With the Lord

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue.


Ila Deloris (Reynolds) Sunda

February 29, 1936–August 31, 2015

Rev. James (Jim) Sunda

September 14, 1929–December 10, 2016

Born in Lillian, Ala., Jim attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College. In 1955 he married Deloris Reynolds, who was born in Pensacola, Fla., and also attended Toccoa Falls College.

In 1957, after Jim started the C&MA church in Marietta, Ga., the couple departed for Dutch New Guinea (now Papua, Indonesia) as Alliance missionaries. For 39 years they served among the Dani people in the Baliem Valley.

Jim influenced countless lives not only by bringing God’s Word to the natives of Papua but also by providing hope for better living through education, medicine, and agriculture. After retiring from the mission field, Jim served for 20 years in Lilburn (Ga.) Alliance Church, where he was involved in deliverance ministries, counseling, ministry to seniors, visitation, teaching, training, and mentoring.

Deloris’ many achievements included developing a primer to teach thousands of people to read and write, learning nursing via ham radio, and translating the New Testament into one of the Dani dialects.

Jim and Deloris are survived by daughters Margie, Joy, and Susan; son Doug; and 7 grandchildren.

Rev. Eldon Woodcock, PhD

May 12, 1930–January 28, 2016

Born in Washington, D.C., Eldon received his PhD from Duke University (Durham, N.C.) and his ThM from Dallas (Tex.) Theological Seminary. On December 19, 1959, he married Elizabeth Ferrell.

Eldon served on the faculty of Nyack (N.Y.) College for 42 years. He was a full-time Bible professor (1970–2000) and then an adjunct professor (2000–2012), during which time he taught primarily in the Adult Degree Completion Program. Eldon especially enjoyed the interaction with his students and interchange with his colleagues.

Eldon also published more than 100 articles, most in the Alliance Witness (now Alliance Life), and authored two books: Proverbs: A Topical Approach and Hell: An Exhaustive Look at a Burning Issue. He spent 57 years of his life immersed in God’s Word—learning, studying, teaching, and writing.

Eldon is survived by his wife; son Michael; daughter Ruth; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Patricia Lyons Fraser

April 14, 1940–June 25, 2016

Born in Union City, Pa., Patricia spent most of her childhood in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Fla. She received an elementary education degree from Bryan College (Dayton, Tenn.). On April 14, 1972, Patricia married Rev. David A. Fraser.

During more than 40 years of C&MA ministry, Patricia served alongside David in churches in Raleigh (1968–1969) and Burlington, N.C. (1973–1977); Watsontown, Pa. (1977–1978); and Roanoke, Va. (1978–2012). She also was an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, having taught at Seabrook Elementary School in South Jersey; Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Asheville, N.C.; Columbia (S.C.) Christian School; and Roanoke (Va.) Valley Christian School.

Patricia taught young children not only how to read and write but also how to love God and serve Him. She had a heart for missions and introduced her students to world evangelism and the opportunity to tell others about Jesus. In 1995, Patricia and David traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to visit missionaries.

Patricia is survived by her husband; sister; two nephews; and numerous cousins.

Betty Esther (Golla) Dyke

October 26, 1923–June 28, 2016

Betty was born in Easton, Pa., and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On September 7, 1946, she married C. Herbert Dyke. They served in a small C&MA church in the coal-mining area of Scranton, Pa., before departing for India, where they ministered for 40 years.

Betty also served alongside her husband while he was the shepherding pastor of Bethel Bible Fellowship Church (Emmaus, Pa.). She was active in prayer and Bible-study groups.

Betty was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by son Bruce; daughters Nancy, Elaine, and Joyce; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Anne E. Johnston

February 16, 1929–June 28, 2016

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Anne received Christ at an early age and attended a C&MA church while growing up. She received a degree in missions from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and did follow-up studies at UCLA.

Anne’s career included a combination of public service and 35 years with the C&MA. She was on staff at the Missionary Training Institute/Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College) from 1953–1960 and worked at Town and Country Manor, an Alliance retirement community in Santa Ana, Calif. (1975–1997). She also worked with the Atlanta State Department (1948–1953) and in public relations at Fuller Graduate School in Pasadena, Calif. (1968–1975).

Anne is survived by her niece Becky and nephew Bill.

Rev. Keith McKenzie

April 17, 1932–July 16, 2016

Born in Quebec, Canada, Keith emigrated to the United States in 1961 and worked as a journeyman pressman at Lane Press, Inc., in Burlington, Vt. In 1964, he married Amelia Jane Dunfee.

In 1975, Keith answered God’s call to become a gospel minister and enrolled in Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where he received a BA in Bible and theology. During more than 30 years of ministry, Keith served C&MA churches in New London (1982–1992) and Ashtabula/North Kingsville, Ohio (1992–2002). He also was pastor emeritus of Rock Springs Baptist Church (Hartwell, Ga.) and an honorary elder of Crosspointe Alliance Church (Charlotte, N.C.).

Keith is survived by his wife; daughters Rebecca, Jennifer, and Heather; son Keith; and 12 grandchildren.

Rev. Donald (Don) J. Jacobson

June 30, 1924–July 25, 2016

Born in Williamsport, Pa., Don was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he met Sylvia McNemar; they married June 11, 1949. Don received his MA from Spaulding University (Louisville, Ky.).

During 56 years of ministry, Don pastored C&MA churches in Lebanon, N.H. (1951–1953); Zanesville, Ohio (1953–1963); Louisville, Ky. (1963–1974); Dayton (1974–1979), Swanton (1979–1985), and Toledo, Ohio (1985–1991); and Lockport, N.Y. (2000–2007). Don also ministered with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (1991–1998).

Don served on the License and Ordination Committee (now the Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Council) for the Central, West Central, and Great Lakes Districts (1974–1991). He was the West Central District’s Christian education director for 10 years, served on the District Executive Committee, and was the Beulah Beach Camp (Vermilion, Ohio) Christian education chairman and served on the camp’s Executive Committee for many years. In 2014, the Jacobsons moved to Chapel Pointe (Carlisle, Pa.), where Don continued to minister to those around him.

Don was predeceased by his wife and his daughter Linda; he is survived by daughter Janice; son David; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Rev. Melvin (Mel) C. Allison

June 11, 1930–August 14, 2016

Born in New Brighton, Pa., Mel attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain’s assistant (1948–1952). On December 31, 1952, he married Janet L. Healy.

During 36 years of C&MA ministry, Mel served C&MA churches in New Wilmington (1958–1961), Bedford (1961–1966), Conway (1966–1969), Gove City (1972–1978), and Union City, Pa. (1978–1983); Manassas, Va. (1983–1990); Danville, East Pa. (1990–1993); and Midland, Pa., where he was an interim pastor (1993–1994). He also was involved in evangelistic ministries in New Brighton, Pa. (1969–1972), and had a weekly radio broadcast in Conway and in Grove City.

Mel is survived by his wife; sons Mark, Paul, and John; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Roberta L. (Hilliard) Hoover

August 15, 1934–September 9, 2016

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Roberta received a BA in Christian education from Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.). On August 6, 1955, she married Rev. Ian R. Hoover.

During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Roberta was a pastor’s wife in Wamic (1957–1959), Wolf Creek (1959–1964), and Albany, Ore. (1964–1967); Renton, Wash. (1967–1971); Des Moines (1971–1972) and Newton, Iowa (1972–1979); Longview, Tex. (1979–1985); and Council Bluffs (1985–1988) and Blairsburg, Iowa (1989–1997). She also served alongside Ian while he was a member of the District Executive Committee and the Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Council and supported him in his role as a fire- and police-department chaplain.

Roberta is survived by her husband; sons Michael, Jeffrey, and Gary; daughter Jennifer; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Rev. Thomas W. Sizer

October 12, 1927–September 12, 2016

Thomas studied engineering for two years at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio). He then served in the U.S. Navy (1945–1947) before attending Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.), where he received his BA and MDiv. On August 18, 1950, he married Jean Gorsuch.

Thomas served for seven years at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church and for 30 years at Calvary Alliance Church, both in Cincinnati. After retirement, he preached many weekends and served interim pastorates in Regina, Ky. (1993–1994); Huntsville (1995–1996) and Oneonta, Ala. (1996–1997); Nicholasville, Ky. (2003–2004); and Lebanon, Ohio (2005–2006).

Thomas is survived by his wife; daughters Connie and Joy; son Thomas; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Rev. Robert (Bob) C. Lindsey

March 23, 1935–October 27, 2016

Born in Irvona, Pa., Bob received a BS in theology from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College), where he met Jeanne Seib. They married in 1959 in Erie, Pa.

During 37 years of C&MA ministry, Bob pastored churches in Port Crane (1961–1972), Geneva (1972–1985), Dewittville (1985–1992), and Olean, N.Y. (1992–1998). After his retirement, he served as an interim and guest pastor, taught Sunday school, and led Bible studies. Bob also ministered as a summer resident at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center (Rome, N.Y.).

Bob is survived by his wife; sons Jerry and David; and 2 grandchildren.

Gladys Minnie Persons

April 24, 1925–October 31, 2016

Minnie was born in Toronto, Ont., Canada. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she met Wayne Persons.
The couple departed for Shanghai in May 1948 and settled near the West China/Tibetan border before being evacuated to Hong Kong in 1949. They were reappointed to Thailand in 1950 and then to Vientiane, Laos, in 1965. Minnie and Wayne worked primarily with the Hmong tribe and occasionally lived in Samthong during the height of the war. They evacuated from Laos in 1975 and returned to Loei, Thailand, where they ministered to Hmong and Lao refugees until 1992, when they retired in Carlisle, Pa.

Minnie was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Bonnie, Joy, Marjie, and Debbie; son Larry; Nalee Phuphanphet, a Thai member of the family; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

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