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Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Shipley

The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Shipley, went to be with his Lord on April 1, 2020 at the age of 80.  Anthony was a Retired Elder of the Michigan Conference who served first in the New York Conference before transferring to the Michigan Conference where he served as a Program Director; Detroit West District Superintendent; Detroit: Scott… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Shipley

Rev. Phylemon D. Titus

The Reverend Phylemon DePriest Titus, Retired (Dec. 31, 2002) Elder of the Michigan Conference, made a peaceful transition to his home on high on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:04 a.m. in Waycross, GA. with his wife (Rev. Linda Slaughter-Titus, Waycross) and daughter (Iyana Titus-Richards, NY, NY).   Although ‘Tite’ was ordained in the Texas… Continue Reading Rev. Phylemon D. Titus

Rev. A. Ray Grienke

Rev. A. Ray Grienke A. Ray Grienke, 82, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Ray was born on August 10, 1937, in Alta, Iowa, to Florence and Alfred Grienke. He graduated from Alta High School in 1956. After working several jobs in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Indiana, Ray… Continue Reading Rev. A. Ray Grienke

Jerry W. Daniel 

Jerry Wayne Daniel of Wayland, Michigan, died at his home on February 4, 2020 after a brief and difficult struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Jerry was the husband of Rev. Reva Hawke Daniel, a Retired Elder of the Michigan Conference who last served at Hopkins/South Monterey before retiring in 2005.  Jerry was born July 9, 1938… Continue Reading Jerry W. Daniel 

Rev. John L. Andrews

Rev. John Leon Andrews died peacefully at his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 20, 2020. He was born February 3, 1929, in Superior, Wisconsin, to the late John and Julia (Pedersen) Andrews. He was 90 years old.   After graduating from Superior Central High School, Superior, Wisconsin, Leon went on to study at… Continue Reading Rev. John L. Andrews

Merna I. Francis

Merna I. Francis, formerly of Comstock Township, died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2020 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. Merna was born in Cairo, IA on August 22, 1933 to Royce and Ruby (Main) Partington. She was a graduate of Wapello High School and attended Iowa State Teachers’ College. Merna met Aden Francis while working as a… Continue Reading Merna I. Francis

Rev. Dr. Richard C. Cheatham

Rev. Dr. Richard C. Cheatham Reverend Dr. Richard C. (“Dick”) Cheatham of San Antonio, Texas passed away November 30, 2019 at age 89. He was a multitalented man loved by many and missed by all. Born May 24, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, he lived an abundant life filled with his faith, family and friends. He… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Richard C. Cheatham

Rev. Alfred T. Bamsey

Rev. Alfred T. Bamsey Rev. Alfred T. Bamsey, retired clergy member of the former Detroit Conference, died in the early morning of November 26, 2019. He served for 39 years before his retirement in 2000.  His appointments included Grosse Pointe (Associate), Detroit: Bethany, Troy: First, Detroit West District Superintendent, Conference Program Director and Ann Arbor: First. … Continue Reading Rev. Alfred T. Bamsey

Rev. Ron L. Keller

Rev. Ron L. Keller Rev. Ron L. Keller, age 83, of Flint Township, died Monday, November 25, 2019 at McLaren-Flint.  He joins a loving God and the Lord Jesus Christ.   Ron L Keller was born March 14, 1936, to Orin Wellington & Verlah Charlotte (Evers) Keller on a farm near Morenci, MI, the 4th of 5… Continue Reading Rev. Ron L. Keller

Rev. Theron E. Bailey

Rev. Theron E. Bailey We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Theron E. Bailey, retired Michigan Conference clergy, who died on November 17, 2019 at the age of 91.    Theron began his work with the Michigan Conference in 1955 at Kewadin. He then went on to serve at Union City, Ogdensburg/Wesley Foundation, Hart/Mears, Wyoming… Continue Reading Rev. Theron E. Bailey

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