Obituary for James Meadors Jr.

James “Jim” M. Meadors Jr. was born May 23, 1929, and died Dec. 9, 2018.

Jim Meadors, the son of Son and Stella Meadors was born in Alma. He graduated from Alma High School, then attended John Brown University and graduated from College of the Ozarks while serving as pastor to the Lamar Methodist Church. During this time, in 1951, Jim married Ella Mae Odom of Lamar, a marriage of 67 years. Jim received his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and during this time was the pastor of Bellevue Methodist Church in Bellevue, Texas.

Jim was the pastor of many different churches all over the North Arkansas Annual Conference. He was conference secretary for many years. Jim served twice as district superintendent and was the director of the council office for the North Arkansas Conference. Jim was also a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference.

Jim and Ella Mae had two sons, James M. Meadors III (Dianne) and Stephen O. Meadors. They have five grandchildren, Trevor, Cory (Alyson), Tyler (Lindsay), Ranzie and Kathlynn. Jim and Ella Mae have five great-grandchildren.

The memorial service for Jim Meadors will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Goddard United Methodist Church.

United Methodists Release State of the Church Report 2018

Nashville: A new report from The United Methodist Church on the state of the church says that 50 years after the creation of the denomination through the merger of The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, the church’s ministries around the world are thriving.

“This 2018 State of the Church report is a story of our mission. As this report will show, we are seeing growth and innovation across our worldwide connection,” states the report. Worldwide, there was a 12 percent increase in membership from 2006 to 2016 — nearly 1.4 million members — and the number of congregations grew from 47,390 to 54,623.

In the decade since the Four Areas of Focus were affirmed at the 2008 General Conference, this common vision for the whole church has engaged local churches, annual conferences and general agencies in countless ministries related to these focus areas with renewed purpose. From hula-hooping for health to the #SeeAllthePeople initiative to providing aid to refugees to empowering students to become leaders, the State of the Church Report recounts story after story of United Methodists doing the work of faithful discipleship.

The report also details efforts to help the denomination be more representative of being a worldwide church through work on the General Book of Discipline, a draft revision of the Social Principles to be more globally relevant and “Wonder, Love and Praise,” a statement on United Methodist ecclesiology — all of which are to be considered by the 2020 General Conference.

The report shares information about the work of the Commission on A Way Forward in preparation for a called session of General Conference in 2019, the Council of Bishops’ recommendation of the One Church Plan and the subsequent actions of the Judicial Council.

More findings include:

  • The largest membership growth was recorded in the Congo, where membership surged by 147% over 10 years, followed by the Africa Central Conference with a 67% increase.
  • In 2017, United Methodists gave about $133.2 million to support connectional ministries around the world, about $1.8 million more than in the previous year.
  • A record high number of U.S. annual conferences paid 100% of their apportionments – 29 out of 56. Nine Central Conference episcopal areas paid at least 100% apportionments.

The State of the Church report, a collaborative effort of the Connectional Table, the Council of Bishops, United Methodist Communications and the General Council on Finance and Administration, is available in its entirety online, along with previous reports, at


For more information, contact:

Diane Degnan

Emily Clemons
(773) 714-1517

Obituary for Ola Faye Proctor

Ola Faye Proctor 86 of Magnolia, AR formerly of Holly Springs, AR, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning December 8th, 2018 at John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR. She was a Godly Mother, housewife, grandmother, and aunt. She was a member of the Saint Mark United Methodist Church of Camden, AR.

Ola Faye Proctor is survived by her daughter Missy Camp and husband Larry of Stamps, AR; sons, Rodney and wife Mick Proctor of Camden, AR, and Mike Proctor of Marshall, AR; two brother in laws Dan Proctor and Jimmy Gillespie, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Pat Proctor and son Mark Proctor, parents, Claude and Mona Riggs and all of her brothers and sisters.

Ola Faye’s hobbies were cooking, attending church and fellowshipping with her family and neighbors.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Dudneywood of Magnolia and Life Touch Hospice and her personal care takers from hospice, Ginger, Abby and staff.

Visitation is Tuesday December 11th, 2018 12:30 till 2:00 PM. Funeral is 2:00 PM at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1315 West Washington, Camden, AR. Burial will follow at Holly Springs New Cemetery in Holly Springs, AR. Pastors Benny Morgan and David Dillard will officiate. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Touch Hospice, St. Mark UMC or the donor’s choice.

UMC Bishops mourn former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, DC – The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is mourning the death of the 41st U.S. President, George H. W. Bush.

President Bush is the father of 43rd President George W. Bush, who and his wife, Laura, are staunch United Methodists.

The 41st President died November 30 at his home in Houston. He was 94. His death came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.

In a letter sent to the President George W. Bush, COB President Bishop Ken Carter said the UMC bishops were praying that God’s sustaining grace and strength will surround the entire Bush family in the days to come.

“Please know that we join you in grieving this loss. Yet we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We trust in Jesus, who is the resurrection and the life, and who goes to prepare a place for us,” part of the letter said.

The full letter sent to the Bush family can be read at this link.


Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

Obituary for William Kenneth Goddard Jr.

William Kenneth Goddard Jr.

William Kenneth Goddard Jr. left this earth to join his beloved creator on November 21, 2018. He was preceded in death by his two sons, William Kenneth Goddard III and William Freely Goddard; both parents William Kenneth Goddard, Sr. and Ida Viola Street Goddard; and his three siblings, Ansel Griffin, Richard Goddard and Louise Cook. He leaves behind his wife of sixty-two years, Iva Carol Smith Goddard, his daughter Elise (Lisa) Henson (Steve), his youngest son Clayton Hall Goddard (Amy), and four grandchildren: Lauren Elise Underwood, William Greyson Goddard, John Grant Goddard and Owen Griffen Goddard and much loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

William (also known as W. K., Bill, or “Peepaw” to his grandchildren) was born May 13th, 1929 in Grand Junction, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in soil science. Upon graduation Mr. Goddard worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (USSCS) in Montana. During the Korean War he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his service to our country, he rejoined the USSCS working in both Colorado and Tennessee. In 1961 he was hired by the U.S. Forrest Service (USFS). Mr. Goddard served as a soil and water chemist, working out of offices in both Ozark and Russellville, Arkansas. He retired from the U.S. Forrest Service after more than thirty-five years of service. Much of his work involved soils, watershed, and water quality projects in the Ozark and St. Francis National Forests. During this time, Mr. Goddard played a significant role in the opening of Blanchard Caverns in Mountain View, Arkansas.

In addition to his occupational contributions, Mr. Goddard also served the communities where he lived through his work as a member of the United Methodist Church, the Ozark Lions Club (Past President), the Toastmasters, and the North Little Rock Optimist Club.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Moore’s Funeral Home of Jacksonville, AR. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, AR. Burial services will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in Grand Junction, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the “Freely Goddard Educational Fund” – ICO First United Methodist Church, 6701 JFK Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72116. OR the First United Methodist Church, 308 W. Main Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076.