Regional Clergy Alert

UPDATED Clergy Alert – December 7, 2020

Death

Rev. Dr. Edgar Wallace died on Wednesday, December 2nd.  Edgar has been the Minister at the First United Christian Church in Xenia since 2011 and just recently concluded his term on the Regional Church Council.  Please keep Edgar’s wife Joyce, the entire Wallace family, and the Congregation in your prayers.

There will be visitation and services held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Xenia on Wednesday, December 9th. Visitation will start at Noon with the Funeral beginning at 2:30pm. Those in attendance in person at the church will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing protocols.

The funeral service will also be live streamed through YouTube on Wednesday at https://youtu.be/masq3rN96Js.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Edgar A. Wallace to Wilberforce University.

Edgar’s full obituary can be viewed at https://www.porterquallsfreemanfuneralhome.com/obituary/DrEdgar-Wallace.

The Xenia Daily Gazette also published an article that can be viewed at https://www.xeniagazette.com/top-stories/52051/council-member-edgar-wallace-dies.

A note from the Christian Church in Ohio:

We know that this news brings added grief to a year already rife with loss and suffering.  Please know that even in our sadness, we are cared for by our God.  As a part of the beatitudes in Matthew 5, we read, “Blessed are the mourning, for they will be comforted.”  This year, our mourning and our comforting have both taken new shapes in light of the coronavirus. 

The Christian Church in Ohio strongly encourages everyone to consider the reality we are facing with rising numbers of cases of coronavirus at this time.  While we know there is a comfort in attending in person funeral services, we know that our grief especially for a close clergy friend and colleague will span across time and space.  So too will God’s comfort, peace, and presence span further than one building and one time.  We pray that God’s comfort will be made known to us in ways that help keep ourselves and others safe and healthy as our mourning of this deep loss continues to unfold.