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Rev. Paul Southwell Jones

October 6, 2017

The Rev. Paul Southwell Jones, 100, the longest-serving clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, died Oct. 6 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. His life was celebrated at Bethany UMC in Ellicott City, Oct. 9...

Rev. Kenneth S. Jones

September 29, 2017

The Rev. Kenneth S. Jones, a retired United Methodist pastor, former missionary to the Belgian Congo, a church journalist, district superintendent, and the Pastor Emeritus at Faith United Methodist Church, died peacefully on September 29, in the...

Rev. Diane L. Rainey

September 10, 2017

The Rev. Diane L. Rainey, 72, wife of the Rev. Joe S. Rainey, both Elders on extension, died Sept. 10, 2017, from cancer in the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Hospice Center in Arlington, Va. A Memorial service was held Oct. 7 at Bethesda United...

Rev. Mary Brown Oliver

September 5, 2017

The Rev. Mary Brown Oliver, a retired Elder, died Sept. 5, 2017. A Celebration of Life service was held Sept. 16 at National UMC (Metropolitan Memorial) in Washington, D.C., following viewings at Ebenezer UMC on Sept. 15 and preceding the...

Rev. William Calvin Miller

August 19, 2017

The Rev. William Calvin Miller, 83, a retired Elder, died Aug. 19, 2017. A funeral service was held at Hiss UMC on Aug. 23, with the Rev. Timothy Dowell officiating. Also participating was the Rev. Mark L. Smiley. Born March 3, 1934, he was one...

Ben Griffith

August 9, 2017

Ben Griffith, the husband of the late Rev. Jessie Griffith, 95, died Aug. 9, 2017. A Memorial Service was held Nov. 4 at Kindley Assisted Living at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. Ben H. Griffith Jr. was born on a homestead near Nera...

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