Edna Beatrice Atkinson Alsdurf, age 92, died on Saturday, August 18.
She touched many lives over the great number of years she served, which resulted in her being awarded The Order of Jerusalem, the highest honor bestowed by the World Methodist Council. She received this honor at her retirement, which was announced in Brighton, England in 2001 at the World Methodist Conference.
Based at Lake Junaluska, Mrs. Alsdurf traveled the world with her work. She accomplished many tasks for the Council where she was the Assistant Treasurer and also the Director of the World Exchange Program – the ministerial exchange – for many years. Prior to her service to the Council, she was employed at Interpreter’s House at Lake Junaluska for 11 years. She was also active in her local Methodist church in Waynesville, NC, serving as chair of the church council among other roles.
A native of North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Edwin B. and Lizzie Mae Johnson Atkinson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth G. “Ken” Alsdurf, who died in June 2017. She is survived by her sister, Norma Ellis, of Fayetteville, NC.
The interment was a private ceremony in Waynesville, NC.
Linda Gail Greene, 71, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 23, at her Waynesville home.
Many people from around the globe were affected by her kindness, as she was Executive Assistant / Secretary to the General Secretary of the World Methodist Council for 25 years during the tenure of the late Dr. Joe Hale. She was especially known for her attention to detail.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Melburn and Edith Teague Miller.
She served as pianist and organist of her local church and especially enjoyed the fellowship of her church family as well as her own family. Known for the beautiful and delicious wedding cakes she baked, she also played the organ/piano at many weddings. A devoted volunteer, she was active in the homeless ministry programs in the county. Linda also loved to travel, visiting 38 countries around the world doing missionary work.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, James Greene; a daughter, Ashley Greene of Greenville, NC; three sisters: Anne Strickland, Nancy Rathbone, and Melba Powell and one brother, Phillip Miller, all living in the local area. Funeral services were held in her Waynesville church, Grandview Baptist, on Aug. 28. Burial was at WNC State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC.