas, and Rhode Island, and she made a beautiful home in each new place where they enjoyed adventures with their two daughters and made life-long friends. He served twice in Vietnam, and his career culminated with his most prized assignment: Commanding Officer of the 11th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. As the commander of the "Cannon Cockers," he was able to work as a leader, administrator and educator, his favorite roles.

When he retired from the Marine Corps in 1987, Pat found something he was just as passionate about: community college administration. He was thrilled to come back to Austin to study and learn with a group of dedicated educators and obtain his doctorate at the University of Texas. From 1993 to 2003, he served as vice-president of administrative services at Montgomery College in The Woodlands. He oversaw the construction of the college and collaborated in establishing the systems that have served so many students since its founding.

After his second retirement, Pat moved back to Central Texas. He dedicated himself to working at his church, to serving in the Kairos Prison Ministry, and to volunteering and enjoying fellowship at the Bell Baptist Association. Longhorn football games, traveling to meet his goal of visiting all 50 states, continuing to read and learn, and being with family and friends gave him much happiness.

Pat died on February 11th with his family beside him. His wife Janie, brother Robert, and parents and grandparents predeceased him. He is survived by his loving daughters Pam and Kim; his sisters Diane Buchanan and Gayle Mullins; brothers-in-law Mac Buchanan and Ralph and Butch Montgomery; sisters-in-law Shirley and Sally Jo Montgomery; much-loved nieces and nephews and their children; and many dear friends.


Obituary for Bruce Verkruyse

photo of Bruce VerkruyseBruce Henry Verkruyse, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 89.

Bruce was an active member of many ministries and groups, specifically, the Catholic Order of Foresters for 75 plus years, Kairos Prison Ministry at Menard, The Cornerstone Scripture Study, and the Greater Saint Louis Honor Flight.

Obituary for Bruce Verkruyse

Bruce Henry Verkruyse, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 89.

Loving husband of Rosemary Verkruyse and the late Lois Mae Verkruyse, dearest father of Michelle Marie Hopper (William), Bruce Henry Verkruyse Jr. (Linda), Anthony James Verkruyse (Rita), and Brian August Verkruyse (Ann). Honored stepfather of eleven stepchildren, Kay, Carol, Kathy, Mike, Vicki, Shari, Debby, Donna, Jim, Kevin, and Marybeth. Caring grandfather of Nicole, Will, Liz, Emily, Katie, Rachel, Michael, Russell, Marcie, Sam, Joel, Nate, and Gabe. Kind step grandfather of 23. Understanding great-grandfather of Lexi, Lauren, Michael, Evan, Olivia, Silas, Mallory, and Paisley. Caring step great-grandfather of 18. Loving step great, great grandfather of 8. Beloved brother of the (Gladys Roesner, late), Mary Jo Cherry, Jean Plunkett-Causemaker, and Kathy Tipple.

Bruce’s tender heart made him a friend of many. Bruce received B.A. from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Southern Illinois University, and married Lois Mae Oberle in 1955 and Rosemary Davidson in 2013. Bruce was an active member of many ministries and groups, specifically, the Catholic Order of Foresters for 75 plus years, Kairos Prison Ministry at Menard, The Cornerstone Scripture Study, and the Greater Saint Louis Honor Flight. Bruce had a passion for game playing, having fun, reading, serving, sports, and traveling. Bruce’s life consisted of faith, family, and friends.


Obituary for Robert Creel, Sr.

photo of Robert CreelRobert Ray Creel, Sr., 75, of Athens, GA, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, April 9, 2022, following a brief illness.

Ray loved the Lord, and his steadfast love of Christ was rewarded richly. During his later years, Ray was an active member of the Methodist Church and involved with the Kairos Prison Ministry Program.

Obituary for Robert Creel, Sr.

Robert Ray Creel, Sr., 75, of Athens, GA, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, April 9, 2022, following a brief illness.

Born in 1947 in Dothan, AL, Ray was the youngest of three sons born to Eletous and Hazel Creel (Taylor).

Ray was a 1971 graduate of Auburn University earning a degree in Building Construction Technology. After serving his country in the Army National Guard for several years, he spent more than 40 years in the commercial construction industry as a Superintendent for several large construction firms across the United States. Ray had garnered many significant projects on his resume, including airport renovations at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA and a complete overhaul of water treatment facilities at Camp Frank D. Merrill Army Ranger Base in Dahlonega, GA.

Ray’s hobbies through the years included golf, hiking, country and western dancing, and enjoying time at the beach. He was also a proud grandfather to seven grandchildren and great-grandfather to ten great-grandchildren.

Ray was a shining example of God’s grace and mercy, right up until the beautiful heavenly way in which he passed in which he was speaking to heavenly figures in his last hours. Ray had endured many hardships during his life, including the tragic loss of both father and step-father, and other various life-changing trials. Through it all, Ray loved the Lord, and his steadfast love of Christ was rewarded richly. During his later years, Ray was an active member of the Methodist Church and involved with the Kairos Prison Ministry Program.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Eletous Creel and Hazel Creel Taylor, stepfather Doug Taylor, brothers Larry Creel and Phillip Creel, and sister-in-law Judy Creel.

He is survived by his children, Elise Creel Stafford (Josh) of Athens, GA, Catherine Creel Patat of Greensboro, NC, and Robert Creel Jr. (Heather) of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren Keith Groover (Whitney) of Glennville, GA, Danna Brenningstall (Mark) of Richmond Hill, GA, Mabel Patat of Portland, OR, Collin Creel (Haley) of Prairie du Rocher, IL, Candice Creel of DeLeon Springs, FL, Kalynne Hiers (Caleb) of Blackshear, GA, and Gracie Stafford of Blackshear, GA., ten great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Martha Creel of Loganville, and several nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Gloria DePrati Romero

photo of Gloria RomeroGloria DePrati Romero (b. Angela Elisa Gloria DePrati) passed away on April 1 with God's grace at the age of 91 in her home in Reno with her family and loving caregivers at her side.

Gloria devoted 20 years between Kairos Prison Ministry and helping and supporting at-risk members of our community as a longtime board member of the Ridge House.

Obituary for Gloria DePrati Romero

Gloria DePrati Romero (b. Angela Elisa Gloria DePrati) passed away on April 1 with God's grace at the age of 91 in her home in Reno with her family and loving caregivers at her side. We will never forget her generosity, her kind heart, her loving attitude towards everyone she met and, above all, her wit and humor.

Born in Reno, Gloria was the daughter and only child of Pete and Enrica (Siri) DePrati, both immigrants from northern Italy. Pete worked as a draftsman for the Nevada Highway Department until his retirement; Enrica sewed and hemmed the clothes of famous entertainers who headlined local casinos.

Gloria resided in Reno her entire life. She went to Mt. Rose Elementary and Billinghurst Middle School where she was a member of the glee club, graduating from Reno High in 1948 where she wrote for the school paper. Always a cheerful spirit, she helped run the RHS Alumni Association and organized class reunions for many decades. Later in life while raising a family, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1977, followed by a Master's Degree in Communication in 1981 from UNR where she also served as a college lecturer.

Gloria married Bruno Marco Romero in 1951. Bruno was an engineer on the Italian cruise liner Gloria had taken to Italy to visit relatives with her mother. Gloria and Bruno later married in 1951 in Reno, and after Bruno became a naturalized citizen in 1954, they began raising their 5 sons who all grew up in Reno – Marco, John (Cathy), Paul (Dawn), Stephen (Deirdre) and Philip (Laura) – and most all of them remain as lifelong Nevada residents to this day.

Gloria touched many people throughout her life. She was active at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, serving in various ministries and on the parish council. In the late 60's she and Bruno were active in the spiritual Cursillo movement where Gloria met her lifelong friend of 54 years, Marie from Detroit. Years later Gloria devoted 20 years between Kairos Prison Ministry and helping and supporting at-risk members of our community as a longtime board member of the Ridge House.

While Gloria loved Nevada and everything it had to offer, she was also very proud of her Italian heritage. Gloria and Bruno formed close relationships with many other local Italians during the War II era, including the Perazzo's (especially her dear cousin Nellie), the Tachino's, the Querio's, the Siri's and the Zunino's, and supported each other to this day. Gloria and Bruno often visited the northern province of Savona, Italy, especially San Pietro d'Olba-Martina, the birthplace of her mother, and Genova where Bruno grew up. In later years Gloria cherished vacationing in the nearby oceanside town of Arenzano, and visiting relatives in Argentina.

We will never forget Gloria's warmth and kind heart, and we hope her spirit continues to embrace us from Heaven forever. In addition to her sons, she is survived by her grandchildren Joe (Vanessa), David, Emily, Taylor, Kyla, Matteo, Patrick, Christopher, Peter and Elizabeth, and her great-grandchildren Teddy, Beau and Josie.


Obituary for Gary Marburger

photo of Gary MarburgerGary Edward Marburger of Fredericksburg, TX passed away on April 3, 2022 at the age of 77.

He devoted much of his time to service with organizations such as: the Pedernales Youth Soccer Association, the Hill Country Community Needs Council, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, the FISD mentoring program, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Mission to Candelillia.

Obituary for Gary Marburger

Gary Edward Marburger of Fredericksburg, TX passed away on April 3, 2022 at the age of 77. He was born in Houston, TX to Tony and Lucile Marburger on May 7, 1944. He is survived by his brother, Alan Marburger of Fischer, his daughter, Sara Espinoza and her husband Joey, his son, Josh Marburger, and his wife Laura, and his three grandchildren, Risa, Micah and Jace Espinoza. He is also survived by his precious partner, Kay Wischkaemper. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Gary graduated from Jones High School in Houston and then attended Texas Lutheran College. He transferred to Elmhurst College in Chicago and earned a Bachelors in Sociology. He then married Jayne Wathen in 1969 before graduating with a Masters in Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Soon after, he and Jayne moved to California, where he took a job as a foreman at an avocado grove where his interest for agriculture was ignited. This eventually led them to return to Central Texas where he started his own peach orchard. Those that knew him know this was his life's passion.

Throughout his life, Gary dedicated himself to social activism and service. He devoted much of his time to service with organizations such as: the Pedernales Youth Soccer Association, the Hill Country Community Needs Council, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, the FISD mentoring program, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Mission to Candelillia. He loved the mountains and any opportunity to travel, but he found himself happiest among dear friends and his peach trees in the Texas Hill Country. His family is grateful for the community that he loved.

Gary will be greatly missed by many, but his legacy of love and service will remain.


Obituary for Bruce Miles

photo of Bruce MilesAlfred Bruce Miles, 63, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at his residence with his family at his bedside.

He faithfully served and worshipped at Bonaire United Methodist Church, where he held numerous ministry roles, attended and led Men's Retreats, and consistently gave of his time and talents.

Obituary for Bruce Miles

Alfred Bruce Miles, 63, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at his residence with his family at his bedside. He fought ALS valiantly for 5 years and is now running into his Savior's arms, pain-free.

Bruce was born on February 8, 1959, in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Alfred Edgar Miles and Joyce (Sadler) Miles. As a child, Bruce lived in various cities across the country: Denver, New Orleans, and Houston, to name a few, because his father traveled as an Exxon geologist. He graduated high school in Houston, TX and attended college at Texas Tech University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering.

He moved to Georgia after accepting a position with Blue Bird Body Company, where he worked for 30+ years until retirement. While in Georgia, he met the love of his life, Kimberly Payne, and they were happily married for 31 years. He loved to return to Texas to spend time at the family farm in Bullard.

A talented engineer, there wasn't a problem that Bruce couldn't solve, and he found joy in taking care of others. There's nothing Bruce loved more than his two girls, Kim and Amelia. He loved the Lord, always put God first in his home, instilled Godly values in his daughter, Amelia, at an early age, and encouraged the same of her husband, Logan. He faithfully served and worshipped at Bonaire United Methodist Church, where he held numerous ministry roles, attended and led Men's Retreats, and consistently gave of his time and talents. Bruce was a quiet man, but when he spoke people listened. He had a gentle, comforting spirit just like our Savior, Jesus.

Left to cherish his memory, is his beloved wife, Kim (Payne) Miles of Kathleen, GA; daughter: Amelia (Miles) Duncan (Logan) of Kathleen, GA; mother: Joyce (Sadler) Miles of Tyler, TX; sister: Cheri Hood (Robin) of Bullard, TX; brother: John Miles (Susanne) of Jacksonville, NC; niece: Sara Youmans (Jimmy) of Bullard, TX; nephews: Miles Hood (Katie) of Houston, TX, Duncan Miles and Shepherd Miles both of Jacksonville, NC.


Obituary for Douglas Hopkins

photo of Douglas HopkinsDouglas Rodney Hopkins, 79, passed away February 26, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was a licensed minister in the Church of God, serving in Maine, Vermont, and Georgia. He was involved with the outreach prison ministry through Kairos Prison Ministry and his local Southside Assembly of God Church.

Obituary for Douglas Hopkins

Douglas Rodney Hopkins, 79, passed away February 26, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born January 21, 1943 in Kingsport, TN to the late John Chester Hopkins and Mabel Mays Hopkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandi Hopkins Klimeck, and brother-in-law, Bob Pinkston (Barbara).

Douglas is survived by his son, Kenneth M. Hopkins, daughter, Kimberli Yarbrough (Alan), grandchildren, Jessica Tyson (Jeremy), Kristina Coleman (Matt), Jeannie Grammer (Nelson), Abby Fuchs, and Tanner Yarbrough, great-grandchildren, Jalah and Phoebe Coleman, Huxley and Maggie Grammer, Brooklyn Fuchs, and several nieces and a great-nephew.

Douglas had a deep love for God and country, and served his country in the United States Navy. He served God in a number of outlets throughout his adult life. He was a licensed minister in the Church of God, serving in Maine, Vermont, and Georgia. He was involved with the outreach prison ministry through Kairos Prison Ministry and his local Southside Assembly of God Church.

His stories and life were often bigger than life itself. He was creative and able to rise up from any situation. He worked in many trades, his many years as an engraver with the Atlanta Journal/Constitution prepared him to teach print shop classes in Georgia and Maine. While his teaching methods were unconventional he left his students with valuable experiences and lessons that would serve them well.

The legacy he has left for his family is: Time and Money are a commodity you don’t get back once you spend them, so spend them wisely.


Obituary for Judith Warfield

photo of Judith WarfieldJudy was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus early morning Saturday, March 26, 2022. Born in Detroit, MI and raised in Greenville, SC, Judy lived a full, beautiful life glorifying God through love and service to others.

Judy spent many faithful years serving as a leader in organizations such as Kairos Prison Ministry, Girl Scouts, church, and civic associations, while impacting countless lives for God’s Kingdom.

Obituary for Judith Warfield

Judy was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus early morning Saturday, March 26, 2022. Born in Detroit, MI and raised in Greenville, SC, Judy lived a full, beautiful life glorifying God through love and service to others. Judy spent many faithful years serving as a leader in organizations such as Kairos Prison Ministry, Girl Scouts, church, and civic associations, while impacting countless lives for God’s Kingdom. Affectionately referred to as “mom number two” by many, Judy spent her life reading her Bible, listening, giving advice, cooking, and praying for others. Judy never met a stranger and accepted all for who they were.

Judy is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Robert M Warfield; daughters Susan Sonnier (Chris), and Holly Mayers (Joshua); grandchildren Cassidy Herbert (Sergei), Ainsley Sonnier, Jonathan Mayers, James Mayers, Catherine Mayers, and her sister Margaret Lee (Richard).

Judy is worshiping around the throne of God with some of her favorite people including her parents, Robert Wells, Irene Kauranen and Frances Wells; her older sister Beverly Day (Gary), her younger brother Edwin Wells, and her sweet grandson Jacob Sonnier along with many other special friends and loved ones who proceeded her.


Obituary for James Laidlaw

photo of James LaidlawJames Andrew (Jim) Laidlaw, 68, went home to be with the Lord on March 8th. Jim was a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School, a 5-year Navy veteran who remained a faithful patriot his whole life.

He spent his life serving the Lord through ministries such as Kairos Prison Ministry and The Great Banquet. Seeking to lead people to Christ, he built strong friendships, loved cooking great meals or giving away his unique wooden crosses that he made.

Obituary for James Laidlaw

James Andrew (Jim) Laidlaw, 68, went home to be with the Lord on March 8th. Jim was a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School, a 5-year Navy veteran who remained a faithful patriot his whole life. He was the owner of his remodeling company Hoosier Do’r for over 25 years. He spent his life serving the Lord through ministries such as Kairos Prison Ministry and The Great Banquet. Seeking to lead people to Christ, he built strong friendships, loved cooking great meals or giving away his unique wooden crosses that he made.

He is survived by his siblings, Dick Laidlaw, Bob Laidlaw (Judy), Mary Armstrong (Dave), Tom Laidlaw (Linda), John Laidlaw, and Betty Hardin (Kenny); as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and June Laidlaw.


Obituary for Archie Beaupre

photo of Archie BeaupreArchie A. Beaupre, 81, died of natural causes, February 17, 2022. A real native, born February 17, 1941 at the hospital in Franklin. He was the youngest son of Irene (Fleury) and Albert Z Beaupre. He was later adopted by his stepfather Orvis Hopkins.

He has been involved with spiritual renewal groups, some as follows: Order of St. Luke, Tres Deas, Kairos Prison Ministry, Full Gospel Business Man’s Fellowship International, Alpha Course, & various Pentecostal and Charismatic churches and prayer and bible study groups.

Obituary for Archie Beaupre

Archie A. Beaupre, 81, died of natural causes, February 17, 2022. A real native, born February 17, 1941 at the hospital in Franklin. He was the youngest son of Irene (Fleury) and Albert Z Beaupre. He was later adopted by his stepfather Orvis Hopkins. He is predeceased by his parents, his first wife and older brother Albert Z Beaupre Jr. He graduated from Bristol Memorial High School 1958. Served in the Air Force, 1958-1962, as a jet mechanic aircraft and engines on T-33’s, F-100’s, worked some on F101 and F102. Rank Airman 1st class. Served as Assistant Dock Supervisor on 50-hour periodic dock testing & inspection. Served in Texas, California, England, & Africa (Libya). He graduated from New Hampshire Vocational College, Laconia, (member of the 1st graduating class), dean’s list six out of six semesters. Graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science (Electronics).

Work history: He worked as a paper boy, laborer, cooks assistant & dishwasher (Camp Pasquaney), tumbler at IPC, drill press operator with Alan E. Estes, door assembler at Hudson Door, Stevens Woolen Mill, OC Inspector Royal McBee Typewriter Co, landscape laborer Chicago area, OC inspector Youngstown Sheet & Tub Co, OC Inspector & Electronic Tester Kinsman Organ Co (later Seeburg Organ), construction worker and six wheel dump truck operator various places, shipping and receiving clerk (later supervisor) CL Lund (later Larson IND) Engineering Electronic Technician Northeast Electronics (later norther Tele-com), repair and test technician Frame Diamond D.B.’s engineering electronic technician Aerotronics (later supervisor)(later R&D Tech on special projects), engineering electronic technician with Walker Power, R & D test technician Hypertherm, and retired from rural letter carrier USPS.

In his younger days he loved skiing, skating, bowling, track, baseball, archery, basketball, tennis, swimming, golf, jogging 10 miles a day, motorcycling, horseback riding (owned Thunder ¾ Arabian ¼ Morgan), Boy Scouts 2nd class. Later Webelos leader & Scout Master with Cornerstone Training. Eating popcorn & ice cream was always a favorite pastime.

Archie was baptized a Catholic and received the sacraments of communion and confirmation, also served as an altar boy. As a teenager he joined the Federated Church (Methodist & Congregationalist) and became a leader of youth group. After the breakup of his first marriage, he became a born-again Christian, later spirit filled tongue talking Christian. He gave up hobbies and play toys to be more available for the work of God, but continued to eat popcorn & ice cream. He has been involved with spiritual renewal groups, some as follows: Order of St. Luke, Tres Deas, Kairos Prison Ministry, Full Gospel Business Man’s Fellowship International, Alpha Course, & various Pentecostal and Charismatic churches and prayer and bible study groups. As he moved around, he belonged to independent Baptist churches at first, later small Pentecostal and Charismatic churches. Archie was always evangelizing in his travels and eventually became a deacon. Lately, he has been involved in ecumenical movements and small Pentecostal churches where he finds the spirit of God alive.

He leaves behind his son Daniel Beaupre of Belmont and two daughters (adopted) Simone & April Beaupre. His wife of 35 years, Robena L (Thompson) Beaupre and stepdaughters Karen (Lee) Estes and Linda Lee; sister and brother-in-law John and Eleanor Morrison of Bristol; various cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Obituary for Carl Batteiger

photo of Carl BatteigerCarl E. Batteiger, 55, of Mt. Vernon, IN, passed away on October 12, 2021. He was born on June 5, 1966, in Evansville, IN, the son of Ed Batteiger and the late Carol (Rainey) Byers.

Carl was known for his passion of serving others through his church, New Beginnings Lakeside, as well as the Tres Dias Community and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Carl Batteiger

Carl E. Batteiger, 55, of Mt. Vernon, IN, passed away on October 12, 2021. He was born on June 5, 1966, in Evansville, IN, the son of Ed Batteiger and the late Carol (Rainey) Byers.

He graduated from Harrison High School in 1984 and worked in sales for over 30 years. Carl was known for his passion of serving others through his church, New Beginnings Lakeside, as well as the Tres Dias Community and Kairos Prison Ministry. He was a proud father of four and their number one supporter in everything they did. He loved his family deeply and cherished the time he spent with them. Carl will be remembered for his fun loving spirit and humor and will be missed by all who knew him.

Carl is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Sara (Boyd) Batteiger; sons Taylor (Emily) Batteiger, Zachary Batteiger, Aaron Batteiger, and daughter Catherine Batteiger; father, Ed (Sally) Batteiger; sisters Cindy (John) LaCava and Debi (Bret) Rauscher; brothers Darren (Kristan) Byers, and Brad (Amy) Byers; nephew, Brandon Batteiger; many other extended family members and his beloved dog, Baby. Carl was preceded in death by his mother Carol (Rainey) Byers and his step-father Allen Byers.


Obituary for Joe Petrey

photo of Joe PetreyMr. Joe B. Petrey Sr, 68, a resident of Dauphin Island, Alabama and formerly of Petrey, passed away unexpectedly at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Mr. Petrey had a generous heart which showed in all of his charity work, including Emmaus Community, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Feed the Need Ministry in Dauphin Island as well as Cooking for Christ in Tuscaloosa.

Obituary for Joe Petrey

Mr. Joe B. Petrey Sr, 68, a resident of Dauphin Island, Alabama and formerly of Petrey, passed away unexpectedly at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Funeral services for Mr. Petrey will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 9th, from the Chapel of Turners Funeral Home with Rev. Timothy Wolff officiating. Interment will follow in Petrey Cemetery with Turners Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Petrey was a proud graduate of Luverne High School as well as the University of Alabama, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He started working as a CPA in 1986 and continued helping people with their taxes even after his retirement. Mr. Petrey had a generous heart which showed in all of his charity work, including Emmaus Community, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Feed the Need Ministry in Dauphin Island as well as Cooking for Christ in Tuscaloosa. He was also a faithful, active member of the Dauphin Island Methodist Church. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh, and he enjoyed saltwater fishing in his retirement.. He was also a devoted alumnus of Alabama and cheered on their football team to many a national championship. Above all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather who adored his family more than anything else in his life. Those he leaves behind will always cherish the lifetime of memories they made together.

Mr. Petrey was preceded in death by his daughter, Melony Petersen; parents, Loyce & Susie Bradley Petrey; and three siblings, Lawrence (Margaret) Petrey, Curtis Petrey, and Annie Loyce (Walt) Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cheryl R. Petrey; three children, Loyce (Christy) Petrey, Julie Petrey, and Bradley (Whitney) Petrey; son-in-law, Gavin Petersen; five grandchildren, Luke Petrey, Bryant Petrey, Devin Petersen, Faith Petersen, and Judah Petrey; great-grandchild, Trenton Petersen; brother, John Walter (Betty) Petrey; sister-in-law, Nancy Petrey; and a host of nieces and nephews.


Obituary for James Rockenbach

photo of Jim RockenbachJames Lyle Rockenbach, 80, of St. Johns, Florida, passed away on March 10th, 2022.

Jim loved golfing, riding his motorcycle, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and Great Grands, but his fulfillment was his time with Kairos Prison Ministry and serving in his church as lay preacher and Sunday School teacher.

Obituary for James Rockenbach

James Lyle Rockenbach, 80, of St. Johns, Florida, passed away on March 10th, 2022. Jim is survived by his wife Margie Rockenbach, his sister Jill Jack, his brother, Jeff (Jackie) Rockenbach, his four children, Serenity (Mark) Zander, Travis (Jennifer) Allinson, James (Billie) Rockenbach Jr., Tamara Allinson-Fitts and his 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Jim was born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Pittsburg, PA. He attended Princeton University where he wrestled and played football and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree. Jim went on to Northwestern University, where he earned a Masters degree in Business Administration. Jim worked for Ring Power Corporation for 29 years and retired as Vice President of the Engine division. Jim loved golfing, riding his motorcycle, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and Great Grands, but his fulfillment was his time with Kairos Prison Ministry and serving in his church as lay preacher and Sunday School teacher.


Obituary for Mark Lowry

photo of Mark LowryOn Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Mark V. Lowry, loving husband and father of 2 children, went home to heaven at the age of 73.

He would unquestionably say that the real achievements of his life were in the loving relationships he had with his family, especially those with his grandchildren, and the work that he did through Habitat for Humanity of Wharton County, the Carol Vance & Jester III Kairos Prison Ministry, and Community Fellowship Church of East Bernard.

Obituary for Mark Lowry

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Mark V. Lowry, loving husband and father of 2 children, went home to heaven at the age of 73.

Mark was born on November 9, 1948 in Plymouth, IN to Coleman and Rosalie (Easterday) Lowry. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, and it was during this undergraduate education that he met and married the love of his life, Sharon Ann Franz. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Shortly thereafter, he welcomed a son, Jeff, and then daughter, Angela, to his family. He delighted in being both a husband and a dad.

During the course of his engineering career, he worked for the Texas State Health Department, the Houston engineering firm of Turner, Collie, & Braden (which later became part of the AECOM engineering firm), and the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

Although Mark gave himself fully to everything he did, his real passion was following Jesus into the lives of other people and making the world a better place through sharing the work of his hands and the love of Christ. He would unquestionably say that the real achievements of his life were in the loving relationships he had with his family, especially those with his grandchildren, and the work that he did through Habitat for Humanity of Wharton County, the Carol Vance & Jester III Kairos Prison Ministry, and Community Fellowship Church of East Bernard. In all of these places, he put his ready smile, generous spirit, and compassionate heart to good use, always blessing the people around him with words of encouragement.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Coleman, and his mother Rosalie. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his two children, Jeff and Angela, his daughter and son-in law, Donna Lowry and Andrew Clemens, his grandchildren, Colten and Hailey Brown, Jeremy Lowry, and Addie, Alaina, and Analise Clemens, and his sisters and their spouses, Sally and Dick Large, Judy and Carl Wagoner, and Martha and Marston McGwin, and various cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Obituary for Debra Stone

photo of Debra StoneMs. Debra Stone, 65, of Goodyear, Arizona died January 31, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born September 28, 1956 in Nicholasville, Kentucky to Lloyd Fairbanks and Elsie Dean.

Whatever location she and Bob called home, Christ’s love moved through her as she made a point to make all those she encountered feel important and special.

Obituary for Debra Stone

Ms. Debra Stone, 65, of Goodyear, Arizona died January 31, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born September 28, 1956 in Nicholasville, Kentucky to Lloyd Fairbanks and Elsie Dean.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Stone; her children Nicholas (Heather) Peavler, Julie (Cary) Carpenter and Emily (Christopher) Smith. She is also survived by grandchildren: Ellie Carpenter, Owen Carpenter, Robbie Smith and Tate Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Elsie Bruner

Debbie was a fierce woman – holding fast to her beliefs, showing up when it mattered, giving to those in need, and defending her loved ones should the need arise. Whatever location she and Bob called home, Christ’s love moved through her as she made a point to make all those she encountered feel important and special. Debbie was a dedicated wife and mother, intent on making memories and cherishing every moment with Bob, Julie, Nick, and Emily. She especially loved and embraced her role as “Gigi” to Ellie, Owen, Robbie, and Tate.

There are not enough words to accurately describe Debbie Stone. You had to experience “Debbie Stone”. The impact she has made will never be forgotten and forever lives within us.


Obituary for James Martinez

photo of James MartinezJames Martinez, 57, of Booker, TX passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021.

James was a member of the Word of Life Church of Perryton and was involved in Kairos Prison Ministry as he served faithfully in his church, workplace, and community.

Obituary for James Martinez

James Martinez, 57, of Booker, TX passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021.

James was born on July 4, 1964 to Lee and Josephine Cordova Martinez in Liberal, Kansas. He married Tracie Preas on September 14, 1989 in Borger, Texas. He was a member of the Word of Life of Perryton. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He loved all his kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews. He was his mother's number one son. He was the founder and owner of Superior Valve Services since 2019.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tracie, of the home; son, Eli Martinez of Booker, Texas; daughter, Ashlie Nunez and husband, Eric, of Gruver, Texas; granddaughter, Kaylee Nicole Nunez of Gruver, Texas; father, Lee Martinez of Lyons, Kansas; brothers, Julian Martinez of Borger, Texas, Johnnie Martinez of Pueblo, Colorado and Pat Hernandez of Raton, New Mexico; sister, Joann Mascarenas of Pueblo, Colorado; goddaughter, Elizabeth Trujillo of Liberal, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Martinez.


Obituary for Stephanie "Taffy" Hoos

photo of Stephanie HoosStephanie “Taffy” Hoos, 74, of Columbia, MO, died Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO. Stephanie was born June 24, 1947 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of Paul and Jane Whelove (Barrett) Terwesten.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Missouri Retired Teachers, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Walk to Emmaus.

Obituary for Stephanie "Taffy" Hoos

Stephanie “Taffy” Hoos, 74, of Columbia, MO, died Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO. Stephanie was born June 24, 1947 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of Paul and Jane Whelove (Barrett) Terwesten. She married John Henry Hoos on July 2, 1987 in St. Louise, MO.

Taffy was a graduate of Webster Grove Hight School, class of 1965. She received her Bachelor in Education degree from University of Missouri. She taught elementary school in Jefferson City school district. Taffy then attained her Library certificate and served as librarian in the school district for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Missouri Retired Teachers, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Walk to Emmaus. Being a minister’s wife, she was very active in all the church’s she belonged to, and enjoyed teaching Sunday and Bible school, and going on retreats.

Taffy is survived by her husband John of 34 years, daughter Janie (Jake) Brookman of St. Louis, MO, sons, Frank (Katherine) Ottofy of Columbia, MO, John “Tony” (Tara) Hoos of Columbia, Brent Courtney of Columbia, MO, Shay Hoos of Columbia, MO, Cory Hoos of Columbia, MO, Ronny May, three grandchildren Alexander Hoos, Xavier and Scarlett Hoos. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Michael Berrett Terwesten.


Obituary for Sam Dias

photo of Sam DiasDeacon Sam Dias, 74, husband of Leela Dias, entered into eternal life surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Sam was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church while he resided in Huntsville, Alabama. He was ordained as a Permanent deacon in the Diocese of Birmingham in 2000 where he served as a faithful Servant of God.

Obituary for Sam Dias

Deacon Sam Dias, 74, husband of Leela Dias, entered into eternal life surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Born in Kerala, India, he was the youngest son of the late Sarasupurathu Abraham and mother Agnes. He graduated from TKM Engineering College studying Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He emigrated to the United States in November 1972 where he completed his education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts graduating with a Masters of Engineering Management in 1974.

He was a Professional Engineer who retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Sam was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church while he resided in Huntsville, Alabama. He was ordained as a Permanent deacon in the Diocese of Birmingham in 2000 where he served as a faithful Servant of God.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by his sons Jay Dias and wife, Elizabeth, James Dias and wife, Leah, and Johnny Dias and wife, Jeannie; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his six siblings, S.A. Alfred, S.A. Justin, S.A. Salvi Raymond, S.A. Rita Benedict, S.A. Freetama Basil, and S.A. George.


Obituary for Jairo Alarcon

photo of Jairo AlarconJairo Edgar Alarcon, 63, of Norwalk, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at home surrounded by his devoted family.

Jairo was heavily involved within the community. He volunteered with the local Zeus swim team, Ed’s Flavor Fusion catering, Blessed Sacrament Congregation, and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Jairo Alarcon

Jairo Edgar Alarcon, 63, of Norwalk, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at home surrounded by his devoted family. Jairo was the eldest of 5, born on January 1st, 1959, in Cali, Colombia to Gonzalo Alarcon and Flor Campos. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1972 and lived the rest of his life in Connecticut. Jairo was an insurance agent for NY Life after dedicating his talents to Beiersdorf, Inc. for over 30 years. He and his wife, Irene Alarcon, committed to honor and love each other in marriage since 1987. Jairo was the most caring father to five children.

Jairo will be remembered as a dedicated father, husband, brother, grandfather, and follower of Christ. He greatly enjoyed watching sports, learning about the latest technology, and spending time with his family. Jairo was also heavily involved within the community. He volunteered with the local Zeus swim team, Ed’s Flavor Fusion catering, Blessed Sacrament Congregation, and Kairos Prison Ministry. Jairo’s humor and laughter were infectious to all; he lit up every room he entered. Jairo will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Jairo is survived by all his children, Marisol Vigil, Maria Alarcon, Jairo Alarcon Jr., Ileana Alarcon, and Silvana Alarcon; his wife, Irene Alarcon; his sisters, Argenis Alarcon, Diana Alarcon, Samaris Alarcon, and Rocio Alarcon; and 10 grandchildren.


Obituary for Marilyn Kahl

Sr. Marilyn Kahl, RGS, 85, beloved member of the Good Shepherd Congregation, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Sr. Marilyn was a Consecrated Religious with Sisters of the Good Shepherd. She was a social worker. She also loved music and had a beautiful voice.

Obituary for Marilyn Kahl

Sr. Marilyn Kahl, RGS, 85, beloved member of the Good Shepherd Congregation, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Sr. Marilyn was a Consecrated Religious with Sisters of the Good Shepherd. She was a social worker. She also loved music and had a beautiful voice.

Sr. Marilyn was born September 29, 1935 in Lodi, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Marian (nee: Knopf) Kahl. Sr. Marilyn is survived by her Sister, Joan (Dave) Oboyski, Brother, Tom (Patricia) Kahl and several nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Betty Worley

Betty Worley, 89, of South Charleston, died Monday, January 31, 2022, in her residence. Born August 24, 1932, in South Charleston, Ohio, she was the daughter of Augustus "Smax" and Helen L. (Frey) Cooper.

A member of the Springfield Area Emmaus, she served many times for Kairos with the Ohio Reformatory for Women and was a voting delegate for the West Ohio Conference UMC.

Obituary for Betty Worley

Betty Worley, 89, of South Charleston, died Monday, January 31, 2022, in her residence. Born August 24, 1932, in South Charleston, Ohio, she was the daughter of Augustus "Smax" and Helen L. (Frey) Cooper.

A 1950 graduate from South Charleston High School, Betty had worked for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and was also a receptionist for H & R Block in London. She was also an Avon saleslady for 25 years.

A member of the former Brighton United Methodist Church, she was an associate member of the First United Methodist Church of Hudson, FL, she always enjoyed serving as a Sunday School teacher for many years at the Mount Sterling United Methodist Church. A member of the Springfield Area Emmaus, she served many times for Kairos with the Ohio Reformatory for Women and was a voting delegate for the West Ohio Conference UMC.

Betty was a past member of the Ohio Pork Producers and past member and president of the Ohio Porkettes of the Pork Producers. She loved fishing and her dog Betsy. Survivors include her husband Daniel Worley; daughter and son-in-law Danette and "Coach" Richard Cunningham; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Stephan Worley and brother Junior Augustus Cooper.


Obituary for Ruth Harris

Ruth A. Harris, age 73, of DeGraff, Ohio passed away at 2:25 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2022, at Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio.

Ruth was dedicated to Kairos Prison Ministry for 16 years. She served in many positions with them and was involved with a team that reached out to the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville along with traveling to Ukraine with the ministry group.

Obituary for Ruth Harris

Ruth A. Harris, age 73, of DeGraff, Ohio passed away at 2:25 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2022, at Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio.

She was born January 11, 1949, in Sidney, Ohio, a daughter of the late Wright and Helen (Ward) Watkins. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by an infant brother Paul Edward Watkins and a brother-in-law, Charles Casey.

Ruth married James William Harris February 8, 1969, and he survives in DeGraff. She is also survived by her three sons: Jeff (Cindy) Harris of Centerville, Steve (Sarah) Harris of DeGraff, and Doug (Janeen) Harris of Canton; seven grandchildren: Natalie, Josh, Alli, Abigail, Jack, Gabriella, and Madeleine; five siblings: Phil (Jayne) Watkins of Sidney, Nancy Watkins Casey of Sidney, Patsy (Bob) Kendall, Jenny (Henry) Sanchez, and Carl (Teresa) Watkins, all of Minster and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Donald) Miller of Bucyrus.

Ruth was dedicated to the Kairos Ministry for 16 years. She served in many positions with them and was involved with a team that reached out to the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville along with traveling to Ukraine with the Ministry group.


Obituary for James Ray Morrison

photo of Ray MorrisonMr. James Ray Morrison was born on January 14, 1936, in York, SC to Allie and Alice Morrison. While spending time in the North Carolina Mountains, Ray peacefully passed away surrounded by family at Alleghany Memorial Hospital - Sparta, NC.

After retiring to Clover, Ray was honored to be a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Clover. Ray was a Chaplain with the Clover Police Department.

Obituary for James Ray Morrison

Mr. James Ray Morrison was born on January 14, 1936, in York, SC to Allie and Alice Morrison. While spending time in the North Carolina Mountains, Ray peacefully passed away surrounded by family at Alleghany Memorial Hospital - Sparta, NC.

As a junior at York High School, Ray met his first and only love, Shirley Randall. They were married on September 28, 1957. Ray and Shirley spent the next 64 years creating a beautiful legacy. Eleven days after Shirley's passing, Ray joined his beloved bride in Heaven.

He worked for Duke Energy, where he had a distinguished career until he retired in 1991. Ray fulfilled his passion for sports through coaching and officiating young athletes in the greater Charlotte area. He also enjoyed working on a cattle farm in Clover, SC and severing as a member of the United States Army National Guard.

After retiring to Clover, Ray was honored to be a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Clover. He also served the York County Prison Ministry where he was awarded the Inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013. Ray was a Chaplain with the Clover Police Department. Upon retirement, Ray worked part-time with M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home and spent his leisure time fishing, golfing, and loving his grandchildren.

Ray is survived by his daughter: Pamela M. Kirby (Kyle) of Rock Hill, SC; son: Randy Morrison (Carla) of Windsor, CO; grandchildren: Cameron Kirby and Taylor Kirby of Rock Hill, Shaun Morrison (Kaitlyn) of North Augusta, SC, Sela M. Ballard of Piedmont, SC, Dakota Morrison (Nichelle) of Jacksonville, FL and Hunter Santiago of Tacoma, WA; and five great-grandchildren. In addition, he has two surviving sisters, Ann Melton and Judy Jones.

Later in life, Ray and Shirley came to love three very-special ladies. Marilyn, Susan, and Melissa provided love, companionship, and exceptional care during their later years. Words do not express the family's gratitude to each of these ladies.

In Ray’s final goodbye to his beloved ‘Shirl,’ he said, “I’ll see you again very soon.” His family’s hearts are broken but rejoice knowing Ray and Shirley are together for eternity.


Obituary for Lloyd Jean Williams

photo of Lloyd Jean WilliamsLloyd Jean Williams was called to rest on January 15, 2022. Lloyd Jean was born on May 29, 1946, To Lloyd Melvin Thomas and Egella Larkins Thomas who both proceeded her in death.

She volunteered and worked for many programs such as Christmas International and Blueprint ministries, Kairos Prison Ministry in both Kairos Inside & Kairos Outside, the Carver Center, Habitat for Humanity and Christian Assisted Ministry.

Obituary for Lloyd Jean Williams

Lloyd Jean Williams was called to rest on January 15, 2022. Lloyd Jean was born on May 29, 1946, To Lloyd Melvin Thomas and Egella Larkins Thomas who both proceeded her in death. Steven Von Thomas (brother) and Anita Thomas Mealor (sister), Michael Williams (son) also preceded her in death. She was the oldest of the late Lloyd Melvin Thomas and Egella Larkins Thomas. She is survived by three siblings: Patricia Thomas Beard (Claude), Alfretta Thomas Peak, and Anetta Thomas.

Lloyd Jean grew up in Cincinnati Ohio, with a loving family. She attended Hughes High School and was a member of Rackdale Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. While in Cincinnati she was part of the Great James Cleveland Chorus GMWA. She traveled all over the United States and many parts of the world. She married Kenneth James Williams and to that union she raised five children: Melvin Williams, Bonnie Williams Willis, Kenneth James Williams and Javon Adamson-Williams, all of San Antonio, Texas. Five grandchildren, eight Great-Grandchildren all of San Antonio Texas, and a host of family and friends.

While in Panama, she was divorced and on a leap of faith and trusting God, she moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1979. She then attended St. Philips College, where she studied Catering and Business. She was known for her Phrases, such as "Trust in God" and "God always has my back". Lloyd Jean had her on catering business, worked as a cook for First Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army. She volunteered and worked for many programs such as Christmas International and Blueprint ministries, Kairos Prison Ministry in both Kairos Inside and Kairos Outside, the Carver Center, Habitat for Humanity and Christian Assisted Ministry. As a stroke survivor, she was an active member of the Alamo Area Stroke Support Group. She was an active Christian and loved to work and sing for the Lord.


Obituary for Connie O'Kelly

photo of Connie O'KellyConnie Moore O’Kelly, 65, of Dallas, GA, passed away on Friday, January 28th, 2022, due to illness caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Connie was active in Kairos Prison Ministry, sharing her faith in Jesus Christ, which impacted the hearts and lives of many incarcerated men, women, and youth. Her kind and sweet spirit touched anyone who knew her.

Obituary for Connie O'Kelly

Connie Moore O’Kelly, 65, of Dallas, GA, passed away on Friday, January 28th, 2022, due to illness caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On May 25th, 1956, Connie was born to parents James Monroe Moore Jr and Betty Ruth Shurling Moore in Milledgeville, GA. Connie graduated high school with honors from Jonesco Academy in Gray, Georgia, where she was awarded “Ms. Jonesco” in 1974 and was selected to the SEAIS All-Star basketball team. Connie later earned a degree from the Interactive College of Technology in College Park, Georgia.

In addition to being a loving mother, Connie had an extreme love for animals and held an unwavering faith in God. Connie was active in Kairos Prison Ministry, sharing her faith in Jesus Christ, which impacted the hearts and lives of many incarcerated men, women, and youth. Her kind and sweet spirit touched anyone who knew her.

She worked as a customer service and operations manager for most of her career until retiring in 2020.

Connie joins her father, James Moore, in Heaven. She is survived by her mother, Betty Moore, brothers Wallace Moore and Warren Moore, children Katie Shawn O’Kelly, Robert Gary O’Kelly Jr, Michael Keith O’Kelly, granddaughter Abigail Paige Fields O’Kelly, and her two pitbull fur-babies Coco and Clyde.


Obituary for Artie May Storey

photo of Artie StoreyArtie May Jones Storey was received by her Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

God called her to become involved in the Kairos Outside of Georgia ministry - a ministry for women who had loved ones who were incarcerated. This ministry was her joy for more than 20 years.

Obituary for Artie May Storey

Artie May Jones Storey was received by her Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 18, 2021. She was born October 1, 1937 in Hockerville, Ottawa County, Oklahoma to Loyed Carmel Jones and Imogene Madge Grube Jones, she was the oldest daughter of nine children. She graduated from Wichita West High School and then attended Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon completion of training, she went to work with Delta Airlines in Atlanta Georgia as a teletype operator.

Artie May married Charles Thomas (Tom) Storey and they had two children, then moved to Newnan, Georgia in 1964. She worked at Cato's, American Optical and the Coweta County General Hospital before going to work for the Coweta County Volunteer Fire Department as a dispatcher. She worked there for 12 years, then went to work with the Georgia Department of Revenue where she retired from public work.

Artie rededicated her life to Christ at Andrew's Chapel UMC. God called her to transfer to Newnan First UMC, then Cornerstone UMC. She was attending Southwest Christian at the time of her call to go home. Each move was based on God's leading to help her grow closer to Him. God called her to be a leader in the United Methodist Women; to facilitate in Bible Studies; to be a Lay Delegate to the North Georgia UMC Conference. She attended a North Georgia Emmaus weekend which led her to a deeper love of Jesus Christ and her Heavenly Father. She became very active in the Atlanta South Emmaus and Chrysalis Communities. God then called her to become involved in the Kairos Outside of Georgia ministry - a ministry for women who had loved ones who were incarcerated. This ministry was her joy for more than 20 years. She was an active member of Community Christian Church Thursday morning bible study.

Artie was the current president of the Coweta Genealogical Society. She began as a charter member in 1981. She enjoyed digging into her family roots. She had recently made some mini trips to grave sites of her ancestors. It thrilled her to find out that she had at least five Methodist ministers in her history and she was looking forward to finding more ministers who brought the Gospel to those in need.

Artie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Walter Loyed Jones and Ernest Loyal Jones; sister: Mary Elena Jones Horn and brother-in-law: Edward Horn. She is survived by son: Jeffery (Jeff) Scott Storey - Alabama; daughter: Elizabeth Faith (Faye) Storey and close niece: Shelia Storey; sister: Sue Jones Bishop - Oklahoma; brothers: David (Charmayne) Jones - Utah, Wayne Jones - Kansas, Ray (Susan) Jones - Wisconsin and Gary (Deb) Jones - Kansas; and the father of her two children: Tom (Harriet) Storey - Alabama. Also surviving her are many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and people who called her "Momma," "Grandma" and "Aunt."


Obituary for Jeanette Maroney

photo of Jeanette MaroneyJeanette Maroney grabbed Jesus' hand on January 18, 2022 at age 70.She was born to John and Albina Hickl on July 4, 1951 in Bay City, TX.

Jeanette was a very active volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry. She served Kairos Outside Midland beginning in 2000 and went on to be leader of Weekend #21 in April, 2010. She also worked Kairos Inside at the Wallace Unit in Colorado City and had just begun serving with Kairos Outside Ft. Worth as they started a new community.

Obituary for Jeanette Maroney

Jeanette Maroney grabbed Jesus' hand on January 18, 2022 at age 70.She was born to John and Albina Hickl on July 4, 1951 in Bay City, TX. As a child, Jeanette enjoyed many happy times with her ten brothers and sisters on their family farm in El Maton Texas.

She met her husband Mark in ninth grade on the playgrounds at Markham elementary. After chasing her for a year, Mark was delighted when Jeanette finally agreed to be his girlfriend. They married on March 24, 1972 and went on to have three children, John Mark, Jana, and Justin. They moved to West Texas in the summer of 1985 where they spent 34 wonderful years.

From a young age, Jeanette had a strong bond with her many nieces and nephews. This developed into a life-long passion for nurturing children, among those who benefited from her unconditional love were her eight precious grandchildren.

Jeanette was a very active volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry. She served Kairos Outside Midland beginning in 2000 and went on to be leader of Weekend #21 in April, 2010. She also worked Kairos Inside at the Wallace Unit in Colorado City and had just begun serving with Kairos Outside Ft. Worth as they started a new community. Jeanette had hte gift of 'relationships' and was able to connect with women who came from all walks of life.

Jeanette has left a legacy of unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, unconditional love for people both great and small, and steadfast service. She touched many lives and brought happiness into every room she entered. Her smile and encouraging spirit will be missed by all.


Obituary for James Riddle

photo of James RiddleJames V. Riddle, 80 of Searcy passed away on December 30, 2021.

He was active in the Kairos Prison Ministry. James enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors, but the biggest love of his life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Obituary for James Riddle

James V. Riddle, 80 of Searcy passed away on December 30, 2021. He was born on November 15, 1941 in Batesville, Arkansas to the late Robert Lee and Vaughnie (Bill) Meriwether Riddle.

Mr. Riddle is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George and Robert Riddle. He is survived by; his wife of 51 years, Suanne Wolford Riddle; his children Jayme (Shane) Beck and George (Valorie) Riddle; three grandchildren, Rylee Riddle, Ryne Beck and Garrett Beck; one sister, Sara Riddle along with his nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

James graduated from Searcy High School in the class of 1959. After completing his Bachelor's degree from the university he went to work for Cargill as a Production Coordinator where he remained there until he retired after 38 years. James was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church where he served on many committees and taught Sunday School. He was active in the Kairos Prison Ministry. James enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors, but the biggest love of his life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


Obituary for Joseph Burgio, Sr.

photo of Joseph BurgioJoseph R. Burgio, Sr. passed away on December 30, 2021, age 98.

Joe was a proud Navy veteran, welder at Bell Aircraft Corporation, and member of Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Joseph Burgio, Sr.

Joseph R. Burgio, Sr. passed away on December 30, 2021, age 98.

Beloved husband of the late Arlene Burgio; dear father of Joseph Jr., Michael (Helene) and Christopher (Ann Marie) Burgio; loving grandfather of Adam (Meaghan), Amanda (Timothy) Moran, Veronica (Edgar) Rosario and David Burgio; great- grandfather of Arlina Rosario and Sloane Burgio; brother of the late Mary, Theresa, Rose, Michael, Carl, Andrew and Paul.

Joe was a proud Navy veteran, welder at Bell Aircraft Corporation, and member of Kairos Prison Ministry. Often referred to as the Mayor of the Tonawanda Aquatic Center.


Obituary for Juan "JC" Alonzo

photo of Juan AlonzoJuan "JC" Alonzo passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022, surrounded by family, at the age of 69.

He was born on September 15, 1952, in Kansas City, KS and was a gifted artistic blacksmith.

Obituary for Juan "JC" Alonzo

Juan "JC" Alonzo passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022, surrounded by family, at the age of 69. He was born on September 15, 1952, in Kansas City, KS and was a gifted artistic blacksmith.

Preceded in death by his parents, Jose Carmen and Dolores; and his wife, Nancy. Survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Tammi; and brother, Mario. Lovingly remembered by children Joshua, Matthew, Jaynie Hentzen (Eric), Katy Durant (William), Mary Alumbaugh, Sam Costello; and 12 grandchildren, Kaeden, Riley, Bentley, Eli, Hadley, Ben, Noah, Genny, Jimmy, Hannah, Journey, and Euan; nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews.


Obituary for Earl Hicks

photo of Earl HicksHarley Earl Hicks, age 89, passed away on August 18, 2021. Earl was born on July 11, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas.

He loved watching sports, bird watching, spending time with his family and participating in the prison and jail ministry.

Obituary for Earl Hicks

Harley Earl Hicks, age 89, passed away on August 18, 2021. Earl was born on July 11, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas. He graduated from Pascal High School in Fort Worth and Texas Christian University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Math. Earl served his country as a member of the Navy and was deployed during the Korean War. After his time in the service, he worked for Shell Oil Company for 30 years retiring in 1990 as a Staff Geophysicist.

He married his wife, Evelyn, on July 3, 1980, and enjoyed 41 years of marriage which included traveling the world on mission trips and adventuring to new places. He loved watching sports, bird watching, spending time with his family and participating in the prison and jail ministry.

Earl was preceded in death by his children Danny, Richard and Sylvia and sisters, Ruth and Garnette. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his children Christina Pratt, Kimberly Rose, and Melissa Carr, and his step-children, Kirk Moreland and Kaye Karolys and daughter-in­law Rhonda Hicks. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren (Mike Howard, Jason Hicks, Jessica Rourke, Ashley Karolys, Nicholas Karolys, Serghii Rose, Ryan Rose, Meaghan Rose, Reaghan Rose, Morgan Rose, Rowen Rose, Logan Carr, and Quinlynne Carr) and 5 great-grandchildren.


Obituary for Wayne Lovercheck

photo of Wayne LovercheckWayne L. Lovercheck, Esquire, age 74, of Erie, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Niskayuna, NY on January 26, 1947, eldest son of the late Charles L. and Leila Miller Lovercheck.

Wayne was part of Koinonia of Erie county and the Kairos Prison Ministry. While lay leader for Koinonia he helped start the Footsteps ministry for teens in Erie and Buffalo and Jamestown, New York. He then brought the Kairos Prison Ministry to Pennsylvania, including Erie County. He served on the international board of Kairos for many years as the Pennsylvania rep and as VP.

Obituary for Wayne Lovercheck

Wayne L. Lovercheck, Esquire, age 74, of Erie, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Niskayuna, NY on January 26, 1947, eldest son of the late Charles L. and Leila Miller Lovercheck.

Wayne was a 1964 graduate of Strong Vincent High School, where he was a member of the track and cross country teams and started dating his lifelong partner Janice. He graduated from Gannon University with BS degree in Business Management. He received his law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. In 1976 he returned to Erie and obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from Gannon.

He served his country in the United States Naval Reserves and did one year active duty in Da Nang, Vietnam (Aug 1968-Aug 1970) doing harbor duty on a tug boat and assisting the Commanding Officer of the Naval Support Facility. On Wayne’s return he joined Gamma Sigma Mu Veterans Fraternity at Gannon University.

Wayne was licensed with the Pennsylvania Bar, the Illinois Bar, the Federal Court System and the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was active in the Erie County Bar Association. He practiced in a partnership with his father from 1976 to 2004 at Lovercheck and Lovercheck in Erie. He moved his practice to The Quinn Firm after his father died until 2014. He retired from private practice in 2016. His practice included the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and unfair trade practice.

He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, as an Elder and Presbytery representative.

Wayne was part of Koinonia of Erie county and the Kairos Prison Ministry. While lay leader for Koinonia he helped start the Footsteps ministry for teens in Erie and Buffalo and Jamestown, New York. He then brought the Kairos Prison Ministry to Pennsylvania, including Erie county. He served on the international board of Kairos for many years as the Pennsylvania rep and as VP.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janice Bohlender Lovercheck; a son, Glenn Lovercheck of Erie; a daughter, Kerrie Ellen Lovercheck of New York; a brother, Dale Lovercheck and his wife Susan of Media, PA; a sister, Mary Michalski and her husband Chris of Erie; and many nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Robert Miller

photo of Robert MillerDr. Robert Mark Miller, 87, of Easley entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on September 18, 2021.

Bob retired to Easley in 2007 where he became a faithful member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church and taught adult Sunday School. Bob also remained active in ministry through Community Bible Study and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Robert Miller

Dr. Robert Mark Miller, 87, of Easley entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on September 18, 2021. Born in Galax, VA, he was the son of the late Edith and the late William Miller.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Nancy, his son Mark, and his brother William. Bob is survived by his loving wife Gail, daughters Robin Miller of Tucson, AZ and Renee (David) Montgomery of Bethel Park, PA; brothers Don (Linda) Miller of Monroe, GA and Richard Miller of Concord, NC; sister Patti (Donald) Stone of Myrtle Beach, SC; sister-in-law Joan (William) Miller of Greenville, SC; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior under the ministry of Tabernacle Church of Norfolk, VA. Bob earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, a master's from Georgia State University, and a doctorate from NOVA University.

Bob dedicated his career to Christian Education serving as teacher, principal, and superintendent in several schools, primarily at Norfolk Christian Schools, Norfolk, VA from 1972-1998. In 1998, Bob joined the staff of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) serving as Director of Leadership Development.

Bob retired to Easley in 2007 where he became a faithful member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church and taught adult Sunday School. Bob also remained active in ministry through Community Bible Study and Kairos Prison Ministry.


Obituary for Robby Burke, Jr.

photo of Robbie BurkeChaplain Robby Wray Burke, Jr., 65, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He pastored many churches and denominations for 40 years. Since 2009, he served as a prison chaplain. He was a member of Harrisonburg Baptist Church.

Obituary for Robby Burke, Jr.

Chaplain Robby Wray Burke, Jr., 65, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Chaplain Burke was born on October 6, 1956 in Savannah, Georgia and was a son of Martha Jane Hutcheson Burke and the late Robby Wray Burke Sr. He graduated from VMI in 1978 with a Bachelors Degree in History, and then in1981, he received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He later graduated from James Madison University with a Masters degree in American History in 1991, and a teaching license in 2000. A proud graduate of VMI, he served in the United States Army as a Chaplain from 1983 until 1986. He pastored many churches and denominations for 40 years. Since 2009, he served as a prison chaplain. He was a member of Harrisonburg Baptist Church.

On August 6, 1978, he married Karen Myers Burke who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Erin Rae Burke Eye and husband Josh of Bridgewater, Leanne Elizabeth Burke of Richmond; mother, Martha Jane Hutcheson Burke; sister, Holly Burke Anderson and husband Steve of Savannah, Georgia; sister-in-law, Sabrina Burke; grandchildren, Ethan Burke, Liam Anderson, Brett Eye, Shelby Eye, Maddox Eye and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his father, Chaplain Burke was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Burke.


Obituary for Charles E. Day, Jr.

photo of Charles DayCharles E. Day Jr., 67, was called home to be with the Lord on November 27, 2021. He was born February 6, 1954, in New Market, Va., to Charles E. Day Sr. and Nettie (Wilt) Day.

He believed that with the wisdom, courage, and strength from his Higher Power he could face any day.

Obituary for Charles E. Day, Jr.

Charles E. Day Jr., 67, was called home to be with the Lord on November 27, 2021. He was born February 6, 1954, in New Market, Va., to Charles E. Day Sr. and Nettie (Wilt) Day.

On September 28, 1973, he married Mary Louise (Ford) Day in New Market, Va., at the Emmanual Lutheran Church. Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage, of which they enjoyed exploring and traveling out west in their RV. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Charlene (Day) Viola and Jacqueline (Day) Painter; his two sons-in-law, Mark "Andy" Viola and Michael Painter. In addition, he is survived by his sister Debra (Day) Delawder and her family. He is preceded in death by sister Betty Jo (Day) Waltman.

Charles enjoyed the outdoors and frequently traveled the Midwest on his Harley-Davidson with his wife and miniature schnauzer "Skipper." He was the proud member of the Winchester, Va., Harley Owners' Group. He loved fishing, grilling, hunting, and spending quality time with his wife and daughters. Charles knew no stranger and could be found offering deplorable jokes to anyone he met. He was a Charter Life Member after serving 20+ years in the New Market Fire Department. With over three decades of experience in the financial services industry, he committed himself to clients by designing plans to secure financial futures (most recently practicing under Mutual of Omaha). He had a vivid eye for assisting friends and families with real estate endeavors. Charles practiced as a real estate agent for 20 years. He believed that with the wisdom, courage, and strength from his Higher Power he could face any day.


Obituary for Lillian Robinson

photo of Lillian RobinsonOur treasured "Ms. Lillian" passed at home on Monday, November 22, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends the last days of her life.

Ms. Lillian was an active member of Bridge Point Church where she adored fellowshipping. She cherished the church groups she participated with. Church members were more like family members. Kairos Prison Ministry, Dreamcatchers, and Mature Women groups were all near and dear to her.

Obituary for Lillian Robinson

Lillian Robinson was born on August 20, 1949, in Morganton, North Carolina. She was the first daughter born to the late, Helen Johnson, but was raised by and named after her beloved maternal grandmother, Lillian Grier. Lillian was married to James Robinson. Our treasured "Ms. Lillian" passed at home on Monday, November 22, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends the last days of her life.

Ms. Lillian was educated in Morganton public schools and later completed her GED. She attended Clark Atlanta University and receiver her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University at the age of 60 years old. Some of her interests included family gatherings, sewing, reading, puzzles, coloring, dancing, meeting people, and most of all playing with her grandchildren.

Ms. Lillian retired from her most-loved employer, the City of Atlanta Police Department as a Community Outreach Liaison Officer. She was responsible for setting up and attending neighborhood watch meetings for communities within the city of Atlanta. Her area of expertise was senior safety.

Ms. Lillian accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in her early twenties. Trusting God in every area of her life is how she persevered through all obstacles including breast cancer. She often developed lifetime bonds with many whom she encountered because of her encouraging presence and infectious smile. Her "Keep It Real but Godly," approach resonated throughout her life.

Ms. Lillian was an active member of Bridge Point Church where she adored fellowshipping. She cherished the church groups she participated with. Church members were more like family members. Kairos Prison Ministry, Dreamcatchers, and Mature Women groups were all near and dear to her, however, bringing the Angel Tree Ministry to the church was one of her most revered accomplishments.

Ms. Lillian is survived by her three children, Anthony (and Ana) Williams of San Francisco, California, Charliss (William Harris) Williams of Atlanta, Georgia and Tomeka (and Michael) Stevens of Riverdale, Georgia. She had 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters Vanessa Johnson-Littles, Vandora Johnson and a brother Michael (and Lissa) Johnson, and a special friend and road warrior, Octavia Everett.

Ms. Lillian is predeceased by her husband James Robinson, mother Helen Grier Johnson, her cherished grandmother Lillian Grier and Aunt Euria (and Nathaniel) Wilson, brothers Clarence (Sandra) Grier, Robert (and Mary) Grier, her sisters Jamie Lindley and Wanda Johnson.


Obituary for James Walsh

photo of James WalshJames R. Walsh, of Williamsville, entered into rest on December 10, 2021 at age 84.

Beloved husband of 58 years to Colleen (nee McCormick) Walsh; devoted father of Molly Walsh Ortolani, Susan (Gregory) Walsh Allen, Kevin (Mary) Walsh and Michael (Alexa) Walsh.

Obituary for James Walsh

James R. Walsh, of Williamsville, entered into rest on December 10, 2021 at age 84. Beloved husband of 58 years to Colleen (nee McCormick) Walsh; devoted father of Molly Walsh Ortolani, Susan (Gregory) Walsh Allen, Kevin (Mary) Walsh and Michael (Alexa) Walsh; cherished grandfather of Connor Ortolani, Owen Ortolani, Natalie Allen, James Allen, Gianna Ortolani, Julia Walsh, Molly Walsh, William Allen and Cormac Walsh; loving son of the late Rose Mary and William L. Walsh II; dear brother of the late William L. (late Ruth) Walsh III; also survived by loving nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Martin Billingsley Jr.

photo of Martin Billingsley, Jr.Martin Charles "Chut" Billingsley, Jr., age 94, passed away on December 7, 2021. Chut was born on June 22, 1927 in Winona, MS to Ninna Davis Billingsley and Martin Charles Billingsley, Sr.

Chut was devoted to his family, his church, Moore Memorial United Methodist Church, the North Mississippi Emmaus Community and served faithfully through Kairos Prison Ministry for many years.

Obituary for Martin Billingsley Jr.

Martin Charles "Chut" Billingsley, Jr., age 94, passed away on December 7, 2021. Chut was born on June 22, 1927 in Winona, MS to Ninna Davis Billingsley and Martin Charles Billingsley, Sr. He graduated from Winona High School in 1945 and went on to Mississippi State University. After his first semester, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1950, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and lettered on the track and field team as a pole vaulter.

After college, he came home to run the family business which he grew to own four Piggly Wiggly stores in North Mississippi. He married the love of his life, Mitchie, on August 24, 1949 and recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. Together, they raised four sons, cheered on their beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs and traveled the world.

Chut was devoted to his family, his church, Moore Memorial United Methodist Church, the North Mississippi Emmaus Community and served faithfully through Kairos Prison Ministry for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ninna Davis Billingsley and Martin Charles Billingsley, Sr. He was survived in death by his wife, Mitchie, his four sons, Dave (Betty), Ralph, Bill (Cindy) and John Hudson; his siblings Willy (Sara) of Huntsville, AL and Sarah Shultz of Jennings, LA; his grandchildren Amos Strickland, Kyle Billingsley, Olivia (Robert) Leow, Baxter (Emily) Billingsley, Jackson Billingsley, Anna Beth Billingsley, Susannah Billingsley, Carter Billingsley and Mitchell Billingsley.


Obituary for Deborah Kackley

photo of Deborah KackleyDeborah Susan Kackley, 72, passed away surrounded by her family on December 5, 2021 after a 15 year battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Deb had a large social circle with people who shared her interests. These groups included the Cherrington Place book club, the Bogey Bunch golf league that played together every Tuesday for the last 25 years, the Grandview library staff where she worked for many years before retiring, the Cum Christo community, and the Kairos Prison Ministry community.

Obituary for Deborah Kackley

Deborah Susan Kackley, 72, passed away surrounded by her family on December 5, 2021 after a 15 year battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was born on April 29, 1949 in Long Island at Mitchel Field Air Force Base to the late John Hoboken and Roberta Marincov.

Deb had a large social circle with people who shared her interests. These groups included the Cherrington Place book club, the Bogey Bunch golf league that played together every Tuesday for the last 25 years, the Grandview library staff where she worked for many years before retiring, the Cum Christo community, and Kairos Christian prison community. But most famous to her peers and dear to her heart was "The Four Debs and a Joy", a group of her and her best friends who stood by each other through thick and thin.

The medical community supporting the Ovarian patients has become a part of the Kackley family and the Thursday OSU Mill Run crew of Doctors and Nurses has been our life support system for 15 years will never be forgotten.

Deb is preceded in death by her parents, John and Roberta, and her mother's second husband who was the man she knew as her father, Milan Marincov.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 48 years, Robert Kackley; children, Jeremy (Sarah) and Matthew (Simcha) Kackley; grandchildren, Camden, Julia, Gavin. Siblings, Larry (Kathy) Hoboken, Milana (Bobby) Redlinger, and Brian (Beth) Marincov.


Obituary for Phil Carey

photo of Phil CareyPhillip Eugene Carey was born on December 9, 1955 in Torrance, California to Eugene and Neoma Carey and two older sisters: Pat and Kathy.

God used Phil in a tremendous way. In 2016, Phil joined Kairos, a prison ministry, and served at the California City Correctional Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison. Since 2020, he served as the ministry’s State Chair of California.

Obituary for Phil Carey

Phillip Eugene Carey was born on December 9, 1955 in Torrance, California to Eugene and Neoma Carey and two older sisters: Pat and Kathy.

He graduated from Gahr High School in Cerritos in 1974. He played football as a freshman, was on the wrestling team in high school and surfed. At Cerritos College he found a passion for tennis in which he excelled winning many tennis tournaments and entertaining the thought of going on the professional circuit. God had other plans for him.

During his college years, Phil married Keri Williams (m.1978-2005). Their daughter, Rachel, was born in 1981 and in 1987 the twins were born, Joshua and Ryan. He was a family man, through and through and he enjoyed living life with his family partaking in numerous outdoor recreational activities and later enjoyed watching the grandkids, Gavin and Aubrey, play sports.

He started at Suzuki in 1985 as a Computer Operator. After 32 years, he retired in 2018 as IT Systems Operations and Network Manager. It was at Suzuki that he met Melanie Garcia in 2006. After a loving, 12-year courtship, they were married on September 25, 2020 and wondered "why did we wait so long!" Phil and Melanie were happily married for one year, one month, and one day.

Phil had a zest for life. He completed the RAGBRAI, (the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) in the early 1990's. Throughout life, he loved participating in various outdoor activities, traveling to warm and tropical places and trips with wife, Melanie, and her two sons Christian and Andrew. He enjoyed people and could strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere. No one was ever a stranger long and he made everyone feel welcomed. He was generous in all ways and would give a stranger his last dollar if they needed it.

Phil had a dark time in his young adulthood and felt that he should have done more for God, but there is not a time or experience that is wasted in a Christian's life (Romans 8:28). It has been said, "If you want to be used by God, by God you will be used!" God used Phil in a tremendous way. In 2016, Phil joined Kairos, a prison ministry, and served at the California City Correctional Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison.

Since 2020, he served as the ministry’s State Chair of California. Although, Kairos could not go into the prisons because of Covid-19 restrictions, Phil continued to do what he could and pray for the ministry. He served with a whole heart and loved every opportunity to share God's love. He loved working with his brothers in Christ, both those in and out of prison. The bonds of friendship that were made were precious to him.

Phil practiced Matthew 25:35-40 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothe me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

On October 26, 2021, at 3:52 AM, we can imagine God said to Phil, "Well done good and faithful servant." Phil is survived by his wife Melanie Garcia Carey, his children and their spouses: Rachel (Kelly) King, Joshua (Heather) Carey, Ryan (Natasha) Carey; stepchildren Andrew and Christian Garcia (deceased October 28, 2021), grandchildren Gavin and Aubrey King, and sisters Pat Riker and Kathy Moon.


Obituary for Dean Larson

photo of Dean LarsonDean R. Larson, 77, went to be with his Lord on Friday, October 15th, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail and his children, Holly Nagy (William) and Todd Larson (Jill).

Dean served on the Academy Board of the 1st District of Indiana, Naval Academy Area Coordinator Steering Committee, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Indiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Obituary for Dean Larson

Dean R. Larson, 77, went to be with his Lord on Friday, October 15th, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail, his children, Holly Nagy (William) and Todd Larson (Jill), his very special grandchildren, Charles, Allison, and Julia Nagy and Lauren, Gabe, Audrey, Charlotte, and Grant Larson, niece, Heather Mayden (Jeff), and grand-niece Sydney. Parents, Roy and Marian Larson, and sister, Phyllis (Jim) Much, preceded him Home.

Dean received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor’s degrees from Purdue University and a Master’s from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Dean enlisted in the Navy and retired as a Captain in Special Operations and later retired from United States Steel Corporation. He taught for Purdue University Calumet, Purdue, Saint Xavier, Oklahoma State, and Capella Universities. Dean was the Environmental Safety and Health Training Manager for Argonne National Laboratory from 1989 to 1995 and the Safety and Industrial Hygiene Manager, United States Steel Gary Works 1995 – 2003. Captain Larson represented the U.S. Naval Academy as a Blue and Gold Officer for 42 years, including service as the Indiana Coordinator. He chaired the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committees on Mass Evacuation and Sheltering, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, and Emergency Services Organization Risk Management. Dean served as Head of the U.S. Delegation to the ISO Committee for Societal Security and served as a Commissioner on the Indiana Emergency Response Commission and the Certified Emergency Manager Commission, which he chaired in 2012. He was certified as a Safety Professional, Emergency Manager, Business Continuity Auditor, Performance Technologist, and Indiana Professional Emergency Management.

He served as Master of Griffith Lodge #735 F & AM and as presiding officer in the Scottish Rite, York Rite, National Sojourners, Shrine (Raheese and South Lake County Shrine Club), Eastern Star, Royal Order of Jesters, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. Dean was inducted in the Purdue Tri-Service Hall of Fame and awarded the Honorary 330, Order of the Purple Cross, Knight York Cross of Honor, and Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was a member of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. Dean served on the Academy Board of the 1st District of Indiana, Naval Academy Area Coordinator Steering Committee, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Indiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. He was a member of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity, 40x8, Lions, VFW, American Legion, and Mensa. At Christmas time, Dean found great joy in playing Santa Claus with Gail as Mrs. Claus. He traveled and worked in over sixty-six countries as part of Navy service, U.S. Steel employment, and disaster preparedness activities for the National Fire Protection Association and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). His work on disaster preparedness throughout the world has increased the level of safety for many, many people. Dean served his Lord and his country, the greatest on earth.


Obituary for Cheryl Bilodeau

photo of Cheryl BilodeauOn the morning of Monday, June 14, Cheryl Marshall Bilodeau, texted her son a birthday wish, finished her morning routine and asked Ron if he would like the hard-boiled egg for breakfast, before experiencing a medical event and transitioning to eternal life. Cheryl was 77 years old.

Cheryl was active in supporting her children and their activities. Cheryl loved to watch the Bruins with her boys and cheer for grandchildren as they grew. She was proud of each of their accomplishments. In recent weeks, Cheryl spent what is now special time with each of her sons and just last week enjoyed a corvette ride.

Obituary for Cheryl Bilodeau

On the morning of Monday, June 14, Cheryl Marshall Bilodeau, texted her son a birthday wish, finished her morning routine and asked Ron if he would like the hard-boiled egg for breakfast, before experiencing a medical event and transitioning to eternal life. Cheryl was 77 years old.

Cheryl was born in southern Maine on June 25, 1943. She was the daughter of David and Eleanor Marshall of Old Orchard, Maine. Cheryl loved the sunrises of Old Orchard Beach. Cheryl was one of five children. Cheryl and Vincent Leblanc had three sons. Chip, Steven, and Peter. Cheryl was active in supporting her children and their activities. Cheryl loved to watch the Bruins with her boys and cheer for grandchildren as they grew. She was proud of each of their accomplishments. In recent weeks, Cheryl spent what is now special time with each of her sons and just last week enjoyed a corvette ride. On January 24, 1998, during an ice storm, Cheryl married Ronald A. Bilodeau at St. Phillip’s Church in Auburn. Cheryl and Ron were joined by family, children and grandchildren as they celebrated their love for each other and love of the Catholic faith. Cheryl lived a prayerful life. Cheryl loved fly fishing, snow shoeing, and camping in the beautiful state of Maine. Cheryl retired from LL Bean.


Obituary for Linda Felder

photo of Linda FelderLinda Dawn Felder, 74, of Port Acres, died Thursday, November 11, 2021, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born September 12, 1947, in Phillips, Texas, to Dawn Lucille Fitzjarrald Hughes and Doyle Price Hughes.

Linda was a dedicated and active member of her community. Over the years she committed much of her time as a member or participant in The Order of The Eastern Star; Daughters of the Nile; Social Order of the Beauceant; Kairos; Emmaus Community; Southeast Texas Veterans Group; and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Cashan Grotto.

Obituary for Linda Felder

Linda Dawn Felder, 74, of Port Acres, died Thursday, November 11, 2021, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born September 12, 1947, in Phillips, Texas, to Dawn Lucille Fitzjarrald Hughes and Doyle Price Hughes.

Linda was a dedicated and active member of her community. Over the years she committed much of her time as a member or participant in The Order of The Eastern Star; Daughters of the Nile; Social Order of the Beauceant; Kairos; Emmaus Community; Southeast Texas Veterans Group; and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Cashan Grotto. Linda was also the Sunday School superintendent of her church and she served as a board member for The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Linda enjoyed crafting and working with her hands such as needlepoint, arranging flowers, and decorating cakes. She loved artwork and traveling. Above all else, she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and was a wonderful “Nina” to them all.

Survivors include her daughter, Camille Luke and husband, Tim, of Pearland; grandchildren, Andrew, Peter, and Hannah Luke; sisters, Betty Poplin, of Groves and Jean Heubach and husband, Carl, of Nederland; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dawn and Doyle Hughes; husband, Jeff R. Felder III; and son, James Robert Felder.


Obituary for Jeff Felder III

photo of Jeff Felder III.Jeff Reid “Jersey” Felder III, 73, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, October 27, 2020. He was born August 25, 1947, in Port Arthur, to Helen Agnes Landry Felder and Jeff Reid Felder, Jr.

Obituary for Jeff Felder III

Jeff Reid “Jersey” Felder III, 73, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, October 27, 2020. He was born August 25, 1947, in Port Arthur, to Helen Agnes Landry Felder and Jeff Reid Felder, Jr.

Jeff was a United States Army veteran and retired from Gulf Oil after thirty-two years of service. He was also a Mason and presided over most Masonic fraternities that he was a member of. He loved model building and watching sports especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Jeff enjoyed country music and was most proud of being there for his daughter’s wedding and being a pawpaw.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Felder, of Port Arthur; daughter, Camille Luke and husband, Tim, of Pearland; and grandchildren, Andrew, Peter, and Hannah Luke.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Jeff Felder, Jr.; and son, James Robert Felder.


Obituary for Rick Machamer Jr.

photo of Rick Machamer Jr.Richard F. Machamer Jr., age 68, passed on October 31, 2021 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. He was born in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1953 to Louise and Richard F. Machamer.

He volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry in multiple leadership roles for 10 years at Greensville Correctional Facility and served in various other community outreach programs serving the homeless and underserved populations. He has been described by family and friends as honorable, courageous, and man of strong faith.

Obituary for Rick Machamer Jr.

Richard F. Machamer Jr., age 68, passed on October 31, 2021 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. He was born in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1953 to Louise and Richard F. Machamer. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science & Engineering and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1975.

Rick went on to lead a distinguished military career as an armor officer and later a public affairs officer, government contractor, and published author. In 1990, he achieved a Master of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kansas State University. Rick held multiple leadership roles throughout his military career including Director of Public Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, deployment as Chief of Public Information with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Forces in Bosnia serving directly under General Eric Shinseki, and Special Assistant for International Media at the State Department. He received multiple awards and medals including 7 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Office of the Secretary of the Army Badge. After his military retirement, Rick served as a strategic communications project manager for multiple government contractors including BAE Systems, Axiom-RM, and Engility Corporation.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Roxanne (neé Roane), their dog Maisie, son Richard F. Machamer III, daughter Rebecca DuPuy (Kevin), stepdaughter Alexandra Tess Davis, sister Sally Heydel (Rick), brother Joseph Biddle (Sharon), and grandchildren Desmond and Delaney DuPuy.

Rick was an active member of Newtown United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, VA and served two terms on the Leadership Board and as Treasurer. He volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry in multiple leadership roles for 10 years at Greensville Correctional Facility and served in various other community outreach programs serving the homeless and underserved populations. He has been described by family and friends as honorable, courageous, and man of strong faith.


Obituary for Charles Chahanovich

photo of Charles ChahanovichCharles Robert “Chuck” Brush Chahanovich passed away at home on July 30, 2021.

Chuck was very actively involved in Kairos Prison Ministry for 30 years, where his presence was responsible for changing many lives in the name of Jesus.

Obituary for Charles Chahanovich

Charles Robert “Chuck” Brush Chahanovich passed away at home on July 30, 2021. He was born on Oct. 4, 1942, in Bennington, Vermont, to Charles Henry Brush and Barbara Irene Lindsey. His mother was remarried during his early childhood to Edward Chahanovich.

Chuck graduated from North Bennington High School in 1960, following which he spent the next 25 years serving our country with the United States Air Force. Early on in his service, he attended Electronics School at the Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Later during his career with the Air Force, he concurrently continued his education, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon retiring from his service, Chuck was employed by The Boeing Co. for 20 years, where his skills associated with the design, programming and implementation of complex electronic systems for aircraft were greatly valued.

While working for Boeing, Chuck also pursued and achieved his master’s degree in counseling in 2007 at the age of 65. It was his lifelong experiences, including all of life’s ups and downs, that made him a very valuable counselor. Chuck was very actively involved in Kairos Prison Ministry for 30 years, where his presence was responsible for changing many lives in the name of Jesus.

Chuck married Beverly Edna McIntyre on Oct. 12, 1985, and shared his life with her for 35 years. He was the father and parent to seven children, Troy Chahanovich, Kelley Hendershot, Caryn Chahanovich, Beth Rogers, Heidi Lucas, Holli Peachey and Carla Chahanovich. Chuck was predeceased by his daughter, Kelley. Besides his loving wife, Chuck is survived by siblings on his mother’s side, including Bruce, Brian, Mark and Edward Chahanovich and Susan Lindsey; and siblings on his father’s side, including David, Scott and Laird Brush, Holly Webb and Lisa Christman; by his remaining children, and by 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, who live all over the United States. Chuck had an infectious smile and the twinkle in his eyes often made others wonder what he was thinking. His sense of humor and humility, and his love of family made it a joy for all to be in his presence.


Obituary for Jim Adams

photo of Jim AdamsJim (James) Adams of New Caney, TX died on Oct 4, 2021. He was born June 9, 1941 in Oakland, OK to George and Pearlie Morrison.

Jim was a jack of all trades who held a variety of jobs over the course of his life with the most important being pastor of Chapelwood Baptist Church for 13 years. In addition to being a pastor he was a volunteer prison chaplain in which led to full time ministry work in the prison and jails.

Obituary for Jim Adams

Jim (James) Adams of New Caney, TX died on Oct 4, 2021. He was born June 9, 1941 in Oakland, OK to George and Pearlie Morrison.

Jim was a jack of all trades who held a variety of jobs over the course of his life with the most important being pastor of Chapelwood Baptist Church for 13 years. In addition to being a pastor he was a volunteer prison chaplain in which led to full time ministry work in the prison and jails. Jim loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents George and Pearlie Morrison and his brothers and sisters Loyd, Maudie, Johnnie, Lonnie Ray, Robert, Lois, Joyce, Helen, Dorthey, George Jr, and Dale. Surviving are his wife of 41 years Jill Adams; daughter Ashley Friedrich (Robert) and son Jimmy Adams (Nicole); grandchildren Brycen McCafferty, Logan McCafferty, Stella Friedrich, Blake Friedrich, and Jack Adams; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Wilton Beam

photo of Wilton BeamWilton M Beam, 84, of Wichita Falls, TX passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, in Wichita Falls, TX.

He was a member of the Air Force Chapel and served 15 years as the Shepherd Chapel Airman’s Prayer Chain Minister. He was a certified Volunteer Chaplain Assistant for Allred Prison. He worked with the Kairos and Horizon prison ministries.

Obituary for Wilton Beam

Wilton M Beam, 84, of Wichita Falls, TX passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, in Wichita Falls, TX. Mr. Beam was born July 4, 1937, in Gouldbusk, TX to Manuel and Alma (Meredith) Beam. He married Joyce Sebastian on March 29, 1973. He served his country and retired from the US Air Force after 28 years. He was a member of the Air Force Chapel and served 15 years as the Shepherd Chapel Airman’s Prayer Chain Minister. He was a certified Volunteer Chaplain Assistant for Allred Prison. He worked with the Kairos and Horizon prison ministries.

Survivors include wife, Joyce Beam, children, Don Gedenk, Sue Cole, Dan Gedenk, Tammye Paz, Gene Beam and Jim Beam, sisters, Mae Bailey, Angie Riffe and Norma Bailey, 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family. Wilton was preceded in death by 5 brothers, 2 sisters and a daughter, Diana Wright.


Obituary for Helene Benson

photo of Helene BensonHelene Benson, 75, passed away peacefully with her loving husband by her side on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Angel Nursing and Rehab Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Helene could often be found volunteering her time as an EMT for two volunteer ambulance services, Meals on Wheels - where she never met a stranger; and Helene proudly traveled to China to share the word of our Lord. Helene's enthusiasm for missionary work led her and her husband to be active within the Tres Dias Community and served with Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Helene Benson

Helene Benson, 75, passed away peacefully with her loving husband by her side on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Angel Nursing and Rehab Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was born August 30, 1946 in Middletown, New York to the late Anthony Parenti and Violet Avery Parenti.

Helene was incredibly hardworking and passionate about helping people. While in Middletown, she proudly owned and operated "Creative Touch, Inc.," hair salon. She was well known and respected in the community by her faithful clients who embraced her for her caring demeanor, listening ear and eye for style and beauty. When Helene wasn't at the salon, she could be found volunteering her time as an EMT for two volunteer ambulance services, Meals on Wheels - where she never met a stranger; and Helene proudly traveled to China to share the word of our Lord. Helene's enthusiasm for missionary work led her and her husband to be active within the Tres Dias Community and served with Kairos Prison Ministry. Following Helene and her husband's relocation to Myrtle Beach, they became active in their local community and were members of Seaside Community Church. Above all else, Helene loved her family with her whole heart. She will be deeply missed but fondly remembered for her zest for life, infectious laughter, and the love she had for her family and friends.

Left to cherish Helene's memory are her adoring husband of over 35 years, Mr. Richard B. Benson in Myrtle Beach, SC; children, Deanne Walsh of Cincinnati, OH, Debbie Figueroa of Unionville, NY, Derek Benson (Angelina) of Central, LA, and Brad Benson (Lindsay) of Centennial, CO; her adoring grandchildren, Amanda Davis, RJ Bennett, Shannon Walsh, Joey Walsh, Nolan Benson, Dylan Benson, Andrew Benson, and Elijah Benson; great-grandchildren, Kiley and Hailey Davis, and Lydia Ann Bennett; brother, Anthony Richard Parenti, Jr.; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins; a large, loving, extended family and many supportive friends and neighbors.


Obituary for Beckie Behm

photo of Beckie BehmOn Friday, October 9, 2020, Beckie Marie Behm, passed away at age 30, at home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Beckie had an amazing personality, with a mass of spunky attitude and humor that everyone around her knew and loved. She loved to give back, and volunteered as much as possible. She was always ready to lend a hand to those she loved, and spending time with her family was a high priority of hers.

Obituary for Beckie Behm

On Friday, October 9, 2020, Beckie Marie Behm, passed away at age 30, at home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born September 6, 1990 to Wade and Roberta Behm, she grew up in Wasilla and continued to live in the Valley until her death. Beckie had an amazing personality, with a mass of spunky attitude and humor that everyone around her knew and loved. She loved to give back, and volunteered as much as possible. She was always ready to lend a hand to those she loved, and spending time with her family was a high priority of hers.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Clyde Behm, and William and Lois Smith, along with her brother, Andrew Behm.

She is survived by her parents Wade and Roberta Behm, and her siblings, Michael, Gard, Eric, Tracy, Joseph, Brittney, William, and Kimberley. She is also survived by nephews Matthew, Lee and Colin, nieces Evelyn and Zoey, and a multitude of extended family, of which there are too many to name, although she held each one dear.


Obituary for Jim Key

photo of Jim KeyJames Perry Key, 85, died on September 13, 2021 after being diagnosed with light chain amyloidosis.

His impact is wide reaching having served in Kairos Prison Ministry since 1994 and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) since 1999.

Obituary for Jim Key

James Perry Key, 85, died on September 13, 2021 after being diagnosed with light chain amyloidosis. Jim was born to John Otis and Ruth Alexander Key on April 25, 1936 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He attended E.W. Grove High School and received his B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Tennessee. After graduation, Jim served in the U.S. Air Force as a transport pilot and squadron training officer. He later received his M.Ed. in Vocational Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Ed.D. in Occupational Education from North Carolina State University. He came to Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Professor in September 1969. Although he retired in 1998, Jim continued to teach a research design class for masters and doctoral students through Spring 2021.

Jim was in the Air National Guard for over twenty years. His impact is wide reaching having served in Kairos Prison Ministry since 1994 and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) since 1999. He served on the Board of Directors at the Wesley Foundation Student Center at OSU for over 25 years and in various positions at Highland Park United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Most recently, he cherished his role of picking up food from local stores and delivering items to Our Daily Bread.

Jim’s heart was for people and he was a light to all who knew him. Whether opening up his home to international students for holiday celebrations or introducing young families to pony rides, you would often find others at the family’s table on their acreage outside Stillwater.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jesse Alexander Key and John Miller Key. Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean Rose Key; daughter, Cindy Jenkins and husband, David of Goodwell, Oklahoma; son, Jim and wife, Karen of Marietta, Georgia; four grandchildren including Will Jenkins and wife, Rachel of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sarah Jenkins Fischer and husband, Braden of Hooker, Oklahoma; Elizabeth Key of Houston, Texas; Laura Key of College Station, Texas; three brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Naomi Ruth Price

photo of Naomi Ruth PriceNaomi Ruth (Perez) Price, 44, left this earth for her Heavenly Home on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Weatherford, TX.

Naomi was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Weatherford and was greatly involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry with her parents.

Obituary for Naomi Ruth Price

Naomi Ruth (Perez) Price, 44, left this earth for her Heavenly Home on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Weatherford, TX. She was born on February 8, 1977, in Yuma, AZ to Lydro Tony Perez and Elva Castaneda.

Naomi was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Weatherford and was greatly involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry with her parents and was a mentor for Sanctified Hope, an organization which empowers and guides formerly incarcerated women through a Christ-based ministry to inspire lifelong changes and become successful citizens of the community. She was employed as a nail tech and was an artist who enjoyed painting.

Left to cherish Naomi's memory are her parents, Lydro Tony Perez and Elva Castaneda Perez; son, Jonah Dominic Perez; brother, Julius Antony Perez, and a host of other extended family and friends.


Obituary for Scott Dean

photo of Scott DeanScott Daren Dean, age 50, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Scott was an active member of Abba’s House, Kairos Prison Ministry, Deacon, and an original member of Crazy Love Sunday School.

Obituary for Scott Dean

Scott Daren Dean, age 50, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. He was a graduate of Chattanooga Valley High School, Dalton Junior College, and Covenant College. Scott was an active member of Abba’s House, Kairos Prison Ministry, Deacon, and an original member of Crazy Love Sunday School. Scott was working in Restoration Recovery. He was very actively involved in Soddy Daisy High School Athletics (volleyball, baseball, football). Scott was quick-witted, funny and crazy, loved his puns and was a striving comedian (all dad jokes). He was an animal whisperer for all creatures.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thelma and Wert Parrish; and grandmother, Maggie Esta Paul Dean.

Scott is survived by his wife, Jennifer Armas Dean; son, Joseph Dean; daughter, Julia Dean; parents, Aaron and Sharon Dean; sisters, Lisa (Mike) Carruth, and Lori (Doug) Walker; nieces and nephews, Justin (Carly) Carruth, Addi Kate and Cohen Carruth, Katie Carruth, Tiffany (Scott) Walters, Scarlet Walters; in-laws. Linda and Dr. Ferdie Armas, Anna (Bobby) Bennett, Josh and Will Bennett, Franchesca (Chris) Jones, and Ginger Armas.


Obituary for Kenneth Comer

photo of Dr. Kenneth ComerDr. Kenneth Max Comer, DDS, 65, of Amarillo, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021 while holding his wife and son’s hands.

He valued the work he did with the Kairos Prison Ministry and said it changed his life for the better. He never met a stranger and was fearless in sharing the Gospel of Jesus with anyone and everyone.

Obituary for Kenneth Comer

Dr. Kenneth Max Comer, DDS, 65, of Amarillo, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021 while holding his wife and son’s hands. Ken was born October 1, 1955, in Perryton, Texas to Max and Marolyn Comer. He graduated early from Tascosa High School in 1972 and earned his bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University. He married Terri Riley on August 19, 1977. They were married 36 years and raised three sons together. It was while working outside on a frigid winter day as a plumber that Ken decided to pursue another dream. Ken was accepted into dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1985. He practiced dentistry for 30 years in Amarillo, retiring in 2015 only because of back problems caused by years of working on patients. He thought of his employees as an extension of his family and loved them and his patients with his whole heart. He was known for the beautiful smiles he created, his jovial nature, his near-constant singing, and his servant’s heart. It was common for him to meet patients and strangers alike at his office during all hours of the day and night to get them out of pain, or to fix a problem tooth, but more than that, he told everyone about the love of Jesus. Ken used his God-given talents to provide countless free dental work to those who could not afford it. He traveled to Jamaica on a mission trip, providing free dental care to the most vulnerable. He was a past president of the Panhandle District Dental Society, a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, completed C1-C5 at the Pankey Institute, and trained at the Dawson Academy and completed the Dale Carnegie Professional Development Course.

Despite all his titles and professional accomplishments, his most treasured title was “Dad” and later, “Poppy” (or poo-poo and pee-pee during the toddler years, much to Ken’s delight). He was a man who truly worked to live and provide for his family. He arranged the whole office’s schedule to be at his son’s games, pep rallies, and all of their events. He was Amarillo High School’s Booster Club President when his boys were there, and many former students still tell the story of Ken riding a motorcycle in the AHS gym while dressed as Elvis at a pep rally.

Ken was a passionate man. He loved music and Elvis, specifically even going so far as to impersonate him at parties and competitions. He was an amazing singer and was in a group called the High Top Sneakers in his early years with his older brother, Rex, and some other friends. He was also in multiple church choirs throughout his adult life. He loved changing the words to popular songs to make people laugh, another passion of his. Ken had too many friends to count and loved spending time with them over coffee or at any men’s life group he could join. He valued the work he did with the Kairos Prison Ministry and said it changed his life for the better. He never met a stranger and was fearless in sharing the Gospel of Jesus with anyone and everyone. He was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and attended several games at Lambough Field. He loved his sons and never missed an opportunity to tell them how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. His grandkids were so special to him, and he would talk your ear off about what they were up to. He loved to shower them in candy and other frustrating gifts like megapacks of slime.

In 2015, God brought Sandy Hiller into Ken’s life. They were married on January 1, 2017, in Amarillo. Despite his numerous health problems, Sandy and Ken were in love and happy at their home, hanging out with family, and attending church together. He adored his best friend and lap dog, Maple, and loved hanging out with his buddy, Dale. Ken was an avid fisherman and spent any free time at his favorite fishing hole and had hoped to take his granddaughters fishing with all new fishing gear.

Above all, Ken loved Jesus. He wanted everyone to know what Jesus had done for him and how Jesus saves. His greatest wish was that he could lead as many people to know Jesus as possible with his time on Earth. As heartbroken as we are, we know he got his ultimate reward and is now pain-free and reunited with his savior and his parents and grandparents who he all adored.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Hiller Comer; his brother, Rex Comer and wife Susan of Pinehurst, TX; his three sons, Michael Shea Comer and wife Amanda of Allen, TX, Landon Scott Comer and wife Brennan of Amarillo, and Ryan Sean Comer of Dallas; his first wife, Terri Comer Dean and husband Kenny Dean, and his beloved grandchildren Chance, Kyelie, Presley, Kadyn, and Brooklyn.


Obituary for Sidney Tisenga

photo of Sidney TisengaSidney Wilson Tiesenga, MD left this world on the 14th of August after a short battle with metastatic cancer.

He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, and served for ten years with Kairos International, bringing his faith to the incarcerated.

Obituary for Sidney Tisenga

Sidney Wilson Tiesenga, MD left this world on the 14th of August after a short battle with metastatic cancer. He leaves behind his wife Gail Louise Tiesenga, light of his life, and partner for 58 years; three daughters, Anne Louise Hooper (Brett Andrew), Jennifer Lynn Vicente (Norman Eric), Elizabeth Sydney Tiesenga, and three granddaughters; Lauren Grace, Catherine Louise, and Christine Marie Hooper, Brothers-in-law; John Chisholm (Beth) and Robert Chisholm (Linda). Sid was born in Holland, Michigan in 1940 as the only child of Sidney S. Tiesenga and J. Louise Tiesenga.

He graduated from Holland High School, attended Kalamazoo College where he met Gail. He transferred to the University of Michigan to complete his BS degree persuading his future wife to follow him. They were married days before he embarked on his Medical degree program at University of Michigan.

After graduation he completed his internship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and was immediately drafted. He spent the next eight years in the army which included his residency in Orthopedics at Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington and Chief of Orthopedics at Moncreif Army Hospital, Fort Jackson, Columbia SC. He left the military in 1977 and set up his practice in Chesapeake VA where he practiced for 29 years. During that time he served as chief of staff at Maryview Hospital, as well as serving as a civilian physician for twenty years with the Coast Guard. He was active in the AMA serving on the local level as president of the Portsmouth Academy of Medicine.

Outside of medicine, he served as president of the Olde Towne Civic League promoting the renovation, restoration, and livability of the old homes in his neighborhood. He purchased a cottage in Virginia's Northern Neck in 1994 as a retreat with a ten year plan, renovated it and moved to the Neck permanently New Years Eve 2003. Retirement included model railroading, handcrafting his steam locomotives, rolling stock and buildings, and woodworking, furnishing his home with his handcrafted masterpieces. He especially enjoyed crafting those small pieces that filled a need for family and friends.

He was an avid, lifelong sailor and especially enjoyed exploring the Chesapeake Bay in his catboat. Wildlife observation was a hobby he cultivated, noting in an Audubon book every new bird he spotted. Good music, especially opera remained an important part of his life. While in Portsmouth, he and Gail enjoyed housing singers for the VA Opera.

Sid's faith was formed in childhood in the Dutch Reformed Church. He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, and served for ten years with Kairos International, bringing his faith to the incarcerated. Passionate about his God, Politics, his Country and treasured military service, Sid's greatest love was his family. He was the keeper and expert teller of many rich, family stories, and a beloved husband, father and grandpa to his girls.


Obituary for Jim Irwin

photo of JimIrwinJim Irwin went home to be with his Friend our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ on May 3, 2021.

In 1999, Jim followed his heart to serve his Lord and Savior inside the Texas Prison walls as a Kairos International Prison Ministry volunteer. For 18 years, he responded to God's call and had the blessing to personally share the love of Christ (one on one) in 5 Texas prisons with nearly 1,000 men.

Obituary for Jim Irwin

Jim Irwin went home to be with his Friend our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ on May 3, 2021. He is survived by Donna, his God given wife and best friend of 36 years, by his brother George L. Irwin (Ruth), by four daughters Kimberly Cesare (Ray), Traci Irwin, Jill Baxter (Greg), Janna Zylman (Adam), his son Jimmy Irwin, by 14 precious grandchildren and by 12 special great-grandchildren.

Jim was born September 16, 1938 and grew up in Pitcairn, PA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret of Pitcairn, PA, and dad, James Irwin, also of Pitcairn.

At age 21, Jim graduated from the University of Pittsburgh earning a B. S. Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was awarded the Socony-Mobil scholarship his senior year and granted admission into two honorary fraternities (Sigma Tau and Sigma Gamma Epsilon). He was invited to be a walk-on by the University's wrestling coach.

His 49 years long professional career took him to several continents. His career path included service in the petroleum and aerospace industries, completing it with the Texas Railroad Commission, and the Texas General Land Office. He was part of a small team of engineers who designed, qualified, and assembled the propellant expulsion devices used in the Gemini Spacecraft’s small rocket engine system for orbital, attitude, and maneuvering (OAMS) control. He also participated with the team in the test launch of the USAF Minuteman III ICBM at Cape Kennedy, FL. During his professional career he served in management positions and leadership roles with a professional engineering society, was elected to the board of Comal County CASA, the ARCO Oil & Gas Co. CAP Committee, and the Tesoro Petroleum Credit Union Board. He was a member of the ARCO Dallas Area Speaker’s Bureau in 1980 visiting university campuses to present his argument for higher oil prices to bring the United States into the energy independence and avert war or financial collapse.

Jim was an 8-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In 1961, while on active duty, he completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego graduating as Platoon Honor Man, Battalion Honor Man, Leatherneck Dress Blues Award Recipient, Battalion Pugal Stick Champion, Expert Rifle Marksman, and runner up for the Battalion Physical Fitness Training Award. For his efforts he was awarded the American Spirit of Honor Medal typically given to one in 5000 graduating Marines. He occasionally questioned if he missed his calling by not accepting the offer to attend Officer’s Candidate School at Quantico in 1961.

In 1999, Jim followed his heart to serve his Lord and Savior inside the Texas Prison walls as a Kairos International Prison Ministry volunteer. For 18 years, he responded to God's call and had the blessing to personally share the love of Christ (one on one) in 5 Texas prisons with nearly 1,000 men. He preferred to take vacation and go to prison to witness the Holy Spirit change the lives of these men who are hungry for the love of Christ. For three years, Jim served as the vice chair and then two years as the chair of Kairos of Texas chapters executive committee. His best friend, Donna, baked many cookies on occasion joined him working outside the prison, and always sent him with the blessings of support and peace of mind to focus on the opportunity ahead. He had many “sons” of different ages, sizes and colors who checked in on him upon release calling him “Pops” or “Dad”. Jim believed that gave his life meaning to mentor others. His favorite Bible verse was II Timothy 2:2.

In 2014, Jim and Donna relocated to Cypress TX. As a member of the Houston United Methodist congregation (a church called The Foundry), Jim became a coach and piloted the Ambassadors of Compassion program in the Cy-Fair school system. He used the experiences of prison ministry to reach out and love and give at-risk high school students life skills to make good choices. He helped to identify and recruit community leaders to mentor with him in the schools to show students that they are loved, cared for and they can succeed in life. In 2019, Jim was awarded the CFISD Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award for his dedication to serving students over the years. He loved and valued his pastors, his church, his choir and all the Saints serving there who continued to inspire him to press on to the mark of his upward call. He was blessed to be baptized in the Jordan River near where his savior was baptized.

His only regret was that he died not to have more time to spend with his precious grandchildren and his son, daughters, and spouse. He sought to express John 3:16 by his life as a witness of encouragement for his children and grandchildren. He committed and trusted their care to his Lord and savior. He looked forward to meeting the Lord Jesus face to face for a moment in eternity to thank Him for the Calvary and hear “well done good and faithful servant”. He believed God would honor his desire to have more time with those he so loved in eternity.


Obituary for Joanie Koss

photo of Joanie KossJoanie (Adolf) Koss passed away in her sleep on August 23, 2021. Joanie was the youngest child of German Russian immigrants Carl and Clara Adolf.

She spent many years volunteering with the Kairos Prison Ministry. She had a heart for people and a giving spirit.

Obituary for Joanie Koss

Joanie (Adolf) Koss passed away in her sleep on August 23, 2021. Joanie was the youngest child of German Russian immigrants Carl and Clara Adolf. She was born in an area near Bethune, Colorado in an area referred to as the Settlement. Joanie married right out of high school, she and her first husband moved to Colorado Springs in the early 70s where they raised their three children.

She met and married her second husband Robert Koss and after retiring from Lexis Nexis, they moved to Sun City, AZ in 1997. Robert preceded her in death in 1999. She called him the love of her life.

In Arizona, she worked part-time at the Sun Valley Nursing Home in Arizona, cleaned houses, and took on odd jobs. She didn't like to be idle. With Joanie, there was never a dull moment. She was talented, witty, and ambitious. She was an author, speaker, loved to travel, and was an excellent crafter and planner. Her children called her a kitchen chemist. Joanie never liked to cook, but she was well known for whipping up Russian pastries, making handmade noodles, divinity candies, and even made her own ketchup, soda pop, and wine.

Joanie had the extraordinary ability to make or create anything she set her mind to. She was a master cake decorator, could restore furniture, recreate auto seat covers, build cabinets, and was an amazing hairstylist. She spent many years volunteering with the Kairos Prison Ministry. She had a heart for people and a giving spirit. She could be ornery and fun, yet she was definitely dependable. She was a strong woman of faith. She was a Christian and believed that God had a special purpose for us all; each and every one of us.

When she learned that she was dying, she wasn't quite ready; she loved life too much and had too many plans. She eventually accepted that fact and made it a point to personally tell her closest friends and family how much they had meant to her. She was so accustomed to planning every detail in her life that she even laid out the plans for her life celebration after she'd pass.

Joanie leaves behind her three children - Teila (Carroll) Tankersley, Darin Leroy Carroll, Tona (Carroll) Lujan. Three stepchildren - Robert Koss, Tami Koss, and Daryl Koss. Nine grandchildren - Darleen Tankersley, Robert Tankersley, Tylina (Tankersley) Havle, Mark Tankersley, Jeremiah Tankersley, and Tanisha Tankersley, Chandra (Carroll) Bryan, Darin Carroll Jr., and Desirae Lujan. Thirteen great-grandchildren - Talon Douglas, Dylan Douglas, Rylie Agriesti, Balie Agriesti, Natalie Havle, Sairose Bryan, Shelton Bryan, Miah Tankersley, Khloe Tankersley, Tiarra Rosales, Trissy Tankersley, Wyatt Porter, Tatum Greer.

In her last years, Joanie was surrounded by family members, good friends, and wonderful neighbors. Joanie's family would like to thank the Faith hospice team for their dedication, care, and commitment.


Obituary for Barbara Hampton

photo of Barbara HamptonBarbara was born on October 10, 1978 in Washington State to Danny and Pamela Varner. Barbara had two children-Marcel Varner and Sukaya Hampton. Barbara’s greatest joy and greatest life accomplishment was being the mother of Marcel and Sukaya.

Life’s struggles and turmoil brought Barbara to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup, where Barbara’s love for God and her walk of faith began to shape her evangelical spirit. Under the guidance of the Chaplain, volunteers of faith, and classes in biblical studies, Barbara became proficient in the reading, understanding and teaching of the WORD of God.

Obituary for Barbara Hampton

Barbara was born on October 10, 1978 in Washington State to Danny and Pamela Varner. She had one brother-Riche (now deceased). Barbara later moved to the east coast to live with her mother, and married Rajahn Hampton. Barbara had two children-Marcel Varner and Sukaya Hampton. Barbara’s greatest joy and greatest life accomplishment was being the mother of Marcel and Sukaya.

Life’s struggles and turmoil brought Barbara to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup, where Barbara’s love for God and her walk of faith began to shape her evangelical spirit. Under the guidance of the Chaplain, volunteers of faith, and classes in biblical studies, Barbara became proficient in the reading, understanding and teaching of the WORD of God.

Among the services she performed at Jessup were administrator for classes in biblical studies, worship leader, singer on the Praise Team, clerk for the Chaplain’s office, administrator for the Jessup Connection (a mentoring program for inmates through letter-writing); she mentored inmates and had a mentor at Jessup through the Prison Mentoring Program; she is a graduate of the Bible Institute and an advocate for other women seeking guidance for their journey while incarcerated. She participated in the Sunday evening worship services conducted by local volunteer church Pastors, even choosing to tithe to those churches!

More than anything else, Barbara is remembered as a highly spirited woman who loved the Lord and praised him with her whole heart! She was full of life and a fighter. Even though incarcerated, she was always seeking support for her children and found a way to reach out so that they knew that she loved them and thought about them every single day of her time away from them. She will be remembered for the efforts and energy she poured into her own defense and advocacy as she worked to have her time reduced due to medical reasons. And she worked just as hard for other women at MCIW. She used her voice, her heart and her hands to make things happen for the glory of the Lord and the Kingdom. Barbara departed this life on February 2, 2021, praising her way right into Glory!


Obituary for Carolyn Schmidt

photo of Carolyn SchmidtCarolyn Sobin Schmidt, 89, of Easley, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021. Born in Newark, NJ, she was the wife of the late Henry "Hank" Paul Schmidt and a daughter of the late John Sobin, Sr. and the late Emma Frances MacDonald Sobin.

She attended Russell Community Church in West Greenville, served in several roles with the Salvation Army, and volunteered with the Kairos Prison Ministry. Her service with Kairos spanned 9 years and included visiting with female inmates at the Leath Correctional Institution where she offered encouragement and supported their walk in faith. Carolyn served as a powerful example of God's love, showing the inmates and her sister volunteers how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. She was a unique and special soul who impacted an amazing number of people.

Obituary for Carolyn Schmidt

Carolyn Sobin Schmidt, 89, of Easley, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021. Born in Newark, NJ, she was the wife of the late Henry "Hank" Paul Schmidt and a daughter of the late John Sobin, Sr. and the late Emma Frances MacDonald Sobin.

Carolyn was a true caregiver and loved to help anyone in need, always searching for opportunities to share her faith in Jesus. She attended Russell Community Church in West Greenville, served in several roles with the Salvation Army, and volunteered with the Kairos Prison Ministry. Her service with Kairos spanned 9 years and included visiting with female inmates at the Leath Correctional Institution where she offered encouragement and supported their walk in faith. Carolyn served as a powerful example of God's love, showing the inmates and her sister volunteers how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. She was a unique and special soul who impacted an amazing number of people.

Carolyn is survived by a granddaughter, Heather Poindexter (Kevin); three great-grandchildren, Maggie, Jasmine, and Abigail; a grandson, Martin Schmidt, Jr.; and loving family friends, Mike and Jennifer McAlister and their children, Addison, Zachary, and Jacob.

In addition to her husband of 39 years, she was preceded in death by a son, Martin Schmidt, Sr.; a daughter, Lisa Slaza; four brothers and two sisters.


Obituary for Greg Good

photo of Greg GoodGregory (Greg) Joseph Good, 75 years young, loved Jesus Christ and wore shirts daily with the message: “God is Love,” (1 John 4:16). Heaven welcomed this wonderful, loving man on July 25, 2021, after a very short, devastating battle with COVID-19 and bacterial pneumonia.

For years Greg was active in Kairos Prison Ministry and actively seeking ways to help the needy.

Obituary for Greg Good

Gregory (Greg) Joseph Good, 75 years young, loved Jesus Christ and wore shirts daily with the message: “God is Love,” (1 John 4:16). Heaven welcomed this wonderful, loving man on July 25, 2021, after a very short, devastating battle with COVID-19 and bacterial pneumonia.

Greg was born in Pomona, California, the fourth of nine children born to Earl and Mary Good. He grew up in Whittier, California, and graduated from Whittier High School.

Greg is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bobbi; and his five children, Barbie Eschendal (Linda Goeggel), Joe Good (Monica), Jeni Juknelis (Justin), Daniel Good and Christopher Good (Stacey). He is also survived by his grandsons, Conner Good (Joe and Monica), Zak Juknelis and Christian Juknelis (Jeni and Justin). In addition, he is survived by six siblings, Anne Hinkey, Margaret Alexander, John Good, Steve Good, Monica Radel and Kevin Good. There are also numerous foster children, Godchildren, nieces and nephews mourning the loss of this kind and loving man. Greg was preceded in death by his older brothers, Roy Good and Tim Good.

Greg provided for his family working as a systems analyst. He was a motorcycle enthusiast. He was a talented musician who played guitar and harmonica along with a beautiful singing voice. He was an accomplished auto technician, woodworker, and made the best oatmeal raisin cookies and deviled eggs, or as he called them “Angel” eggs. He was a man of many talents and loved sharing them with everyone.

For many years Greg struggled with diminishing hearing, which eventually brought him close to a completely silent world. Through encouragement from many loved ones and dear friends he decided to get Cochlear implants, which changed his life and brought him back into a hearing world. He was a volunteer to introduce and support others interested in implants to improve their hearing. For years Greg was active in Kairos Prison Ministry and actively seeking ways to help the needy.

A native Californian, Greg and Bobbi had recently moved to Prescott, Arizona, and in 10 short months they made numerous friends through church and neighbors as Greg daily walked his beloved Scruffy.

Greg was a wonderful, loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to so many. He was always there to help if you needed him, and always with a smile and a warm, sincere hug.


Obituary for Marilynn Schroeder

photo of Marilynn SchroederPastor Marilynn Christine Schroeder, who served United Methodist congregations and whose passion was involving children in services, died Thursday, July 23, 2021 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg Township. She was 77.

Pastor Schroeder was a past Spiritual Director in the Northwest Ohio Emmaus Community and was active in Kairos Prison Ministry International, visiting the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, on weekends.

Obituary for Marilynn Schroeder

Pastor Marilynn Christine Schroeder, who served United Methodist congregations and whose passion was involving children in services, died Thursday at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg Township. She was 77.

She died of apparent heart failure after a long bout with pulmonary hypertension and scleroderma, said Paul Schroeder, her husband of 55 years.

Pastor Schroeder retired in 2008 after 12 years as senior pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Before that she served at different times as Christian education assistant at Church of the Messiah in Westerville, Ohio; pastor of churches in Pottersburg, New Dover, and Unionville Center, Ohio, and more recently as senior pastor of what now is Riverpoint Ministries United Methodist Church in Toledo’s Point Place neighborhood.

“She was an excellent pastor,” said Bishop Robert Culp of First Church of God and a longtime leader in the Toledo Community Coalition. “She had a reputation of honesty and sincerity. And she had a positive impact not only on her congregation but also on the whole community.”

While serving at Marysville-area churches, she received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award “in appreciation for significant leadership in helping the United Methodist Church be faithful to its historic evangelism commitment.”

Involving children in worship was her passion, her husband said. She did it in part by reading children's books during the children's sermons while holding the books upside down, enabling her audiences to view them right-side-up and thus see their illustrations normally.

He said “what fueled her passion” was probably the fact that she just grew up in a family of four children and that she helped children with physical and learning disabilities when she was a Girl Scout.

Pastor Schroeder was also a past Spiritual Director in the Northwest Ohio Emmaus Community and was active in Kairos Prison Ministry International, visiting the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, on weekends.

In retirement, she was a part-time minister of new-member ministries at Epworth United Methodist.

Born May 13, 1944 in Chicago to Eleanor and Albert Pemberton, Jr., she graduated Lake Park High School in Roselle, Ill., then obtained a bachelor’s in education degree from Northern Illinois University in 1966. Pastor Schroeder then taught children with physical and learning disabilities in Skokie, Ill.

She later obtained a 1985 master of divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in Delaware, Ohio, and was soon ordained a deacon and elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In her free time, she enjoyed putting together scrapbooks of family events and vacations. Pastor Schroeder also enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage at the Lakeside Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio, where she was on the Lakeside Association board of directors.

She was preceded in death by two younger siblings, Thomas Pemberton and Kristine Mattenson.

Surviving are her husband, Paul Schroeder; sons, Christopher, Jonathan, and Jeremy Schroeder; brother, James Pemberton, and five grandchildren.


Obituary for Dick Bussing

photo of Dick BussingRichard “Dick” Warren Bussing, 82, of Montrose, Colorado, went home to be with Jesus on Dec. 7, 2020, after winning his battle from cancer.

Dick loved people and had a deep desire that they would come to know Jesus. He was willing to take many opportunities to tell others about Jesus. He started working with Kairos Prison Ministry in 2007 and this ministry became his passion over the past 13 years of his life.

Obituary for Dick Bussing

Richard “Dick” Warren Bussing, 82, of Montrose, Colorado, went home to be with Jesus on Dec. 7, 2020, after winning his battle from cancer.

Dick was born Sept. 20, 1938, in Del Norte, Colorado, and was the second son of Warren and Mildred Bussing. He grew up in several areas of Colorado including Durango, Pagosa Springs, and Frederick. He married Elvira Midge Telinde in 1960 in Monte Vista, Colorado. They lived in Boulder, Colorado, until Dick graduated from Pharmacy School at the University of Colorado in 1963. Dick worked as a pharmacist until 1980 when he transitioned to working for rural electric associations. In 2005, he retired from United Power, at which time Dick and Midge moved to Montrose, Colorado.

Dick accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in 1966 and desired to really know the reason for his hope in Jesus. He fell in love with studying the Bible and became a true Berean of God’s word. He was especially interested in end times prophecy, creation, and apologetics, as well as many other Biblical topics. He wrote a book on apologetics called “Christianity: A Faith You Can Believe In!” He became a very gifted teacher and taught the Bible to countless people throughout the years. Dick loved people and had a deep desire that they would come to know Jesus. He was willing to take many opportunities to tell others about Jesus. He started working with the Kairos Prison Ministry in 2007 and this ministry became his passion over the past 13 years of his life.

Dick is survived by his beautiful bride of 60 years, Midge Bussing, as well as their children, Terrie (Roger) Cheuvront, Mike (Sue) Bussing, Sharon Bussing, and Lisa (Jeff) Stauffer; his brother, Charles (Sandy) Bussing; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Mildred; his daughter, Lucille Begay; granddaughter, Danaea Cheuvront and granddaughter, Danielle Bussing.


Obituary for William Crankshaw

photo of William CrankshawWilliam Thomas Gentry Crankshaw, Sr., 86, succumbed in hospice Tuesday, June 1, 2021. “Tom,” finally made frail of the flesh, never showed weakness of the spirit. The family’s sadness at his passing is only allayed by the certain knowledge of where he now abides.

Tom and Carol were active in the Kairos Prison Ministry for over 25 years with Tom serving on the state Board of Directors and as state Treasurer four different terms.

Obituary for William Crankshaw

William Thomas Gentry Crankshaw, Sr., 86, succumbed in hospice Tuesday, June 1, 2021. “Tom,” finally made frail of the flesh, never showed weakness of the spirit. The family’s sadness at his passing is only allayed by the certain knowledge of where he now abides. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to, and an informal reception will follow, the service.

Born May 1, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Charles Weir and Mary Pepper Crankshaw, his service to both God and country go back to his high school days when as a junior he joined the National Guard, and following graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving twenty months in Yokohama, Japan. Later, he joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve serving 39 years until his retirement in 2000. In 1985, Governor Joe Frank Harris chose Tom as the Coast Guard Reservist of the Year for the State of Georgia in recognition of his service to the Guard and his community.

Not long after his return from Japan, Tom met the love of his life, Carol Jean Curran of Neptune Beach, Florida, with whom he spent his life and raised three children. With a career in hospital administration and consultancy spanning four decades, Tom never stinted on the time he gave to his kids and community. Coaching Little and Junior League baseball for 15 years, his high point was leading the City of Brunswick Junior All-Stars to their first ever state championship in 1971. He also worked diligently for the Kiwanis Club for 45 years in Brunswick and Savannah, receiving the Governor’s Leadership Award in 2003 and 2004. Tom and Carol were active in the Kairos Prison Ministry for over 25 years with Tom serving on the state Board of Directors and as state Treasurer four different terms.

Tom was of a brusque yet genial temperament. Forthright sometimes to the point of “blunt,” no one was ever left in doubt of where he stood. His energy, honesty, and sincerity were obvious. It has been a long race, and he has run it well. Anyone who knew William Thomas Gentry Crankshaw, Sr. was the better for it, as was his town and his country.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Crankshaw. Survivors include his wife Carol Curran Crankshaw of Richmond Hill; sons, William T.G. (Bill) Crankshaw, Jr. (Annette) of Sunbury, and John Lawrence Crankshaw (Traci) of Brunswick; a daughter, Linda Baker and husband Tom of Staunton, VA; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Joe Crankshaw of Stuart, FL, a sister, Shelly Garrett of Orlando, FL, half-brothers Jerry D. Hopkins (Sally) of Moultonborough, NH, and Robert Giles (Colleen) of Millersville, MD; a sister in law, Ruth (Mrs. Charles) Crankshaw of Pittsburgh, PA; and an abundance of also much-loved nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Douglas McAfee

photo of Douglas McAfeeDouglas C McAfee born May 20, 1941 Decatur, GA died June 1, 2021 Eatonton, GA at 80 years old preceded in death by parents Alexander H McAfee and Dorothy S McAfee and sister Marilyn M Womack and survived by sisters Sander M Ellis and Deborah P McAfee.

Doug’s faith was firmly planted at Decatur First United Methodist Church and he attended many Christian churches in the places he lived. He started an Emmaus Community at Lake Oconee, spent 100 weekends in prison working with inmates in the Kairos Prison Ministry and did mission work in Honduras for over 20 years.

Obituary for Douglas McAfee

Douglas C McAfee born May 20, 1941 Decatur, GA died June 1, 2021 Eatonton, GA at 80 years old preceded in death by parents Alexander H McAfee and Dorothy S McAfee and sister Marilyn M Womack and survived by sisters Sander M Ellis and Deborah P McAfee. Doug is also preceded in death by three wives Jeanne C McAfee, Dianne H McAfee and Nancy Griffin and survived by two sons, Edward H McAfee and David C McAfee and two stepdaughters Catherine C Mills and Kelly Pierce. Doug also had eight grandchildren Alexander H McAfee, Hunter N McAfee, Cumberland B McAfee, Olivia Hussey, Matthew Hussey, Sarah Hussey, Chelsea Pierce and Garrett Pierce and two great-grand children Axyl D McAfee and Oaklyn S McAfee.

Doug was involved in Boy Scouts all his life with achieving Eagle Scout, becoming Scoutmaster and Committee Chairman. He has established four generations of Eagle Scouts in his family and has given of his time and resources to the scouting program.

Doug’s faith was firmly planted at Decatur First United Methodist Church and he attended many Christian churches in the places he lived. He started an Emmaus Community at Lake Oconee, spent 100 weekends in prison working with inmates in the Kairos Prison Ministry and did mission work in Honduras for over 20 years.

Doug loved his family and cherished the times spent together. He will be missed.


Obituary for James Sparks

photo of James SparksJames Merritt Sparks, 72, of Sullivan passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021 in his residence. He was a equipment operator for Hoosier Energy at Merom.

James was a member of First Christian Church in Sullivan, Sullivan County Salvation Army, Kairos Prison Ministry, Celebrate Recovery, and Bloomington Archery Club. He was also a clergy volunteer at the Indiana State Prison in Carlisle and a volunteer at the nursing homes in Sullivan County.

Obituary for James Sparks

James Merritt Sparks, 72, of Sullivan passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021 in his residence. He was a equipment operator for Hoosier Energy at Merom.

James was born April 4, 1949 in Linton to Gaylord and Mary E. (Merritt) Sparks. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Chrystal (Warnick) Sparks; daughters, Susan Gofourth (James) and Sara Moore (Margaret Karnes); sisters, Marge George, Nancy Ochoa, and Cathi Delp; brother, John sparks; grandchildren, Cara Gofourth, Cassie Moore, and Reggie Karnes; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Jane Royalty and Eleanor Sparks; and a brother, William Sparks.

James was a member of First Christian Church in Sullivan, Sullivan County Salvation Army, Kairos Prison Ministry, Celebrate Recovery, and Bloomington Archery Club. He was also a clergy volunteer at the Indiana State Prison in Carlisle and a volunteer at the nursing homes in Sullivan County.


Obituary for Joanne Spiller

photo of Joanne SpillerVera Joanne Lambert Spiller died at the age of 89, on March 4, 2021 at home with family. She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Jimmie C. Spiller for 68 years.

She and Jim were actively engaged in Kairos Prison Ministry of Maryland for nearly 20 years. One of her most fulfilling accomplishments, at age 80, was leading a retreat for women whose lives were impacted by the incarceration of a loved one. Her life was a model of Christian stewardship and service.

Obituary for Joanne Spiller

Vera Joanne Lambert Spiller died at the age of 89, on March 4, 2021 at home with family. She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Jimmie C. Spiller for 68 years. She was born March 3, 1932, in Los Angeles, California, to Albert E. and Vera Mae Hughes Lambert. Joanne was the last surviving of six children in the family. Her parents, four brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

While she was quite young, the family moved from California and she called La Junta, Colorado, her hometown. There she graduated from high school and there she and Jim were married November 28, 1952. It is hard to speak of one without the other, as their lives were so intertwined.

Joanne and Jim were introduced on a blind date while they were students at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. She graduated in 1954, majoring in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for several years and continued as a substitute teacher in her days as an Army wife. She also taught English as a Second Language, and basic educational skills to soldiers and spouses in Germany.

Joanne was the mother of three daughters: Karen McEver of Sparta, NJ, Kathy Belcher of Frederick, MD and Susan Dostal of Richmond, TX. She was the grandmother of seven: Michelle, James, Eric, Jane, TJ, Jordan and Jacob, and the great grandmother of five, Holly, Eames, Noah, Vera and Benjamin.

Church activities took Joanne’s time when she was not making her daughters’ clothes (especially matching Easter dresses), baking, or entertaining family and friends. She was active in choirs, Sunday School, and women’s activities, frequently leading women’s or couples’ retreats and programs. Christian drama was her passion and she frequently directed and costumed a live nativity at Christmas, The Living Last Supper, or a Good Friday dramatic service that she and Jim had written. She wanted her life to make a difference and she did that in many ways.

As a result of her husband’s career as a minister and Army chaplain, they lived in 23 houses in 8 states and in Germany. Joanne had a way of making every house feel like home. Hospitality was her hallmark. A simple meal could be a feast and any table a banquet. Sunday dinners usually included spontaneous guests, as all were welcome. The home was filled with activity and music, be it singing around the piano or dancing the jitterbug with Jim in the living room.

Family was her priority. She had fun in the kitchen with grandchildren, teaching them to knead yeast dough into yummy hot cinnamon rolls. She has shared her favorite peach pie with many. Having a large extended family spread all over the country meant that frequent visits and reunions, especially at the Tucker cabin, were great fun and kept the family well bonded.

The couple initially retired in San Antonio, TX, and moved to Frederick in 2002. Here they were members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hagerstown, and associate members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick.

In retirement Joanne and Jim enjoyed RV travel and working with Habitat for Humanity. They participated in mission trips to Jamaica and Guatemala, and helped rebuild houses and churches that were damaged by hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Maryland.

Joanne also supported Frederick Health Hospice, Frederick Rescue Mission, Heifer Project, and Doctors Without Borders. She and Jim were actively engaged in Kairos Prison Ministry of Maryland for nearly 20 years. One of her most fulfilling accomplishments, at age 80, was leading a retreat for women whose lives were impacted by the incarceration of a loved one. Her life was a model of Christian stewardship and service.

Joanne was well loved by many. In addition to Jim and their daughters, she leaves sons-in-law Dan McEver, Dave Belcher, Terry Dostal, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Extended family includes: Dottie Lambert, Anna Lambert, Martha Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, Norma and Dirk deJong, Todd and Dianne Spiller, Phil and Theresa Swiger, and many nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Art Anderson

photo of Art AndersonArthur Alexander Anderson, 74, of Cambridge Springs passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, July 5, 2021, at Saint Vincent Health Center.

He loved karaoke, singing in the church choir, and playing instruments, especially the guitar; but, most of all, he loved his family.

Obituary for Art Anderson

Arthur Alexander Anderson, 74, of Cambridge Springs passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, July 5, 2021, at Saint Vincent Health Center. Arthur was born on July 11, 1946, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late Arthur Anderson and Anna (Danielson) Anderson.

After graduating from Jamestown High School in 1964, he enlisted in the US Air Force where he proudly served for four years including time spent serving in Vietnam. He married Joanne Colleen Pierce on March 16, 1968, and she survives.

He loved karaoke, singing in the church choir, and playing instruments, especially the guitar; but, most of all, he loved his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeremiah Anderson. In addition to his loving wife of 53 years, Joanne, he is survived by his children, Carol Jones (William), Arthur Anderson II (Cindy), John Anderson (Breeann), Tanya Bowman (Joseph), Timothy Anderson (Lisa Leech), and Mindy Riesdorph (Raymond); grandchildren, Brett Jones, Sean Bartlett, Briana Alaniz, Alexandera Anderson, Kateri Bowman, Zeke Anderson, Grace Anderson, and Ava Riesdorph; great-grandchildren: Jacob Jones, Lucas Jones, Eli Alaniz, Bella Alaniz, Manny Alaniz, Joshua Bartlett, and Madison Bartlett; sister Ardith Kayner; nephew, Steve Kayner; and niece, Sandy Kitchen.


Obituary for Floyd Lewis

photo of Floyd LewisRev. Floyd R. Lewis, Jr., age 82, of Erie, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Memphis, Tenn. on March 10, 1938 to the late Floyd and Albertha (Smith) Lewis, Sr.

Floyd served in the Air Force, participated in the Kairos Prison Ministry, was a counselor at the Erie OIC and helped form and operated the Joel II Restoration Outreach food and clothing ministry that helped feed local families in need. He was also a recipient of the President's Call to Service Award and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

Obituary for Floyd Lewis

Rev. Floyd R. Lewis, Jr., age 82, of Erie, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Memphis, Tenn. on March 10, 1938 to the late Floyd and Albertha (Smith) Lewis, Sr.

Floyd served in the Air Force, participated in the Kairos Prison Ministry, was a counselor at the Erie OIC and helped form and operated the Joel II Restoration Outreach food and clothing ministry that helped feed local families in need. He was also a recipient of the President's Call to Service Award and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons Michael Lewis and Floyd R. "Ron" Lewis, III.

Floyd is survived by sons Staffon Lewis and Tyrell Eddy, daughters Cathi Lewis, Kasheaba Eddy, Shanitka Eddy, stepson Shad Todd, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, two sisters, and his former wife of 25 years, Jillane Lewis.


Obituary for Tim Brown

photo of Tim BrownClayton (Tim) "Brownie" Brown 64, went to meet his heavenly family early Wednesday morning, February 3, 2021.

After his victory over alcoholism he turned his life to God and became a chaplain and joined Kairos Prison Ministry where he met many Brothers and Sisters at the Lake Erie Correction Institute in Conneaut.

Obituary for Tim Brown

Clayton (Tim) "Brownie" Brown, 64, went to meet his heavenly family early Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 2021. Following his beloved adoptive mother, Beulah Brown. He was a Loving father of Penny and son in law Adam Perrine. Awesome biker grandpa to Lacey Perrine.

He was an amazing life partner to Dawn Rainery and adored her family. "POPS" to Destry Rainery and Megan Daugherty. He was a beloved brother in law and he loved his little buddy Dante'.

In his many years as a truck driver he made an abundance of friends in 48 states with his cheeseburger eating American Trucker Mutt, Kelsey.

After his victory over alcoholism he turned his life to God and became a chaplain and joined Kairos Prison Ministry where he met many Brothers and Sisters at the Lake Erie Correction Institute in Conneaut, LARC, AA , NA and as a Peer support addiction counselor. He was close to opening his own Peer support office as this NASTY beast appeared. He fought this fight as he did any with no brakes, head on, fearless and determined with the support of Dawn, Penny and his family. It seemed God had other plans for his son.

His hobbies included anything Harley Davidson, Chevy Corvette and his homes away from home, his garage. He will be so sadly missed but he is finally at peace.


Obituary for Duane Strickler

photo of Pastor Duane StricklerPastor Duane Lee Strickler of Falling Waters, WV left this earth Feb. 23, 2021 after a month-long battle with sepsis that caused congestive heart failure. He was born Aug. 26, 1941 in Roanoke, Virginia. He is now receiving his crowns and hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant" after a lifetime of following his Lord and Savior.

He had a desire to follow in his father's footsteps and was licensed to the ministry in 1963 and ordained as a minister in the Church of the Brethren in 1973. Desiring to share the gospel message, he served as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren serving 52 years. 31 of those years were spent in team ministry with his wife, Carol. They served in churches in Maryland, West Virginia, and Idaho. He was involved in the West Virginia Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Kairos Communities, serving as Spiritual Director in each.

Obituary for Duane Strickler

Pastor Duane Lee Strickler of Falling Waters, WV left this earth Feb. 23, 2021 after a month-long battle with sepsis that caused congestive heart failure. He was born Aug. 26, 1941 in Roanoke, Virginia. He is now receiving his crowns and hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant" after a lifetime of following his Lord and Savior. He had a desire to follow in his father's footsteps and was licensed to the ministry in 1963 and ordained as a minister in the Church of the Brethren in 1973.

The oldest child of the Rev. Robert L. and Dawn T. Strickler, he is now reunited with them in heaven. He graduated from Middletown High and then attended McPherson College receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. He also earned a Masters Equivalency from University of Maryland.

Beginning his teaching career in 1963, he was able to use his love of wood working to teach Industrial Arts for 30 years in Montgomery County, Maryland. Always one with a sense of adventure, he returned home one day in 1974 to tell his wife that he wanted to be an exchange teacher in Singapore. Taking his young family of three children age nine, six, and 13 months, the two-year adventure began. He pioneered the Industrial Arts program at Singapore American School. While in Singapore, he was the director for the Outreach Singers group. Besides teaching in Montgomery County, he also taught in Martinsburg, WV for several years and worked at Lowes.

Desiring to share the gospel message, he served as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren serving 52 years. 31 of those years were spent in team ministry with his wife, Carol. They served in churches in Maryland, West Virginia, and Idaho. Along with his wife, he also served five years serving as a pastor in the United Methodist church. Although the actual number is unknown in his years of ministry, he more than likely baptized over 1,000 including his three children and nine grandchildren. He was active in the Church of the Brethren Camping program and served as a director and other roles in the Mid-Atlantic District. He served on the Standing Committee of the National Church. He also served as a volunteer chaplain in Idaho and West Virginia.

He was involved in the West Virginia Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Kairos Communities, serving as Spiritual Director in each. Trained as a Children Disaster Worker, he served in several natural disasters, in California, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Missouri comforting children who are dealing with disaster trauma.

He believed in sharing his love for Jesus to all and traveled on mission trips to Gambia, Africa in 1987 with his son and five trips to Pie-de-La Cuesta, Guatemala. He was known for his keen sense of humor and always had a joke to crack. He never met a stranger and was loved by everyone who knew him. He was the definition of "being Jesus' hands and feet." He had a heart for the downtrodden.

A world traveler, he visited five of the seven continents. While on the Singapore trip with his wife and children, he visited Japan, Borneo, Hong Kong, Thailand, East and West Malaysia, Iran, Italy, Malta, Germany, Switzerland, and England. After his children were grown, he and his wife traveled to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, and all fifty of the United States.

He loved singing and used his talents in the National Christian Choir for two years. His life Bible verse: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.


Obituary for Gwendolyn Kelly "Gwen" James

photo of Gwen JamesGwendolyn Kelly "Gwen" James passed peacefully to Heaven with family by her bedside July 18, 2021 at the age of 84 years. Gwen was pre-deceased by her husband and soulmate, Marvin James Jr., and will be lovingly remembered as the hands and feet of Jesus by her children, Marvin James III, Edmund James, John James, Catherine James Higgins, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

She was a Founder, Director and President of the Board of Directors of the Soup Kitchen Inc. where she trained volunteers, oversaw the daily operations, served food to the poor and distributed Bibles in Spanish to the migrant workers. Other acts of community service included serving as Secretary for the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect of Palm Beach County, volunteering at First Care Family Resources, ministering to those incarcerated and their families through Kairos Prison Ministry, attending mission trips to Haiti and Costa Rica, helping addicts through Celebrate Recovery and more.

Obituary for Gwen James

Gwendolyn Kelly "Gwen" James passed peacefully to Heaven with family by her bedside July 18, 2021 at the age of 84 years. Gwen was pre-deceased by her husband and soulmate, Marvin James Jr., and will be lovingly remembered as the hands and feet of Jesus by her children, Marvin James III, Edmund James, John James, Catherine James Higgins, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Gwen graduated from Miami High School in 1954, graduated from Stetson University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, graduated from Barry University in 1993 with a Master's in Social Work, and graduated from Evangelical Bible Seminary in 2007 with a Master of Divinity Degree. She was a Founder, Director and President of the Board of Directors of the Soup Kitchen Inc. where she trained volunteers, oversaw the daily operations, served food to the poor and distributed Bibles in Spanish to the migrant workers. Other acts of community service included serving as Secretary for the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect of Palm Beach County, volunteering at First Care Family Resources, ministering to those incarcerated and their families through Kairos Prison Ministry, attending mission trips to Haiti and Costa Rica, helping addicts through Celebrate Recovery and more. Gwen had been a member of Community of Hope East Campus for many years, was involved with Via De Cristo, and held Bible studies regularly at her home.

Her hobbies included travelling and playing tennis, pickleball, and games with friends. She treasured spending time with her family and attending sporting events, dance recitals and musicals. Gwen will forever be remembered as a selfless, humble servant of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who loved and cared for those in need.


Obituary for Paul McGlone

photo of Paul McGlonePaul Gerard Frederick McGlone passed away in his home in Orlando Florida on July 17, 2021. He was born in Windsor, Ontario on August 21st, 1947.

In 1997, Paul moved to Orlando, Florida and continued his passion for new challenges. He was the Director of the Medical Clinic for the Homeless, and then the Director for the Humane Society in Orlando (he always loved animals). Paul led the Kairos Prison Ministry as a director.

Obituary for Paul McGlone

Paul Gerard Frederick McGlone passed away in his home in Orlando Florida on July 17, 2021. He was born in Windsor, Ontario on August 21st, 1947. He spent his youth in the Toronto area, completed his education in Social Work and moved to Kenora, Ontario for his first job in his field.

He loved the beautiful outdoors of the land and the people. As opportunities changed, he chose to look farther west. He was headed to BC for work when he stopped in Red Deer to visit family and was offered a job with Alberta Social Services. In 1976, Paul and his family moved to the area to begin a new life. Pine Lake soon became home where Paul was involved with baseball, hockey, community events and driving his daughter Lisa all over for her own journeys. He organized the Howells Lake Howlers hockey team to play in Russia, Finland and Sweden in 1981. This group of men who all came from the farming community near Pine Lake, decided to lace up their skates and take on the world! It was a humbling and very memorable trip, meeting an NHL scout on the flight over who had never heard of this outstanding hockey team. Paul became an avid hunter with his “Uncle” Gordon Beck both in the Nordegg and Pine Lake areas. His hunting stories became more lavished and legendary as the years passed by.

Paul was always in need for a new adventure and one day decided it might be fun to cycle across Canada with minimal research, moderate ability, but a lot of heart. It took him 68 days to cycle from Victoria to Halifax, and later toured many different countries on his bike.

On a professional level, Paul recognized the need and advocated for youth support in Red Deer and the surrounding area. He was the Executive Director of the Youth and Volunteer Center from 1976-1991. Camp Alexo is one legacy that Paul built, exerting his vision and a great deal of effort to transform a mining town into a center to support youth in Central Alberta. In looking for new challenges, Paul was hired at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center as the founding director for the Foundation Department. Large and successful events such as the Festival of Trees and The Cattle Round-up evolved through his direction. Paul had a knack in knowing who to find to make things happen, and how to find the people who could put their own passion into helping others. He became known for putting on delicious pit roasts at his house, which included numerous games and a grand show of the Northern Lights while playing his guitar by the fire. Through the years, Paul received many awards and accolades for his humanitarian work, one of them being a Paul Harris Fellowship award with the Rotary Club of Red Deer.

In 1997, Paul moved to Orlando, Florida and continued his passion for new challenges. He was the Director of the Medical Clinic for the Homeless, and then the Director for the Humane Society in Orlando (he always loved animals). Paul led the Kairos Prison Ministry as a director and in his retirement, found a gig at Rusty’s Bicycle Recycling Inc., giving back once again to those in need.

Paul is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Lisa (McGlone) Voitel, son-in-law Dan and beloved granddaughters Isabelle and Madelin, step- daughter Kristen and grandson Jacob, his sisters Martha Burnside, (Barry), Rosemary McGlone, Ann Rankin (Jim) and numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by Gloria Beck and Karen Jensen. His dog Bailey is still waiting for him to come home. Paul was predeceased by his parents Margaret Rose (Myers) McGlone, Gerard Frederick McGlone, and his brother Gregory.


Obituary for Jim Lodovic

photo of Jim LodovicJim Lodovic entered into eternal peace on July 1, 2021, at his home in New Braunfels, TX.

He had a passion for giving to and helping others. His faith and desire to serve others led him to Kairos Prison Ministry where he ministered faithfully and passionately for many years.

Obituary for Jim Lodovic

Jim Lodovic entered into eternal peace on July 1, 2021, at his home in New Braunfels, TX.

Jim was born on July 17, 1939 and was the son of the late Joseph and Jeanne Lodovic. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, TX in 1957. He continued his education at Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1961 with a degree in finance. He worked for several investment firms over the years as a successful municipal bond trader and ended his career with Morgan Stanley.

Jim was known by all for his love, loyalty, service, and generosity. He had a passion for giving to and helping others. His faith and desire to serve others led him to Kairos Prison Ministry where he ministered faithfully and passionately for many years. Jim loved his country and served in local politics until he was no longer able. Additionally, Jim consistently served in his local church, most often in financial capacities. Jim also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing card games and watching sports. He strived to attend every activity his children and grandchildren participated in. Most of all, he loved God and his family and served them well. He set a high standard and has left a godly legacy, for which his family is extremely grateful.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jeanne Lodovic and his sister, Clara Jeanne Baca.

He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his; wife of 61 years, Sharon Kay Imes Lodovic; his sister, Mary Lodovic Howell; his children and their spouses, Jody and Allison Lodovic, Mark and Whitney Allen and Michael and Bonnie Cole; his grandchildren, Amber McNeil, Kalynne Rogers, James Lodovic, Shay Allen, Micah Allen, Makayla Allen, Katherine Palomo, Jaden Allen, Caleb Palomo and Karissa Cole; and his great grandchildren, Jaxson Hogg and Annabelle McNeil.


Obituary for Huett Fleming

photo of Huett FlemingThe Reverend Huett Fleming, for 23 years the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, died unexpectedly due to complications from COVID-19 on Sunday, March 28.

Obituary for Huett Fleming

The Reverend Huett Fleming, for 23 years the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, died unexpectedly due to complications from COVID-19 on Sunday, March 28.

Huett was the loving husband of Donna Ball Fleming; devoted father of Kimberly, Shanyn, Justin (Cindy), Rebecca (Brett, Sr.), Laura (Terrance, Sr.) and Lisa (Kenneth, Sr.); grandfather to 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Obituary for Carrie Ford

photo of Carrie FordCarrie D. Ford, age 83, of Madison, Mississippi passed away on July 6, 2021 surrounded by family.

She was born on June 3, 1938 to John and Annie Clark in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She moved to Mileston, MS at an early age and attended Mileston vocational School. She worked in the Nursing Department at Ralph K. Davis Medical Center in San Francisco, Ca. She married Dan Ford Jr. Of Tchula MS in 1960 and had 60 years of wonderful marriage.

Obituary for Carrie Ford

Carrie D. Ford, age 83, of Madison, Mississippi passed away on July 6, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born on June 3, 1938 to John and Annie Clark in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She moved to Mileston, MS at an early age and attended Mileston vocational School. She worked in the Nursing Department at Ralph K. Davis Medical Center in San Francisco, Ca. She married Dan Ford Jr. Of Tchula MS in 1960 and had 60 years of wonderful marriage.

Carrie is survived by her loving Husband, Dan Ford Jr. of Madison, MS; Three Sons, Melvin Debro of Maywood, IL; Mariet T. Ford of Represa, CA, Orrin A. Ford of Tulalip, WA; Two Sisters, Johnnie L. Jacque of Chicago, IL, Betty J. Burnett of Flint, MI; Three Brothers, Alphono Clark of Tchula, MS, John Clark, Jr. of Chicago, IL, Bennie L. Clark of Nashville, TN; Five grandchildren, Alex A. Ford of Folsom, CA, Alexis M. Ford of Folsom, CA, Haley J. Ford of Sacramento, CA; Deshaun Debro and Courtney Debro of Chicago, IL; and a host of nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Terry Crockett

photo of Terry CrockettTerry Lynn Crockett, age 74 of Carmel, Indiana passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida, after a short illness.

In early 2000, he became involved in the international organization of Kairos Prison Ministry, both in Indiana and in Florida, during the winter months. In Kairos, he was active on the state, national and international level. He had been State Chair of Indiana and was recently Chair of the Board of Directors of Kairos Prison Ministry International.

Obituary for Terry Crockett

Terry Lynn Crockett, age 74 of Carmel, Indiana passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida, after a short illness.

Born December 10,1946 in Salem, Indiana, he was the son of the late Willis D. Crockett and Emma Lou (Roberts) Crockett.

He was a resident of Washington County through his high school years, participating in band, sports activities and DeMolay After graduation in 1965 from Salem High School, he attended Vincennes University, and completed his college education at Indiana University, with a BA in Business Administration. During his high school years and early college years, he dated Teresa Walker, and in 1969 they were married. After a few moves, they landed in Carmel, Indiana, where they have lived for the past 45 years. They were blessed with 2 wonderful children, Todd David, and Tori Lane. Living in Carmel, they were able to keep close contacts with family and friends in Salem, their hometown. Terry and Teresa celebrated 52 wonderful years of marriage in March, 2021.

Terry worked in the food service industry, eventually retiring in 2008 from Bocar, a family based food brokerage firm in Carmel, Indiana. He traveled the state of Indiana, and surrounding areas over his career, servicing many accounts and making many lifelong friends along the way. He was honest, had high morals, and was a loyal employee and friend in the workplace. He always conducted business with respect for others.

After retirement, Terry and wife, Teresa, spent winters in Naples, Florida, where their daughter Tori, husband Brian, and grandson, Cooper reside. He cherished these years being with his grandson and watching him grow and mature into a special young man.

Terry loved to serve others, and was involved in ministries in his churches, earlier at Crestview Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana and presently, Zionsville Presbyterian Church in Zionsville, Indiana. He was active as a deacon, elder, participating in many ministries in both churches, and also The Great Banquet. In early 2000, he became involved in the international organization of Kairos Prison Ministry, both in Indiana and in Florida, during the winter months. In Kairos, he was active on the state, national and international level. He had been State Chair of Indiana and was recently Chair of the Board of Directors of Kairos Prison Ministry International. He loved serving in many aspects, and also participated in serving in the food pantry at his home church in Zionsville and also in Naples, through St. Matthew's House. He was also active in working at the county jail in Naples with a chaplain there. He loved helping others in any way he was called to do so.

Survivors include:
Wife: Teresa Ann (Walker) Crockett
Daughter: Tori Crockett Gartz, Brian Gartz, and grandson, Cooper Gartz, of Naples, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his son, Todd D. Crockett.


Obituary for David Trammell

photo of David TrammellDavid W. “DW” Trammell, age 72, was greeted at heaven’s door by Jesus on October 3, 2020, after a brief, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was a Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to Masonic Lodge #74, Martinsville, a member of First Christian Church, Martinsville, Hoosier Hills Emmaus Community, Noon lion Club, and Kairos Prison Ministry of Indiana.

Obituary for David Trammell

David W. “DW” Trammell, age 72, was greeted at heaven’s door by Jesus on October 3, 2020, after a brief, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

David was born on December 20, 1947 to Charles W. and Josephine (Baumann) Trammell, both deceased.

David graduated from Monrovia High School in 1966 and attended IUPUI. He retired after 33 years as a Senior Engineer from Indianapolis Power and Light Company. After retirement, he headed up the Long-term Recovery Committee after the tornados in Martinsville, worked for Habitat for Humanity, and at Carlisle Funeral Chapel. More recently, he enjoyed working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May and at Lucas Oil Stadium for the last 8 years as a security supervisor for CSC. David was also a volunteer fireman for 20 years at Monroe Township.

He was a Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to Masonic Lodge #74, Martinsville, a member of First Christian Church, Martinsville, Hoosier Hills Emmaus Community, Noon lion Club, and Kairos Prison Ministry of Indiana.

He leaves his wife, Nancy, of 30 years, son, Jeff (Stefanie) Trammell, sisters, Bonnie O’Sullivan of Carmel and Linda (Paul) Weaver of Mooresville, step-sons, Ryan Goldsberry of Mooresville and Evan Goldsberry of Fishers, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.


Obituary for Melissa Wachholtz

photo of Melissa WachholtzMelissa Louise Boyd Wachholtz of Lubbock moved on to a better place on May 27, 2021 after battling cancer; she was surrounded by her family.

Melissa was an influencer and was involved in the Kairos community where she mentored many amazing people with her magnetic personality.

Obituary for Melissa Wachholtz

Melissa Louise Boyd Wachholtz of Lubbock moved on to a better place on May 27, 2021 after battling cancer; she was surrounded by her family. Melissa was born on June 8, 1971 to Richard Charles Boyd and Barbara Anne Strosnider Boyd who are both waiting for her at the pearly gates. Melissa has three beautiful daughters, Krystauna Marie Miller, Kailey Renee Miller, Dannielle JoAnn Miller-Gomez and wife Abigail Gomez and her son Darryn Michael.

Melissa has led a full life with her three girls and her grandson, her years of involvement in the soccer association, Kairos, and earning her degree in accounting at LCU. Melissa was an influencer and was involved in the Kairos community where she mentored many amazing people with her magnetic personality. She has profoundly affected many lives with her love and wisdom, which will live on through all of those who she has touched.

Melissa leaves behind her siblings, nieces, nephews and many extended family members who will miss her contagious laughter and unpredictable humor.


Obituary for Toni Sessamen

photo of Toni SessamenAlda A. "Toni" Sessamen of South Wales New York, entered into rest on January 2, 2020.

Toni was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry and Buffalo Cursillo.

Obituary for Toni Sessamen

lda A. “Toni” Sessamen of South Wales New York, entered into rest on January 2, 2020.

Beloved wife of 29 years to Robert S. Sessamen; devoted mother of Brian (Sally) Couzens, Cindy (Patrick Domingo) Couzens, Christopher Couzens, Rachel (Jeffrey) Skokowski, Robert Sessamen II and Robin (Edward) Harris; cherished grandmother of 15 grandchildren; loving daughter of the late Cyril and Mary Mergler; dear sister of Madeline (John) Breissinger; also survived by nephews.

Toni was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry and Buffalo Cursillo.


Obituary for Cyndie Compton

photo of Cyndie ComptonCyndie Marie Compton passed away on March 17, 2021. She was born in Redding, California, on April 4, 1960.

She has been married to her husband, Gary Compton, for 35 years. She was a caring and loving person serving others whenever she could and particularly enjoyed serving in Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Cyndie Compton

Cyndie Marie Compton passed away on March 17, 2021. She was born in Redding, California, on April 4, 1960.

She has been married to her husband, Gary Compton, for 35 years. She was a caring and loving person serving others whenever she could and particularly enjoyed serving in Kairos Prison Ministry. She has had many medical struggles throughout her life but pushed through all the pain to serve her family and community. She worked as a bookkeeper for over 40 years in the Seattle area but moved to Texas three years ago. She has attended Wildwood Baptist Church since arriving in Texas. Cyndie loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and cherished spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Compton; her father, William Downing; her siblings, Debbie, Wayne, and Brenda; her best friend and sister-in-law, Velma; her six children, Tanya, Trisha, Amber, Steven, Micah, and Megan; her 19 grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; and a vast extended family.

Cyndie is preceded in death by her mother, Rose Downing; her great-grandchild, baby Lorenzo Beamon; and her grandparents, Amos and Francis Valencia.


Obituary for George Hegeman

photo of George HegemanGeorge R. Hegeman, 82, of Phoenix. AZ, passed away after a brief illness on January 8, 2021.

George was an active member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church for 40 years, where he taught adult Sunday School, served on many committees, also as a volunteer for the Methodist Church, in areas of finance. He was a leader in "Walk to Emmaus" programs and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for George Hegeman

George R. Hegeman, 82, of Phoenix. AZ, passed away after a brief illness on January 8, 2021. George was born at home, in Prospect, (the day after the historic radio broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds) to Elnora Irene (Brown) Hegeman and Warren (Stub) Ray Hegeman. He was the oldest of four siblings, who include Charles (Chuck) Hegeman (deceased), of Hinckley, Malcolm (Mike) Hegeman, of Remsen and Eleanor (Dolly) Ann Jordan, of Pocomoke City, MD.

George is survived by his wife of 61 years, Connie L. (Worthen) Hegeman; his children, Christine (Miller), Shelly, Karen and Michael, his granddaughters, Nicole Pate Wilke (Joshua) and Marissa Pate Honea (Bryon); and his seven great-grandchildren.

While growing up in Prospect, George delivered newspapers for about 10 years. For a few years in the winter, he daily flooded the Prospect Ice Skating Rink to create the ice. He was a pin setter at Don Joslyn's Bowling Alley, Barneveld and worked for Eastern Rock Products. In 1956, he graduated from Holland Patent Central High School. That summer, he worked constructing the Eisenhower Power Dam on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

He attended Clarkson College and later, achieved an Associate of Arts degree in Electronics from Mohawk Valley Tech and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, from Regents College of New York. George worked as an engineer in computer science for Honeywell, GTE/Sylvania and ILEX. His career took him from Massachusetts, to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Kwajalein Missile Range (Marshall Islands) and Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.

After his retirement, George taught computer science at Cochise Community College, Sierra Vista, AZ. George was an active member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church for 40 years, where he taught adult Sunday School, served on many committees, also as a volunteer for the Methodist Church, in areas of finance. He was a leader in "Walk to Emmaus" programs and Kairos Prison Ministry. George became a lay-speaker for the Methodist Church and served rural congregations in southern AZ. George was an avid nature photographer and at times throughout his life, he was a scout leader, a tutor in the elementary school program and a mentor to young people and adults.

For the last decade of his life, George battled memory loss and dementia. He retained many memories of his time before dementia, still recognizing his immediate family until the end. His caregivers described him as having a heart-warming sense of humor up through his final days.


Obituary for Connie Bommer

photo of Connie BommerConstance C. Bommer (nee Cameron) passed away on February 25, 2019, loving mother of Elisabeth (Kevin Connors) Bommer-Connors and Michael (Janis) Bommer; cherished grandmother of Ethan, Rachel and Brooke Bommer; dear sister of the late Jeanne Eaton; also survived by nieces, nephews, many friends and her granddog Angus. Connie was a longtime volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry and her passing will be missed by all.

Obituary for Connie Bommer

Constance C. Bommer (nee Cameron) passed away on February 25, 2019, loving mother of Elisabeth (Kevin Connors) Bommer-Connors and Michael (Janis) Bommer; cherished grandmother of Ethan, Rachel and Brooke Bommer; dear sister of the late Jeanne Eaton; also survived by nieces, nephews, many friends and her granddog Angus. Connie was a longtime volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry and her passing will be missed by all.


Obituary for Richard Charles Mitchell III

photo of Richard Charles Mitchell IIIRichard (Rick or Rich) Charles Mitchell III passed away peacefully at 73 years old on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hospice of Huntington.

He led the Kairos Ministry in West Virginia for several years and guided many prisoners to God.

Obituary for Richard Charles Mitchell III

RICHARD (Rick or Rich) CHARLES MITCHELL III passed away peacefully at 73 years old on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hospice of Huntington. He was born in the small coal mining town of Welch, W.Va. He grew up as a member of the United Methodist Church and continued to serve the church throughout most of his life.

From the time he was thirteen years old and began working in the coal mines, he spent the remainder of his days working and serving others. He was a jack-of-all-trades, but found his love in engineering, which he passed on to his grandson. He shared his love of engineering by participating in Engineering Career Day for several years. He hated being the center of attention and in the spotlight, but he naturally earned many accolades throughout his life, beginning with Eagle Scout in high school. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and felt the loss of those he left behind throughout the remainder of his life. He would proudly sing the National Anthem in remembrance of them.

After attending WVU for two years and serving in the Army, he graduated from Marshall University. He instantly became a die-hard, bleed-green Marshall fan. He would watch Marshall even if they were past games. He often remembered the Marshall plane crash and the victims at every football game he attended. He became a proud member of the John Marshall Society in 1997. He was a member of the Proctorville Masonic Lodge No. 550 and served actively for many years in different capacities. He founded the Huntington Works Committee, which made the plain viaducts into beautiful paintings in Huntington.

He led the Kairos Ministry in West Virginia for several years and guided many prisoners to God. The Buford Chapter NSDAR honored him with the Daughters of the American Revolution Lewis and Clark Commemoration for his contributions toward the Lewis and Clark Trail Markers. He was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and served as the President and Ohio Valley Regional Vice President. In 2004, he was inducted to the SAME Academy of Fellows. He supported the Salvation Army each year by ringing bells for donations, usually on Christmas Eve.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard Charles Mitchell Jr. and Addie Virginia Peake Mitchell, and his brother, David Eugene Mitchell.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Mitchell (Jodi Estep and Jay DeHart); daughter, Amory Mitchell (Ray Nance); grandchildren, Tristan Wilson, Taylar Wilson and Lawson Nance; and faithful companion, Tinkerbell. He is also survived by two sisters, Becky Diez (Pedro) and Pam Medlin (Bill); sister-in-law, Carol Mitchell; as well as nephews, Rob Mitchell (Pete), Kevin Diez, Mark Diez, Kiel Medlin (Amanda) and Jordy Medlin; plus countless friends. He was a devoted husband, dad and papa. He loved life and making others smile. Even when he wasn’t feeling well, he would still make the nurses and doctors smile with one of his puns or by speaking in Spanish or German. Besides loving anything Marshall, he enjoyed playing golf, was a master of grilling and was always eager to learn more about history. He was content with who he was, what he was and where he was — as he would tell others, he was a “wysiwyg,” what you see is what you get. He had a way with words that was evident when you spoke to him. He definitely left his mark on this world and will live on through those who love him.


Obituary for Thomas Carriere

photo of Thomas CarriereThomas D. Carriere of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021. He was a member of Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Oakmont Homeowners Association, Cops Liaison to Forsyth City sheriff's Department, Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan at St. Brendan, Kairos Prison Ministry, and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

Obituary for Thomas Carriere

Thomas D. Carriere of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

He was a member of Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Oakmont Homeowners Association, Cops Liaison to Forsyth City sheriff's Department, Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan at St. Brendan, Kairos Prison Ministry, and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Claire Carriere, his stepmother Clementine Carriere and sister Eve.

He is survived by his wife Joan B. Carriere and children Thomas K. Leddy (Barbara), Kenneth R. Leddy (Becky), Kathleen Ellis (Nick), and Edward W. Carriere (Cherie). Thomas' siblings Rene Carriere (Christy) and Susan Inzeral (Noel). He loved his grandchildren Casandra Knight (Teddy), Ryan Leddy, Madeline Ellis, Dylan Ellis, Austin Carriere, and his great-grandchildren Travis Knight, Brianna Knight, Teddy Knight, and Max Knight.


Obituary for Ed Dodd

photo of Ed DoddPastor Edrue “Ed” Wayne Dodd, 69, of Paris, Texas died on Monday, May 10, at his home, after a brief illness.

Ed was highly active in the North East Texas Emmaus Community, where he made many close friendships as clergy and Kairos Prison Ministry in Huntsville, Texas.

Obituary for Ed Dodd

Pastor Edrue “Ed” Wayne Dodd, 69, of Paris, Texas died on Monday, May 10, at his home, after a brief illness and his body has been willed to Southwestern Medical School, The Willed Body Program.

Ed was born in El Campo, Texas on Sept. 9, 1951, to Wayne Grady and Dorothy Lee Watts Dodd. The family lived in west Texas until Ed was 12 years old and then moved to Johntown, Texas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School and then attended East Texas State University. He met the love of his life, Janet Troutt Dodd, while living in Johntown and 25 years later they reunited and married.

Ed was a born salesman and was an insurance agent for many years but finally in spring of 2002 he answered his true calling to the ministry. It took a few years, but God finally got his attention. Pastor Dodd served the Sulphur Bluff/Tira Churches and Roxton United Methodist and Oak Park United Methodist. He also served as the Director of the Wesley Center at Paris Junior College for 14 years where he ministered, fed and formed great relationships with many students. He was also highly active in the North East Texas Emmaus Community, where he made many close friendships as clergy and Kairos Prison Ministry in Huntsville, Texas.

Pastor Dodd was preceded in death by an infant son, Edrue Wayne Dodd Jr.; his parents, Dorothy and Grady Dodd; and a granddaughter, Gracie Dodd.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Troutt Dodd, of 31 years; his sister, Terry Neely and husband, Harold, of Johntown; his son, Chad Dewayne Dodd and wife, LeAnn, of Colorado; his daughter, Shana Pisanich and husband, James; and his son by marriage, Simon Leslie Weiler and wife, Lisa, of Austin, Texas. He also leaves three granddaughters, Alexis, Emily, Katie; and a grandson, Roland Pisanich; and a grandson, Brandon Dodd, of Louisville; along with several nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Michael Thomas, of Louisville, who was like a younger brother.


Obituary for Charles Clement, Jr.

photo of Charles Clement, Jr.Charles J. Clement, Jr., 79, of Woodstock, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Chuck attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Alpharetta and for many years was devoted to the prison ministries Kairos and St. Joseph Cafasso.

Obituary for Charles Clement, Jr.

Charles J. Clement, Jr., 79, of Woodstock, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Chuck attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Alpharetta and for many years was devoted to the prison ministries Kairos and St. Joseph Cafasso. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. Chuck was raised in Proctor, Minnesota, the youngest of three children born to Charles and Irene Clement. He graduated from Proctor High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Later he received a Master of Science in Management and in Financial Planning. He was a member of the Society of Actuaries and Kingdom Advisors, and a Chartered Life Underwriter.

Growing up, Chuck participated in multiple sports. He played ice hockey as a kid until he discovered "how much better it was to be playing basketball in a warm gym than hockey on a cold rink." In addition to basketball Chuck participated in his high school tennis, football, and track and field teams. Later, the physical activities he enjoyed consisted of working out at various gyms multiple times a week. He was an avid reader most of his life and read (almost) every book on religion or health, known to man. Throughout his life he especially enjoyed the many vacations and outings with his wife, Pat, and son, John. Plays and concerts were high on his list of pleasures.

He was a wonderful, loving husband and father, a kind, gregarious human being. Chuck was preceded in death by his mother, Irene; his father, Charles, and his son, James. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Dixon; son, John Clement; sisters, Annie Clement and Cathie Vanneste (Donald); niece, Marie Lambert (Ray); nephews, Peter Vanneste (Beverly), Chuck Vanneste (Jane) and Michael Vanneste (Sandi); grandnephews, David, Thomas, Andrew; grandniece, Alex; and numerous lovely friends.


Obituary for Art Benning

Arthur E. Benning, 74, of Spring Hill, Florida, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Northbrook Center for Rehabilitation and Healing.

He was an offshore fisherman, a member of the Silver Dollar Skeet Club, and a member of Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville.

Obituary for Art Benning

Arthur E. Benning, 74, of Spring Hill, Florida, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Northbrook Center for Rehabilitation and Healing.

Born October 26, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, he came to the area 42 years ago from Boonton, New Jersey. A P02 Rank United States Navy Vietnam Veteran, he later worked and retired from Lockheed Martin after 34 years as a Machine Shop Head Engineer of Aerospace. He was an offshore fisherman, a member of the Silver Dollar Skeet Club, and a member of Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville.

He is survived by his love of 53 years: Jean Benning; son and daughter-in-law: Brian Benning & Susan Smith of Safety Harbor, Florida; daughter and son-in-law: Kasey Benning & Atul Totre of Dublin, California; his mother: Mary M. Benning; brother and sister-in-law: James "Jimmy" & Alice Benning of Boonton, New Jersey; sister: Frances Poh of Boonton, New Jersey; grandchildren: Arjun and Anjali Totre.


Obituary for Marguerite Ziegler-Buchan

photo of Marguerite Ziegler-BuchanMarguerite Ziegler-Buchan, 71, of Brunswick, passed away at Southeast Georgia Health System on April 5, 2021. Marguerite as a dedicated volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry in Pulaski State Prison.

Obituary for Marguerite Ziegler-Buchan

Marguerite Ziegler-Buchan, 71, of Brunswick, passed away at Southeast Georgia Health System on April 5, 2021. Marguerite as a dedicated volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry in Pulaski State Prison up until she had a stroke and couldn't partake except in prayer. She passed away in a nursing home.




Obituary for Rose Lee Burwell

photo of Alice BridgesRose Lee Leigh Burwell was born in Indianola, Mississippi, April 4, 1959 and returned to her Heavenly Father March 14, 2020. She was preceded in death by her father, John Talbert Leigh.

Rose Lee enjoyed bringing people closer to Jesus through participating in Cursillo retreats and sharing the love of Christ to women impacted by incarceration through the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Rose Lee Burwell

Rose Lee Leigh Burwell was born in Indianola, Mississippi, April 4, 1959 and returned to her Heavenly Father March 14, 2020. She was preceded in death by her father, John Talbert Leigh.

Rose Lee is survived by the love of her life, Rusty Rushton; her mother, Lois Lowery Leigh; sons, Dudley Sale Burwell, 3rd and Carter Hogan Burwell; granddaughter, Brooklynn Claire Burwell; great-granddaughter, Aliana Rose Lugo; brother, John Talbert Leigh, Jr. (Aliene); sister, Deborah Leigh Boykin (James); 4 nieces and nephews; and 2 great nieces.

Rose Lee enjoyed bringing people closer to Jesus through participating in Cursillo retreats and sharing the love of Christ to women impacted by incarceration through the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Rose Lee loved her pets, especially her horses, and her riding friends. Spending time riding with the TrailGrazHers brought her so much joy and wonderful life-long friendships.


Obituary for Raymond Jordan, Jr.

photo of Raymond Jordan, Jr.On Saturday, March 13, 2021, God quietly transitioned Raymond Jordan Jr., from his earthly home to eternity. We rejoice in the gift of his life as we celebrate his restoration to wholeness and eternal life through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He will be missed, but we humbly submit to the Will of God. Ray leaves to cherish his memory his sons, grandkids, surviving siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.

Obituary for Raymond Jordan, Jr.

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, God quietly transitioned Raymond Jordan Jr., from his earthly home to eternity. We rejoice in the gift of his life as we celebrate his restoration to wholeness and eternal life through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ray was born on June 18, 1960, to Mary and Raymond Jordan Sr. He was the first son and fourth of seven children. Ray, as he was affectionately called, was born in New York and migrated to Virginia in 1989. He is the father of two sons Marquis and Miguel and grandfather of five.

Ray was family oriented and thought nothing of leaving work at 11:00PM in Virginia and driving straight to New York. His three hobbies were refurbishing cars, playing music and bowling. However, his love of cars took precedence. He took delight in spending time at the scap yards looking for repair parts to enhance his output to perfection.

Ray worked at Canon and Advance Auto Parts for many years with his most recent job as Vice President at Hi-Tech Flooring.

Ray looked forward to family gatherings and he especially enjoyed Christmas time. He also liked bonding with his friends and hosting Superbowl parties. He will be missed, but we humbly submit to the Will of God. Ray leaves to cherish his memory his sons, grandkids, surviving siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.


Obituary for Alice Bridges

photo of Alice BridgesThe beautiful and mighty woman that is sweet Alice Mitchell Bridges, age 77, has died peacefully at home surrounded by wave after wave of love from family and friends on April 20, 2021 after a heroic and graceful battle with cancer.

She faithfully served with the following organizations: Campers on Mission, Emmaus, Kairos, First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, Gideons Auxiliary, Crossway Baptist, Joy Club, Adult 4 Sunday School Class, and as a lifetime hospital volunteer.

Obituary for Alice Bridges

“Each day that I serve him, the sweeter He grows. It is with a heart full of gratitude that I can say thank you Jesus so very much that I can call you my Savior…’my all in all’”. - Alice Bridges

While famous for her peanut brittle, millionaires, and her love for life, she most wanted to be remembered as a woman of God.“

She was a walking miracle - a recovering alcoholic. She spent the last twenty years of her life with her loving husband James on the mission field - RV style. She was able to see first hand the miracles of her most treasured God. Traveling over 120,000 miles in an RV with her beloved Campers on Mission, she was a Jesus follower.

She was abundantly blessed by God, given the gift of a life lived to the fullest. She was at peace. She wanted her cherished friends and family to know how precious they were to her. Knowing and loving each of you was the success story of her life. A friend is a tremendous thing. You, Loved of God, are not finished. We will meet again, joyfully, on the other side. What a beautiful day to go to heaven.

The beautiful and mighty woman that is sweet Alice Mitchell Bridges, age 77, has died peacefully at home surrounded by wave after wave of love from family and friends on April 20, 2021 after a heroic and graceful battle with cancer. She died as she lived - fearlessly. She was survived by her precious sister, Frances Barnett, her son Raymond D. O’Keefe, and many much loved nieces, nephews, and dearest friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Wylie Mitchell and Ina Evelyn Craig Mitchell; her dear sisters, Christine Frisbee and Rosemary Hearn; her brother Joseph Richard Mitchell; and, her devoted husband James Edwards Bridges, Sr.

She faithfully served with the following organizations: Campers on Mission, Emmaus, Kairos, First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, Gideons Auxiliary, Crossway Baptist, Joy Club, Adult 4 Sunday School Class, and as a lifetime hospital volunteer. The Friday Night Gang also held a very special place in her heart.

She received a call for one more trip. A trip she could not refuse. A final trip from which she will not be returning. This trip comes with a reunion with family and a host of friends where she will be surrounded by His glory, standing in the Son, forever worshipping her most wonderful and awesome God - more than her heart can hold. Can you only imagine?


Obituary for Richard Pye

photo of Richard PyeRichard “Rich” Pye, 72, of Valdosta, died on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at South Georgia Medical Center. Born in Houma, LA to the late Clifford Francis & Devota Florence Broussard Pye, he has lived in Valdosta since 1985.

Roger was ordained as a Deacon on September 25, 1982 in the Arch Diocese of St. Paul, Minnesota. He served in several Parishes over the years. Roger was also active in Kairos Prison Ministry in Buena Vista, Colorado, where he was responsible for getting Kairos started. He also was a volunteer for the Hartsel Fire Department, Hartsel, Colorado and a Hospice volunteer in Buena Vista, Colorado for 3 years.

Obituary for Richard Pye

Richard “Rich” Pye, 72, of Valdosta, died on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at South Georgia Medical Center. Born in Houma, LA to the late Clifford Francis & Devota Florence Broussard Pye, he has lived in Valdosta since 1985. Mr. Pye grew up in Houma and attended schools there. After high school, he soon joined the United States Air Force. During his career he served one tour in Vietnam and was stationed all over the United States to include the states of Michigan, Alaska, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Georgia. His final station was Moody Air Force Base where he retired as a Captain in 1989 after 22 years of service. He went on to be a ROTC instructor at Valdosta State University and an IT instructor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Mr. Pye was also hired to serve as the first IT Director for Lowndes County. He was deeply devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them and trying to provide their every need and desire. Mr. Pye was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Judy Pye of Valdosta; two daughters and a son in law, Deanna McLeod of Valdosta and Celina (& Jeffrey) Hanks of Prattville, AL; a son and daughter-in-law, Aaron & Heather Pye of Adel; five grandchildren, Amanda (& Joey) Herndon of Lake Park, Drew McLeod of Valdosta, Keirstin Gibson of Prattville, AL, Hunter Gibson of Prattville, AL, Olivia Kate Pye of Adel. Also surviving are five sisters, Diane Roche of Baton Rouge, LA, Helen Pye of Pensacola, FL, JoAnn (& Larry) Titus of Pensacola, FL, Louise (& Ronnie) Pertuit of Longview TX, Grace (& Ken) Hawkins of Pensacola, FL; a brother, John (& Barbara) Pye of Quitman a brother-in-law, Mike Caruso of Pensacola, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister, Janet Caruso and a brother-in-law, Randy Roche.


Obituary for Roger Metzinger

photo of Roger MetzingerRoger Ernest Metzinger was born November 7, 1942 to Ernest and Marilyn Metzinger in Caldwell, Kansas. Roger passed away April 7, 2021 at home in Caldwell.

Roger was ordained as a Deacon on September 25, 1982 in the Arch Diocese of St. Paul, Minnesota. He served in several Parishes over the years. Roger was also active in Kairos Prison Ministry in Buena Vista, Colorado, where he was responsible for getting Kairos started. He also was a volunteer for the Hartsel Fire Department, Hartsel, Colorado and a Hospice volunteer in Buena Vista, Colorado for 3 years.

Obituary for Roger Metzinger

Roger Ernest Metzinger was born November 7, 1942 to Ernest and Marilyn Metzinger in Caldwell, Kansas. Roger passed away April 7, 2021 at home in Caldwell.

He was preceded in death by his father Ernest and daughter Gretchen Bell.

He is survived by his wife Dixie of 57 years; sons, Christopher of Minnesota, Michael and wife Tammy of Omaha, Nebraska, Peter of Caldwell, Kansas and Luke of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Cassandra Brown of Colorado, Jessica Robeck, Ezra and Nēva of Minnesota, Damek Marek and Caden, Acacia Marek of Omaha, Nebraska; great granddaughter, Alisa Green of Colorado. He is also survived by his mother Marilyn Metizinger Wichita, KS, brothers Gary and wife Penny of Virginia, Leon and wife Cathy of Wichita, Kansas, Ron and wife Mary of Wichita, Kansas and sister Janet and Dr. Robert LacKamp of St. Joseph, Missouri and many nieces and nephews.

Roger graduated from Caldwell High School in 1960 and went on to attended Wichita Technical College graduating in 1962. He was a supervisor installing elevators for Otis Elevator. Roger and Dixie were married November 16, 1963 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. He served with United States Marine Corps for 4 years, 1966 to 1970. He served 13 months in Vietnam at Marble Mountain, and 1 and 1/2 years in the Presidential helicopter squadron in Quantico, VA.

In 1970, the family moved to Minnesota where Roger started working for Northwestern Bell phone company from which he retired from after 33 years and then went to work for IBM for 5 years.

Roger was ordained as a Deacon on September 25, 1982 in the Arch Diocese of St. Paul, Minnesota. He served in several Parishes over the years. Roger was also active in Kairos Prison Ministry in Buena Vista, Colorado, where he was responsible for getting Kairos started. He also was a volunteer for the Hartsel Fire Department, Hartsel, Colorado and a Hospice volunteer in Buena Vista, Colorado for 3 years.


Obituary for Michael Bradley

photo of Michael BradleyOn Friday, December 18th, Michael Deane Bradley, loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 68 at his home in Flagstaff, AZ.

Mike served his fellow citizens as an ordained Ruling Elder at the Church of the Resurrection in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mike was a devout believer in the Word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Obituary for Michael Bradley

On Friday, December 18th, Michael Deane Bradley, loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 68 at his home in Flagstaff, AZ.

Mike was born on July 26th 1952 in San Jose, California, to Ken and Bernice Bradley. Mike grew up in Oakland, CA, where he received his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from University of California San Francisco.

He served his country as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Coast Guard, where he received multiple letters of commendation. Semper Paratus!

Mike served his community as a Firefighter for 42 years. He was the Fire Chief of Hayward Fire Department, Flagstaff Fire Department, and Highlands Fire District. Mike helped develop the Incident Command System which is used to run large scale fires and natural disasters nationwide. He sat on multiple committees of the National Fire Protection Agency and was an Incident Commander on a National Incident Management Team.

Mike served his fellow citizens as an ordained Ruling Elder at the Church of the Resurrection in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mike was a devout believer in the Word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mike had several passions in life. He was a musician, he played bass guitar in local bands, as well as at church. He loved the outdoors, specifically hunting with his two sons. He loved mountain biking, hiking, working out at the gym and traveling to Germany.

Mike was preceded in death by his father Ken and his Mother Bernice. He is survived by his wife Brigitte, and his two sons Grant (Monica), Drew (Mahea) and his beloved grandson, Wyatt.

Mike was a pillar of the community. The extensive contributions that he made will live on for generations to come. He touched the lives of so many in the communities he lived in. He was loved and respected by all, and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Fair Winds, and Following Seas, Chief Bradley. We have the watch.


Obituary for Charlie Buckman

photo of Charlie BuckmanCharles "Cholly" Alanson Buckman passed away in the early morning hours of Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at home in New Bern with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Manhattan Hospital in New York City, New York on October 12, 1933, the son of Charles Francis and Rose Garrison Buckman.

Obituary for Charlie Buckman

Charles "Cholly" Alanson Buckman passed away in the early morning hours of Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at home in New Bern with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Manhattan Hospital in New York City, New York on October 12, 1933, the son of Charles Francis and Rose Garrison Buckman.

At the end of high school, he enlisted in the United States Airforce (known then as the U.S. Army Airforce) and proudly served four years during the Korean War. After his service, he began a long successful career in elevators. He started his career as an apprentice with Westinghouse Elevator Company. Throughout the years he installed and worked on many elevators in the New York City area. As his mechanical knowledge of elevators grew his career advanced and he began his own elevator business, Garcon. As he and his businesses grew he became a nationally known consultant for elevators, escalators and vertical machinery. He was called upon by many attorneys and accident victims to handle their cases, which he did with much success. During this period he attended Fairleigh Dickinson and Bloomfield Universities. Patricia and he moved to New Bern, North Carolina in 1996, a place which he totally loved. He became a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He served a term on the Board of Trustees and also sang in the choir. He has missed attending church for the last year and a half due to the coronavirus and health issues.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, son, Guy Kevin Buckman and wife, Angie of California; daughters, Alyson Rowena Cinelli and husband, Albert of California and Brenda Rose Buckman of California; step-daughters, Susan Mary Daub-Longo and Ellen Marie Platt, both of New Jersey; grandson, Jason Francis and wife, Mallery and their children: Brooke Debra, Jason William "the Conqueror", and Abigail Eleanore; granddaughter, Deanna Rowena Cozzone, grandson, Charles Brett and his boys: Trefor and Dorian, granddaughter, Zoe Elizabeth Longo of Colorado, grandson, Charles Platt, granddaughter, Brooke Madruga, sister, Holly Gail Greenhalgh of Maryland and her children, Ward, Holly Louise, and Jennifer, and their children, Christina, Gunner, and Colby.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Charles Brett Buckman, daughter, Debra Buckman, and his sister, Lynn Raskins.


Obituary for Randy Gaines

photo of Randy GainesRandy and his wife Ann were married in 1996 and remained so until his death, just shy of 25 years. Ann brought three girls to the marriage – Jessica, Erica, and Becca. Randy was lucky enough to retire early, so his primary job was to care daily for Ann and the girls. And again, blood didn’t matter to Randy. He loved Ann’s girls as his own.

Obituary for Randy Gaines

Randy was born Nov 17, 1947 in Lexington, VA, where his father was the president of Washington and Lee University. Randy was the middle of three children. He had an older brother, Penny, and a younger sister, Sally, who became lawyers and then judges in the Phoenix area.

The family moved to Tucson in 1959 where Randy’s dad became the Dean of Continuing Education at the University of Arizona. Although Randy was very proud of his southern roots, he fully embraced the desert southwest and all of Arizona.

He attended Southern Arizona School for Boys, graduated from Rincon High School and attended the University of Arizona. Randy met his first wife, Ann Wingfield of Nogales, AZ, while attending the UA. They married and lived in Nogales where Randy was the Planning and Zoning Director. He also owned a small construction company, helped run the Wingfield family ranch, and served in the Army National Guard. Together they had two sons. Little Randy was born in ’73 and Drew was born in ’74. Although the marriage ended, Randy was very involved with his boys, ultimately having full custody of them when their mom passed away from breast cancer.

Randy met his second wife, Marie, during one of the many round ups in Nogales. Randy was hauling cattle and Marie was the cook for all the cowboys. They married in 1981, moved to Ashfork, AZ in 1982 and then to Tucson in 1985. During that time Randy had a variety of jobs including running a truck stop, selling insurance, and truck driving both short and long haul. Marie has a daughter, Tina, who Randy adopted after they were married. And although the marriage ended, Randy remained fully involved in Tina’s life. Blood didn’t matter to Randy; he loved Tina as his own.

Randy and his wife Ann were married in 1996 and remained so until his death, just shy of 25 years. Ann brought three girls to the marriage – Jessica, Erica, and Becca. Randy was lucky enough to retire early, so his primary job was to care daily for Ann and the girls. And again, blood didn’t matter to Randy. He loved Ann’s girls as his own. Randy was predeceased by his parents Francis and Dorothy, his brother Penny, his sons Randy and Drew, and his daughter Erica. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and his daughters Tina, Jessica and Becca.


Obituary for Al Andarman

photo of Al AndarmanSurrounded by loved ones and with prayer for a light and easy journey, Albert Anderman was called Home on the morning of March 2nd, 2020. His family looks forward to the future when he will show them around that eternal home in Heaven.

Albert’s various careers and ministries sent him all over the globe. From working in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and England or doing mission work in Africa, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Romania, Croatia and Hungary, Albert had great adventures and made countless friendships that have enriched the lives of him and his family. Everywhere he went he made a huge impact by sharing and showing the love and grace of God. Because of his example, we can carry on the love Al instilled in each of us, to demonstrate how powerful the impact of one truly great man can be.

Obituary for Al Andarman

Much laughter, great love, and amazing faith. The last few days of Al’s life were a reflection on the full life he led. Surrounded by loved ones and with prayer for a light and easy journey, Albert Anderman was called Home on the morning of March 2nd, 2020. His family looks forward to the future when he will show them around that eternal home in Heaven.

Al led a great and full life, an adventure which started on April 20, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was blessed with a loving mom and dad, Adele and Albert Anderman, and two caring sisters, Joyce and Ruth. Al’s childhood was rich with memories of camping, family projects, and activities he loved such as playing the trumpet and football.

Albert met his beautiful soulmate, Jessie, in 1961 while they were in Philadelphia for college. Thus beginning a wonderful life together. This past December saw them celebrate fifty-five devoted years together. After Al completed his studies at Drexel Institute of Technology and Jessie completed nursing school, Al was rewarded with a position as a Software Engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company in California. A man in constant pursuit of knowledge, his education continued as he earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California while in their employment. He was blessed to work in various positions using his skills and training in software design, project management, as well as business and management consulting. Many of the projects took him to different countries which enabled him and his lovely bride to explore many exotic places.

Albert’s greatest legacy lies in his Christ-centered marriage to Jessie and their five children. The ways that they emulate Al and Jessie’s leadership and faith in their own families is a true example of this legacy. His daughter Lynn mirrors her father’s unwavering faith and adventurous, encouraging spirit. His son, Albie gives off the same strength with his presence and humor, and has a generous and compassionate heart for serving those around him. Lisa, whose patient wisdom and bounding joy protects and propels her family towards God. Lorelei, who shares her father’s call to teach the youth about God’s grace and love, encourages others toward a relationship with Christ. Liana, whose amazing care for Al at the end of his life displays her gift of hospitality like Albert’s love and care shared throughout his household during his life.

Albert Anderman’s spirit is further carried by 20 grandchildren, of ages ranging from one to twenty-four. Nine boys and eleven girls, all of whom will never have to question how love and faith ought to look over the course of their lives. To each and every one of his grandchildren, Albert was rock solid in many ways. He was a protective barrier when the world’s hardships came crashing in. His support helped break rough seas in navigation through life’s many adversities, and he was at your back when you needed a push to do things that were scary or challenging. As rock solid as he was, in his own way for each of them, he was gentle and loving. In every sense, to his grandchildren, Albert Anderman was a great blessing from God.

Albert’s various careers and ministries sent him all over the globe. From working in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and England or doing mission work in Africa, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Romania, Croatia and Hungary, Albert had great adventures and made countless friendships that have enriched the lives of him and his family. Everywhere he went he made a huge impact by sharing and showing the love and grace of God. Because of his example, we can carry on the love Al instilled in each of us, to demonstrate how powerful the impact of one truly great man can be.

Al’s legacy lives on through his loving wife of 55 years Jessie (McFeeley) Anderman; his caring sisters Joyce Baker and Ruth Anderman; his children Lynn Tofaute (Todd) of Gilbert, AZ; Albie Anderman (Mari) of Mesa, AZ; Lisa Preecs (Wade) of Queen Creek, AZ: Lorelei Bickmore (Court) of Gilbert, AZ; and Liana Dupuy (Justin) of Gilbert, AZ; 20 beautiful grandchildren – Will, Jessie (married to Jonah), Tristan, Brie, Alex, Annabelle, Weston, Seamus, Payton, Isaiah, Braiden, Midori, Sadie, Brooklynn, Lucas, Sammi, Chas, Lincoln, McCallum, and Scotlynn.


Obituary for Brenda Vail

photo of Brenda VailBrenda Macijewski Vail, age 76, of Hartwell, Georgia, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2021, at the Arbor Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Athens, Georgia, following an extended illness.

Brenda helped with the Annual World Day of Prayer programs locally and also tirelessly served in several local ministries including Hart Interdenominational Ministries (HIM) which she founded, the Hart County School System mentoring program, and the Kairos Prison Ministry International’s outreach to residents of the Whitworth Women’s Correctional Facility in Hartwell, Georgia.

Obituary for Brenda Vail

Brenda Macijewski Vail, age 76, of Hartwell, Georgia, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2021, at the Arbor Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Athens, Georgia, following an extended illness. Brenda was the daughter of the late Martin Macijewski and Lenora Hembree, and was also preceded in death by her brother, Herman Macijewski. Brenda was formerly employed as a nurse for over 40 years, specializing in midwifery for over 30 years. She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hartwell, Georgia, where she sang in the choir, helped teach the adult Sunday School Class, served as Session Clerk, and served as the Elder for Mission. Brenda helped with the Annual World Day of Prayer programs locally and also tirelessly served in several local ministries including Hart Interdenominational Ministries (HIM) which she founded, the Hart County School System mentoring program, and the Kairos Prison Ministry International’s outreach to residents of the Whitworth Women’s Correctional Facility in Hartwell, Georgia. In addition to local volunteer work, Brenda was active on the Presbyterian Women’s Coordinating Team for NE Georgia, serving as Mission Coordinator for the North Central Mission community. Brenda loved spending time with her family, friends, and ministry colleagues and especially enjoyed gardening, as well as making and sending creative greeting cards. She also enjoyed reading, especially poetry. Brenda loved the Lord, loved people, and had a servant’s heart that resulted in great compassion, generosity, and service to others. She will be missed greatly and forever cherished by all who knew her.

Survivors include Brenda’s two children and their spouses: Steve and Michelle Vail, Bob and Lori Vail and three grandchildren: Emily, Ellie and Wes. She is also survived by two sisters and their spouses, Margaret and Royce Dyer, Jane and Donald Vaughn, and her brother and his spouse, David and Debbie Macijewski.


Obituary for John Williamson

photo of John WilliamsonJohn Joseph Williamson, “Jack”, passed to his new life on March 14th in his home, after many years of enduring Alzheimer’s and never losing his smiling personality.

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on December 14, 1930 to Theresa (Heggarty) and William Williamson, Jack’s life centered around his faith and love for his family.

Obituary for John Williamson

John Joseph Williamson, “Jack”, passed to his new life on March 14th in his home, after many years of enduring Alzheimer’s and never losing his smiling personality. Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on December 14, 1930 to Theresa (Heggarty) and William Williamson, Jack’s life centered around his faith and love for his family. Upon graduating high school in 1950, Jack entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1963. After completing his final year of studies in Wales, UK, he accepted an assignment in Jamaica to work as a missionary. There, he taught mathematics for several years at St George’s College in Kingston. Jack then turned the page, returned to Connecticut, and chose to enter family life. He married Mary Ellen Schwartz, a decision that their five children— Leilani, Marites, Ricky, Joy and Megan (three of whom were adopted from the Philippines)- are very happy about.

Survivors, in addition to his beloved wife of almost 51 years, Mary Ellen Schwartz Williamson, include three daughters: Marites Belcourt and her husband Chris; Joy Lawrence; Megan Gallant and her husband Chris; eight grandchildren, including Jasmine and Noah Belcourt; Samantha, Gregory and Ryan Lawrence; Madison, Cody and Chase Gallant; a sister Beatrice O’Hara and numerous nieces and nephews around the country. In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his son and daughter, Ricky and Leilani; sister and brothers Margaret, William, Lawrence and Paul.


Obituary for Nancy Halter

photo of Nancy HalterNancy was reunited with the love of her life on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, following a brief illness.

She served as a Red Cross volunteer nurse and made two trips to California to assist following devastating wildfires. She was active in the Emmaus, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Epiphany ministries. Ultimately, her love for God shined brightest in her role as a pastor's wife.

Obituary for Nancy Halter

Nancy was reunited with the love of her life on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, following a brief illness. Born in Columbia, SC, she was the daughter of the late James Samuel and Marjorie Lesley Tindall. After graduating from Columbia School of Nursing, Nancy joined the United States Air Force where she served as a Registered Nurse. She ended her service with the military as a Captain when she and Vince welcomed their first daughter. Nancy lived life fully as a stay-at-home mother until her girls reached school-age and then went back into the workforce where she served as a Home Health Nurse and Aide Supervisor with DHEC. After her retirement from DHEC, she once again re-entered the workforce as an Aide Supervisor for Carolina Health Force until her final retirement five years ago.

Nancy's love for God and for people was evident in everything that she did. She never met a stranger and was known to strike up a conversation with anyone within a 2-foot radius. She served the Sumter community in a myriad of ways for 23 years before moving to Lake Wateree in 2001. She was a member and past president of the Pilot Club, a Girl Scout Leader, faithful church and Sunday School member, as well as a leader with the AIDS Taskforce. She served as a Red Cross volunteer nurse and made two trips to California to assist following devastating wildfires. She was active in the Emmaus, Kairos, and Epiphany ministries. Ultimately, her love for God shined brightest in her role as a pastor's wife. Nancy was a member of Lyttleton Street Methodist Church; however, nearly two years ago she found her place on the second pew at St. John's United Methodist Church in Lugoff where she proudly worshipped every Sunday with her youngest daughter who is the pastor.

Relationships with friends and family were of utmost importance to Nancy. She never missed an opportunity to tell you about her greatest accomplishments - her children and their spouses. She is survived by her son, Michael Louis (Kathleen), of Ridgeway; daughters, Lisa Michelle Halter, of Lexington, Reverend Angela Halter Marshall (Lee), of Lugoff; brothers, Robert Tindall (Mary Jo), of Lexington, Dr. Donald Tindall (Judi), of Katy, TX, in addition to a host of loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Pastor Vincent Francis Halter, Jr. (Ret. Col. USAF) and her son David Vincent Halter.


Obituary for Charles Chichester

photo of Charles ChichesterCharles "Chuck" E. Chichester, Sr., age 80, went home to be with the Lord Monday, February 8, 2021 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center due to complications from Covid-19.

Mr. Chichester was currently a member of Thee Baptist Worship Center and Kairos Prison Ministry for 20 years.

Obituary for Charles Chichester

Charles "Chuck" E. Chichester, Sr., age 80, went home to be with the Lord Monday, February 8, 2021 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center due to complications from Covid-19.

Born September 11, 1940 in Livingston, NY, he was the son of the late Edison and Gertrude Pierce Chichester. Mr. Chichester was currently a member of Thee Baptist Worship Center and Kairos Prison Ministry for 20 years and a former member of Mercy Baptist Church. He was a retired Chief Inspector of roadways, tunnels and bridges after 28 years of service.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Denise Marie Guiradano, Dierdre Fitzgerald and a son, Michael Carrington brother, James Chichester and a sister Mary Esposito.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Jeanette K. Chichester; a son, Charles E. Chichester, Jr. (Patrice), of Conway; a daughter, Dana Marie Chichester of NY; five grandchildren, Mark, Brandon, Geniveve, Kaylin, and Jennifer; four great grandchildren; three brothers, Douglas Chichester, Thomas Chichester, and Patrick Chichester; and one sisters, Nancy Lee Barbera.


Obituary for Sandy Brenner

photo of Sandy BrennerSandy Brenner, 71, of Westerville/Galena, Ohio peacefully passed away November 28, 2020, in her home.

She was a long term, faithful participant in Kairos Prison Ministry and Bible Study Fellowship. Sandy served on 24 Kairos Inside Weekend teams over the course of the last 24 years – several while living out of state.

Obituary for Sandy Brenner

Sandy Brenner, 71, of Westerville/Galena, Ohio peacefully passed away November 28, 2020, in her home. She was born on November 15, 1949, to Robert and Betty Pratt, in Newark, Ohio. She married John on August 25, 1979, also in Newark. Sandy graduated from Newark High School in 1967.

Sandy always wanted to be a nurse. That became a reality when she became a RN in 1984, and then earning her BSN degree from Ohio University in 1988. She served in many capacities, but loved being a hospice nurse. Over the years she was an active member of First United Methodist Church (Newark, Ohio), Memorial Presbyterian Church (Midland, Michigan), and Liberty Presbyterian Church (Delaware, Ohio). She was also a long term, faithful participant in Kairos Prison Ministry and Bible Study Fellowship. Sandy served on 24 Kairos Inside Weekend teams over the course of the last 24 years – several while living out of state. Sandy was a true advocate for the underdog. Whether that be her hospice patients, the residents at ORW, Syrian refugees, or the lonely person in the church pew. Sandy had the unique ability to touch everyone she met. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, John Brenner; son, Michael Brenner; daughter-in-law, Dr. Amy Brenner and grandson, Michael. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elizabeth Ann Acord.


Obituary for Ross Dunn

photo of Ross DunnOn Thursday, February 25, 2021, Ross Dunn, a loving husband, and father of three children went to be with Jesus at age 85. Ross was born on January 15, 1936, in Southland, TX to Dillard and Doris (Livingston) Dunn. He graduated from McMurry College in 1958 and then went to Duke Theological Seminary in North Carolina. He began his Pastoral Ministry at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX in 1961. He served many churches in Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences over his 49-year career.

Ross had an infectious smile and never met a stranger. His deep love for God and others drove all of his passions. He enjoyed working with Kairos Prison Ministry, leading many to follow Christ.

Obituary for Ross Dunn

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, Ross Dunn, a loving husband, and father of three children went to be with Jesus at age 85. Ross was born on January 15, 1936, in Southland, TX to Dillard and Doris (Livingston) Dunn. He graduated from McMurry College in 1958 and then went to Duke Theological Seminary in North Carolina. He began his Pastoral Ministry at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX in 1961. He served many churches in Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences over his 49-year career. He finished his career at Forrest Heights UMC in Lubbock, Texas.

He married the love of his life, Nita (McKelvain) Dunn in 1962. They raised three sons, Mark, Tim, and Daniel.

Ross had an infectious smile and never met a stranger. His deep love for God and others drove all of his passions. He enjoyed working with Kairos Prison Ministry, leading many to follow Christ. He also loved to sing in the church choir, paint and create stained glass art.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents Dillard and Doris Dunn. He is survived by his wife Nita McKelvain Dunn, his son Mark and his wife Lynn, his son Tim, and his son Daniel and his wife Brenda. Ross loved his eight grandchildren: Justin, Alyssa, Chris, Corey, Trevor, Ty, Kaitlyn & Kathryn.


Obituary for Hugo Neumann

photo of Hugo NeumannHugo Dale Naumann passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on February 22, 2021. Hugo was born in Austin, Texas on August 2, 1963, to Hugo Ethelmer Naumann and Mary Jane Grob, who both predeceased him. Hugo is survived by his loving wife, Mary Taylor Naumann; his son Hugo Bradford Naumann; his daughter Taylor Rene Campos; his son-in-law Michael Alexander Campos; his sister Gloria Naumann; his sister Joyce Garcia; his sister Renee Israel; his sister Lesa Gatlin; and many nieces, nephews, and their children. Hugo also had a passion for ministry and volunteered for Kairos of Texas prison ministry for several years prior to his passing.

Obituary for Hugo Neumann

Hugo Dale Naumann passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on February 22, 2021.

Hugo was born in Austin, Texas on August 2, 1963, to Hugo Ethelmer Naumann and Mary Jane Grob, who both predeceased him. Hugo is survived by his loving wife, Mary Taylor Naumann; his son Hugo Bradford Naumann; his daughter Taylor Rene Campos; his son-in-law Michael Alexander Campos; his sister Gloria Naumann; his sister Joyce Garcia; his sister Renee Israel; his sister Lesa Gatlin; and many nieces, nephews, and their children.

Hugo worked as a financial advisor at Lutheran Brotherhood which later became Thrivent Financial. Hugo had an incredibly strong entrepreneurial spirit and inventive mind, which drove him to create several successful companies such as Hugo Naumann Enterprises, Paradigm Manufacturing, Credit Counseling 101, Taylor Brad Properties, and Quicksilver Custom Homes. In Hugo’s spare time, he enjoyed boating on Possum Kingdom lake with his family, cheering on the Texas Longhorns, cruising internationally, traveling to Walt Disney World, and attending his children’s sporting events. Hugo also had a passion for ministry and volunteered for Kairos of Texas prison ministry for several years prior to his passing.


Obituary for Elwyn Tedford

photo of Elwyn TedfordElwyn Tedford, 86, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. He was born September 3, 1933, in Minneola, Kansas, to Frank L. and Leona M. Tedford. He served in prison ministry with Kairos of Colorado. This he thoroughly loved and felt that he was having a great impact on people’s lives. His favorite song to teach the prisoners was the children’s song “Pharaoh, Pharaoh”.

Obituary for Elwyn Tedford

Elwyn Tedford, 86, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. He was born September 3, 1933, in Minneola, Kansas, to Frank L. and Leona M. Tedford.

He attended Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, graduating in 1955. Afterward he received a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Zenia Theological Seminary where he met his wife Marilyn. They were married in 1958. As the top graduate in his class he received a full scholarship to study for one year in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA in Stafford, Kansas. He continued his studies in Manchester, England. He pastored churches in Kansas, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. After retiring in Colorado, he served in prison ministry with Kairos of Colorado. This he thoroughly loved and felt that he was having a great impact on people’s lives. His favorite song to teach the prisoners was the children’s song “Pharaoh, Pharaoh”. In 2019 he moved to Annandale, Virginia to be with his son Kris.

He is survived by a son Kris and his wife Elena, a daughter Lynne, a grandson Nathan, a sister Sheryl and her husband Tim, and many nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Gary Fronk

photo of Gary FronkGary Fronk, 61, of Thompsontown PA, was called to his home by his Lord and Savior Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, while at his residence with his family. He was locally involved with countless church groups and projects through Promise Ranch Ministries, Kairos Prison Ministry, Bethesda Mission for the Homeless, Youth for Christ, and Little Sparrows Ministry. Gary was a man that truly was larger than life itself, never losing sight of his calling to spread the Word of the God and Christ’s love to everyone who crossed his path.

Obituary for Gary Fronk

Gary Fronk, 61, of Thompsontown PA, was called to his home by his Lord and Savior Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, while at his residence with his family. He was the husband, of Crystal J. (Ferguson) Fronk, of which they were married for 34 years at the time of his passing.

Gary was born April 10, 1959, in Lewistown, and was the son of Minerva (Hokenbrough) Fronk, of McAlisterville, and the late William Fronk.

Gary was employed by Triangle Pacific for ten years before venturing out to start his own excavation business in 1988. Fronk Excavation LLC is now managed and operated by his youngest son Austin.

Over the past 35 years Gary was extremely active for the Lord both locally and internationally with a number of missions/service trips to Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Costa Rica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic through New Missions, Juniper Community Missions, Avant Ministries, and Samaritans Purse as a member of their disaster relief team. He was locally involved with countless church groups and projects through Promise Ranch Ministries, Kairos Prison Ministry, Bethesda Mission for the Homeless, Youth for Christ, and Little Sparrows Ministry. Gary was a man that truly was larger than life itself, never losing sight of his calling to spread the Word of the God and Christ’s love to everyone who crossed his path.

In addition to his wife and mother, Gary is survived by his four children and their spouses, Garrett and Kristi Fronk, Elissa and Robert Craig, Kyle and Dana Fronk, and Austin and Anna Fronk; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Sue and Gerald Howard, Sally Bailor, and Sandy and Daryl Dimm; and many nieces and nephews.


Obituary for Herbert Goodman

photo of Herbert GoodmanHerbert Goodman, 87, of Cumberland, passed away August 1, 2020. Herb was a founding member and extraordinary supporter of the Kairos Prison Ministry, Southside Virginia EMMAUS, and Chrysalis Communities. Herb knew that the Church is not a building; WE are the church, and that through God all things are possible. Herb exemplifies being the “Hands and Feet of Christ”.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Hughes Goodman; and one son, David H. Goodman. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Griffin Goodman; daughter, Susan G. Carden (David); son, John E. Goodman (Sadie); three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Porter and Calvin.


Obituary for Brenda Dixon

headshot of Brenda DixonBrenda Dixon, was born on December 23, 1953 to the late Russell Vernard Collins, Jr. and Martha Louise Deaton Collins in Memphis, TN.

After retiring, she was spent most of her time volunteering and had the title of assistant benevolence director at the Grace Place. She was very active and dedicated with the Grace Place. Brenda volunteered with the Kairos Prison Ministry and was a big part of Celebrate Recovery. She also mentored the young girls in drug court and they all thought so much of Brenda and looked up to her.

Obituary for Brenda Dixon

Brenda Dixon, was born on December 23, 1953 to the late Russell Vernard Collins, Jr. and Martha Louise Deaton Collins in Memphis, TN. Brenda worked as an officer manager at Kizer Flooring. After retiring, she was spent most of her time volunteering and had the title of assistant benevolence director at the Grace Place. She was very active and dedicated with the Grace Place. Brenda volunteered with the Kairos Prison Ministry and was a big part of Celebrate Recovery. She also mentored the young girls in drug court and they all thought so much of Brenda and looked up to her. Brenda also attended the Batesville Church of Christ.
Brenda dedicated her life to helping others in a time of need and struggle. She made an impact on many lives and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
The family left behind to cherish her precious memory include her daughter, Ashley Hendricks of Southaven, MS; two sons, Jon Bradley Mason of Pope, MS, and Joe Mason of Louisville, KY; and 10 grandchildren, Riley Hendricks, Olivia Hendricks, Tristian Mason, Blaine Slay, Ashton Carpenter, Chloe Slay, Devan Mason, Noelle Mason, Wyatt Mason, and Everett Mason.


Obituary for Evangeline Ward

headshot of Evangeline WardEvangeline Ward, passed on August 7th, 2020. She was born on April 7th, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Obadiah Lewis Sr. and Winnie Louise Penquite Lewis.

Evangeline was a very kind-hearted person who was strong, a hard-worker and a good Samaritan. She was always giving toward her family and her community. Being Baptist, she contributed much time to the Lord she served and spread the good word to those who wanted to listen.

Evangeline gave much dedicated time to serving her community by volunteering in prison ministry with Kairos, going to nursing homes and was involved in many church activities.

Obituary for Evangeline Ward

Evangeline Ward, passed on August 7th, 2020. She was born on April 7th, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Obadiah Lewis Sr. and Winnie Louise Penquite Lewis. She has 7 siblings (From oldest to youngest) Peggy, Louella, Money, Obadiah Jr., Julius and Arnavel. Evangeline was the second oldest.

She met her husband, Joseph Ward in Missouri. They grew up together, attending the same school. In 1962, Joseph and Evangeline got married. Together they had 5 children which includes Flavia, Carlton, Robin, Joseph Jr. and Lillian. They both have many grandchildren.

Evangeline worked as an LPN and really enjoyed her work. Her personality was bright, and she was able to bring a smile to those that were not well. She worked for many years within a private practice as well as many hospitals between St. Louis, East St. Louis and Pulaski, Illinois.

Evangeline was a very kind-hearted person who was strong, a hard-worker and a good Samaritan. She was always giving toward her family and her community. Being Baptist, she contributed much time to the Lord she served and spread the good word to those who wanted to listen.

Evangeline gave much dedicated time to serving her community by volunteering in prison ministry with Kairos, going to nursing homes and was involved in many church activities.

Evangeline’s personality was grand, and she was a woman who would not go unnoticed. She was that one person who believed that all people should be “treated with dignity, respect and look the part.”


Obituary for Alesa Andrews

headshot of Alesa AndrewsAlesa Andrews, 83, passed away September 28, 2020 at her home in Bremerton Washington in the company of her children and friend Sarge.

She was an active member of Silverdale United Methodist Church and their ministries as well as The Walk to Emmaus and Kairos programs.

Obituary for Alesa Andrews

Alesa Andrews, 83, passed away September 28, 2020 at her home in Bremerton Washington in the company of her children and friend Sarge. She was born April 20, 1937 in Portland, Oregon but was a life-long Washington resident who had lived in multiple locations in the Puget Sound region.

Alesa grew up in Kirkland where she attended high school. She got her nursing degree from Everett Community College in 1969, worked her first year in Republic, Washington and then worked for Group Health Cooperative (now part of Kaiser Permanente) as a post op or nursery nurse (her favorite assignment) until her retirement in 2000.

Alesa was a strong advocate for the care of abandoned and abused animals volunteering in shelters and fostering litters of kittens. She supported food banks and women’s shelters. Alesa was a founding member of Quilts from the Heart, a group that provides quilts to numerous women’s shelters, foster child groups, babies, and Quilts of Valor for military personnel. She was an active member of Silverdale United Methodist Church and their ministries as well as The Walk to Emmaus and Kairos programs.

Alesa is survived by her dear friend and companion Foy Sargent (Sarge), her son Timothy and daughter-in-law Sue Miles of Miles City, MT, her daughter Diane and son-in-law Larry Thomason of Poquoson, VA, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, stepson Mark Andrew, stepdaughters Tracy Bayley and Miriam McDonald, her sister Laila Adams and two nephews, Carl Uhlman and wife Susan Fenner and Dan and wife Georgina Uhlman.


Obituary for Robert "Bob" Lane

headshot of Bob LaneRobert (Bob) Lane, 89, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2020 at his home in Dandridge, Tennessee.

Mr. Lane was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Dandridge. He was an active civic and community leader - President of Gatlinburg Kiwanis Club, Lay Leader of the Great Smoky Mountain Emmaus Community, Board member of Fort Sanders Sevier County Hospital for nine years, Charter Member of East Tennessee Kairos Prison Ministry and Mountain View Youth Development Center Torch Program in Dandridge, Tennessee, and he actively served in many positions at his former church, Gatlinburg First United Methodist Church.

Obituary for Bob Lane

Robert (Bob) Lane, 89, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2020 at his home in Dandridge, Tennessee. Mr. Lane was born February 3, 1931 in Lynn, Indiana to his late parents, Edgar C. Lane and Dondena Spencer Lane. He moved to Richmond, Indiana in 1935 and graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 1949. Mr. Lane served in the US Army 1951-1953 in the 382nd MP Battalion in Germany. He also worked as a policeman with the Indiana State Police from 1955 until 1975.

In 1975 he moved to Gatlinburg, Tennessee where he owned and operated the Silver Galleon Shop in The Tramway Mall until retiring in 1993. Mr. Lane was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Dandridge. He was an active civic and community leader - President of Gatlinburg Kiwanis Club, Lay Leader of the Great Smoky Mountain Emmaus Community, Board member of Fort Sanders Sevier County Hospital for nine years, Charter Member of East Tennessee Kairos Prison Ministry and Mountain View Youth Development Center Torch Program in Dandridge, Tennessee, and he actively served in many positions at his former church, Gatlinburg First United Methodist Church. He served many times at Teen Focus-Locked Down on the Outside Program in East Knoxville, and he also worked for Habitat for Humanity. Bob loved all sports and was an avid fan of Big Orange. He also loved to travel and experience the great world God gave us.


Obituary for William "Bill" Gaines

headshot of Bill GainesWilliam (Bill) Gaines, 74, of Charleston, SC, husband of Linda Marie Lukow, entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 26, 2020.

He was active with John Wesley United Methodist Church, Bear Wallow Mountain Baptist Church, and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Bill Gaines

William (Bill) Gaines, 74, of Charleston, SC, husband of Linda Marie Lukow, entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 26, 2020. Billy was born June 9, 1946 in Charleston, SC, son of the late Leonard C. Gaines and Catherine Elenore Blanchard Gaines. He was a graduate of St. Andrews High School and Trident Technical College. His career was established in the Heating & Air Conditioning Service.

He was active with John Wesley United Methodist Church, Bear Wallow Mountain Baptist Church, and Kairos Prison Ministry. He is survived by his first wife, Linda Suzette Gaines and their children, Adina G. Garner (Greg) of Johns Island, SC and Tron C. Gaines (Becky) of Charleston, SC; his four grandchildren, Hunter and Ellie Garner, and North and Saylor Gaines.


Obituary for Joseph Simon Zelasko

Joseph Simon Zelasko, died at home on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. He was 80 years old.

He was active in the Cursillo Movement of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Knights of Columbus Council 898, Boy Scout Troop 7, and CCD at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He also served for decades as a dedicated servant in Kairos Prison Ministry at the Medium and Low Federal Correctional Institution in Yazoo City and the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, MS.

Obituary for Joseph Simon Zelasko

Joseph Simon Zelasko, died at home on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. He was 80 years old. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. He moved to Vicksburg, MS to work at Waterways Experiment Station with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, where his career spanned nearly 50 years.

Joe met his wife, Philomena, on a blind date in Vicksburg. They married in 1976, and celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in September.

He was active in the Cursillo Movement of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Knights of Columbus Council 898, Boy Scout Troop 7, and CCD at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He also served for decades as a dedicated servant in Kairos Prison Ministry at the Medium and Low Federal Correctional Institution in Yazoo City and the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, MS.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph F. and Genevieve A. "Polly" Zelasko of Chicago, IL; and his sister, Sandra Wollek (John) of Phoenix, AZ.

Survivors include his beloved wife Philomena of Vicksburg, MS; daughter Theresa M. Zelasko of Austin, TX; sons Joseph M. Zelasko (Elizabeth) of Loveland, CO, John F. Zelasko (Ashley) of Little Rock, AR, and Peter J. Zelasko (Kathleen) of Gallup, NM.


Obituary for Timothy Scott Pruitt

headshot of Timothy PruittTimothy Scott Pruitt, 59, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS. Lance Corporal Pruitt was born in Winston Salem, NC to the late Raymond Scott and Phyllis Smith Pruitt and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp.

He was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church where he previously served as a Deacon. Mr. Pruitt witnessed to others through Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Timothy Pruitt

Timothy Scott Pruitt, 59, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at his home in Oxford, MS. Lance Corporal Pruitt was born in Winston Salem, NC to the late Raymond Scott and Phyllis Smith Pruitt and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. He continued his service with other veterans participating in the Marine Corp League. He was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church where he previously served as a Deacon. Mr. Pruitt witnessed to others through Kairos Prison Ministry.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bruce Pruitt of Oxford, MS; two daughters, Shelby Diane Horner and her husband, James of Winona, MS and Savannah Rhea Pruitt of Oxford; a sister Dana Pruitt of Chattanooga, TN; a brother, Patrick Pruitt of Kansas City, MO and a grandson, Marshall Grey Horner.


Obituary for Dennis Wick

headshot of Dennis WickDennis Wick, age 76 passed away unexpectedly on Sunday October 25th, 2020 of natural causes at his home in Kenmore, Washington.

In the late-80’s Denny accepted Christ into his life and had a dramatic personality change, he often encouraged his family to follow his path. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active at St. Brendan’s Church. Becoming a giving soul he dedicated many years to Kairos Prison Ministry, a Christian prison ministry bringing the word of God to those incarcerated in the State of Washington.

Obituary for Dennis Wick

Dennis Wick, age 76 passed away unexpectedly on Sunday October 25th, 2020 of natural causes at his home in Kenmore, Washington.

Dennis was born on the 27th of December 1943 to Claudia (maiden name Kestell) and Harvey Wick in Spokane, Washington. After graduating from Shadle Park High School in 1960, he went on to study computer engineering at the DeVry Institute of Technology. While attending DeVry in Chicago, Illinois he became friends with a schoolmate named Stan Walat. Stan introduced his sister, Diane Walat to Denny in 1964 and they went on to marry in 1967 and had two children. After graduating from DeVry, he served in the United States Navy with a period of active duty and continued as a reservist. After active duty, Denny began his first job at IBM working for “Big Blue” on mainframe computers as a technician. Denny was one of the world’s top mainframe repairmen in the 1970s. Starting his own business, “Circle Computer” in the mid-70’s, Denny had a full life with a family and successful career with computers that lasted through the late-80’s. He was proud to see his daughter graduate from the University of Illinois in 1990.

In 1989, they decided to relocate back to Seattle where his parents and four siblings lived. He made a drastic career change into the commercial real estate appraisal field and quickly obtained the premier MAI designation within the industry. Diane followed Denny into the appraisal field becoming a residential appraiser, and they ran their own appraisal company, Wick and Associates, for many years. The couple purchased a home in Kenmore and eventually moved to Lake Forest Park, where they lived for almost 20 years. His son, Daniel joined the family appraisal team in 2004 and the two worked side by side for nearly 15 years.

In the late-80’s Denny accepted Christ into his life and had a dramatic personality change, he often encouraged his family to follow his path. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active at St. Brendan’s Church. Becoming a giving soul he dedicated many years to Kairos Prison Ministry, a Christian prison ministry bringing the word of God to those incarcerated in the State of Washington. Denny enjoyed hunting, working with his hands, and being a Dad. Many vacations in his later years included his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Dennis was predeceased by parents Claudia and Harvey Wick and grandson Josh Sparling. He is survived by his wife Diane, children Debbie and her husband Bill Harris, Daniel and his wife Dana and grandchildren Brittany, Danny, Lizzy, and Ben, and of course his loving dog Penelope. Also surviving Dennis are his younger siblings Pat Wick, Terry Wick, Colleen Thomas, and Kathy Harjau.


Obituary for Kenneth Jordan

headshot of Ken JordanKenneth Lee Jordan, of Wellington, FL, 79, went home to be with the Lord, on Oct. 19, 2020. He was born on Oct. 29, 1940, in Doylestown, PA.

Ken loved to travel and spend time with family, friends and his dog, Chrissy, but his true passion was serving the Lord. Ken faithfully served in his church and was involved in Kairos Prison Ministry for over 20 years.

Obituary for Ken Jordan

Kenneth Lee Jordan, of Wellington, FL, 79, went home to be with the Lord, on Oct. 19, 2020. He was born on Oct. 29, 1940, in Doylestown, PA. Ken is predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Jordan and his brother, Don Jordan. He is also predeceased by Angelo Cioppi, his birth father, and Arthur Jordan, his adopted father, who were both very influential in his life. Ken is survived by his loving wife, Tonyia Jordan, his children, Scott Jordan, Jennifer and Dan Drake, Michelle and Van Collier, and his five grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Aiden, Reese, and Reagan.

Ken was a graduate of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA and Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Ken served as a Captain in the United States Army. Professionally, he was a State Farm Insurance agent for over 30 years and a past-president of the Boca Raton Central Rotary Club. Ken loved to travel and spend time with family, friends and his dog, Chrissy, but his true passion was serving the Lord. Ken faithfully served in his church and was involved in Kairos Prison Ministry for over 20 years.


Obituary for Carol Carter

headshot of Carol Carterentered into death on December 29, 2020 at the age of 75. Carol married the love of her life Paul Thomas Carter on August 27, 1966 and shortly after began her family.

She helped in her long time church Northwest Hills UMC, Local Emmaus and Kairos Community and her SAHA Family.

Obituary for Carol Carter

Carol was born August 21, 1945 to Harold Frank Galm and Louise Englhardt Galm in San Antonio, Texas. She entered into death on December 29, 2020 at the age of 75. Carol attended school in San Antonio Graduating from John Marshall High School and attending Texas Lutheran College.

Carol married the love of her life Paul Thomas Carter on August 27, 1966 and shortly after began her family. She brought 6 wonderful children into this world who she loved and cherished.

Carol volunteered at her children's schools and joined the local PTA and became council president. Carol was a substitute teacher for Northside ISD and an Election Judge for Bexar County. She helped in her long time church Northwest Hills UMC, Local Emmaus and Kairos Community and her SAHA Family.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents and Paul’s parents, her loving husband of 48 years, her sister-n-law Cindy Galm and sister Teddie Lou Stephens, Sister-n-law Betty Lou Carter, and brother-in-law James L Carter. Carol left behind her brother-in-law Daniel E Stephens, sister Fern Quintero and husband Rudy, brother Harold F Galm Jr., daughter Tammie Vance and husband William Penrod, Daughter Meta Carroll, Son Harold W. Carter and wife Dawn, Son James T Carter and wife Tawney, daughter Lena LouEllen Carter, Son Christopher Lee Carter and wife Tammy. Granddaughters Charlotte, Deanna, Kristina, and Danica. Grandsons Lucas, Richard (Trey), Kyle, Ian, Jessie, Jarrod, and Wyatt, as well as 8 Great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Obituary for Johnny Pryor

headshot of Johnny PryorShady Grove resident Dr. Johnny Craig Pryor, 61, died Dec. 21, 2020 at his home in Shady Grove.

Dr. Pryor was born Feb. 27, 1959, in Laurel to Jean and J.N. Pryor. Johnny could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. During his childhood, he was an accomplished student, member at Trinity Baptist church and an Eagle Scout.

Obituary for Johnny Pryor

Shady Grove resident Dr. Johnny Craig Pryor, 61, died Dec. 21, 2020 at his home in Shady Grove, Mississippi. Johnny was born February 27th, 1959 in Laurel, Mississippi to Jean and J.N. Pryor.

Johnny could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. During his childhood he was an accomplished student, member at Trinity Baptist church, and an Eagle Scout. He was also heavily involved in Kairos Prison Ministry as the Vice Chair for the State of Mississippi.

Dr. Pryor studied to be a medical doctor at the University of Southern Mississippi and UMMC, before performing his residency and fellowships to become a renown neurosurgeon. He spent 20 years in the New York City and Boston working at the best brain surgery hospitals in the world. In 2016, Dr. Pryor came home to Mississippi to take care of his ailing mother and father.

He is survived by his sons, James and Jesse; his daughter, Cathryn Olivia; and his brother Jay. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Betty Davis Pryor.


Obituary for Kenneth True

photo of KenTrueKen passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 78 years. He was born Saturday, July 25, 1942.

Kairos Prison Ministry was an integral part of Ken's life, even serving as the Vice Chair of the state at the time of his passing.

Obituary for Ken True

Ken passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 78 years. He was born Saturday, July 25, 1942.

Kairos Prison Ministry was an integral part of Ken's life, even serving as the Vice Chair of the state at the time of his passing.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents; son David True; and sister Caroline True. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pam True; children Phil (Lynda) True, Audrey (Eric) Piepmeier, and Steve (Deb) True; daughter-in-law Sandra (David +) True; brother John (Patty) True; 22 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and other family.


Obituary for Arnie Christiansen

photo of Arnie ChristiansenArne was born on June 26, 1931 in Tvedestrand, Norway and died August 13, 2020 in Bossier City, LA. He grew up in Norway, served in the Norwegian Merchant Marines and graduated with an engineering degree from Grimstad Maritime Academy.

He was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry in Angola where he was able to share his strong Christian faith and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Obituary for Arnie Christiansen

Arne was born on June 26, 1931 in Tvedestrand, Norway and died August 13, 2020 in Bossier City, LA. He grew up in Norway, served in the Norwegian Merchant Marines and graduated with an engineering degree from Grimstad Maritime Academy. In 1959 he immigrated with his family to New Jersey.

In 1978, he took a job with C.F. Industries and moved to New Orleans. He later moved to Baton Rouge and worked as a manager of dock operations for Southern Towing out of Greenville, MS. He was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry in Angola where he was able to share his strong Christian faith. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He enjoyed deer hunting and spending time with his family. Arne was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was always in a good mood and loved to joke with strangers.

Arne is preceded in death by his father, Georg William Christiansen, his mother, Margot Emilie Christiansen, and his sister, Elsa Christiansen Anderson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Jeanette "Joanie" Langlois Hendrix Christiansen of Baker, LA; brothers: Anton Bernt Christiansen of Tvedestrand, Norway and Georg Albert Christiansen of Los Angeles, CA; daughters: Renee' Anne Marie Christiansen and partner, Robert Weiner of Forest Hills, NY and Nina Marie Miller and husband Richard Miller of Bossier City, LA; sons: Arne Christopher Christiansen and wife Melissa Christiansen of Baton Rouge, LA and Jan P. Christiansen and wife, Karla Christiansen of West Monroe, LA; former spouse, Renee Barbro Christiansen; stepsons: Billy Hendrix and his wife Lisa of Alexandria, LA and Chris Hendrix and his wife Jeanne of New Roads, LA; grandchildren: Tia Patron Edmondson, Emily Christiansen, Anna Christiansen, Jakob Christiansen, Christian Patron, Faith Miller, Ramsey Hendrix, Cooper Hendrix, John Mason Hendrix and Chloe Hendrix; great grandchild, Carter Hendrix and numerous nieces and nephews in both America and Norway whom he loved dearly.


Obituary for William "Bill" Dixon

William “Bill” S. Dixon, Jr., 78, of Albany, died Friday, December 25, 2020 at Wynfield Park Health and Rehabilitation.

A life long resident of Albany, Mr. Dixon was retired from Colonial Pipeline. He was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church, Kairos of Georgia Prison Ministry and a veteran of the U. S Navy.

Obituary for Bill Dixon

Wm. “Bill” S. Dixon, Jr., 78, of Albany, died Friday, December 25, 2020 at Wynfield Park Health and Rehabilitation.

A life long resident of Albany, Mr. Dixon was retired from Colonial Pipeline. He was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church, Kairos of Georgia Prison Ministry and a veteran of the U. S Navy.

Survivors include his sons, Eric Dixon, Sylvester, Scott Dixon (Drew), Montgomery, AL, Mark Dixon (Melissa), Hahira, sister, Donna Wren, Leesburg, grandchildren, Erin, Shawn and Mary.


Obituary for Clint Crosier

photo of Clint CrosierClinton W. "Clint" Crosier passed from this life into our Lord's arms on Thursday, November 26, 2020 after a several-year battle with fibrosis of the lungs. Clint, a 34-year resident of Slidell Louisiana, was born to Margarette and Floyd Crosier on Aug. 17, 1942 in Wahoo Nebraska.

He was also active in the Methodist Cursillo community of which he was a co-chair for the state of Louisiana, and remained active in Kairos, a multi-denominational prison ministry until his health declined. He was also a longtime participant in the First United Methodist Church's Last Supper play where he played the Apostle Peter for several years.

Obituary for Clint Crosier

Clinton W. "Clint" Crosier passed from this life into our Lord's arms on Thursday, November 26, 2020 after a several-year battle with fibrosis of the lungs. Clint, a 34-year resident of Slidell Louisiana, was born to Margarette and Floyd Crosier on Aug. 17, 1942 in Wahoo Nebraska. They lived in Nebraska and Missouri until settling in Selma, Iowa where Clint attended grade school and High School. He sang in the chorus and played on the baseball and basketball teams at Selma High School.

Upon graduating from High School he joined the US Air Force, where he rose to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and served honorably and faithfully for 26 years. During his service in the Air Force he earned numerous awards including 3 Meritorious Service Medals and travelled all over the world including an assignment in Germany and service in Thailand during the Vietnam War. In total he has visited 27 countries on 3 different continents. His assignments also included a 2-year duty as Site Chief at the Pearl River Radar Station which was the duty that first brought him to the Slidell area. After retiring from the Air Force Clint continued to serve our country with the US Customs Agency, where he served as a detection systems specialist for 17 years before his second retirement.

While in Slidell, Clint was active in the local community with the American Legion Post 185, and taught Sunday School and Bible Study at Aldersgate United Methodist church. He was also active in the Methodist Cursillo community of which he was a co-chair for the state of Louisiana, and remained active in Kairos, a multi-denominational prison ministry until his health declined. He was also a longtime participant in the First United Methodist Church's Last Supper play where he played the Apostle Peter for several years.

He was also well-known for a lifelong love of golf, and famously scored a hole-in-one at the Abita golf course in 2013. He also loved to fish and shared many hours with friends and family on the riverbanks of Iowa, lakes of Minnesota, the Florida Gulf, and Lake Pontchartrain.

His love of the Lord, serving his country, and his family were the only 3 things he loved more than the New Orleans Saints. Our greatest comfort is Clint's belief in Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and we look forward to seeing him again one day in Heaven. Clint is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Connie Ann Poling Crosier who he met at the Eldon County Fair in 1961 and married in 1962. They have three surviving sons Clint (and wife Shelle), Craig (and wife Mae) and Chad. Clint and Connie also have 6 grandchildren: Clint Andrew Crosier, Stephanie Crosier Barnhart, Kellie Crosier Davis, Yahdon Clinton Crosier, Clinton Arthur Crosier, and Connor Michael Crosier. They also have 6 great grandchildren: Liam, Ryan, Kinley, and Cade Barnhart, and Sophie and Connor Davis.


Obituary for Elster Verzwyvelt

photo of Elster VerzwyveltElster Paul Verzwyvelt, affectionately known as "Daddy V," passed away on November 13, 2020 surrounded by his family in Slidell, Louisiana at the age of 82.

He was a dedicated member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, active member of the Knights of Columbus, and volunteer for the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Elster Verzwyvelt

Elster Paul Verzwyvelt, affectionately known as "Daddy V," passed away on November 13, 2020 surrounded by his family in Slidell, Louisiana at the age of 82. He was born on December 15, 1937 in Alexandria, Louisiana to Joseph and Laura Verzwyvelt and lovingly raised by Francis and Marguerite Johnson.

Elster is the beloved spouse of 61 years to Elizabeth "Betty" Willoughby Verzwyvelt; cherished father of Elizabeth Verzwyvelt Wiggins, Brent Verzwyvelt and wife Kimberly Verzwyvelt, Andrea Verzwyvelt Hodson, and the late Gary Verzwyvelt and wife Annie Verzwyvelt; adored grandfather of Bryce Haddad and wife Kasia, Haley Haddad, Hannah Haddad, Katie Verzwyvelt Messer and husband David, John Paul Verzwyvelt, Eric Verzwyvelt, Madison Verzwyvelt, Abby Verzwyvelt, Catherine Hodson, and Christina Hodson; proud great-grandfather of Lily Anne Messer, caring brother of Louis Verzwyvelt, J.P. Verzwyvelt, Rudy Verzwyvelt, Lola Ducote, Velma Dauzat, Annie Ryan, Fran McLaughlin, Evelyn Krout Gasvoda, and Katie Clark; and foster brother of Leander Johnson and Dorothy Burnaman.

Elster was formerly employed as a systems analyst for the US department of Agriculture and Martin Marietta. He was a dedicated member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, active member of the Knights of Columbus, and volunteer for the Kairos Prison Ministry. Elster enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, sports, and playing cards with family and friends. He was most passionate about spending time with his family.


Obituary for Don Cone

photo of Done ConeDonald Lee Cone was born in Abilene, Texas on October 27, 1934, to Charlie and Delia Vire Cone. He passed away on June 8, 2020.

He volunteered as a Flower Mound Police Chaplain, being recognized as Chaplain of the Year for 2014. He was also a dedicated volunteer at Christian Community Action (CCA) in Lewisville, where he ministered to both CCA’s staff and clients. During retirement, he continued his passion for pursuing the “least of these” by actively volunteering with Bill Glass and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Don Cone

Donald Lee Cone was born in Abilene, Texas on October 27, 1934, to Charlie and Delia Vire Cone. He passed away on June 8, 2020.

Don was an amazing minister to all, a dedicated son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and humble servant who pointed all he met to Jesus. He never met a stranger and blessed and impacted many lives through his witness and example.

Don graduated from Abilene High School in 1953, Hardin-Simmons University in 1957 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1962, where he met Betty.

"Brother Don" pastored Broadview Baptist Church, Abilene, TX; Cottage Grove Baptist Church, Houston, TX; and Southeast Baptist Church, South Milwaukee, WI. He served as a prison chaplain for 23 years at Stateville and Joliet Correctional Centers near Chicago, IL. He enlisted in 1953 at the age of 17 in the Texas National Guard and served in the field artillery branch. After seminary, he served as a chaplain in the Texas and Wisconsin National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1989 after 36 years of service.

Upon his retirement from Stateville, he and Betty moved to Flower Mound, TX to join their children and grandchildren. Don said, "I'm not retired; I'm 'refired' for the Lord." They became active members of Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville, TX. He volunteered as a Flower Mound Police Chaplain, being recognized as Chaplain of the Year for 2014. He was also a dedicated volunteer at Christian Community Action (CCA) in Lewisville, where he ministered to both CCA’s staff and clients. During retirement, he continued his passion for pursuing the “least of these” by actively volunteering with Bill Glass and Kairos Prison Ministry. However, he is most known for his Cross Caps ministry. To encourage others to publicly share their faith, Don distributed more than 20,000 custom baseball caps with crosses to EVERYONE he encountered.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Betty Lee Evans Cone of Galena Park, TX; his children Cindy Cone Jones and her husband Gary of Grapevine, TX; Steve Cone and his wife Joanna of Frisco, TX; Michael Cone and his wife Michele of Carrollton, TX; Dave Cone and his wife Stephanie of The Colony, TX; along with 11 grandchildren, his younger brother Dale Cone, sister-in-law Nancy Cone, nephew Jim Cone and his wife Estrellita, and niece Susan Cone Crain and her husband Carl. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Delia, his older brother Charles, and sister-in-law Glenda.


Obituary for Christine Eaton

photo of Christine EatonRoxann Christine Eaton, 60, of Richardson passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020. She was born on December 4, 1959 in Camden, New Jersey, the daughter to Gilbert and Doris Hubley. Roxann dearly loved her 3 children, but her 6 grandchildren were the light of her life. Her faith and love for Jesus Christ were always at the forefront of everything she did.

Roxann was a member of Watermark Community Church in Dallas. A longtime member of the Kairos Prison Ministry and a member of Re:Generation Recovery Program where she counseled people for many years.

Obituary for Christine Eaton

Roxann Christine Eaton, 60, of Richardson passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020. She was born on December 4, 1959 in Camden, New Jersey, the daughter to Gilbert and Doris Hubley. Roxann dearly loved her 3 children, but her 6 grandchildren were the light of her life. Her faith and love for Jesus Christ were always at the forefront of everything she did.

Roxann was a member of Watermark Community Church in Dallas. A longtime member of the Kairos Prison Ministry and a member of Re:Generation Recovery Program where she counseled people for many years.

Roxann was preceded in death by her parents: Doris Hubley and Gilbert Hubley. Roxann is survived by her loving husband: Raymond Eaton; children: Racheal Potter, Tabitha Ehrhart, Steven Ehrhart, Raychelle Eaton; grandchildren: Rhett Potter, Pierce Potter, Alana Ehrhart, Araya Ehrhart, Christopher Clark, Aubrielle Ehrhart, Devante Davis, Alanai Ferris, Henry Ferris; stepmom: Kathryn Fasci; siblings: Michael Hubley, Danny Hubley, Deborah Kanz, Jessica Ellis, Christine Taylor and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She will be greatly missed.


Obituary for Dennis Wilmot

photo of Dennis WilmotDennis Lee Wilmot, 79, of Germantown Hills, IL passed away at 1:57 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at his residence surrounded by family.

Dennis was a member of Willow Hill United Methodist Church in Germantown Hills where he had been in the choir, on the Building Team, and Church Treasurer for 13 years. He was involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry International.

Obituary for Dennis Wilmot

Dennis Lee Wilmot, 79, of Germantown Hills, IL passed away at 1:57 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at his residence surrounded by family. He was born on April 17, 1940 in Peoria, IL to Elliott Dean and Mildred Katheryn (Miller) Wilmot. He married Barbara Anne Pribble on November 27, 1968 in Peoria, IL.

Surviving are his wife Barbara of Germantown Hills; son Chip (Cheryl) Wilmot of Germantown Hills; daughter Heather (Steve) Lambiase of Franklin, TN; grandchildren Bailey (Troy) Martina, Regan and Ty Wilmot, Krys (Margaret Adams) Lambaise, Branden (Jami) Lambaise, Brayden and Zack Lambiase; great-grandchildren Theo and Ben Lambaise, and Liam Martina; brother Loren (Linda) Wilmot of Germantown Hills; sister-in-law Kathy (Dave) Grider of Clinton, TN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dennis worked as manager at Alexander Lumber in Normal, IL for 25 years and then as manager for Hundman Lumber in Bloomington, IL for 15 years. He was in the Army Reserves for 6 years. Dennis was a member of Willow Hill United Methodist Church in Germantown Hills where he had been in the choir, on the Building Team, and Church Treasurer for 13 years. He was involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry International. Dennis enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling, the St. Louis Cardinals, and his friends and family. He loved being grandpa!


Obituary for Hendrik Henry

photo of Hendrik HenryHendrik Henry was born on the 25th November 1961 in Richmond, South Africa where he experienced his formative years. He was one of 11 kids. Hendrik passed away on the 3rd December 2020.

According to his Pastor, he was one of the funniest men he ever knew. He always had a funny story to share whenever they saw each other. Even in the most serious of experiences, he would see the funny side of it. Everywhere Hendrik went, people just got to love him as they got to know him. He did have a low tolerance for people who were disrespectful. Hendrik was well loved in the community, at his place of work, in his family and in the Church, and the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Obituary for Hendrik Henry

Hendrik Henry was born on the 25th November 1961 in Richmond, South Africa where he experienced his formative years. He was one of 11 kids.

Hendrik passed away on the 3rd December 2020. Hendrik was the sixth child of Hendrik and Ragel Henry. They were both from Richmond in the Karoo region, South Africa. Hendrik started his schooling at Willie Theron Primary School in De Aar, South Africa and went on to end his schooling at Orien High School in De Aar, South Africa.

After finishing school, Hendrik joined the National Defence Force on a permanent base. In the 80's he met the love of his life, Clara Morris in Victoria West, South Africa. Hendrik and Clara Morris got married on the 24th December 1982. The couple moved to Atlantis, South Africa and Hendrik started to work at the Escom Nuclear Power Station, a job which he held till his death. Out of the marriage two beautiful daughters were born, Tracey-Ann age 34 and Charlene age 32. To his kids he was the best dad a child could ask for, nothing they asked for was to big. To them he was a brother, a friend, their lawyer, their doctor and he modeled Jesus to them. He was a loving husband to Clara, her best friend. A humble man that were always ready to help his fellowmen, no matter what time of the day or night it was. Hendrik loved to sing, loved music, he enjoyed travelling long distances to visit family. One of his favourite hobbies was to sit and sleep, he truly enjoyed it.

Over the years they joined the Altantis Community Church, where Hendrik served as an elder for many years. He was also very committed to his Church family. He came to Kairos because he said, “My Pastor told me to come, so that is whey I am here. Then I realized this is something good. That is why I stayed here.” He served on the Men's Inside Malmesbury, South Africa AC. According to his Pastor he was one of the pillars of strength in the Church. They could always rely on him to assist with anything. He had a heart to help people, in the Church, on mission outreaches, and in the community, always making people laugh in the process. According to his Pastor, he was one of the funniest men he ever knew. He always had a funny story to share whenever they saw each other. Even in the most serious of experiences, he would see the funny side of it. Everywhere Hendrik went, people just got to love him as they got to know him. He did have a low tolerance for people who were disrespectful. Hendrik was well loved in the community, at his place of work, in his family and in the Church, and the Kairos Prison Ministry. He is truly missed. His place is empty. The voice is still. His humour is missing. As his fellow Kairos team members say, “An evening around the campfire, will never be the same, the tonic, the clue is not there anymore.” As his wife, Clara, say, “If I have to marry again, I will marry Hendrik Henry. I know we all have to die, Hendrik went home early, I miss him so much.”


Obituary for Daniel Long

photo of Daniel LongHendrik Daniel Long was a faithful steward of the Lord. He embodied the ministry of Jesus with fervor, with sincerest dedication, and with the biggest heart and was profoundly involved in Kairos Prison Ministry. The loss of his life is a profound loss in ours. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Long; his daughter, Elizabeth; his stepdaughter, Danielle and her husband, Elton; his stepson, Christopher and his wife, Angelina; his young granddaughters Addison, Payton, and Vega; his young grandsons Alder and Isaac; and his furbaby, Dolly.


Obituary for Ray Beeman, Jr.

photo of Ray BeemanLt. Commander Ray Noel Beeman Jr. 91, a resident of Jonesborough, TN for 15 years passed away February 9 at home surrounded by family.

When he moved to Northeast Tennessee, he became involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry which he enjoyed immensely.

Obituary for Ray Beeman, Jr.

Lt. Commander Ray Noel Beeman Jr. 91, a resident of Jonesborough, TN for 15 years passed away February 9 at home surrounded by family. He was the son of the late Ray and Sadie Beeman. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jencie Beeman and his eldest son Donald Beeman as well as 9 siblings. He is survived by his wife Margo Beeman, children Brenda Milne, Michael Beeman, Richard Beeman, and Bobbie Jo Beeman his step daughter Jennifer Penrose, and step sons James, Joshua, Joseph and Stephen Bird, brother Thomas Beeman, wife Judy Beeman, sister in law Linda Beeman, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

After retiring from the Navy, Ray attended Talbot Seminary and earned. Master of Divinity and began preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also served as Director of the San Diego Christian Servicemen’s Center for 15 years. He would go out on the streets of downtown San Diego and invite sailors up for some food, pool, and share the gospel with them. Marines would come too and he saw man servicemen accept Christ.

When he moved to Northeast Tennessee, he became involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry which he enjoyed immensely. We will miss Ray as he shone a great light to everyone he came in contact.


Obituary for Jeffrey Stamper

photo of Jeffrey StamperJeffrey Wayne Stamper, 54, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away at his home March 30, 2020 with his wife Bethann by his side. Jeff was born November 2, 1965 in Fredericksburg, VA. and married Bethann Lambert in 2008.

Jeff was a member of the Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church in Rutherfordton, NC, a volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry International, and a great and loyal friend to many in his beloved community and beyond.

Obituary for Jeffrey Stamper

Jeffrey Wayne Stamper, 54, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away at his home March 30, 2020 with his wife Bethann by his side. Jeff was born November 2, 1965 in Fredericksburg, VA. and married Bethann Lambert in 2008.

Jeff was a member of the Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church in Rutherfordton, NC, a volunteer for Kairos Prison Ministry International, and a great and loyal friend to many in his beloved community and beyond.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Shirley Louise Stamper, a brother, Vernie McCoy Stamper Jr. and wife Anna, his children, Justin Craig Lambert and spouse Jerry, Kayla Nicole Stamper, Tabatha Hope Lambert, Ashley Nichole Fasulo and grandchildren Grant Anthony Fasulo, Joanna Mae Fasulo, and Octavian Orion Stamper. Also a nephew Corey Steven and niece's Danielle, Allison, Heather and Magenta. He was predeceased by his father Vernie McCoy Stamper, Sr., and his brother, Mark Allen Stamper.


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