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DuBois, Hubbard, Sumners

The Rev. Charles H. DuBois, a former associate dean and professor of pastoral theology at Sewanee’s School of Theology, died March 8 at 91.

He was a native of Woodbury, New Jersey, and a graduate of Dickinson College, Berkeley Divinity School, and Palmer School of Theology at Eastern University, where he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1958.

He served churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and was rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Pitman, New Jersey, for 18 years. From 1986 to 1997, DuBois was professor of pastoral theology at the University of the South’s School of Theology, and associate dean of the school.

He is survived by two sons, a granddaughter, and a sister.

The Rev. Deacon Mavourneen A. Murphy Hubbard, who focused on feeding the hungry and other forms of caring for poor people, died March 22 at 71.

She was a native of Buffalo, New York, and earned a degree in food nutrition from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She was ordained to the diaconate in 2010.

Hubbard was director of child nutrition programs for more than 32 years in Hudson Valley schools. She was a leader of Loaves and Fishes of Newburgh, New York, and of Abraham’s Table, a nonprofit organization formed in 2011 to provide summer lunches for children. In 2013, she joined others in Shepherd’s Kitchen, a community meal program offering lunch every weekend.

She is survived by James Hubbard Sr., her husband of 53 years; a son; a daughter; and six grandchildren.

The Rev. Charles Abram Sumners III, who spread the use of liturgical folk music throughout the South, died March 3 at 82. Sumners was born in Austin, Texas, and was a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968.

He served parishes in Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. While serving at St. Bartholomew’s in New York City, he founded the Episcopal Television Network, which lasted until 1984.

An obituary prepared by the Sumners family said he supported the civil rights movement while serving in the nation’s capital, served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, was a civil pilot since college, and created a folk Mass at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

He is survived by Robin Sumners, his wife of 24 years; two sons; two daughters; and two brothers. His legacy includes the Rev. Charles Abram and Virginia Sumners Music Award Endowment at St. Stephen’s School in Austin.

Other Deaths

The Rev. Michael Falls, February 19
The Rev. Bill Lieber, March 6
The Rev. Deacon Arla Jeanne Stout, March 4
The Rev. Dick B. Tracy, Feb. 13


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