Obituaries

 
Lawrence “Larry” W. Hodge, aged 75, of Conklin, went to be with the lord on September 29, 2019. He is predeceased by his parents Merle and Alice Hodge. Larry grew up in Ames, NY. He graduated from Houghton College and attended Asbury Theological Seminary from ’67-’70 . He was a long-time radio engineer for many local radio stations around Broome County, NY. He was the pastor of numerous local churches. He was the Conklin Youth Commissioner for several years. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Patsy Hodge; his children Thomas Hodge, Timothy (Kelly) Hodge, Deborah Hodge; 3 grandchildren Linda Hodge, Collin Hodge, Morgan Hodge; family friend Marylee Whittling; lifelong friend Dale Smith ; godson John Whittling.
 
Mr. James Richard “Rick”  Roberts III, MDiv ’00, aged 72, of Johns Creek, GA passed away on October 23, 2019. Rick grew up in Atlanta, GA, attended Southwest High School and was a proud Eagle Scout. He graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970 with Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management. Later in life, he also received a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rick was an active member of the National Ski Patrol for nearly 50 years and was very involved in the Georgia Tech community. He was most proud of his work related to international missions, as well as his three grandchildren. Rick is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Calhoun Roberts, and is survived by his son, Richard Roberts; his daughter-in-law, Lindsay Roberts; and his three grandchildren, Kathryn Grace, Luke Thomas and Noah James. 
 
Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Scott, aged 96, was born on June 21, 1923, in Raywick, Kentucky, to parents Josie and Ivy Scott. She grew up on a farm in Kentucky where she attended a one-room school house, carried there by a pony which she rode behind her older brother in any kind of weather, hot or cold. She graduated from Lebanon High School and went to Bowling Green College in the fall of 1940. With a two-year certificate she could teach school and she did that while living at home and walking to work (two miles) each day. She saved her money to finish a college degree and found that by moving to Louisville she could work in the DuPont Chemical Lab and earn “big” money compared to her teaching career. In just 18 months she saved enough money to go back to school. Kathy felt called to the field of Christian education. Because women were not being hired by churches in those years, she majored in home economics, but later attended Asbury Seminary working on a master’s degree in Christian education. After 1949 she worked in seven different churches as director of Christian education in Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Nebraska. In 1971, Kathy moved to Missoula with her friend Mickie Clayton and Mickie’s children. She worked at various jobs while serving as a volunteer director of Christian education at First United Methodist Church from 1971-2000. Kathy was very active in United Methodist Women at both First Church and Grace United Methodist Church. All who knew her loved her and her devotion to God and her Christian Faith. She was a part of a prayer group that met on Monday nights for 39 years and her life was always devoted to acts of Christian service. Love was the lead word for Kathy’s life, and gratitude was a close second and she lived her life of gratitude and love right up to her death on Sept. 9. She was living at the BeeHive Homes and at the time of her death her Palliative Care Team was present with her. We are most grateful to the St. Patrick Hospice and Palliative Care Workers who gave her company and care the last several weeks of her life. We also appreciate BeeHive Homes and the staff at House 2 for their helpfulness and friendliness to Kathy while she lived there. Kathy is survived by family in Kentucky: a niece, Ann Lewis Tharp and nephew, William Scott, their adult children and grandchildren. The family supported her with letters, phone calls and love — a fact she was happy to relate when visited here locally by her friends from her church and the community.
 
Joel R. Taylor, MDiv ’86, aged 66, went into the arms of the Lord he loved, Monday, October 21, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Born in Searsmont, Maine,  November 26, 1952, the son of Richard and Dorothy Brolin Taylor, he had resided his early life in Vietnam, and returned to the states and graduated from high school in Springville, New York. Joel was a graduate of Canadian Bible College in 1977, and received his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1986. He did his Doctoral work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Joel was a missionary his entire life. For the past 20 years, Joel poured his heart into ministry on the Island of Cuba. If he couldn’t be in Cuba, then he was talking about Cuba. He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife Jo-Anne Kopetz Taylor of Canisteo, his daughters Lindy (Luke) Campbell of Washington, DC, Kara Taylor of Canisteo, one son, Ian (Nina Petteys) Taylor of Brockport, his sisters Lois (Wayne) Henry of East Concord, NY, and Esther (Jerry) Kirk of Wellsville,  and his brother Kenneth (Marcell) Taylor of Hamburg, New York, as well as one grandson, Owen Campbell, and nieces and nephews. 

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