MOTHER Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church CHARLESTON, SC – WEDNESDAY JUNE 17, 2015
MINISTER Reverend Clementa Pinckney (41) Was the Pastor at Emanuel AME Church, South Carolina State Senator, married father of two, was leading the Bible Study Wednesday doing the work he had always felt was right for him. He started to preach almost 30 years ago, at the age of 13.
Cynthia Hurd (54) Was a Librarian who had served as the manager at St. Andrews Regional Library since 2011 and had worked at the County’s Libraries for 31 years. It is reported that officials will rename the library in her honor. She loved God, her family, books, and her community; she was baptized in the church. All 16 branches of the library were closed Thursday in honor of Hurd.
Sharonda COLEMAN-Singleton (45) was a mother of three, speech therapist, and High School Track Coach at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina, having been a track and field athlete when she attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Her son, Chris, plays baseball for Charleston Southern University; Chris Singleton was on Twitter, asking people to pray for her.
Myra Thompson (59) Was a pastor and Bible study teacher at the Church. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Her friends say that she was a warm, gracious, and wonderful person.
Tywanza Sanders (26) He was the youngest among the victims and a recent graduate from Allen University in Columbia, SC (2014). T.J. Grant said, “If you met him, you knew you had a good friend on your side, regardless of anything, he made you smile even when you didn’t want to smile.” Sanders’ most recent Facebook post, at around 6 p.m. ET Wednesday was “Ever notice how the mainstream media treats black protesters & white rioters differently?” According to Buzzfeed, Sanders died while trying to save his aunt during the shooting.
The Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor (49) Mother of four and a minister, she worked as an admissions coordinator at the Charleston Learning Center of Southern Wesleyan University. “Always a warm and enthusiastic leader and truly believed in the mission of SWU to help students achieve their potential by connecting faith with learning,” university President Todd Voss said.
Susie Jackson (87) was a longtime member of the church. She was a church choir member and was on the usher board of the church, where she had been a member for many years.
ETHEL LANCE (70) She was a Charleston native who had been a member of the church for most of her life. She retired after working for more than 30 years on the staff at the city’s Gaillard Auditorium. Lance served as a sexton at the church for the last five years.
Rev. Daniel L. Simmons (74) was a ministerial staff member at the church and attends Bible Study every Wednesday.
His family released this statement:
We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers concerning our beloved father and grandfather, Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr. He was a distinguished man who served his God, country, and community well. His dedication to his profession and the AME church left a legacy for many to follow.
Rev. Simmons was the former pastor of several AME churches in the 7th Episcopal District, a war veteran, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and a loving father and grandfather. He was very proud of his family including the mother of his children, Annie Simmons, his two children Daniel Jr. and Rose Simmons, and his four grandchildren Alana, Daniel III, Ava, and Anya Simmons.
Although he died at the hands of hate, he lived in the hands of love. We believe Rev. Simmons would want people to celebrate his life in love and peace. Please continue to pray for our family and the families of the other victims.