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With the Lord

As reported in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue.

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Betty Quarterman Lunceford

January 28, 1935–February 4, 2019

Betty was born in Savannah, Ga., and attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College. On August 17, 1957, she married George Alex Lunceford. For 48 years, Betty served alongside Alex in Alliance churches in Palatka, Fla. (1958–1960); Savannah, Ga. (1960–1963); Pensacola, Fla. (1964–1965); Rome, Ga. (1965–1976); Orlando, Fla. (1976–1981); and Warner Robins, Ga. (1986–2006). She also supported him in his work at Toccoa Falls College (1981–1986).

Betty led various ministries and trained leaders for the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship and other women’s activities. She had a heart for children and delighted in ministering to them. Betty also was a member of the musical group and had a lovely singing voice.

Betty is survived by her husband; children Lori, Lynne, Lisa, and George Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Sylvia G. Foss

September 30, 1918–May 8, 2019

Born in Plainview, Tex., Sylvia attended Denver Bible Institute (1937–1938) and Omaha Bible Institute (1938–1940). She married Norman (Norm) Foss on September 26, 1942. After Norm served in the South Pacific during World War II, they lived on his farm in Nebraska. Norm then enrolled in St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.).

The Fosses served C&MA pastorates in Nowthen, Minn. (1955–1961); and Glendive (1961–1966) and Missoula, Mont. (1966–1982). Among her varied ministries, Sylvia led vacation Bible school; taught Sunday school, piano lessons, and women’s Bible studies; and directed the choir. She also worked at the University of Montana, where she led a women’s Bible study, and ministered to Hmong refugees. After Norm’s death, Sylvia traveled to Asia three times to visit missionaries there. She then spent six years working alongside chaplains at the Montana State Prison.

Sylvia lived to the age of 100. She had a long prayer list and exchanged emails and letters with the missionaries for whom she prayed until her death.

Sylvia was predeceased by her husband and a grandson; she is survived by children Robert, Joy, Linda, Judy, and Lu Ann; 9 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

W. John Durkee

November 30, 1926–May 15, 2019

Coast Guard at age 17 and was a radio operator in Hawaii during World War II. On July 6, 1950, he married Ella Mae Hanson; the couple enjoyed 69 years of marriage. They attended Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.).

In 1959, the Durkees moved to Bremerton, Wash., to pastor Erlands Point Bible Chapel. Under John’s leadership, the congregation grew to what is now Chico Alliance Church. Using all volunteer labor, John oversaw the construction of the new church facility.

During their remaining years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in Renton, Calif. (1959–1971); and Chilliwack (1980–1983) and Richmond, BC, Canada (1983–1993), where John again supervised the building of new churches. John semi-retired after 34 years of full-time service and held interim pastorates in Thorne Bay, Alaska; Seattle, Wash.; and elsewhere.

John is survived by his wife; sons Bruce, Kenny, and David; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren; he was predeceased by son Steven and grandson Joshua.

Linda L. (Boyd) Frankenberry

February 3, 1941–May 15, 2019

Linda was born in Lima, Ohio. She attended Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met Walter; they married June 16, 1962, after Walter’s graduation.

During more than 51 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and Pennsylvania. Linda loved people of all ages. She enjoyed working with children and youth, teaching women’s Bible classes, mentoring younger women, directing musical programs, evangelism, and hospitality ministry. She did all of this and more while facing many serious health challenges throughout her life.

Linda is survived by her husband; sons Todd and Robert; and many nieces and nephews.

Rev. Jack Waite

August 1, 1926–June 9, 2019

Jack was the son of Earl Charles and Clara Bell Waite. A U.S. Army veteran, he achieved the rank of corporal, serving during World War II as an airplane and engine mechanic and instructor. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the WWII Victory Ribbon, and a Good Conduct Medal. Later, Jack received a degree in missions from St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On December 25, 1946, he married Shirley Marie Fuoss.

During his 38 years of C&MA ministry, Jack served in a variety of roles. He was an interim pastor in Bloomfield, Mont. (1949), and a pastor in Cumberland, Md. (1950–1954). Later, he and Shirley served as missionaries to Borneo and Sumbawa, Indonesia (1954–1968). Upon returning stateside, Jack served as pastor in Cresson (1970–1976) and Coalport, Pa. (1976–1988). After retirement, he did pulpit supply at various churches, including two years in Karthaus, Pa. Jack was a lifetime member of the Alliance Church of Fuoss Mills, Pa., where he served faithfully and was the missions coordinator and an elder.

Jack was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by sons David and Daniel; and 3 grandchildren.

William (Bill) C. Payne

April 26, 1925–June 15, 2019

Born in Painted Post, N.Y., Bill attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.) in preparation for the pastorate. On September 6, 1946, he married Marian Bennett, whom he had met at Nyack.

During 48 years of C&MA ministry, Bill served churches in Sidney and Newark, N.Y.; North Caldwell, N.J.; Buffalo, N.Y; Erie, Pa.; Wellsville, N.Y.; and Seaford, Del. He was also an evangelist and a guest speaker at innumerable camps, revival meetings, and special events, including introducing Elizabeth Dole at an international church conference.

Bill ministered for two more years in Addison, N.Y., and then retired to Shell Point (Ft. Myers, Fla.), where he served the Lord in various capacities. After Marian died, Bill married Phyllis Olmstead of Lake City, Fla., in 1998. He will be remembered as a “people person” who spent much time in the Word and intercessory prayer.

Bill was predeceased by his first wife; he is survived by his second wife; children Darleen, Colleen, William, and Thomas; 2 stepdaughters; 1 stepson; 12 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

James (Jim) V. Hedger

July 20, 1922–June 17, 2019

Jim grew up in Eastport, Long Island, and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). On August 26, 1947, he married Ginny; they celebrated their 71st anniversary last year. An ordained minister with the Northeastern District for more than 35 years, Jim served C&MA churches in Downsville (1949–1954), Port Washington (1954–1957), Medina (1957–1963), Saratoga Springs (1963–1973), and Franklinville, N.Y. (1973–1987). After retiring, he pastored an independent church in Center Moriches, N.Y. (1989–1999).

Jim was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by son Tim; daughter Sue; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Kevin Patrick McGraw

December 26, 1966–July 6, 2019

Kevin was born in Detroit, Mich. On July 30, 1988, he married Heidi Hubert. Having worked in residential construction since he was 15, Kevin heard God’s call to ministry at the age of 36. He enrolled in Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), later becoming a reverend.

During his years of faithful C&MA ministry, Kevin served as a youth pastor at New Prague (Minn.) Alliance Church (2006–2008) and was an associate pastor (2008–2010) and senior pastor (2010–2014) at Hamlet Union Church, Neb. While serving at Hamlet full time, he planted and pastored Wallace Community Church. The congregations were an hour’s drive apart, so Kevin would preach at 8 a.m. in Wallace and then return to Hamlet to preach at 10:30 a.m.

In 2014 Kevin and Heidi returned to Minnesota, where Kevin started his own residential construction company. This allowed him to continue his dual passion for construction and ministry as he mentored those God brought into his life through his craft.

Kevin is survived his wife; children Katey, Jack, and Tom; and 4 grandchildren.

Richard R. Korns

July 3, 1933–July 22, 2019

Richard was born in Hartwick, Iowa, and raised on the family farm. In 1956, he enlisted in the army, serving in Germany as a language translator. After returning home to work the farm, Richard came to faith in Christ and heard God’s call to ministry. He received his BA in Bible and theology from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On August 27, 1965, Richard married Lois M. Wenzel.

During his 33 years of ministry, Richard pastored C&MA churches in Manville, Wyo. (1965–1971); and Onamia, Minn. (1971–1977). He also pastored the Lance Creek (Wyo.) Covenant Church (1965–1971) and Evangelical Mennonite Brethren churches in Lustre, Mont. (1977–1990); and Mountain Lake, Minn. (1990–1988).

Richard and Lois also took missions trips to West Africa, Greece, and several U.S. sites. They loved to travel, having visited every state in the union and nearly all Canadian provinces.

Richard is survived by his wife; sons Joel, Nathan, and David; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Marilyn (Hearn) Miller

October 4, 1939–September 2, 2019

Born in Monroe, Ga., Marilyn was devoted to Christ from early childhood and dreamed of becoming a missionary despite having fragile health. She received a BA from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where she met David, her husband of 57 years, himself the son of missionaries. They married in 1962 and began ministry to the Quechua and Auca Indians, indigenous people near Teña, Ecuador.

During their 40 years as C&MA missionaries, the Millers served in Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Marilyn enjoyed telling harrowing stories of living in the jungle and encountering one hardship after another—difficulties for which she could never have truly been prepared. After retirement, the Millers moved to Rome to be near their son Michael and his family.

Marilyn is survived by her husband; sons John and Michael; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren; she was predeceased by her infant children David and Julieta.

Elaine Renee Barman

July 4, 1982–September 9, 2019

Elaine was born in Norwalk, Ohio, and received her bachelor’s degree from Ashland (Ohio) University. On March 20, 2004, she married Kurt Barman, currently the pastor of Harvest Alliance Church in Minden, Iowa. The couple had met while Elaine was working as a lifeguard at Valley Beach in Norwalk.

Elaine had a lifelong passion for serving her community. After working for the Norwalk Rec Center, she was employed by the Huron County Health Department for 10 years as a health educator and an emergency planner. During this time, Elaine implemented the county health assessment and improvement plan, hoping to help alleviate the community’s health concerns. When the Barmans moved to Iowa in 2017, she turned her focus to homeschooling her four children and tutoring in the Classical Conversations Community in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

As Elaine partnered in ministry with her husband, her faith was an inspiration to all who knew her. She had a contagious laugh and a positive attitude through any trial. After a courageous battle with cancer, she died at the age of 37 surrounded by her family.

Elaine is survived by her husband; and children Noah, Micah, Aliyah, and Beckah.

William Forrest Mangham

September 9, 1928–September 13, 2019

Forrest was born in Asheville, N.C. When he was 11 years old, his father became pastor of the Miami (Fla.) Gospel Tabernacle, where young Forrest met his future wife, Mary Alice Liebmann. They married in the Gospel Tabernacle in June 1949.

Forrest received his bachelor of theology from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). During 43 years of ministry, he pastored churches in Hialeah, Fla.; Columbus, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington, N.C.; and Kissimmee, Fla. Forrest served on the Lake Swan Camp Board and the Southeastern District’s Ordaining Committee.

Mary Alice died in 1992 after a battle with cancer. In June 1993, Forrest married Faye Weaver. He retired from ministry in 1994 but remained active in the Community Church at Good Samaritan Retirement Community in Kissimmee, serving as music director. He had a lifelong passion for missions and prayed faithfully for missionaries. Under Forrest’s ministry, several young people were called to full-time service, including his son, Bill, who was a C&MA missionary in Latin America for 25 years.

Forrest was predeceased by his first and second wives; he is survived by children Mary, Bill, Alice, and Donna; 7 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and step-children David, Debbie, and Carol; and their children and grandchildren.

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