The Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) family is mourning the death of a beloved and hard-working food-service provider, Marjorie Williams-Panton, 53, affectionately known as ‘Sadie.’
Mrs. Williams-Panton died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital on Sabbath morning, April 13, 2019, at approximately 9:45 am. She died only eight days after she fell ill due to a stroke while doing what she does best—helping to prepare meals for the attendees to the CJC Stewardship Summit at Camp Verley last weekend, April 4-6, 2019.
The news of her death came as a shock to the administrators, directors, staff, pastors, teachers and other workers of CJC, where she served as a faithful part-time contract worker for close to 9 years. She was also a member of the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She died, leaving her husband, Lewis Panton and adult son Sheldon Lyon, a past student of Willowdene Group of Schools.
“We are deeply saddened by Sadie's passing,” said Conference President Levi Johnson, “and we extend our deepest sympathies to her grieving family, church members and loved ones.”
“Sadie served with love and compassion,” he continued, “always cheerful and kind. She will be sadly missed. She gave her all to the culinary department of the conference.”
Pastor Johnson also said that a Book of Condolence will be set up at the Central Jamaica Conference Office, 58 Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, to allow persons to express written condolences on behalf of Sadie on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Tributes from the Pastors of CJC
Here are some thoughts that were expressed by Pastors as they responded to the news of Sadie’s death:
- “This one a very tough one for me, especially when I reflect on her serving us just weeks ago at our Pastor's meeting. I will be praying for the strength of her family members and friends that survive her.” Leonardo Turner, Intern, Maranatha District
- “Really sad to hear this news of my friend.” Conrade Graham, Bagbie District
- “Wow! What deep sadness and pain death causes. I long for the day when death itself will die. Even so, come Lord Jesus.” Roy Dennis, Family Ministries Director
- “The passing of Aunty Sadie is a rough one to deal with. 😔 She will be greatly missed. There is always a beautiful smile that accompanies her delicious meals. I do anticipate seeing her in the earth made new by the grace of God. I pray that God's comforting arms will continue to attend her family.” Romone Phoenix, Old Harbour District
- “My condolences to the family. This is really sad news. May the God of all comfort be the family.” Everett Rowe, Bartons District
- “This one really hurts. My heart goes out to Sadie family, relatives, and friends. May God's peace be with them and comfort them. My family and I are praying.” Anthony Dowding, Lionel Town District
- “Very sad. Was hoping for better news but God knows best. Praying for her family.” Leighton Hynes, Mike Town District
- “I know death can happen at any time, but this really rough.” Christopher Mighty, Braeton District
- “My heart is sad. I will miss her. My God comfort her family.” Franklyn Brown, Clear Park District
- “This is very sad. May the Lord comfort the family.” Ithamar James, Glengoffe District
- “Sad, sad, sad. 😢🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽Praying for family and all of us whom are affected.” Robert Williams, Tent City District
- “This is a hard one.” Howard Grant, May Pen District