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December 10, 2009

The Rev. I Howard Chadwick, who served Presbyterian pastorates for 29 years before serving as founder and executive director of the Outreach Foundation, died Nov. 11 in Charlotte, N.C. He was 91.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Chadwick graduated from Moravian College and Duke Divinity School. He served the Moravian Church for the first seven years of his ministry before becoming organizing pastor of Charlotte’s Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1953. He served there 10 years, followed by pastorates at Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO for three years, followed by 16 years of service at First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Fla.. 

Chadwick’s final full-time ministry was serving as founder and executive director of the Outreach Foundation, an organization committed to raising funds for international missions in the PC(USA). Following his retirement he served interim pastorates in Jacksonville, Fla., Winston-Salem, and Charlotte.

He is survived by three children: a son, the Rev. Howard K. Chadwick, II and his wife, Ramona; a daughter, Carolyn Chadwick-Freeman and her husband, Dan Freeman; and a son, the Rev. David E. Chadwick and his wife, Marilynn; and six grandchildren and two great-granchildren. His wife of 68 years, Helen Marguerite Lineback Chadwick, died in 2005.  

A memorial service was held Nov. 16 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

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The Rev. Thomas E. Dietrich, who pioneered church redevelopment ministry for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), died Nov. 30, in Oconomowoc, WI. He was 78.

A native of Milwaukee, Dietrich graduated from Carroll College in Wisconsin and McCormick Theological Seminary. It was there that he became an adherent of the community organizing principles of Saul Alinsky which he put to use in urban pastorates in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Madison, Wis.

He later served on the national staff of the PC(USA) in church redevelopment and concluded his distinguished career on the staff of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve in Cleveland.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy; a daughter, Karen, and son, the Rev. Stephen T. Dietrich; a sister, Marlea Sechtig; and his four-legged pal, Buster. A memorial service was held Dec. 5 at Delafield (Wis.) Presbyterian Church.  

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The Rev. Paul D. Young, who served as a pastor and executive presbyter in Texas for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for more than 30 years, died Nov. 25 in Washington, D.C., after a brief illness. He was 83.

The Houston native graduated from Davidson College in 1950 and Yale Divinity School in 1955. In 1978 he earned a D. Min. from McCorkmick Theological Seminary. He served pastorates in Webster,  Denton and Waco in Texas and as executive presbyter for Palo Duro Presbytery, based in Lubbock.

From 1946-1949, Young served as volunteer in mission in Puerto Rico, an experience which later led him to establish several organizations supporting black and Hispanic individuals and groups in places where he served.

Young retired in 1988 and moved to Santa Fe, NM, in 1990. He was predeceased by his wife of 31 years, Ann Mary (Shaffer) Young; his wife of 22 years, Mary Frances (Allen) Young; and his daughter, Linda Allen Bagley. He is survived by daughter, Gay Young and husband Karim Nashashibi of Bethesda, Md.; son, William Andrew Young of Houston, Texas; son, Thomas H. Allen, III of Wichita Falls, Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family including his companion Bobbi Yauger.

His memorial service was scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lutheran Church of the Servant in Santa Fe.

Obituary courtesy of Presbyterian Neighbor News.

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Dr. Mary (Sue) Makin, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) medical missionary in Malawi, recently received the prestigious John Linton Award from Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. She was honored for her many years of medical mission work in Congo and Malawi.

The award is named for John Linton, a Presbyterian missionary who was instrumental in starting Hannam University in 1956. The award is presented annually in his honor to recognize humanitarian service around the world.

Makin called receiving the award “the experience of a lifetime.”

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Virginia Smith Henderlite, a Presbyterian missionary to Brazil for more than 30 years, died Dec. 4 at the age of 91 in Richmond, Va.

Henderlite, an educational mission worker, served as a single missionary in Brazil and then with her husband, Langdon M. Henderlite from 1948-1968. Shortly after he died in 1970, Virginia returned to Brazil, where she served until her retirement in 1984. 

Services were held Dec. 8 at Westview Cemetary in Farmville, VA, where Langdon is buried.

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The Rev. Arthur James Yunker, Jr., 89, a Presbyterian minister who faced death threats because of his strong civil rights work in the 1950s and 1960s, died Dec. 1 in Northport, Ala.

A graduate of Maryville (Tenn.) College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Yunker held advanced degrees from Temple University and the University of Evansville. He served pastorates in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Alabama, Indiana, and Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 5 years, Dawn Floyd Shepard Yunker and his daughters, The Rev. Sharon Yunker-Deatz of Louisville Celeste Holly Biddle of Bloomington, Ind.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Carolyn Harper Yunker, his wife of 59 years, his parents Arthur James and Gertrude Smith Yunker, and his brother Kenneth Lewis Yunker.

A memorial service took place Dec. 6 at First Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

  1. i live at patrocinio city and had the previlege to meet virgia h . she worked at istitudo biblico eduardo lane

    by fabio diniz

    April 21, 2011

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