Memorial Service 2019: ‘Though you may grieve, God is able’

6/7/2019

A Memorial Service for those faithful servants who served in the South Georgia Annual Conference was held Monday afternoon, June 3, at 2 p.m. as conference members gathered at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga.

Rev. Cleo Gilchrist, the outgoing pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Brunswick who retired at this year’s Annual Conference session, reminded those gathered that although they may grieve, God is able.

“When grief comes to your home, God’s grace will be sufficient,” she said. “Be not dismayed. God will be able to take care of you.”

Those faithful servants remembered include:

Deceased Clergy

Ralph Haywood
November 4, 1921 – April 25, 2018

Griffin Edward Thompson
November 15, 1926 – May 4, 2018

George W. Herndon
July 17, 1928 – June 15, 2018

Dale Hughes Thornton
December 25, 1954 – July 6, 2018

David E. Hudson
February 20, 1933 – August 3, 2019

Jerry Turner Lott
April 15, 1944 – August 10, 2018

J. Harold Tucker
November 3, 1926 – August 30, 2018

Lewis Wallace Strickland
July 25, 1932 – September 17, 2018

Richard G. Aultman
December 12, 1933 - November 4, 2018

Denton Roscoe Parker, Sr.
June 13, 1932 – December 23, 2018

William Edward “Eddie” Ratcliffe
September 22, 1948 – January 10, 2019

Travis David Warlick
May 5, 1955 – January 20, 2019

William Earl “Bill” Berry
September 16, 1929 – January 22, 2019

Deceased Clergy Spouses

Janice Wells Karlbom
Surviving Spouse of Rev. David O. Karlbom
September 11, 1937 – May 3, 2016

Nadine Hobby Willis Haywood
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Ralph Haywood
July 13, 1928 – December 30, 2016

Maxine Miller Raley
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Kennedy Raley
December 28, 1939 – April 29, 2018

Betty Jeanne Barlow
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Max E. Barlow
January 11, 1933 – July 21, 2018

Mildred Joiner
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Albert G. Joiner
April 14, 1923 – August 17, 2018

Betty Hagan Gilbert
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Emory Gilbert
January 13, 1929 – September 4, 2018

Karen Marie Toms Johnson
Spouse of Rev. Tom Johnson, Jr.
August 6, 1952 – September 13, 2018

Ruth Holland Glisson Sheppard
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Harold Sheppard
August 15, 1930 – October 18, 2018

Billie Joyce Cole Parrish
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Walter Guy Parrish
January 24, 1930 – November 24, 2018

Charlotte Smith Vickery
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Robert “Bob” Lee Vickery Jr.
October 13, 1934 – December 5, 2018

Carlton Rainge
Spouse of Rev. Marie S. Rainge
August 3, 1951 – January 6, 2019

Thomas Jere Cater
Spouse of Rev. Nancylee Cater
January 21, 1946 – January 10, 2019

Betty Swearingen Hurdle
Surviving Spouse of Rev. William Hurbert Hurdle
February 28, 1929 – February 19, 2019

Betty Ruth Sellers Freeman
Surviving Spouse of Rev. Ramus Guy Freeman
December 7, 1929 - March 6, 2019

The Conference Memoirs Committee along with the Conference Worship Committee helps plan and lead the Memorial Service. They also put together a Book of Remembrance that contains beautiful tributes to each of these faithful saints who have passed away in the past year and presents one to each family prior to the service.

Click here to view the 2019 Book of Remembrance.