In Memoriam: December 9, 2016

The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who recently went home to be with the Lord. Notices were received December 5-9, 2016.

Judith Dixon, 57, of Bethany, Oklahoma, passed away December 5. She was an associate pastor, serving at Bethany, Oklahoma, First Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her husband, Robert Dixon. 

Joseph Jordan, 75, of Newark, Ohio, passed away December 3. He was a retired minister and evangelist, serving in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Janice Jordan. 

Ora Murphy, 95, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, passed away December 8. She was the widow of retired minister Sidney Murphy, who served in South Carolina and North Carolina. Sidney Murphy passed away in 2010. 

Charles Roat, 97, of Havana, Illinois, passed away December 5. He was a lifelong member of Havana Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a Board of Trustee member, Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, and song leader.

Don Sanders, 86, of Belton, Missouri, passed away December 8. He was a chaplain, serving on the Kansas City District. He is survived by his wife, Helen Sanders. 

Steven Stone, 51, of Brasstown, North Carolina, passed away December 5. He was a pastor, serving at Hayesville, North Carolina, Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife, minister Janice Stone, who serves at Hayesville, North Carolina, Church of the Nazarene. He previously served in California, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. (story)

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

--Compiled by NCN News

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