In Memoriam: March 4, 2016

The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who recently went home to be with the Lord. Notices were received February 29 - March 4, 2016.

Theresa (Snodgrass) Branch, 78, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, passed away March 2. She was the widow of ordained elder George Branch, who passed away in 1983. 

Hugh Bright Jr., 93, of Bethany, Oklahoma, passed away February 25. He was a retired minister, serving in Kansas and Missouri. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores (James) Bright, in 1995. 

L. Irene Conkling, 84, of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away February 27. She was the widow of retired minister William Conkling, who served in Iowa and Nebraska. William Conkling passed away in 1998.

Audrey Cross, 73, of Darby, Montana, passed away February 26. She was the wife of retired minister Melvin Cross, who served in New York. 

John Hickman, 77, of Cabot, Arkansas, passed away February 29. He was a retired minister, serving in Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri. He is survived by his wife, E. Lynn Hickman. 

Oscar Lopez, 52, of Maplewood, Minnesota, passed away December 3, 2015. He was a minister, serving at Manantial de Vida Eterna Iglesia del Nazareno in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Sonia Lopez, who also pastors the Manantial de Vida Eterna church.

Wendell Raney, 79, of Russellville, Indiana, passed away March 1. He was a retired minister, serving in Indiana. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Raney, in 2008.

I. Yvonne Saville, 86, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away February 26. She was a retired evangelist, serving in Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Saville, in 2003.

Norma (Stegner) Smith, 87, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away February 28. She was the widow of retired minister Samuel Smith, who served in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Samuel Smith passed away in 2014.

Carol (Finney) Sparks, 77, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away February 29. She was the widow of retired minister Carlos Sparks, who served in Tennessee, Ohio, and Texas. Carlos Sparks passed away in 2003.

Willodean (Goggans) Woods, 80, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away February 20. She was the widow of retired minister Charles Wood, who served in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida. Charles Wood passed away in 1989.

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

Note: Please join with 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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