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Published Date: April 2, 2020

Pastor Richard C. Chambers, MDiv ’56, aged 92, a resident of the nursing center of Homewood at Williamsport, MD and formerly of Greencastle, PA went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Homewood. Born April 6, 1927 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late Lorenzo H. and Nellie C. (Shatzer) Chambers. He married his wife Marian E. (Hardman) Chambers on April 29, 1948. She died on March 1, 2015. Pastor Chambers ministered in the Methodist church for 40 years including those in Kentucky, Virginia, Martinsburg WV, Hagerstown, MD and Waldorf, MD. He attended the Grace Bible Church of Greencastle. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who not only loved his family, but his Lord and Savior. Richard was a graduate of Greenville College, Greenville, IL. in 1954 and Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY in 1956. He was a US Army veteran of World War II. Surviving family are two sons, Mark Chambers of Bunker Hill, WV, Paul Chambers of Marion, VA; three daughters, Connie Anderson of Canal Fulton, OH, Cynthia House and Cathy Staggs both of Greencastle, PA, one brother, William Chambers of Cumberland, MD; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pastor Michael DanielsPastor Michael Lindberg Daniels, MDiv, aged 68, of Fairmont Road, Arnettsville passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 17, 1951 in Buckhannon, WV a son of Charles Lindberg Daniels of Flemington and the late Mary Louise Loudin Daniels. Michael obtained his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and pastored with the United Methodist Church in the West Virginia Conference where he touched the lived of many for over forty years. He was currently serving the local United Methodist Church charge consisting of Arnettsville, Snyder Temple, Laurel Point, and Lynch Chapel. Pastor Michael was an avid student and teacher of the Bible and everyone who heard him mentioned that he was an excellent speaker. He was also an automotive hobbyist, who loved to maintain and repair cars. In addition to his father, Michael is survived by his wife: Priscilla Walker Locke Daniels, one son: Aaron Michael Daniels of Pittsburgh, two daughters: Rachel Daniels Lantz and husband Bill of Terra Alta, and Alexis Mary Daniels of Arnettsville, two sisters: Jane Daniels Sine and Susan Daniels Bailey both of Fairmont and three grandchildren: Kraven Lantz, Raina Lantz, and Alayna Lantz all of Terra Alta.

Stephen Howard Gifford, aged 60, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020. Steve was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, mentor and friend to many. His life was a living testimony to the redeeming power of God’s love and grace. Steve was a passionate basketball player, fan and coach throughout his life. After graduating from Asbury University and Asbury Seminary he was the minister of Somers Point United Methodist Church in Somers Point, New Jersey for 7 years and of Lamberts Chapel United Methodist Church in Lancaster Kentucky for 8 years. He also was a beloved teacher at Lexington Christian Academy for nineteen years. Steve was preceded in death by his son Peter. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Gifford, his son, Tommy Gifford, his daughter, Maria (Logan) Shaftner, his grandson, Domenick, his parents, Howard and Sandy Gifford, his brothers, David and Danny and his sister, Sue.

Mark Alan HewittRev. Mark Alan Hewitt, MDiv ’73, aged 81, of West Liberty, West Virginia, passed from this life on March 15, 2020, at his home with his beloved wife at his side. Born in 1939 in Fairmont, West Virginia, Mark was the son of the late Thomas and Frankie Hewitt. He is survived by his loving wife, Velma Hewitt, Stepchildren Margie Harris and husband Tim, Beverly Browing, and Jim Taggart, along with 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mark is also survived by his children and their spouses: Betsy and Rusty Batson, of Fairmont, West Virginia, Evan and Kristie Hewitt, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Laurie and Joe White, of Berea, Kentucky, Joanna and Michael Ross of Columbia, South Carolina, and Michael Hewitt, of Palmetto, Florida, and the mother of his children, Mary Jane Winter. Mark also leaves many grandchildren from his Fairmont family: Anna Knight, Monica Lee, Dean Batson, Lauren Batson, Emma Batson, Sloan Hewitt, Sophie Hewitt, Cooper White, Ainsley White, Elan White, Benjamin Ross, Audrey Ross, Elizabeth Ross, Molly Ross, and Liam Hewitt. Two of Mark’s siblings and their spouses also survive him: Jeannie Lee and George Keiter, of Xenia, Ohio, and Thomas and Sandy Hewitt, of Fairmont, West Virginia. In 1970, Mark followed his call to ministry, and graduated with a Master’s in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1973, after which he was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church. Clay Lick United Methodist Church in Clay Lick, Kentucky, was the location of Mark’s first pastorate. He then served as minister of the Short Creek and West Liberty Federated Churches in West Liberty, West Virginia and First United Methodist Church in Huntington, West Virginia. In 1979, Mark also helped to establish Bible Fellowship Church in Fairmont, and subsequently served as its pastor for ten years. Most recently, Mark pastored the Christian Faith Fellowship Church of West Liberty, where he was much beloved by the congregation, many of whom faithfully visited and assisted Mark and his wife during his illness.

Pastor Christopher Ron Rhodes, aged 50, entered Jesus’ presence on March 28, 2020, at Select Specialty Care Hospital, Erie, Pa., after suffering complications from the flu on Feb. 8, 2020. He fought the good fight but took his last breath surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 24, 1969 in Corry, Pa., a son of the late Ronald H. Rhodes and Rev. Jacqueline Rhodes of Clymer, NY. Christopher loved the Lord and was pastor of Fentonville United Methodist Church for the past 15 years. He loved and cherished his church family. He also worked for Home Depot in Erie, Pa., and Lakewood, N.Y., for 20 years as an expeditor. He was awarded Expeditor of the Year in 2014. He was a member of Stephen Ministries. Chris was also a big sports fan. He was a very loyal Dallas Cowboys fan for 45 years. He was a founding member of the Clymer Rotisserie Fantasy Baseball leagues for 36 years, the longest running fantasy leagues in the country. He enjoyed going to the movies, eating at restaurants, watching sporting events and taking trips to Gettysburg and Disney World. He enjoyed celebrating family reunions with his uncles, aunts and cousins. One of his greatest loves was helping raise Lilyanna Hamm and being her father figure. He also loved playing games and spending time with his nephews and nieces. He enjoyed growing up in North Clymer, a close knit community in the country, living on the family dairy farm and spending time with his brothers and friends camping, fishing and playing wiffleball. Christopher graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was a four year player on the Rolling Scots football team. He was currently working on his ordination through Asbury Theological Seminary. He was a graduate of Clymer Central School and loved his class of 1988. He was a member of the National Honor Society, chorus and marching band. He was also a manager for the Pirates football team for 4 years. Despite being born with physical challenges, Christopher did not let that inhibit his living. Matthew 25:21 exemplifies the completeness of his life. “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Christopher is survived by his former wife and caregiver, Susan Rhodes of Clymer, N.Y.; her daughter and his beloved Lilyanna Hamm; his mother, the Rev. Jacqueline Rhodes of Clymer, N.Y.; brothers: Mark (Rosetta) Rhodes of Corry, Pa., Gregory (Sharon) Rhodes of Chelsea, Mich., and Corey Rhodes of Clymer, N.Y.; nephews: Jason Rhodes, Daniel Rhodes, Mark (Megan) Rhodes II, Scott (Danielle) Rhodes and Jacob Rhodes; nieces: Jennifer Rhodes and Jo-Linda (Tanner) Propheter; and great-nephew: Lukas (Mark and Megan) Rhodes; and several uncles, aunts and cousins. Christopher was preceded into Glory by his grandparents: the Rev. Alvin and Edna Rhodes, Walter and Mildred DeShazer and Hugh Damon; father, Ronald H. Rhodes; Uncle Troy & Aunt Patty Chase, Uncle Donald Eschleman, Uncle Dick Poorman and Uncle Bill Craday; cousin, Billy Klingensmith, cousin, Darin Eshleman; college friends, John Snyder and Jeff Garlington’ and high school friend, Matthew Hull.

Josie A. Summers, Masters of Religious Education, Aged 86,  of Brookhaven, MS, passed from this life on Thursday, February 20, 2020, in Ooltewah TN. She was born in Baker, Louisiana on December 17, 1933 to Eldred Day and Dessie King Day. She attended LSU and went on to Asbury Seminary for a Masters of Religious Education. Josie attended the Methodist Protestant Church and served as a missionary, teaching in an Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM and also for 5 years in what is now Belize, Central America. Josie came to Brookhaven to teach at Whitworth College. She met M.L. Summers and they married in 1967, then they made their home in the Mt. Moriah Community. Preceding her in death was her parents, Eldred and Dessie Day. Josie is survived by her sister, Marlene Day Renfroe of Brandon, MS; her stepchildren, Janet Summers Bentley and Larry of Princeton, TX and Randy Summers and Kathy of Harrison TN; grandchildren, Andrew Bentley and wife Sarah, William Bentley, Ruth Bentley and Elizabeth Bentley of TX, Katie Rickard and husband Phinehas, and Zachary Summers of TN. She also leaves behind a loving extended family and friends.

Charles G. Turkington ObituaryRev. Dr. Charles Garvey Turkington, Bachelors of Divinity and honorary Doctorate of Divinity, aged 91, died on March 6, 2020 in Wilmore, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, William David and Emily Garvey Turkington, his sisters, Wilmetta Abel and Betty Jensen, and a grandson, David Garvey Turkington. Born on March 5, 1929, Charles was raised in Wilmore in the homeplace of his mother and grandfather, O. C. Garvey. He was baptized and called into the ministry at the Wilmore Methodist Church. He received Bachelor of Divinity and honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rev. Turkington ministered for 43 years in the Kentucky Annual Conference as pastor of Wesley Chapel, Winchester Trinity, Russell First, Versailles, Winchester First, and Ashland First United Methodist Churches; and as Superintendent of the Lexington and Covington Districts. His dynamic preaching and love for people touched many lives. He served as a trustee and chairman of the Board of Asbury Theological Seminary, on the board of the Foundation for Evangelism, as a delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, and as a member of the World Methodist Council. Rev. Turkington served on the General Board of Publications for the denomination and also wrote Adult Sunday School lessons. After retiring to Lake Junaluska, NC with Mary K., he was the Chaplain of the Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, President of the Friends of the World Methodist Museum, served as a Lake Junaluska Trustee, and as President of the Junaluska Associates. Charles has been followed into ordained ministry by a daughter and two granddaughters. He is deeply loved and survived by his wife; four children, Cynthia Ewing (Jack), Mary Beth Blinn (Bob), William Turkington (Kim) and Timothy Turkington (Shelley); eight grandchildren, Sara, Christopher, Elizabeth, Anna, Daniel, Isaac, Emily, and Samuel; and eight great-grandchildren, Gloria, Rachel, Lydia, Kathryn, Caleb, Micah, Charles, June, and Calder. 

Rev. Logan Dean Whalen, MDiv ’61, aged 84, of Coulmbia, SC departed his earthly life on Monday, March 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on September 26, 1935, in Cynthiana, KY to Logan M. and Hazel Wright Whalen.  Rev. Whalen was a 1956 graduate of Asbury College and a 1961 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary.  He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1963 and served five years in the United Methodist Kentucky Conference and thirty-nine years in the United Methodist Florida Conference.  He always preferred to serve in smaller churches.  In Kentucky he served in churches in Danville, Stone, Martin and Maytown.  The churches in Florida he served were in Sarasota, Reddick, Tampa, Pinetta, Cherry Lake, Greenville, Bunnell, Leisure City, Redland, Cross City, Greensboro, Boynton Beach, Canal Point, Shady Hills and Mayo.  With the many years of service to the church, Rev. Whalen was well traveled, having visited 49 U.S. states and 21 foreign countries. He was a proud Kentucky Colonel, an avid fisherman and sportsman, strong believer in the importance of community, dedicated member of Rotary International having attained the distinction of being named a Paul Harris Fellow, was recognized as a Florida Master Gardener, a hunter safety instructor and a huge advocate of education and travel. His favorite scriptures were Psalm 23 and Isaiah 40:31 and his favorite hymns were What A Friend We Have In Jesus, To God Be The Glory and Victory In Jesus. Left to mourn his passing are his wife; Shirley Reynolds Whalen, a daughter; Autum Whalen (Tom) Singleton of Miramar, FL, three sons; Logan E. (Sandra) Whalen of Norman, OK, John (Rebecca) Whalen of Columbia, SC and Ralph (JoAnn) Whalen of  Columbia, SC, 12 grandchildren; Logan R., Jonathan, Katherine, Breck, Shannon, Robert, Ryan, Kyle, Rachel, Wesley, JeanLuc and Yvette and one great-granddaughter; Lily.

Obituary of Roy Wesley Wolfe Sr.Roy Wesley Wolfe Sr., aged 84, of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at Princeton Medical Center. There will be a graveside service Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. at New Prospect Cemetery. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Roy was born at Saucier, Mississippi, on March 28, 1935, in a Methodist parsonage. He went to Jackson Central High in Jackson, Mississippi, Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi., Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He pastored in Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina and Alabama. The last service that he conducted was March 8, 2020, and he loved his church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Jimmie Hillman Wolfe; and his brother, Hillman Wolfe. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lillian Jackson Wolfe; son, Roy Wesley Wolfe Jr.; and granddaughters, Mary Ann Wolfe and Haley Wolfe.

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