In Memoriam: 2 March 2018

The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who recently went home to be with the Lord. Notices were received 26 February - 2 March 2018.

Lawrence Adams, 95, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, passed away 17 February. He was a retired minister, serving in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis Adams, in 2010.

Norman Bloom, 93, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, passed away 22 February. He was a retired minister, educator, and district superintendent, serving in Kansas, Nebraska, and Illinois and leading the Minnesota District. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bloom, in 1987. He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Barbara Bloom, in 2007.

Maurice Bratcher, 91, of Avon, Indiana, passed away 21 February. He was a retired minister and evangelist, serving in Indiana. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Bratcher, in 2013.

Kathryn (Speck) Cochran, 90, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away 23 February. She was preceded in death by her husband, retired minister Dunn Cochran, who served in Florida, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Georgia. Dunn Cochran passed away in 2016.

G. Jayasingh, 53, of Nambiyur, India, passed away 23 January. He was the pastor of Nambiyur Shalom Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife, S. Saral Shanthakumari.

Richard Lashley, 81, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away 19 February. He was a retired minister, serving in Michigan, Arizona, Oregon, and Montana. He is survived by his wife, Janey Lashley.

Alice (Witherspoon) Mitchell, 90, of Batesburg, South Carolina, passed away 25 February. She was preceded in death by her husband, retired minister Talmage Mitchell Jr., who served in South Carolina. Talmage Mitchell Jr. passed in 2014.

W. Peter O'Brien, 78, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, passed away 28 February. He was a retired minister, serving in Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba. He is survived by his wife, Linda O'Brien. 

Verdean Owens, 89, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away 24 February. He was a retired minister, serving in Indiana and Ohio. He is survived by his wife, retired evangelist Marjorie Owens, who served in Kansas, Ohio, and Indiana.

Luis Rios, 98, of El Paso, Texas, passed away 26 February. He was a retired minister, serving in Mexico and Texas. He is survived by his wife, Fortunata Rios.

Bobby Taylor, 77, of South Shore, Kentucky, passed away 26 February. He was a retired minister and evangelist, serving in Kentucky and Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Taylor.

For previous editions of In Memoriam, see the "Passings" section by clicking here.

Note: Please join us in prayer for the families who have lost loved ones. Click on names for full stories, funeral information, local online obituaries, and/or guest books (if available). To submit an entry of a minister or church leader, send to news@nazarene.org.

--Compiled by NCN News

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