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Susan Carter, 173 April St., Mobile, AL 36608, suffering with fibromyalgia and other undiagnosed ailments.

Doug Conflette of West Wyoming, Pa., is a Vietnam War veteran and is scheduled for surgery to remove a cancerous kidney.

Charles G. Johnson, 73 (father of Rhonda Norman, Satsuma, Ala.), has had a stent inserted in his heart. Prayers for his healing are requested.

Bill Thomas, of Buford, Ga., had a serious accident at work recently, severing his spinal cord and causing paralysis. He is in the ICU at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He is also diagnosed with acute respiratory failure syndrome and is on a ventilator. Doctors are discussing dialysis to improve kidney function. Please pray for his healing and recovery. Bill, his wife, Nikki, and children Travis and Phoebe need encouragement. Cards may be sent to Grady Memorial Hospital, Bill Thomas/Room ICU 7LIN802, 80 Jesse Hill Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Harold Rhodes, elder in United Church of God, is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery Feb. 19. Cards may be sent to 3878 Bay Wind Dr., Gulf Breeze, FL 32563.


DeRenda McCollum, 43, of Big Sandy, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at her home. She was born March 5, 1965, in Odessa to Gene and Willie McCollum. She is survived by her mother, Willie McCollum of Big Sandy; brothers Jimmy Cullins of Lake Fork, Texas, Joshua Presley of Pritchett, Texas, and Jerry McCollum of Florida; and sisters Linda Newkirk of Gladewater, Texas, Darlene Henderson of Tyler, Texas, Nadine Hutchinson of Kansas, Patti Bruhn of Gladewater and Gail Phillips of Alabama.

Ken D. Snow Jr. died Jan. 29, 2009, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. Born Feb. 12, 1943, in Watervliet, he was united in marriage to Geraldine "Gerri" Salmons on May 12, 1979, in Dowagiac. He is survived by his wife, Gerri Snow, of Dowagiac; sister Sally (Ken) Blunier of Granger, Ind.; brother, Jack (Joyce) Snow of San Jose, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Snow was laid to rest Feb. 3 in Riverside Cemetery in Dowagiac. He was a member of the Christian Biblical Church of God. Please pray for his family, especially his wife, who suffers from many illnesses herself.


Hugh Tisdale Edwards, 86, of Lincoln, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, peacefully at his home. He was born June 27, 1922, in Brewton, Ala. Hugh is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Fochek) Edwards; three sons, Douglas (and Ruth), Russell (and Diane), and Norman (and Marleen), and four grandsons, Joel (and Erica), Josh, Jesse and James Edwards.

Hugh and Rosemary began attending the WCG in 1973 in Tacoma, Wash. He served as a Global Church of God host in 1994. Hugh was known as an honest and hardworking man who was devoted to his family. He took excellent care of his bedridden wife at home for the last 10 years. Hugh was the youngest of 10 siblings, all of whom preceded him in death. Interment was at Fayetteville National Cemetery. A memorial service was held Feb. 28 at Beard's Funeral Chapel, Fayetteville, Ark. Online condolences may be posted at

Prayer Requests

Stanley Timek, 201 Baker Rd., Pittston, PA 18640, heart problems.

Kathy Verdugo, diabetic, uncontrolled blood-sugar levels.

Sophia Williams, 1301 Howell Dr., Fort Payne, AL 35967, suffering from anxiety attacks and uncontrolled blood pressure. She lost her husband, Tom, not quite a year ago.

Westan Trent Cryer, 6-month-old son of Michael and Leona Cryer of Felt, Okla., is hospitalized in Amarillo with bacterial spinal meningitis. Doctors have also concluded that he has RSV, a respiratory virus. The Cryers receive mail at HCR 1, Box 437, Felt, OK 73937.

Linda Floyd, c/o Richard Langston, 366 CR 3182, Cleveland, TX 77327, suffering from Parkinson's disease, heart-related problems and pending gallbladder surgery.

Keith Kleeschulte, 28 Laura Hill Rd., St. Peter, MO 63376, recovering from total hip-replacement surgery.

Tim Zoellner, 4909 Hwy. 7 N., Bryant, AR 72022, post-polio syndrome.

Fred Porter, 102 Timber St., Hot Springs, AR 71913, recovering from heart surgery.

Willa Jean Podeyn of Wagoner, Okla., breathing problems and pneumonia brought on by allergies.


John Luther Snyder Jr., 77, of Bay City, Texas, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, due to complications suffered from a heart infection. He was born in Houston, Texas, July 7, 1931, to John and Hilda Snyder. John graduated from Bay City High School and received a Masters of Science from Texas A&M University Kingsville (formerly Texas College of Arts & Industry.) John had also attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, Calif., and later transferred to Big Sandy, where he was responsible for operating the college dairy. He later returned to Bay City where he owned and operated a small-engine-repair shop for more than 20 years. He spent his final years in assisted living in Frisco, Texas, where he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Snyder is survived by his sister Dorothy Lofton of Houston, stepdaughter Lenora Feeney of San Antonio, stepson L. Greg Smith of Big Sandy and son John Snyder III of Frisco. John had seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A small graveside service was held Wed., Feb. 18, at Dallas National Cemetery.


Dick Schindeldecker of McGregor, Minn., passed away Oct. 25, 2008, just two and one-half weeks before his 70th birthday. He died from pneumonia four months after having a massive stroke. Mr. Schindeldecker is survived by his wife, Tracy; seven children, Rick, Kim, Charlene, Becky, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Maria; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


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