Death Notices

If you have a death announcement about a North Alabama Conference clergy or clergy family member please email the information (including arrangements) to dclifton@northalabamaumc.org.

Rev. Henry Prater’s mother Mary-Claire Gerber Prater

4/19/2014
Rev. Henry Prater’s mother Mary-Claire Gerber Prater died Saturday, April 19, 2014. Rev. Prater is the pastor of Union, the Church at Chelsea Park UMC in the South Central District. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6 until 9 p.m. at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home (322 Hwy. 31 N, Athens, AL 35611). The Funeral will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Isom’s Chapel UMC  at 1 p.m. Burial will be in...

Mrs. Fern Landers Tidwell

4/19/2014
Mrs. Fern Landers Tidwell, surviving spouse of Rev.K. Max Tidwell, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. She is the sister of Mrs. Anita Long and sister-in-law of retiree Rev. Carl Long, who were her caregivers.  The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home in Albertville on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 1 until 2 p.m. The Funeral will follow in the chapel at 2 p.m.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in...

Rev. Albert Helton

4/14/2014
Rev. Albert Helton died on April 14, 2014. The funeral was at Valhalla Funeral home in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday, April 18. Rev. Helton served as a local pastor and became an Associate Member of the North Alabama Conference in 1990. During his ministry he served Princeton, Woodville, Wesley Huntsville, Aspel, and Memorial Drive UMCs.  He retired in 1996. Please remember his wife of 63 years, Norma Jean and his three children, Stanley, Patricia Helton Ross,...

Bishop Lloyd Knox

4/13/2014
Bishop Lloyd Knox died Sunday, April 13, 2014. The arrangements are as follows: A Memorial Service for Bishop Knox will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Gadsden.  The family will receive visitors from 9 - 10 a.m. A Memorial Service at Hyde Park UMC in Florida is also being planned. James Lloyd Knox was born in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Florida Southern College and earned a Master of...

Mrs. Ellinor Butterley

4/6/2014
Mrs. Ellinor Butterley, formerly of Birmingham and the surviving spouse of Rev. Elbert S. Butterley, passed away on April 6, 2014 in Greenville, SC. Arrangements are as follows: A memorial service is planned for Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Highlands UMC in Birmingham. The family will receive friends after the service in the Commons area. Please remember Mrs. Butterley's daughter, Mrs. Lynn Ritchie, and her family at this time. ...

Dr. Steve Screws' father Drennen Andrew Screws

4/4/2014
Dr. Steve Screws' father Drennen Andrew Screws died Friday, April 4, 2014. Rev. Screws is the pastor of Scottsboro First UMC. Mr. Screws is also grandfather to Rev. Joy Morgan, associate pastor of Florence First UMC. The arrangements are as follows Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman, Alabama. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Please remember the Screws family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Mike Brinkman's mother Alberta Brinkman

3/28/2014
Rev. Mike Brinkman's mother Alberta Brinkman died March 28, 2014. Rev. Brinkman is the pastor of Weaver First UMC.  The arrangements are as follows Visitation will be Saturday, April 5,2014, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of Weaver First UMC. The funeral will follow at 11:30 a.m. The church is located at 545 Anniston Street, Weaver, AL 36277. Please remember Mike and his family in your prayers.  ...

Rev. James Duke

3/22/2014
Retired local pastor Rev. James Duke died on March 22, 2014. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be at Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville, Ala. (89076 Highway 9, Lineville, AL 36266) on Monday, March 24,2014 from 5-7 p.m.  The Funeral Service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lineville First UMC. Burial will follow in the Lineville City Cemetery. Rev. Duke was ordained in the Congregational Methodist Church in 1946 and then became a licensed...

Rev. A. Wray Tomlin

3/17/2014
Rev. Wray Tomlin died Monday, March 17, 2014. Rev. Tomlin, a retired elder, was President Emeritus of Methodist Homes for the Aging. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be Thursday, March 20,2014, from 9-11 a.m. in the parlor at Canterbury UMC.   Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.   Burial will be immediately following at Elmwood Cemetery. Rev. Tomlin was ordained an elder in 1961 and served as a pastor in the...

Bishop Robert C. Morgan

3/16/2014
Bishop Robert C. Morgan died March 16, 2014. The arrangements are as follows: The funeral will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Vestavia Hills UMC. Visitation will precede the funeral from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Bishop Morgan was born in Birmingham, AL. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College. He received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was the recipient of six honorary doctorates in addition to one from...

Rev. Penny Ford's father James Henry Ford, Jr.

3/12/2014
Rev. Penny Ford’s father James Henry Ford, Jr. died on March 12, 2014. Rev. Ford is the senior pastor of Trinity UMC in Tuscaloosa. The funeral was Saturday, March 15, 2014.  Please remember Penny and her family in your prayers.  ...

Rev. Bill Williams' wife Joy Williams

3/1/2014
Rev. Bill Williams’ wife Joy Williams died March 1, 2014. Rev. Williams is the pastor of Standing Rock and Midway UMCs in the Southeast District. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be at Langdale UMC Family Life Center on Thursday evening, March 6, 2014, from 5 till 8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at the Langdale UMC Family Life Center on Friday at 2 p.m. Please remember Bill and his family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Paul W. Owen

2/28/2014
Retired Elder Rev. Paul W. Owen died February 28, 2014. The arrangements are as follows: There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Greenview Memorial Garden in Florence, AL.   There will be a memorial service on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Vestavia Hills UMC with visitation to follow the service. Rev. Owen began serving churches in North Alabama in 1959.  He served as a local pastor for many years and...

Rev Joe Gamble's father Samuel Paul Gamble

2/26/2014
Rev Joe Gamble’s father Samuel Paul Gamble died February 26, 2014. Rev. Gamble is the pastor of Low Gap UMC in the Cheaha District. The arrangements are as following: Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. at  Ridout's Trussville Chapel (1500 Gadsden Road, Birmingham, AL) The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Please remember Joe and family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Bruce Palmer

2/25/2014
Rev. Bruce Palmer died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Tuscumbia First UMC. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Tuscumbia. Palmer was a longtime local pastor in North Alabama. He retired in 2007. Please remember the Palmer family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Creighton Alexander's father Jim Alexander

2/23/2014
Rev. Creighton Alexander’s father Jim Alexander died Feb. 23, 2014.  Rev. Alexander is the Conference Director of Campus Ministries. The funeral will be Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Lubbock, Texas. Please remember Creighton and his family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Warren Nash’s mother Frances V. Nash

2/23/2014
Rev. Warren Nash’s mother Frances V. Nash died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Rev. Nash is the Executive Minister at Canterbury UMC in the South Central District. Graveside Services will be this morning, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014,  in Starkville, Mississippi. Please keep Warren and his family in your prayers.  ...

Rev. Miriam Smith's mother Nancy Harris Smith

2/18/2014
Rev. Miriam Smith’s mother Nancy Harris Smith died Feb. 18, 2014. Rev. Smith is the Associate Pastor of Alabaster First UMC. The arrangements are as follows Visitation will be at Trinity UMC in Homewood on Friday, February 21 from 6-8 p.m.   The service of death and resurrection will be at Trinity UMC, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. Please remember Miriam and her family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Jonathan Todd's father Nathan Todd

2/16/2014
Rev. Jonathan Todd’s father Nathan Todd died  Sunday, February 16, 2014. Rev. Todd is Senior Pastor of St. Andrews UMC (Central District). The arrangements are as follows: Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Collins Burke Funeral Home in Jasper (303 Oakhill Road, Jasper, AL 35504) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with burial at Boldo Cemetery. Please remember Jonathan and his family in your prayers. ...

Rev. Leroy Rodric McClendon

2/14/2014
Retired elder Rev. Leroy Rodric McClendon died Friday, February 14, 2014. The arrangements are as follows: Visitation is Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Norwood Funeral Home (5987 Hwy 278, Sulligent, AL).   The Funeral will be Sunday, February 16, 2014. at 2 p.m. at the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Beaverton Cemetery. Rev. McClendon was ordained an elder in 1964.  During his ministry he served Hillsboro Circuit;...
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