Family Flux – May 2014


Rhoden.—A son, Jeremiah Omari, was born to Omari and Stephanie (Jones) Rhoden of Brampton, Ontario on January 27, 2014.

Ashley.—A son, Malachi James William, was born to Keith and Natasha (Reynolds) Ashley of Toronto, Ontario on March 21, 2014.

New Members

Central, MD

David Taylor, pastor

Joined after testimony

Charisse Henry

Joined by letter

Kim Merchant




Welch.—Lowell A. Welch, 71, of Brookfield, N.Y., went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 18, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born February 29, 1940 in Leonardsville, N.Y., son of Leslie A. and Henrietta (Davis) Welch. Lowell was a graduate of Leonardsville High School and lifetime member of the Leonardsville-Brookfield SDB Church where he served as a Sabbath School teacher and deacon. On July 1, 1961 he was united in marriage to Patricia Weidman.

Lowell was a career farmer and spent many years working at Oertle Farms. He left farming in 1998 to work for the Village of West Winfield Public Works department, retiring from there in 2009. He always had time to play games with his children and grandchildren; a loyal and kind man who would do anything for anyone.

Surviving besides his loving wife of 50 years are three sons, Robert Welch of Ashaway, R.I., Jim Welch of Oneida, N.Y., and Scott Welch of Leonardsville; three daughters, Bethany Rogers of Sellersville, Pa., Amy Krause of Arkport, N.Y., and Heather Welch of West Winfield; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Leona Burdick, Leola Dye, Cynthia Tichnell, Julia Randolph, Martha Vaught, and one brother, Bert Welch.

Funeral services were held on February 22, 2012 at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams, and Edmunds Funeral Home in West Winfield.


Tichnell.—Cynthia Welch Tichnell, 63, of Middleville, N.Y., went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 1, 2013.

She was born on May 20, 1949 in New Berlin, N.Y., daughter of Leslie A. and Henrietta (Davis) Welch. She is survived by four sisters, Leona Burdick and Leola Dye of Brookfield, N.Y., Julia Randolph of Belpre, Ohio, and Martha Vaught of Milwaukie, Ore.; one brother, Bert Welch of Brookfield, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a daughter, Melissa Bartlett of Ravenswood, W.Va., and three grandsons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lowell A. Welch.


Johnson.—June (Babcock) Johnson, 93, of Nortonville, Kan., passed away on January 25, 2014 at the Midland Hospice House of Topeka, Kan.

June Babcock was born on June 22, 1920 in Nortonville, the daughter of Herman C. and Lenna C. (Bond) Babcock. She graduated from Nortonville High School in 1938 as valedictorian of her class. June then attended Milton (Wis.) College for two years prior to moving to Chicago where she worked for a plastics manufacturer until 1942, when she moved to Fresno, Calif. While at Milton College she received her pilot’s license.

June married Edwin Johnson on March 20, 1942 in Fresno. They lived there until he was transferred by the military to the Cape Hatteras area on the East Coast. When Edwin was deployed overseas, June returned to Nortonville where she taught at Center School for one year. After he returned home from England, they moved to Kansas City where they made their home until 1985, when they moved back to Nortonville.

Mrs. Johnson was a member and Deaconess of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Nortonville and had taught Sabbath School for over 40 years. In 1991, the Johnsons joined The Senior Saints, a group of volunteers who went to various churches and church camps where they did repairs or whatever work needed to be done. They had worked in seven states but had to stop in 1994 due to health reasons. June and Edwin were also foster parents for five years and took care of 22 children during that time.

June was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin (Feb. 7, 2004), and a daughter, Gayle Johnson.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. Russell Johnson and James Johnson; three daughters, Becky Greife, Georgeanna Johnson and Kelly Johnson; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

June’s inurnment took place on February 1, 2014 at the Nortonville Cemetery.


Smith.—Rev. Quintin Eugene “Gene” Smith, 80, of Sherrill, N.Y., went to be with his Lord on March 10, 2014.

Rev. Smith, a retired Seventh Day Baptist pastor, resided in the Verona, N.Y. area for the past 19 years. He served as an assistant to the pastor of the Salem, W.Va., Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1984. In 1985 he accepted a call to serve as pastor of the SDB Church in Adams Center, N.Y. where he served ten consecutive years, and then returned after his retirement in 1995 for one more year as interim pastor. He also served as interim pastor at Brookfield/Leonardsville, N.Y., Seventh Day Baptist Church, as well as the Salem, W.Va., and the Paint Rock, Ala., SDB Churches.

He married Marie W. Davis on October 15, 1988, the same day he was ordained into the ministry. After his retirement, he organized and led “The Brothers in Christ” Gospel Quartet for more than six years.

Gene was born in Emporium, Pa., on June 13, 1933, the youngest child of Grant L. and Grace Ensign Smith. After the early death of his mother, he and his two brothers and two sisters were raised in foster homes in Pennsylvania and New York.

On Nov. 18, 1955 he married Virginia L. Mumford; that marriage ended in divorce in 1965. Three sons were born of that marriage and survive Rev. Smith. They are Quintin E. Smith Jr. of Bedford, Va., Todd A. Smith of Emporium, Pa., and Grant E. Smith of Clarksburg, W.Va. In September 1967 he married Shirley Heeter in Attica, N.Y. They divorced in 1977. Two daughters were born of that marriage: Angela Lamont of Arkansas and Deborah Vaughn of Ohio, survive their father. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Mary Jo Kirk of Virginia.

He is survived also by his beloved wife of 25 years, Marie, and four stepdaughters: Cynthia Freihofer of Albany, N.Y., Donna Wiley of Sherrill, N.Y., Janet Butler of Janesville, Wis., and Nancy Tucker of Chittenango, N.Y.; one sister, Isabel Paugh of Horseheads, N.Y.; 27 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Mildred F. Kelly; three brothers, Lee G. Smith, Gordon F. Smith and Datus Smith; and one foster sister, Mary Jane Ostrum.

A funeral service was held on March 15, 2014 at the Verona Seventh Day Baptist Church, with Pastor Steven James officiating. Burial will be at a later date.



Death Announcement

Frances W. Ellis, 104, of Winter Haven, FL (formerly of Berlin, NY) died on February 23, 2014.


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