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Rev. Lillie W. Gray – Jan. 3, 2016
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The Rev. Lillie W. Gray, a retired pastor, died Jan. 3, surrounded by her husband and family. A Celebration of Life was held at Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County in Owings. District Superintendent, the Rev. Evan Young, gave the eulogy. Other clergy who participated were the Revs. Roberta...

Rev. Milton Walter Benny Jr. - January 2, 2016
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Rev. Milton Walter Benny Jr., 84, died Jan. 2, 2016, at his home in Mercersburg, Pa. He was a retired Associate Member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. The Rev. W. David Kent officiated at a memorial service that was held Jan. 6, 2016. Born March 10, 1931, in Baltimore, he was a son...

Rev. Edward E. Heydt – Dec. 4, 2015
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Rev. Edward E. Heydt, 75, a retired Elder, died Dec. 4, 2015. The Rev. Norman Obenshain officiated at a funeral service Dec. 30 at Havre de Grace UMC. Edward Emanuel Heydt was born in 1940 in Reading, Penn., to the late Edward Samuel Heydt and Bernetha Mae Ditzler Heydt. Heydt graduated from...

Marlene King – November 30, 2015
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Marlene King, 55, the wife of the Rev. Eric King, pastor of St. Matthews-New Life UMC in Baltimore, died from breast cancer Nov. 30, 2015. Her memorial service was held Dec. 4 at Mt. Zion UMC in Highland with the Rev. Joan Carter Rimbach officiating. The eulogy was given by the Rev. Mark R...

Mary Catherine Fry - Nov. 12, 2015
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Mary Catherine Fry was born in Adamstown to the late Lawrence and Mary Fry Aug. 31, 1925. She graduated from Frederick High School in June 1942 and continued her education at Frederick Visitation Academy Business School. She completed additional college courses at Charles County Community...

Rev. Dr. Robert Zimmerli – November 5, 2015
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The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Zimmerli, 90, a retired Baltimore-Washington Conference pastor who served as a district superintendent, died Nov. 5, 2015. A Celebration of Life was held Nov. 12, at First UMC in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where he had lived since 1996. He was born August 29...

Frances B. Allis - November 2, 2015
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Frances B. Allis, 97, widow of the late Rev. Gloyd Allis, died Nov. 2, 2015, at her residence in Anderson, Illinois. A Memorial service was held Nov.10 at New Horizons UMC in Anderson with the Revs. Gina Kirkland and Doris Winford officiating. Frances Buckingham was born March 13, 1918, in...

Ralph H. Morgan – Oct. 30, 2015
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Ralph H. Morgan, 81, husband of the Rev. Dr. Laura Lee C Morgan, retired Elder, died Oct. 30, 2015.  A service celebrating his life was held Nov. 3 at the 200-year-old Gettysburg (Pa.) UMC with his pastor, the Rev. Jay Zimmerman, and his brother-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Joel W. Cocklin...