Celebration of Life


During the Celebration of Life, we remembered the lives of those in our Conference who died this year. During the service, each name was read, a chime sounded and a candle was lit, “reminding us of the resounding holy light experienced through the lives of those who gone before.” Family members, friends and former church members were in attendance and invited to stand as each name was read.  Catawba Valley District Superintendent Rev. Angela Pleasants preached on “Resurrection Life.”
Clergy and Diaconal Ministers 
Douglas Roach Beard Jr. - November 17, 2018 
Harold Wendell Brittain - November 16, 2018 
Jody Boone Campbell - March 10, 2019 
Kelly Anthony Creekmur - February 10, 2019 
Robert Vess Dodd - June 1, 2018 
William Richard Doser - November 25, 2018 
Joe Lane Ervin - August 29, 2018 
James Walter Ferree Sr. - March 26, 2019 
Elizabeth Lorraine Graves .- November 27, 2018 
Ellen West Sears Harkey - November 25, 2018 
Samuel Ray Hinton Sr. - March 24, 2019 
Richard Bailey Jarrett - March 29, 2019 
Ralph Earl "Jack" Kayler -  October 22, 2018 
Theodore Abraham Kirk .- April 2, 2019 
Luther Harold "Bud" Lawing Jr. - April 9, 2019 
David Wilcox Lee - April 18, 2019 
Harry Glenn Long Jr. - June 16, 2018 
Carl Edward McArn Sr. - February 8, 2019 
Talmage Steven McLain - October 10, 2018 
Jean Marie Morgan - September 26, 2016 
William Homer Osborne Jr. - September 19, 2018 
Frank Laprade Padgett - November 20, 2018 
Charles Elbert Page - March 19, 2019 
George Lee Pollock - November 20, 2018 
Gaylen Arlis "G.A." Presley - October 19, 2018 
Paul Arthur Sears - December 24, 2018 
Thomas Ralph Sigmon - April 5, 2019 
Panzie Merilyn Miller Stevens - July 11, 2018 
Edward Sidney Tapper - April 27, 2019 
Earl Wilson Jr. - July 3, 2018 
William Brian Wombough - December 8, 2018 
Wade Edward Wright - November 22, 2018 
Spouses of Clergy and Diaconal Ministers 
Angela Joan Whitener Andrews (Fletcher L. Andrews) - August 20, 2018 
Ellen Joan Moir Bailey (Richard D. Bailey) -December 30, 2018 
Darryl Keith Beckerleg (Michelle L. Foster-Beckerleg) - July 27, 2018 
Eleanor Ann Scott Boyd (Jasper [Jay] Boyd) - August 16, 2018 
Thomas Denny Choplin (Patricia P. Choplin) - September 20, 2018 
Bettie Elizabeth Prestwood Clinard (Robert M. Clinard) - June 15, 2018 
Marlana Carlton Leonard Clodfelter (James P. Clodfelter Jr.) - January 11, 2019
James Cecil Cornelius (Doris H. Cornelius) - August 25, 2018 
Barbara Ann Toney Evans (James H. Evans) - March 13, 2019 
Vivian Rodriguez Fite (Ricky D. Fite) - September 12, 2018 
Jeannie Lee Cashion Fox (D. Bryan Fox Jr.) - July 15, 2018 
Michael Duane Franks (Caroline R. Franks) - April 13, 2019 
Helen Jean Gross Hancock (Oros L. Hancock Jr.) - June 10, 2018 
Patricia Hopper Yelton Harrill (Michael B. Harrill Sr.) - May 30, 2018 
Evelyn Grace Diggs Hawkins (W. Thornton Hawkins) - January 4, 2019 
Ada Wingler Hoyle (Wayne E. Hoyle) - October 3, 2018 
Miriam Eula Ervin Wilkins Hudspeth (Powell L. Wilkins Jr.) - April 14, 2019 
Mary Ann Kyker Hunt (Earl G. Hunt Jr.) - November 10, 2018 
Shirlie Ann Simmons Isenhour (Olin B. Isenhour) - October 31, 2018 
Della Lee Fizer Jamieson (Herbert M. Jamieson Sr.) - May 5, 2019 
Hazel Lean Brewer Johnson (Timothy I. Johnson II) - June 25, 2018 
Ruth Elizabeth DePuyt Durrant Kirk (Theodore A. Kirk & Charles W. Durrant) - February 7, 2019 
Billie Sue West Lawing (Luther H. [Bud] Lawing Jr.) - December 16, 2018 
Dora Jane Henson Lutz (R. R. [Jack] Lutz) - October 17, 2018 
Betty Gene Moore Manning (C. Clay Manning) - February 24, 2019 
Vida Katherine Price McArn (Carl E. McArn Sr.) - May 29, 2018 
Sarah Elizabeth "Lib" Wiggins McDonald (Thad L. McDonald Jr.) - October 4, 2018 
Doris "Dobby" Simmons McLean (Thomas C. McLean) - November 29, 2018 
Anita Marie Chislaghi McRacken (Mark E. McRacken) - February 7, 2019 
Anne Elizabeth Bennett Dodd Powell (John James [J.J.] Powell) - June 7, 2018 
Pauline Elizabeth Fincher "Polly" Scott (LeRoy A. Scott) - July 24, 2018 
Rosa Lee Hooker Sellers (Liston Sellers Jr.) - July 17, 2018 
Remember Vanessa Jones "Ree" Smith (Wayne R. Smith) - October 12, 2018 
William Alton "Al" Spicer (Cynthia J. Spicer) - March 31, 2019 
Amy Laura Powers Stapp (T. Cayce Stapp) - September 8, 2018 
Anna Carolyn McCullough Strader (R. Harold Strader Sr.) - December 8, 2018 
Barbara Minish Temple (Edward O. Temple Jr.) - July 7, 2018 
Georgia Mozelle Smith Walker (Charles B. Walker) -March 25, 2019 
Lucille Margaret Chambers Warren (Garland L. Warren) - May 1, 2019 
Margaret Claire Kennedy Wellons (Albert W. Wellons) - November 12, 2018 
Wanda Mae Sams Winecoff (George H. Winecoff) - January 2, 2019 
Mary Janice Spencer Wombough (William B. Wombough) - November 16, 2018 

Obituaries can be viewed in the Worship Book beginning on page 16.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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