PHYLLIS COY, mother-in-law of the Rev. Bob Denney, pastor of Fairview and Bellefountain United Methodist churches in the Muncie District (NIC), died Jan. 27, 2008. A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 1 in Portland, Ind. Condolences may be sent to Bob and Donna Denney, 1126 S. Como Road, Portland, IN. 47371-8535.

DOROTHY MAISH, mother of retired minister and former district superintendent the Rev. David Maish (NIC), died Jan. 30, 2008. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. David Maish, 344 DaVinci Pass, Kissimmee, FL 34759-3129, or by e-mail to dsmaish@verizon.net.

PHYLLIS MATTOX, wife of retired pastor, Alvin Mattox (SIC), died Jan. 21, 2008. A Memorial service was held Jan. 26 in Charlestown, Ind. Survivors include: Husband, Alvin Mattox, 8506 Hickory Dr, Charlestown, IN 47111; two daughters, Sally Lesley and Alice Sims, and three sons: Richard Mattox, George Mattox, and Michael Mattox.

ROBERT McBRIDE, 83, died Jan. 19, 2008, retired professor of philosophy and religion and director of graduate studies at the University of Indianapolis (1954-1966). He also was academic dean and vice-president for academic affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa. (1966-1979) and president of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa (1979 through retirement in 1987). Survivors include: Wife, Luella Hart McBride; children, Judith Bentley of Seattle, Wash., Ronald McBride of Indianapolis and Steven McBride of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service was held Jan. 25. Memorials can be made to Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa in the name of the McBride Distinguished Lectureship, or to the University of Indianapolis, in the name of the Robert E. McBride and Luella K. McBride Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be shared with the family at: www.ghherrmann.com.

ROBERT RUSSELL ROWLAND, retired Elder of West Chester, Ohio, who held several positions in higher education (SIC), died Jan. 30, 2008. Survivors include: Wife, Naomi. A memorial service was held Feb. 4 in Fairfield, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Naomi Roland, 8364 Waterbury Court, # 102, West Chester, OH 45069. He retired in 1982.

MARTHA SEARCY, widow of Hubert Searcy (SIC), died Jan 20, 2008. Survivors include: Daughter, Lisa Holt; and 4 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, Port Orange, FL 32127. Private memorial service.

THELMA SHEPHERD, widow of the late Rev. Garth Shepherd who died in 1996 (NIC), died Jan. 26, 2008. A memorial service was held on Jan. 30 at the Downing-Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva, Ind. Condolences can be sent to Paul Moser, 3692 Juillerat Dr., Portland, IN 47371.Memorials can be made to the donor's choice.

RONALD G. THOMAS, Associate Member (SIC), Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. A memorial service was held Feb. 8 at the United Methodist Church in Hope, Ind. A second memorial service was held Feb. 9 at the United Methodist Church in Carbon, Ind. Survivors include: Wife, Sandra Thomas, 429 Washington St., Hope, IN 47246; daughters, Karen Barker, Kim Finnerty and Kelly Jones; and 8 grandchildren.

HOWARD EARL WRIGHT, 85, retired minister and former district superintendent (SIC) died Jan. 25, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Thomas Wright. A memorial service was held Feb. 9 in Indianapolis. Memorial gifts may be made to Roberts Park UMC, Indianapolis, Ind, Speedway United Methodist Church, 5065 W. 16th Street; Indianapolis, IN 46224 or Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church, 24535 Roosevelt Rd. South Bend, IN 46614.