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Rev. Leon C. Kess, Jr.

December 22, 2017

The Rev. Leon C. Kess, Jr., 88, a retired Elder, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, the anniversary of his father’s death.  A Celebration of Life service was held Dec. 30 at Queens Chapel UMC in Beltsville with Drs. Gregory and Delila Parham...

Rev. Colin Phillips

December 1, 2017

The Rev. Colin Phillips, 70, a retired Elder, died Dec. 1, 2017 after a 15-month battle with cancer. A memorial service was held Dec. 9 at St. Paul UMC in New Windsor. Colin Anthony Phillips was born June 13, 1947, in Cleveleys, England, the son...

Rev. Martin L. McKenney

November 10, 2017

The Rev. Martin L. McKenney, 84, a retired Elder, who served as superintendent of the Annapolis District from 1992 to 1994, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, after years of illness. A memorial service was held Nov. 20, at St. Paul UMC in Oxon Hill...

Rev. William “Bill” Thomas Miller

October 31, 2017

The Rev. William “Bill” Thomas Miller, 89, a retired Elder, died Oct. 31, 2017. He was a resident of Columbia. A funeral service was held Nov. 6 at Linden-Linthicum UMC with the Rev. Gayle Annis-Forder officiating. The Rev. Donald...

Arianne Hadley Lowell

October 28, 2017

Arianne Hadley Lowell, 87, the wife of the late Rev. C. Stanley Lowell and after his death for 13 years the Rev. Merrill Drennan, (d. 2000), died Oct. 28, 2017, in Kettering, Ohio. A memorial service was held Nov. 18 at Chevy Chase UMC with the...

Phoebe “Betty” Sparks

October 28, 2017

Phoebe “Betty” Sparks, wife of the Rev. Hayden L. Sparks, died Oct. 28, 2017.  A Memorial Service was held at Fredericktowne Baptist Church in Walkersville Nov. 4. Betty Brubaker Sparks was born Jan 3, 1931, in Altoona...

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