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Sister Mildred Archie Goes to be with the Lord


Sister Mildred Archie passed away on February 11, 2021. Sis Archie was the first American Baptist missionary to be assigned to South Africa along with work in Zambia and Ghana.

She was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. Her parents, who had relocated from Alabama, remembers attending St. John as a fidgety four year old child. She joined in 1943 under Rev. B.E. Edmondson. 

She attended local schools and remembers being the only "colored" in some of her early classes. After graduation, most young people if they did not go into the armed forces, worked at the Department of Defense at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). 

However, she continued her education by going to night school and upon graduation received the honor of having one of the longest tenures from start to finish with a degree in Sociology in 1990 from Wittenberg University. The education included interruptions in schooling while working for WPAFB for 19 years and then transferring over to the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer for an additional 22 years which included Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Central America, South America, Tunisia, Nigeria and Vietnam. 

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Sheryl Hendrix Called to Christ Our Lord


Sheryl D. Hendrix, 68, of Howard passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Chicago and adopted at birth to the late Thomas and Sue (Chambers) Cullin.

​Sheryl retired from the Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she worked in the Library as an Administrative Assistant.  She was a member of the Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Marion. She was involved with Bible study fellowship.  Sheryl enjoyed traveling, playing the card game, Hand and Foot, but most of all she loved to spending time with her family.

​Sheryl is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert Hendrix, whom she married on September 8, 1979; son, Jonathan Hendrix of Howard; daughter, Kimberly Parsons and her husband, Jason of Pleasant City; grandchildren, Zachary and Abigail; a sister, Joyce Cullin and her husband, John Lasky of Plainfield, IL; and many friends.

Rev. Robert Hendrix served in ministry at First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, and Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Marion as well as churches in Indiana.

​The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 until the time of a funeral service celebrating the life of Sheryl at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 303 South Edgewood Rd., Mount Vernon with Rev. Jane Gibbons officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.  Masks will be required, and social distancing will be observed.  The funeral service will be lived streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page: mtvernonsfh/dowds.

​Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bibles in Sheryl’s memory.

Please keep the Hendrix family in your prayers.

Pastor William Lee Snyder, Jr Closes His Eyes on Earth


On Thursday, December 31, 2020, William Lee Snyder, Jr., of Green Camp, closed his eyes on this earth and opened them in Heaven following a 2 ½ week illness with COVID. 

“Bill Junior”, as his mother called him, entered this world on June 22, 1948, in Marion. He was blessed with two siblings, Janis Lynn and Donnie Ray. At a young age, Bill set his mind on making goals with the support and encouragement of his mother. Among his achievements were being president of the student council at Marion Harding high school class of 1967.  He sang in the dance band “Stardusters” and played “Curly” in the musical “Oklahoma”. He was also a member of Harding’s acapella choir. Many of his classmates remember his smile, laughter and kindness.

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Rev. Dr. DeQuincy Hentz Goes to Be With The Lord


Rev. Dr. DeQuincy Manvel Hentz died on Friday, December 25, 2020. Born on June 28, 1974 in Greenwood County, he was the son of the Reverend Furman Mitchell Miller, Jr. and Ms. Mary Alice Hentz. At a young age, he joined Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Greenwood, SC, and later became a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, while attending college.

Rev. Dr. DeQuincy Hentz graduated from Greenwood High School in May of 1992. He continued his education as a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and History (1996), Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University (1999), and a Doctoral Degree in Family Studies from Eastern University (2018).

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