In Memoriam

The entire Hood community joins together in prayer for and offers sincere condolences to the family and friends of:

Dr. Herb Rhedrick's mother-in-law

Mrs. Laura S. Lattimore, stepmother of President Vergel L. Lattimore, who passed away January 15, 2024 in Charlotte, NC.

Alum Rev. Frances Elizabeth Williams of Maryland, passed away on September 6, 2023.
Tammy Wheeler and her family: Her cousin, Reggie Stover who has been on the prayer list passed away Wednesday night, April 26th. Also continue to pray for her father, Mr James C. Stover, who is in Hospice and her aunt.

Andrea Purcel and Her family: Her brother, Edward (Eddie) Douglas Bowens, passed away on April 15, 2023, after a brief illness. See the obituary HERE.

Ward Family as they deal with the estate of Virgil's grandmother who passed away in December.

la Rivers and her family at the death of her aunt, Julie McNeil. The funeral is at Awendaw in South Carolina.

Marviene Johnson and her family at the recent murder of her cousin in Salisbury, NC.

Cathy Jones Johnson and her family: Her father (Mr. Clarence C. Johnson) passed away suddenly on January 24, 2023, in Virginia.

Mark McRacken and his family: His father, Jim McRacken, passed away on November 19th and a celebration of life service will be on January 14, 2023.
Dr. Reginald Boyd (Director, Recruiting, Admissions, and Alumni Engagement) and his family: Dr. Boyd's sister passed away in December 2022.
Mr. Willie Watts, Maintenance Director and family: Mr. Watts' sister passed away in December 2022.
Angela Davis-Baxter (Director Of Financial Aid & Associate Director of Human
Resources) and her family at the passing of her mother, Ms. Flonnie M. Davis on
Saturday, November 5th, 2022. Her homegoing service was on Wednesday, November
10th, in Rock Hill, SC.
The Williams Family on the recent passing of Dr. Rona William's (Program
Coordinator, The Congregational Faith and Learning Center (TCFLC)) uncle, Dr.
Emmanuel Williams.
William Grant and his family: His aunt, Joyce Greene, passed away after having blood
clots and William will be traveling to Jacksonville the week of Thanksgiving to do the eulogy
on November 26th.
Adrienne Stokes and her family: Adrienne's dad, Eddie Lee Cooper, died Saturday night,
November 12, after battling cancer and dementia. They will have a graveside service in
Waycross, GA on Saturday, November 19th.

The Hart Family and the Hood Family: Mr. Thomas Hart, Assistant Chief of Security, passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2022.

Lattimore family: the father of President Vergel L. Lattimore III, Mr. Vergel Lattimore, passed away on October 14th, 2022.

Alum Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster, Sr., M.Div'15, DMin'18, Cert. in Christian Ministry'01 passed away on September 29, 2022.
Marviene Johnson and her Family: Her mother, Annis Sullivan went home to be with the Lord.
The Watts and Bennet Families: Shirley Bennet, (sister of Mr. Willie Watts, HTS Director of Facility) passed away on September 5th.
Mr Willie Watts and His family: His twin nephew and niece, 7 years old, died in a car accident. This is in heels of his sister's death, Shirley Bennet, who died on September 5th.
Virgil Ward and his family: His wife's aunt, Rev Patricia Thorpe of Oxford, passed away recently and her funeral is on Saturday, September 24th.
Hooper and Long Families: Della McKesson (Sister-in-law of Willia Long, Jr) passed away.
The Wrighten Family and St. Mark UMC, St George, SC: Rev. William Wrighten, Hood alumnus, MDiv'15, passed away suddenly on September 3. He was Adrienne Stokes's pastor.
Ms. Mary Theresa Dukes, mother of Chief James E. Milton passed away Sunday, September 25, 2022.
Hood Alum, MDiv'77, Rev. Charles W. Anderson Jr.. passed away on September 26, 2022.
Hood Alum George Melvin Coates, M.Div.'11 passed away. His wife Phyllis, and his son George Marcel also graduated from Hood.
Hood Alum Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, M.Div.'98 has passed away:
The HTS family extends sincere condolences and continual prayers to MAC degree student, Vanessa Holloway Lane, in the passing of her brother, Lonnie Holloway, in mid-May and her husband, Ronnie Lane, who died in a tragic motorcycle accident two weeks later on May 29.
Simms Family and Tammy Wheeler's congregations at the passing of Sara Simms, a member of Tammy's congregation
Derrick Scurry and his family at the unexpected death of his 25-year-old nephew.
Alum Rev. Harold Jordan, who received a Certificate in Christian Ministry in 2003, passed away on May 13, 2022.
Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Presiding Prelate of the South Atlantic Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church.

Coker Stewart and his family at the passing of his cousin, Raymond Coker, in New Jersey.

Simms Family and Tammy Wheeler's congregations at the passing of Sara Simms, a member of Tammy's congregation.

Sharon Robinson and her family at the death of the father of her children, Roger Caruthers, April 22, 2022

Tjay Wharton (Linda Harrington Wharton's son) whose fiancé died and pray also for her parents Dr. and Mrs. White.

Derrick Scurry and his family at the unexpected death of his 25-year-old nephew.

Marviene Johnson and her family at the death of her cousin on March 22 and of the daughter of her close childhood (mother of 5 children, ranging in age 5-19) and her mother who has been given less than 30 days to live due to cancer.

Rev. Thomas Eugene Conder, Jr., M.Div'05, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022.

The Foundation Church Family (Raphael Gadson's congregation) mourning the death of a member.

Rev. David McClean at the passing of his brother Dr. Michael McClean, DMin'08

Yvette Turner, Rev. Kimberly Clarke Turner's sister-in-law who passed away on February 3, 2022.

Coker Stewart and his family at the passing of his last and oldest brother, Leroy Stewart, February 6, 2022 in Reston, Virginia.

Brown and Reid Families whose 26 year old family member just died (Church members of Tammy Wheeler).

James Hayes' mother, Mrs. Tiny Hayes, died on December 6, 2021, succumbing to injuries from a car accident.

Russell Alexander (Hood alumnus) and his family, his son, Omari Alexander who was a Lenoir-Rhyne football player was killed in Hickory.

Dr. Albert J.D. Aymer, President Emeritus of Hood Theological Seminary, passed away on November 5, 2021. You can also read an article about Dr. Aymer from the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference HERE.

Michele Shadden's mother, Lillie Griffin Johnson passed away on October 23 and her celebration of life was October 30th.

Robin Allen's (Debra Pickens' co-worker) 16-year old recently passed away.

Patrick Tate's grandmother recently passed away.

Brenda Bulger Walker (DMIN student) and her family for her beloved mother, Elvira Bernice Bulger, who died on November 16 in Detroit, Michigan.

Hood student Mark McRacken and family at the passing of his mother Sandra F. McRacken.

The passing of Joy R. Powell Lattimore, wife of Hood President Vergel Lattimore on October 21st.

Tyquan Alston and family at the death of his stepfather in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday, October 20th.

Nancy Stanback, a supporter of Hood, passed away July 29, 2021.

Sherman Warner passed away August 1, 2021.

Hood student and Resident Director Rev. Derrick R. Nichols passed away June 23, 2021.

Hood Alum D.Min'17 Dr. Charles Allen passed away July 2, 2021.

Hood Alum M.Div.'11 Rosa Keeler Slavik passed away July 7. 2021.

Joan Parker Haynes passed away on May 31, 2021.

Edna Coleman passed away on May 31, 2021. Mrs. Coleman served as the Fiscal Office Assistant at Hood to Dr. Regina Dancy.

The passing of Ms. Sarah Lee Vermong, sister of F.A.C.T. member, Dr. Yvonne Tracey.

total of 55 years working at Livingstone and Hood. She retired as Director of Auxiliary
Services at the seminary in 2019.

The passing of alum Karen Lucas. While a staff member at Hood, she taught both
music classes and New Testament Greek.

Please remember Dr. Mbuwayesango and her family in your prayers as her sister-in-law,
Noleen passed away on April 27, 2021. Pray for her brother Bothwell, her
nephew Tatenda, and niece Shingie who is alone in Canada. Please pray for the
Mbuwayesango and Munyandu Families.

Former Hood student Raeford Leon Trotter Jr. passed away on April 24, 2021.

M.Div.'15 Hood Alum Rev. Janet Garner-Mullins' husband, Chuckey Mullins, passed

Student Annette Hoskins-Sattefield's sister, Cynthia Hailey, passed away after a brief

Mia and Marissa Powell (Monique Banks' daughters) lost their grandmother, Ethel
Powell, recently.

Bishop Michael Frencher's mother Ruth or Rutha Mae has passed away.

We are saddened to inform you of the following F.A.C.T. Family deaths:

Mr. Gordon Patterson, Sr., brother-in-law of Rev. Hezekiah Lawson. Mr. Patterson passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Ms. Leah Brown, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Leamon & Beatrice Brown. Ms. Brown passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Dr. James David Armstrong passed away January 12, 2021. He is the former Editor of the A.M.E. Zion Quarterly Review. As loyal supporters of HTS, He and his wife established an annual award that is given at Commencement.

Atilla Molenar (Whitney's brother-in-law) and his mother, Eva, at the death of his father and her husband, respectively.

James Hayes and his family at the death of his father, Thomas Hayes, on January 2, 2021

The father of James Hayes, who passed away on January 2, 2021

Ronald Ivey (DMin student) and his family at the passing of his mother, Sis Mary Lillian Ivey.

The passing of the mother-in-law of Cindy Stafford, current student and SGA Vice-President

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-4