RECENT LOSSES IN THE CHURCH FAMILY

Blessed are those who die in the Lord. 

Frederick Franklin Watkins, 91, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Arrangements will be posted on the Member News page when they are available. Fred and his wife Joanne came to Idlewild in 2005, after moving from Knoxville. Recent, they have not been able to attend church regularly. Fred both a deacon and an ordained elder of the church. Please remember Joanne, their daughter, Sheryl Holbrook, and all their loved ones in prayer.

Arthur Stanford, 93, died August 30, 2018. Memorial services were held Monday, September 3 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Ripley, Mississippi. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Please remember his family in prayer. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.

Jean Langhart James, 92, died August 20, 2018. Jean had been a member since 1977. She loved music. When she became unable to attend church, she still liked to receive the Sunday bulletins so she could follow worship services. She is survived by her daughter, E.J. Baird, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Please remember them in prayer.

Henry W. Jones Jr., 88, died August 19, 2018. Henry grew up in our church and was confirmed at age 11. He was an ordained elder and a trustee emeritus, and throughout his life had served in many ministry areas. He was also a member of Covenanters Sunday school class. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three children, Hank Jones, Caroline Winters, and Dot Hammons; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Please remember all his loved ones in prayer. 

Lee Brown, 47, died Friday, July 13, 2018. Lee has been an active church member since 2007. He was especially involved with More Than A Meal. Please remember all his friends and loved ones in prayer.

Shirley Seagle Prothro, 94, died June 11, 2018. Arrangements will be posted on the Member News page when they are finalized. Shirley had been a faithful member since 1983, although she had not been able to attend church in recent years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women Lydia Circle for many years. She is survived by her niece, Shirley Turner, and her nephew, Bill Pritchard. Please remember them in prayer.

Julie Worth Sprunt, 94, died June 10, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, at Idlewild, with a reception to follow. Julie had been a faithful church member since 1954. She was presented with a Presbyterian Women Lifetime Membership in 1992 and was still involved with the Trezevant Circle. She is survived by cherished nieces and nephews and many friends. Please remember them in prayer. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.

Louise Cunningham, 72, died Saturday, June 2, 2018.  A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Idlewild. Louise joined the church in 1982. She is survived by her husband, Jerry, and a son, Chad (Sophie). Please remember her loved ones in prayer. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.

June McCormick, 90, died Sunday, May 27, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. A faithful member since 1954, June was active in the Presbyterian Women Trezevant Circle. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Wood (Malcolm), Anne Covington (Stansill), and Jane McHann (Phillip), seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many loved ones. Please remember her family in prayer. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.

Shirley Wilkes McRae, 84, died peacefully May 18, 2018, after an extended illness. Memorial services were held May 25 at Memorial Park. Shirley joined the church in 2004. She had been a member of the Faith and Function class and previously served as a Peacemakers convener. Shirley was a professor emerita at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, where she taught for 25 years. She was one of the leading writers of children’s music in the country, and we have often used her music in worship. She is survived by her two children, Teresa and Stephen. Please remember them in prayer. Blessed are those who die in the name of the Lord.  (Shirley McRae obituary)

Carol Anne Davis, 80, died February 14, 2018. The family had a private graveside service. Other arrangements will be posted as they become available. Anne came to Idlewild from Whitehaven Presbyterian Church in 2005. Please remember her loved ones in prayer.

Elsie Yeates, 97, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Idlewild. A reception will follow. In her many years at Idlewild, Elsie served as an elder, Monday morning flower deliverer, Adopt-A-School tutor, member of Clean Water Committee, and more. In 1999, she was presented with a Presbyterian Women Lifetime Membership for her involvement and dedication, and she was still active in the Trezevant PW circle. Her husband, Zeno, died in 2005. She is survived by her three children, Ames, Arthur and Laura; her grandchildren, Dana Atyia, Lanier Yeates, Dean Atyia, Zeno Yeates, Harvey Fulton, Peter Fulton, and Winnie Yeates; and many more friends and loved ones. 

Lewis "Lewie" R. Donelson III died Thursday, January 4, 2018. He was 100 years of age. Lewie grew up in the church was a faithful servant of God his entire life. He was a ruling elder, a deacon, a church trustee emeriti, a dedicated volunteer, and a beloved Sunday School teacher of the LeMaster Class, which met for more than 50 years.  Lewie was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jan. He is survived by his children Lewis IV, Janice and Loring, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Please remember all his family and friends in prayer.  (You can read more about Lewie’s life at Baker Donelson.)

 


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