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Category: Obituaries

Well Known Church Leader Sybel Thomas Dies In Chicago

Sybel A. Thomas, a well-known lay leader and former president of the National Convocation, died June 7, at her home in Chicago. A memorial service has been set for Friday, June 24, at Park Manor Christian Church in Chicago. The service will start at 6:30 pm with a wake preceding it at 5:30pm. Thomas was […]

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Posted on June 15, 2011
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Ian McCrae, leader who served the Church for decades, dies in Missouri

The Rev. Ian J. McCrae – church leader, social activist and committed family man – died in Belton, Missouri on May 12.  He was 87 years old. A native of Toronto, Canada, McCrae dedicated his life to promoting economic and social justice, primarily through 28 years of service with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  […]

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Posted on May 18, 2011
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Former missionary who helped start DJAN has died

A former missionary to the Philippines, who along with her husband co-founded Disciples Justice Action Network, (DJAN) has died. May Sweet Lord, 84, passed away Feb. 5 in Chicago. Lord was a teacher in the Philippines and the founding pastor for the Koinonia Congregation at Disciples-affiliated Northern Christian College in the Philippines. Lord also taught […]

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Posted on February 24, 2011
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Funeral services set for Darla S. "Suzi" Cummins

A well-known Disciple whose positive spirit and warm manner encouraged countless friends and young people has died. Darla Su "Suzi" Cummins passed away on Jan 17 at the age of 75 in Swanton, Md. She was the wife of Duane Cummins, former president of the Division of Higher Education (now HELM) and president emeritus of […]

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Posted on January 27, 2011
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Former Disciples vice moderator, professor Kenneth Henry dies

Former Disciples vice moderator, minister and seminary professor Kenneth Earl Henry has died. Henry, 77, of Decatur, Ga., passed away Oct. 28. He was a founding member of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur and was a professor at Interdenominational Theological Seminary, retiring in 2003. He was the first African-American to serve as first […]

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Posted on November 11, 2010
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Former Disciples missionary to Congo, Richard Dodson, dies

Former Disciples missionary James Richard "Dick" Dodson, 85, has died. Dodson, who served as a missionary in Africa, died Sept. 21 in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife, Joy, served in the Congo for 11 years. Richard Dodson was the founding dean of the Congo Protestant University’s theological seminary in Lubumbashi. He also was […]

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Posted on October 14, 2010
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Disciples pastor who advocated for justice and equality has died

James L. Demus III, a Disciples pastor and a long time advocate for justice and equal rights, died Sept. 23. Funeral services for Demus, 57, pastor of Park Manor Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Chicago, Il., were held on Monday, Sept. 27. In his biography, it was noted that Demus, "reached out beyond the […]

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Posted on September 30, 2010
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Disciples church leader to be memorialized for life's work

A memorial service will take place this weekend for a Disciple whose work led to the creation of the Christian Church Foundation (CCF). Spencer P. Austin, who died in April at the age of 100, will be honored on Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. during a gathering at Downey Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) […]

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Posted on September 11, 2010
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Legendary basketball coach and Disciple John Wooden dies

Disciple and legendary college basketball Coach John Wooden recently died at the age of 99. Wooden was born into a Dutch-Irish family in 1910 in Hall, Ind. He attended Disciples churches in Indiana and later in Los Angeles, Calif. He died June 4 in Los Angeles. From 1964-’75, Wooden’s University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) […]

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Posted on July 8, 2010
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Former president of Historical Society, James Seale, dies

James M. Seale, president emeritus of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, has died. Seale, a native of Middleboro, Ky., died June 27 in Hopkinsville, Ky. He was 79. Seal was ordained at Pond Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Madison County, Ky., in 1951. He served on numerous boards across the life of the […]

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