Family Flux: July 2013

New Members

Philadelphia, PA

Kenroy Cruickshank, pastor

Joined after baptism

Misty Lewis

Kerry-Ann Dorman


Death Notices

Marilyn Spearl, 59, wife of Pastor Michael Spearl of the Bradenton, FL, SDB Church died on April 28, 2013.

Olin C. Davis, 87, of Oneida, NY died on May 29, 2013.



Weber.—Ralph H. Weber, 84, of Lafayette, La., passed away in peace surrounded by loved ones on February 14, 2013.

Ralph was a native of Chicago, Ill., a longtime resident of both Colorado and North Carolina, and most recently a resident of Lafayette for the past four years.

Ralph and his wife Evelyn (Babcock, from Nortonville, Kansas) moved to Colorado in 1962 and became active in the Boulder SDB Church under Pastor Mynor Soper. After relocating to Asheville, N.C., the Webers yearned to see a Sabbath fellowship begin there. Pastor Soper visited when possible and held services with the family. John and Linda Camenga moved to Tennessee in 1979 to work with a new SDB church about two hours from Asheville. John agreed to hold services in the Weber home on a monthly basis. The Asheville Fellowship continued to meet with Ralph and Evelyn for many years until moving into a rented church building.

Ralph served on various Conference committees. He was treasurer for the Asheville Fellowship until he and Evelyn moved to Lafayette, La., to be near family. After her homegoing, he continued leading Bible studies at her nursing home, and became active in the Baptist church down the road, teaching Bible studies and supporting the pastor in whatever ways he could.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lafayette and a veteran of the military, having served in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. He enjoyed antiquing, canoeing, and leading Bible studies, but most of all encouraging and helping others.

Survivors include three sons, Tony Weber of Carencro, La., Dr. Steve Weber of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Dr. Bill Jones of New York, N.Y.; four daughters, Lenna Waters of Melbourne, Australia, Chrystal Queen of Carencro, LuAnn Arellano of Pueblo, Colo., and Lynn Tanner of McKinney, Texas; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Janet Page of Tampa, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn Babcock Weber; and one brother, Edward Weber. His burial will be in Nortonville at a later date.

Funeral services were held February 17, 2013 in Evangeline Memorial Gardens in Carencro. Rev. James Craft of Calvary Baptist Church conducted the services assisted by Dr. Bill Jones, director of the New York Gospel Mission.


Sleeth.— Thelma Lee (Kennedy) Sleeth, 88, of Clarksburg, W.Va., was called home to her Lord and Savior after a lengthy struggle with heart complications on May 11, 2013 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, W.Va.

Thelma was born June 9, 1924 to Charles Emory and Nora Dell (Radcliffe) Kennedy of Lost Creek, W.Va. On September 7, 1943 she married Paul E. Sleeth with whom she celebrated 56 years of marriage before his passing in May 2000.  Mrs. Sleeth was an 80-year member of the Lost Creek Seventh Day Baptist Church.

She is survived by their only child, Cynthia Poling of Clarksburg; several in-laws; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd W. Kennedy, Orson Glenn Kennedy, Erlo Richard Kennedy and Basil Ray Kennedy; a sister, Wilma A. Jeffries; several in-laws and a nephew and two nieces.

A memorial service was held at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg on May 18 with Rev. Larry Buckland II presiding. Inurnment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Taylor County.

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