2017 Memoirs Report
Cornerstone Conference IPHC
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Near the end of his life and ministry, the apostle Paul dictated a letter for one of his closest ministry assistants—a young man named Timothy. In that letter, Paul encouraged Timothy to hold on to what he had been taught, guard believers from harm, stand firm against temptations, and persevere through trials.
Paul presented Timothy with the following charge: “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:12)
Paul gave Timothy a rich and enduring legacy—Scripture, doctrine, a godly example, and most important, the message that salvation comes through Christ alone. What was Timothy to do with these things? Was he supposed to simply believe and live them? No, Paul charged him with the task of passing them on. He was to hand them down in the same form he had received them – to “trustworthy” individuals who would be faithful to pass them along in turn.
As ministers of the Cornerstone Conference IPHC, we are privileged to be counted among those in this generation who have been entrusted with the greatest assignment on earth – to live and proclaim the good news as ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Today, we pause to remember our fellow ministers and co-laborers who over this past year finished their assignment and are now present with the Lord. They will be remembered as those who were found trustworthy. They answered the call of God, committed themselves to preach the gospel. They have served the body of Christ well.
Reverend Bennett Dodd Shelton
March 6, 1917 – June 13, 2016
Born on March 6, 1917 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Reverend Shelton married the late Frances Tarpley Shelton on August 23, 1940. He and Frances were blessed with three children: one daughter, Gail S. Johnson and two sons Dan Shelton and the late Reverend Ralph P. Shelton (also a member of the Conference). Reverend Shelton came to Christ under the ministry of Rev. George Stanley and answered the call of God on his life. He was ordained in the Cornerstone Conference in 1944. During the 70 years that he and Frances served in the ministry, they pastored thirteen churches including Pittsville, Concord, Valley Chapel, River Bend, Mt. Airy, Gretna, Bethel, Buffalo Ridge, Lincolnton, Falls of Neuse, North Martinsville, Siler City and West Durham. In addition, he served as interim pastor for five different churches and continued ministering well into his 90’s. Reverend Shelton lived to within nine months of his 100th birthday. He was promoted to heaven on June 13, 2016.
Reverend Ruby Elouise Garris White
April 27, 1933 – October 21, 2016
Born on April 27, 1933, in Wayne County, North Carolina, Reverend White was the daughter of the late Reverend Harry W. and Blanch (Howell) Garris (Reverend was also a member of the Conference). She was the wife of the late Edward Franklin White, Jr. Ruby received a master’s degree in education and retired from Guilford County Schools in North Carolina. She was a member of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church and received her Ministers License in the Cornerstone Conference on June 16, 2000. Ruby loved Emmanuel College where she met her husband Frank. She was passionately involved in ministry in her local church and community and for 45 years, she was a beloved missionary to the Big Cove and Soco Churches in Cherokee, NC. She was promoted to heaven on October 21, 2016.
Reverend Gifford Trent Wall
July 17, 1964 – December 18, 2016
Born on July 17, 1964 in Surry County, North Carolina, Reverend Wall was the son of Gilly Wagoner Wall and the late Tommy Alton Wall. He was ordained in the Cornerstone Conference on June 16, 1989. Trent and his wife Lisa were blessed with two Children: a son, Grant Trevor and a daughter, Grace McKinley. The Wall’s faithfully served four churches during their 28 years of ministry including Zion Hill, Stoneville, Patrick Springs and Jonesville. Trent also served on the Cornerstone Conference Evangelism and World Missions Council from June 9, 1994 to March 11, 2004. He was promoted to heaven on December 18, 2016.
In addition to our ministers, we remember these ministers’ wives who loyally and lovingly worked side by side with their husbands, dedicating themselves to their families and the work of the ministry:
Mrs. Nancy Harvey Humphries
June 18, 1930 – August 3, 2016
Born on June 18, 1930 in Campbell County, Virginia, Mrs. Humphries was the daughter of the late Willie A. Harvey, Sr., and the late Katheryn Martin Harvey. Nancy was married to the late Rev. D. Ray Humphries. They were blessed with one daughter, Kathy Humphries Johnson. The Humphries served three churches in the Appalachian Conference including the Welch, Mullens, and Mt. Paul congregations until transferring to the Cornerstone Conference in September 1997. Together they served the Schoolfield church for two years until Rev. Humphries retirement in December of 1999. Nancy was promoted to heaven on August 3, 2016.
Mrs. Pearl Goans Hickling
October 27, 1918 – August 9, 2016
Born on October 27, 1918 in Polk County, Missouri, Mrs. Hickling was the daughter of the late Arthur Preston Goans and Emma Melissa Davidson Goans. She was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Winston-Salem. Pearl retired from Sears Roebuck with twenty years of service. Pearl and her husband, the late Rev. Harrison B. Hickling were blessed with five children: James Hickling, Brenda Sargent, Karen Brown, John Hickling and the late Leon Hickling. Rev. Hickling joined the Cornerstone Conference in 1970. The Hickling’s served three churches during their eighteen years of ministry in the conference including the Donnaha, Mocksville and Newton churches. Reverend Hickling also served as an Evangelist for several years until his death on February 25, 1990. Pearl was promoted to heaven on August 9, 2016.
Mrs. Opal Frances Williams Brown
September 16, 1923 – December 13, 2016
Born on September 16, 1923, Mrs. Brown was the daughter of the late Earl Richard Williams and Lillie Huff Williams. She was married for 65 years to the late Reverend Tuttle Monroe Brown. They were blessed with three children: James M. Brown, Michael Lee Brown, Sr. and Jenelle Brown Hamons. The Browns transferred from the Church of the Living God to the Cornerstone Conference IPHC in June 1979 and faithfully served the Fieldale and Elliott Memorial churches. Rev. Brown retired in June 1991. Opal was a member of Stoneville Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was promoted to heaven on December 13, 2016.
We are grateful to God for these servants of God. Having joined the heavenly host they can say with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
In loving memory of these faithful men and women, we humbly request that this Conference in session please stand for a moment of silence and ask that our presiding officer lead us in prayer for their families.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Conference Executive Council,
Reverend Michael Ainsworth