Obituaries

 Lytton G. “Glynn” Acree III, aged 92. The only child of Lytton Glynn Acree Jr. and Beatrice Oakes Acree, Mr. Lytton “Glynn” Acree, III was born and raised in Nashville, TN; after graduating high school, he moved with his parents to southern California and enrolled at Pepperdine. Upon reaching his eighteenth birthday, Glynn enlisted in the Navy and was accepted as a Naval Air Cadet. He completed his flight training as WWII was coming to an end. He returned home to Nashville to pursue his passion for the visual arts. Glynn met and married the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” Sargeant studying at The Harris School of Art. Glynn and Ginny had one child, their daughter, Karen. He took pride in his daughter, as well as his two grandchildren, Kelly Corbett and Craig McCoy, and three great-grandchildren, Virginia Corbett, James Corbett, and William Corbett. During his career, he worked in graphic design for Douglas Aircraft, Arnold Research Organization, and Lockheed, then in advertising for Citizens & Southern Bank. Glynn earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Georgia State University, subsequently serving on the staff of the art department. During his retirement, Glynn traveled widely and pursued his dream of sculpting and has sculptures in many places of the country, including Asbury Theological Seminary, Samford University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mercer University, and Georgia Southern University. Glynn was loved and respected by his family and many friends and associates. He will be missed, and never forgotten. 

Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Doan, MDiv ’82. Bob passed away on July 29, 2019, after a year-long battle with lymphoma, at age 64. Bob was born in Elkland, PA on March 15, 1955. Bob was a loving husband, dad and papa. He met the love of his life in college and they were married for 41 years. While at Roberts Wesleyan College he received a BA in religion and philosophy and graduated in 1977. He continued on to receive his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, class of 1982. Bob was an ordained minster and elder of the Free Methodist Church USA. He served as pastor of Gallatin Free Methodist Church in Gallatin, TN; Newark Free Methodist Church in Newark, NY and as the co-founding pastor of what is now Cross Creek Church in Palmyra, NY. Bob was an avid learner. He was an active member of the Genesee Valley Wood Carvers Association. He enjoyed leather crafts, fishing and all things in the great outdoors. He was often found hidden behind the camera as the unofficial family photographer. He was a collector of many things and had hobbies to spare. Above all, Bob had a servant’s heart and was always willing to lend a hand. He was a confidant for many; there to listen, ready to share his well-earned wisdom, and equipped with more trivia facts than one man should know. He is survived by his loving wife Bernadine; children Melissa Shufelt and James (Meagan) Doan; grandchildren Abby Shufelt and Gabe Shufelt; siblings, Robin (Angie) Doan, Tessa (John) Mundrick, Jeff (Gail) Doan, Brad (Darlene) Doan, Mona (Robert) Holland and Tommy (Marlene) Doan; and his mother Mary Jean Doan. Bob was predeceased by his father Leslie Doan.

Phyllis Fae Barrett Ward, aged 89, beloved wife of Phillip D. Ward and precious mother to Vicki (Al) Rice, Becki (Dan) Jewett, Timothy (Nancy) Ward, Wendy (Roger) Quisenberry, and James (Kimberly) Ward met her Saviour face-to-face on August 1, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Phyllis was born in Round Prairie, MN on August 6, 1929 to LeRoy Vernon Barrett and Pearl Margaret Holmen Barrett (both deceased). She was a sibling to Robert Barrett (deceased), Donna Mae Barrett Nunn, and James Barrett (deceased). Education was always important to Phyllis. She attended 1 st grade through 12 th in Grey Eagle, MN and attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College in St. Cloud, MN. On September 8, 1949 Phyllis married Phillip in Grey Eagle, MN in the Evangelical United Brethren church. They moved to Waukesha, WI where Phillip attended Carroll College. Upon graduation Phillip and Phyllis moved to Wilmore, Kentucky where she helped put him through Asbury Seminary. Phyllis faithfully followed Phillip but never walked behind him as she was always an integral part of his ministry career. This ministry partnership took them to the Free Methodist Churches in Barron, Steven’s Point, Richland Center and New Berlin, WI. They spent 8 years serving as conference superintendent in Woodstock, IL for the Illinois/Wisconsin conference. Their ministry took a directional change as they worked for denomination headquarters in Winona Lake, IN. After 4 years they felt and followed the call back into full-time ministry in Midwest City, OK and Fenton, MI before retiring to Greenville, IL.

In addition to her husband and children, Phyllis is survived by sister-in-law Connie Barret and by 18 grandchildren – Kami Rice, Erin (Jamie) Snapp, Whitney (Thomas) Dillard, Ryan (Wendy) Rice, Eric ( Carrie) Jewett, Chad ( Julie) Jewett, Malorie (Ryan) Tash, Bethany Ward, Dima Powell, Ivan Powell, Lance (Elisabeth) Ward, Jamie (Tyler) Connell, and Kevin Ward. She is also survived by 19 great grandchildren – Kira, Kaden, Karson, Sydney, Allyson, Breece, Bryce, Bryant, Wyatt, Sophia, Emmy, Maximus, Jack, Adriana, Isabella, Ben, Caleb, Julia and Elijah. She was preceded in death by Jacob and Wesley Marcarius.

Rev. Joseph R. Wilson, MDiv ’08, aged 70. On Saturday August, 10th, a good and faithful servant was called to rest with the Lord. Rev. Joseph Rodney Wilson, Sr. worked tirelessly to live according to Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths.” Rev. Wilson was born to Jordan David Wilson, Sr. and Maybelle Ferchaud Wilson  on August 1, 1949 in New Orleans, LA. Upon Maybelle’s death, Jordan remarried Louise Johnson Wilson and together raised Rev. Wilson with his brother Wesley Wilson (Jeanetta) and sister Harriet Wilson Mason (Donald) in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Together, Rev. Wilson and his family learned the value of hard work, education and family. Rev. Joseph Rodney Wilson, Sr. believed in education as an important path to self improvement and enlightenment. After attending St. Augustine High School, Rev. Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of New York. Rev. Wilson went on to study law at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, graduating with a Juris Doctorate. He continued his educational pursuits at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky with a Masters of Divinity. The value of hard work was a lesson Rev. Wilson taught his kids. While we know Rev. Joseph Rodney Wilson, Sr. as a beloved Pastor and Attorney, his life was spent working tirelessly to earn a living for his family. Early in life Rev. Wilson worked at a local can manufacturing company, as a night stock clerk at a local grocery store and waited on tables all while going to school. Eventually, Rev. Wilson joined the Xerox Corporation where he rose to become one of the few African Americans in management at that time. After proudly working with the company for 23 years , Rev. Joseph Wilson received his calling to the ministry, and continued to spread the Word of God until his end. Rev. Joseph Rodney Wilson, Sr. served the Louisiana and Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church. He was first assigned to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in New Orleans as an associate pastor, and was later asked to lead Trinity United Methodist Church in New Orleans, and St. James United Methodist Church in Hanville, LA. After Hurricane Katrina devastated his home and churches, Rev. Wilson relocated to Houston, TX, and was lovingly welcomed into the St. John’s United Methodist Church family. After serving as an assistant pastor, Rev. Wilson was then assigned to lead Wesley United Methodist Church. Wilson later retired from Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church. Although retired , Rev. Wilson pushed to continue to serve God by ministering to Coles Chapel United Methodist Church in Sealy, TX and Downey Wesley United Methodist Church in San Felipe, TX. Rev. Joseph Rodney Wilson, Sr. was affectionately given many nicknames and earned many titles. Know as “Teddy”, “Joe”, “Big Joe”, Attorney, Pastor, Reverend and “Preach”, no titles meant more to him than that of Husband, Father and Grandfather. Rev. Wilson is survived by Deborah McDonald Wilson, his loving wife of 49 years, and their 3 children Joseph Rodney Wilson, Jr., Justin David Wilson (Donja), and Jonathan Andrew Wilson (Erica). He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren Dawn, Jacob, Daphne and Caroline, and 2 granddogs Daisy and Stella. Preceding Rev. Wilson in death are his half brother Jordan David Wilson, Jr., and his step sister Sidney Mae Tillman. 


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