With the Lord


With the Lord

As reported in the Jul/Aug 2021 issue.


Jeannine Mae (Crocker) Gordon

July 26, 1941–June 27, 2020

Jeannine was born in Wing River Township, Minn., and married Dennis Gordon on August 5, 1961. Dennis and Jeannine served in the C&MA for 42 years in several locations.

A devoted pastor’s wife, Jeannine taught Sunday school, played piano, led Bible studies, baked, and prepared church bulletins. She loved people and made a substantial difference in many lives. Jeannine enjoyed being a para-educator in public schools and loved her time working at Wadena Tri-County Health Care.

Jeannine is survived by her husband; daughters Denise, Michelle, and Jolene; son Matthew; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Royal Bence (Bud) Smythe

August 27, 1934–July 31, 2020

Bud was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent his early years in Middle River, Md. He received a BA in biblical studies from Houghton (N.Y.) College and earned his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston, Mass.). In 1959, Bud married Muriel Cunningham.

During 59 years of ministry, Bud pastored churches in Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey. He was the first pastor of Alliance Bible Fellowship (Boone, N.C.) and was on staff with Samaritan’s Purse for 20 years. Bud also preached overseas on short-term missions trips, providing vital support to international churches and their leaders. He was known for his ability to clearly teach the Scriptures and was passionate about leading everyone within his circle of influence to become authentic followers of Christ.

Bud is survived by his wife; children Laurel, Royal, Daniel, and Joel; 22 grandchildren; and 16
great grandchildren.

Marion B. Howe

April 16, 1927–September 15, 2020

Born in Norway, Maine, Marion attended Nyack (N.Y.) College and Boston (Mass.) University, pursuing additional studies at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.). She was the featured oratorio soloist in many performances throughout the greater metro New York area, including Carnegie Hall.

Marion taught at Nyack for 58 years—one of the longest tenures in its history. She also developed the Carols and Candlelight Service, Handbell Choir, Women’s Chorus, Introduction to Music and Fine Arts, and the Artist Lecture Series. She received an honorary doctorate from Nyack for her years of faithful service, was granted Professor of Music Emeritus status, and was a Member Emeritus of the Alumni Board. Marion was also a board member of the Norway Historical Society and a leading contributor to its revitalization and programming development.

Marion is survived by nieces and nephews Sandra, Rodney, Jonathan, Joline, April, RI, and Alton; grandnieces and grandnephews; sister-in-law Donna Rice Howe; and special friend Anita Hamilton.

Bobby E. Phillips

September 23, 1934–January 30, 2021

Born in Columbus County, N.C., Bobby attended Appalachian State University (1952–1954) and received a BA from Columbia (S.C.) Bible College (1954–1957). On May 30, 1961, he married Mary Ruth Ball.

During 36 years of C&MA ministry, Bobby served churches in Whiteville (1965–1988), Benson/Angier (1988–1997), and Lumberton, N.C. (1998–2003), and was on his district’s Licensing and Ordination Committee for some time. He also founded and served as principal of the Christian school at the Missionary Alliance Church in Whiteville, N.C. (1977–1986); the school has grown and is still functioning today. In addition, he was co-director, a board member, and a speaker at Ambassador Camp, a Christian camp for children in Lake Waccamaw, N.C.

Bobby is survived by his wife; daughters Joanna and Amy; and 2 grandchildren.

Daniel H. Chisholm

November 5, 1940–February 1, 2021

Daniel was born in Daytona Beach, Fla. On August 18, 1959, he married Myrle Taylor. Daniel attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College (1965–1970), where he received a BS in Bible and theology.

During 31 years of C&MA ministry, Daniel served churches in Indialantic, Fla. (1970–1971); Asheboro, N.C. (1973–1975); Huntsville, Ala. (1975–1976); Hazlehurst, Ga. (1982–1989); Lexington (1989–1999) and Carolina Beach, N.C. (1999–2000); and West Middlesex, Pa. (2000–2009).

Daniel is survived by his wife; son Tad; daughters Cyndie and Dawn; 6 grandchildren; and 12
great grandchildren.

George Alexander (Alex) Lunceford Sr.

April 10, 1935–February 4, 2021

Born in Crawfordville, Ga., Alex attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) Institute (now Toccoa Falls College), graduating in 1957. On August 17, 1957, in Augusta, Ga., he married Betty Delanie Quarterman.

After graduation, the couple moved to Savanah, Ga., where God led them to First Alliance Church. The pastor, R. Mills Grey, was instrumental in influencing them to investigate serving with the C&MA. During 48 years of C&MA ministry, Alex was a pastor in Palatka, Fla.; Rome, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Toccoa and Warner Robins, Ga. After serving for 20 years at the Warner Robins Alliance Church, he retired in 2006.

While pastoring, Alex also worked in radio at WLAQ (Rome, Ga.), WAJL (Orlando, Fla.), WRAF (Toccoa, Ga.), and WCOP (Warner Robins, Ga.), both on-air and as operations director, and was a radio instructor at Toccoa Falls College. Betty served alongside him and was involved in Alliance Women, music, and children’s ministries.

Alex was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by children Lori, Lynne, Lisa, and Alex Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great grandsons.

Charlotte Ruth Powell

January 30, 1926–February 15, 2021

Charlotte was born in Wise, Va., and grew up in Lynch, Ky. On February 15, 1947, she married Garfield Gaston Powell, who worked in the coal mines of Alabama and Utah. In March 1951, the couple accepted Christ and felt called to ministry. Garfield enrolled in Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.).

Upon his graduation, the couple served churches in Vallejo, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Garrison and Tuscaloosa, Minn.; and St. Croix Falls, Wis. Garfield was also superintendent of the C&MA’s Northwest and Southern Districts and filled pulpits in many states. Charlotte faithfully supported him in ministry.

Charlotte was predeceased by her husband; she
is survived by son James; 3 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Lois E. Gantz

October 24, 1932–February 26, 2021

Lois was born in Duluth, Minn. She received a degree in missions from Northwestern College (Minneapolis, Minn.), where she met Richard Gantz. They married on August 1, 1953.

After hearing God’s call to full-time ministry, the couple joined the C&MA and were assigned to their first church in Ottawa Lake, Mich. During 40 years of ministry, they served congregations in Majenica, Ind. (1961–1963); Harrison, Ohio (1963–1967); Saginaw, Mich. (1967–1979); Greenville, Ohio (1979–1984); Rockwood, Mich. (1984–1989); Wheeling, W.Va. (1990–1994); and North Fort Myers (1995–1998) and Punta Gorda, Fla. (1998–2000). Throughout this time, Lois served alongside Richard in many capacities. Even after retirement, she continued to care for people through prayer, hospitality, teaching, and visiting.

Lois was predeceased by her husband: she is survived by children Janet, Sharon, Carol, Linda, and Steve; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.

Susan Dyonne (Glickert) Bliss

April 20, 1945–March 14, 2021

Susan was born in Rochester, N.Y. She attended Houghton (N.Y.) College, where she earned a BA in English literature and a BS in elementary education. While at Houghton College, Susan met Bruce William Bliss; they married following graduation on June 24, 1967, and were called to church ministry. During Bruce’s last year at Asbury Seminary, the couple dramatically encountered God in the revival of 1970 that spread across the nation and changed lives around the world.

For more than 50 years of ministry, Susan and Bruce served C&MA churches in Brooklyn and Westchester County, N.Y.; Miami, Fla; Chicago, Ill., where Bruce was the Chicago Ministries director; Haverhill, Mass.; and Lilburn, Ga.

Susan was trained as an educator. At age 50, she studied to become a Montessori teacher and received an American Montessori Society certificate in 1995. Susan also was director of Children’s Ministries at Lilburn Alliance Church, where she eventually developed and mentored her successor. She was known for her love for Jesus, her commitment to intercessory prayer, and her wisdom, grace, and humor.

Susan is survived by her husband; daughter Jennifer; sons David and Richard; and 6 grandchildren; she was predeceased by daughter Amy.

Phyllis L. (Smith) Westover

March 7, 1951–March 31, 2021

Phyllis was born in Spangler, Pa. She received an RN degree from Altoona (Pa.) School of Nursing and a BS in missions from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where she met Hiram Westover. They married on July 21, 1973.

For more than 46 years, Phyllis and Hiram served together in pastoral ministry in Beccaria (1974–1976), Cochranton (1977–1981), Castlewood (1981–1985),

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