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Sue Durnal, 9814 MacArthur Dr., North Little Rock, AR 72188, recovering from a heart attack.

Karen Fitzhugh of Cordova, Tenn., currently on chemotherapy to combat thyroid cancer.

Marie Hall, 3831 CR 151, Bedias, TX 77831, experiencing severe back pain following an automobile accident.

Robin Nordfleet, daughter of Barbara Roush, Tulsa, viral infection.

Doug Robbins, Hot Springs, Ark., diagnosed with stomach and throat cancer.

Robert and Charlotte Ham, recovering from serious injuries sustained in automobile accident.

Jennifer Adams, 34, c/o Deana Adams, CEM, Box 560, Whitehouse, TX 75792, MRSA.


Charlotte (Adcock) de Jager, longtime Church of God member in South Africa, died unexpectedly on Aug. 22, 2008, at her home in Vanwyksdorp, Cape Province. She is survived by her husband, Gert; her son Paul, living in Hawaii; and two other children.

Mike Anderson, beloved husband of Beth Anderson and father of Aaron, went to sleep on Oct. 17, 2008. A dear friend of all the Church of God congregations, he touched many lives and is deeply missed.

Dave Savory, 71, died peacefully, Oct. 4, 2008. The family appreciates your prayers.

Ed Jackson of Tulsa, Okla., passed away Sept. 26, 2008. The family appreciates your prayers.


Monroe "Cotton" Enos died Aug. 27, 2008, at a Tyler, Texas, hospital. Mr. Enos was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Alvord, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II in Europe under such leaders as Gen. George Patton. He also was one of the liberators of the Dachau concentration camp. He married Lula McDonald on Aug. 8, 1949. He was a retired auto mechanic and a member of God's Church Worldwide. He especially enjoyed playing dominoes, cards and golf. Mr. Enos' survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lula; daughter and son-in-law, Ardith and Edward Weiss; two grandchildren, Mark and Amanda Weiss and Kristie and Tom Rocheleau; five great-grandchildren, Thomas, Taylor and Titus Rocheleau and Megan and McKinley Weiss. Mrs. Enos receives mail at P.O. Box 634, Big Sandy, TX 75755.

Alan Barbee died peacefully Sept., 30, 2008, on the Feast of Trumpets. He was buried Oct. 5 at a family graveside service at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, Calif.

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Bill Albright, Ava, Mo., cancer.

Kem Lorett, 1962 S. Ross Rd., Utica, Miss., possible heart problems.

Barbara Reigelsperger, cancer.

Ron Berlin, Red Oak, Texas, kidney cancer.

Karen Alexander, cancer.

Leo DuBry, Valdese, N.C., complications of diabetes.

Crew Buchanan, 6 months, son of Meagan and Jerry of Nashville, Tenn., possible liver cancer.

Brenda Sisk of Attica, Mich., died Sept. 23, 2008, of cancer. She was a nurse by profession. She was well loved by the patients she served. She was highly respected by the hospital staff and the doctors in the hospitals where she was employed. Brenda and her husband, John, lost their only child, a son, a few years ago. John receives mail at 1120 Boulan, Attica, MI 48412.

Edna Mae Homesley, 88, of 104 Amos Homesley Rd., died Oct. 19, 2008, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Edna was born in Cherryville, N.C., on May 17, 1920, daughter of the late James Marvin and Margaret Jarrells Deveney. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being a homemaker for her family and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cherryville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Benjamin Homesley in 2005; brother, Lester Deveney, Claude Deveney and Howard Deveney; and sisters, Macy Moss, Lorene Dixon and Velma Crisp. Survivors include her daughters, Robbie Arvidson and husband Gary, Judi Boyd and husband Ronnie, all of Cherryville; sons, Bob Homesley and wife Evon, Jim Homesley and wife Louise, all of Cherryville and Gary Homesley and wife Marcia of Gastonia; grandchildren, Kim Homesley Beam, Hope Homesley Riggins, Jeff Homesley, Crystal McKinney, Jennifer Malone, Shane Alfonse, Troy Alfonse and Jennifer Alfonse; great-grandchildren, Grant Beam, Autumn Kondzielski, Hunter Whisnant, Savannah Whisnant, Nolan Whisnant and Davis Whisnant. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church for the "Bus Fund," 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC 28021.


Bob Swimm, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at his home. He was a retired pastor with the Church of God International, Fort Thomas, Ky., and worked for C&O Railroad. Online condolences may be sent to Memorials may be sent to CGI, P.O. Box 2525, Tyler, TX 75710.

Gloria Ann Neely, 73, passed away on Oct. 19, 2008. Gloria, most recently of Pottstown, Pa., was formerly of Limerick. Mrs. Neely is survived by her husband, William R., and two children.

Nora Bell Blum, 102, of Big Sandy, Texas, formerly of Waco, Neb., died Sept. 4, 2008, at Legends Oak Nursing Home in Gladewater, Texas. She was born May 4, 1906, near Waco, Neb., to Peter and Neva Able. She was married to Elroy A. Kottke in 1927. Elroy was killed in a tractor-truck accident in 1946. In 1950 she married Alfred Blum. Alfred died in 1964. Bell was a member of God's Church Worldwide. Survivors include her son, Gene Richard Kottke, of Big Sandy and his wife, Janet; two grandchildren, Michael Kottke and wife Pam of Leslie, Ark., and Kathy Finley and husband Larry Finley of Palestine, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Heidi Kottke of Clinton, Ark., Karson Kottke of Leslie, Ark., Gretchen Parent (Kevin) of Leslie, Shonda Rayford (Gary) of Palestine, and Kyle Finley of Houston; seven great-great-grandchildren, Tristan and Rebecca Kottke, Alexis and Wyatt Parent, Blake and Kinsley Laney and Jaxon Rayford. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Neva Able, her brother Jay and husbands Elroy Kottke and Alfred Blum. Mrs. Blum was buried in Waco, Neb.

Richard Moore, a longtime deacon in God's church died Sept. 20, 2008, as a result of cancer.


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