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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Bishop Edward W. Neufville, II. The sad event occurred on January 10th, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

The Rt. Reverend Edward W. Neufville, II, was the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, West Africa, serving from January 6th, 1996 to December 16th, 2007.

This memorial website was created in memory of our Bishop, husband, father, brother and friend, the Rt. Reverend Edward W. Neufville II.  The Rt Reverend was born in Liberia, West Africa on the 16th December 1937 and passed away on the 10th of January 2011 at the age of 73.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Mrs. Louise Morais Neufville, his children, brothers, sisters, countless relatives and those he served in Liberia and the United States.

We pray this venue will give you a chance to express your love and appreciation for the life of Bishop Edward W. Neufville, II.

Services for the Rt. Reverend Edward W. Neufville, II will be held both in Charleston, SC and in Monrovia, Liberia.

Services in Charleston, SC

Thursday January 27th, 2011 ~1:00 PM Viewing 3:00 PM Service

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul
126 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Services in Liberia, West Africa- TBA

Rest In Peace Bishop we love and miss you terribly.

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Tributes and Condolences
Evergreen Memory of Bishop Neufville   / Ernest Kwia (former office employee & guardian-son )
Death they say is inevitable and I do so believe but why does it always strike so close we can never understand.  I have known the late Bishop Edward W. Neufville for a long time dating back to my youth days in Yekepa.  Destiny later brough...  Continue >>
My deepest condolences   / Valerie Wilson
It is with great sadness that I am writing this. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Bishop Neufville who was well known and well loved by those of us that were fortunate to meet him. I pray that God in his mercy will s...  Continue >>
Condolences from the CTO King and Akerele Families   / Olubanke King-Akerele (Mother of son Edward's wife-Bahia )
This comes on behalf of the C.T.O King (Liberia) and Akerele (Nigeria) families  to extend profound sympathy to Louise and the entire Neufville family, brothers, sisters and children -Eddie and all the sisters on the loss of Bishop.  Bishop...  Continue >>
Our condolences to mother Neufville.   / Amorette And Omo Gooding
To Mother and the children we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you all and pray that the good Lord will continue to give you all the strentgh as you go through this time of sorrow.And as the song writer says Be not dismayed what ever be tie God will ...  Continue >>
We extend our condolences to the Neufville family   / Liverpool George Family (Neighbors)
We are grateful to have been you immediate neighbors in Gedetarbo Liberia. Our LORD looked in all of Maryland County but chose a wonderful son from Gedetarbo and ordained him Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  He served our LORD so faithfully...  Continue >>
condolence / Joseph Washington (my Bishop )    Read >>
Former President, Episcopal Church Men of Liberia  / Roosevelt Jayjay (Church Member )    Read >>
Sorry / Bill &. Caroline Davies &Family (former parishioner )    Read >>
"...Ephesians 4:11 & 12"  / Joshua F. Johnson     Read >>
Member St. John's Buchanan, Grand Bassa County,Lib  / Julia Duncan-Cassell (Sheep)    Read >>
For Us Life has not ended but changed  / Michael Tuan Sie (Retired Bishop )    Read >>
Pray for Us  / Edward Thompson (The Rev'd) (former Assistant )    Read >>
To the Family of Bishop Edward Neufville, II  / Charles T.O. King, III (Life Long Friend & In-law )    Read >>
Our Heart felt Condolences to the Neufville family  / Roberta Brown Cooper (Sons and daughters of Maryland County )    Read >>
When the Master Calls His Servant  / Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Friend of Family & Episcopalian )    Read >>
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His legacy
The Official Gazette from the Republic of Liberia  
THE LIBERIA OFFICIAL GAZETTE PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY VOL. X FRIDAY JANUARY 21 2011 NO. 7 E X T R A O R D I N A R Y The Government of the Republic of Liberia announces with profound regrets the Death in his SEVENTY-FOURTH year of: THE RT. REV. DR. EDWARD WEA NEUFVILLE II BA M.T.S D.D.SEPTUAGENARIAN FORMER DEAN OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF WEST AFRICA (CPWA); DIOCESAN BISHOP EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF LIBERIA; SUFFRAGAN BISHOP EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF LIBERIA; VISITING ASSISTANT BISHOP EPISCOPAL DIOCESE PENNSYLVANIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; ASSISTANT VICAR ST. PHILIP EPISCOPAL CHURCH ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; ARCHDEACON NORTHERN ARCHDEACONRY EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF LIBERIA; LAY READER TRINITY CATHEDRAL; ASSISTANT BANK MANAGER HARBEL BRANCH BANK OF MONROVIA (CITIBANK); INSTRUCTOR B. W. HARRIS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL; ADULT EDUCATION EVENING CLASSES AND MONROVIA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL SYSTEM (MCSS) ADMINISTRATOR; PATRIOT; DEVOUT CHRISTIAN; DEDICATED SERVANT OF GOD; REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA This sad event occurred on Monday Januari 10 2011 at the hour of 2:45 ante meridian at the South Carolina Medical University Hospital Charleston South Carolina United States of America following a brief period of illness. The late Rt. Rev. Edward Wea Neufville II who was affectionately called by his comrades and associates “Daddie” “Bro. Eddie” “Father” and “Bishop” was born on December 16 1937 unto the blessed union of Mr. Edward Dosa-Wea Neufville I and Ms. Sarah Hneanyene Elliott. His parents predeceased him. Young Edward embraced Christianity at an early age and became a devout member of the Episcopal denomination. He had a strong faith in the Lord a graceful peaceful and calm spirit and a tremendous amount of patience. The deceased obtained his Elementary and Junior High School education from St. Francis Catholic School and the Cavalla Firestone Plantations School respectively in Pleebo and Gedetarbo Maryland County Liberia. He obtained his High School Diploma in 1958 from the Cape Palmas High School in Harper City Maryland County Liberia. Thereafter he matriculated to the Cuttington College and Divinity School now Cuttington University Suakoko Bong County where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Political Science in 1963. While at Cuttington he served as President of the Student Association with distinction. The deceased began his distinguished public service upon graduation from College when he gained employment with the Bank of Monrovia (Citibank) in 1964 as an Officer-in-Training. Following the successful completion of the Bank’s program of studies in accounting and banking procedures he was promoted to the position of Procuration Signer an Executive portfolio of the Bank and later served as Assistant Bank Manager Harbel Branch and Head of the Current Accounts Department in the Monrovia Office respectively. Responding to his desire to study for the ordained Ministry Bishop Neufville did a correspondence course in theology with Wolsey Hall Oxford England. He served as Lay Reader at the Trinity Cathedral from 1964-1968 at which time his Ministry extended to the West Point Chapel in Monrovia. In 1965 Bishop Neufville also participated in the tutorial program of theological studies in Monrovia that was organized by the late Rev. Dr. Seth C. Edwards in response to the decline in students for the Priesthood in the Church at that time. He successfully graduated in 1969. Among those who benefited from this same training were: The Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel W. Johnson (former President of Cuttington University and former Dean of Trinity Cathedral) the late Rev. Fr. Edward G. W. King (former Dean of Trinity Cathedral) the late Rev. Fr. Jonah Togba the late Rev. Fr. Philip Sherman. Edward Wea Neufville was ordained Deacon on Februari 11 1968 at Trinity Cathedral Monrovia Montserrado County Republic of Liberia by the late Rt. Rev. Dillard H. Brown. He served under the Rev. Fr. Thomas O. Gooding at the St. augustusine Episcopal Church from 1968-1970 in Kakata Gibi Territory now Margibi County. Bishop Neufville was in the employ of the Citibank while serving the Lord in various capacities over the years and resigned in Januari 1970 to become a full-time Priest. He underwent more theological training to prepare himself and was ordained to the priesthood on Februari 15 1970 by the Rt. Rev. Alfred Voegeli and assigned to St. Martin-On-The-Mount Nimba County as Vicar and Priest-In-Charge of St. Valentine’s Sanniquillie Nimba County. Bishop Neufville worked relentlessly in constructing a rectory and a church edifice in Yekepa and Sanniquillie from 1970-1971. There was a break in the work which he had begun when he was called to leave Liberia to attend the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria Virginia in the United States of America from augustus 1972 to Mei 1974 where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. He was subsequently awarded a (D.D.) Degree from the same institution on Oktober 29 1986. Some of his classmates at the Virginia Theological Seminary were the Rev. Fr. Charles F. Walton and his wife Anne. While in America Bishop Neufville served as Assistant Vicar of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Annapolis Maryland under the directorship of the late Rev. Fr. Robert M. Powell. He also preached in several other Episcopal Churches in the United States. He returned home with his family in 1975 and was re-assigned at Yekepa Nimba County “to complete the work he had started”. Bishop Neufville was appointed Archdeacon of the Northern Archdeaconry (Nimba Bong and Lofa Counties) in 1981 and later served on several committees and other church organizations including: the Diocesan Standing Committee Diocesan Council and Diocesan Board of Education. Bishop Neufville became the second Suffragan Bishop of the Liberian Episcopal Church and was consecrated on Mei 6 1984 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia Liberia. Under the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Liberia and the Anglican Province of West Africa Bishop Neufville succeeded Archbishop George D. Brown temporarily upon his death in 1993 as administrative head of the Liberia Church. Upon the convening of the convention Bishop Neufville was elected Diocesan Bishop in Mei 1995 and enthroned on Januari 6 1996. On Oktober 30 1997 he was elected Dean of the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA). Between 1989 and 2003 at which time the nation of Liberia was engulfed in a civil crisis Bishop Neufville described his ministry in his incomplete memoir entitled “My Episcopacy”. He recalls “My 23 years of Episcopacy was laden with crisis ecclesiastical and national. The Episcopal Church of Liberia was no exception from the horrific and devastating effects of this quagmire. No institution whether Government or private escaped the toll of the war. Hence the future for rebuilding or reconstructing remained bleak for many years. More than that the Episcopal Church was marred by divisiveness separation bitterness dirty politics evil propaganda and bad blood another form of violence. It was in the middle of this disabling and crippling milieu that we were elected and enthroned Diocesan Bishop with the daunting and formidable task of uniting and leading the diocese through the rough storm. Through it all we were blessed by the sufficiency of God’s Grace and the strength of his protective hands. Guns may destroy our buildings and other material possessions but our faith in God and determination to rise up have always remained constant”. In spite of the tremendous exodus of Liberians as well as Episcopalians the late Rt. Rev. Bishop Edward Wea Neufville II remained constantly vigilant. Despite the scarcity of funds he successfully renovated and consolidated the diocesan offices at the Episcopal Church Building on Ashmun and Randall Streets Monrovia which had been looted and vandalized during the war. Later he oversaw the renovation of the guest house of the Church’s property on 15th Street in Sinkor and started the building of an income generating multiple-complex building on the same property for the support of the work of the Church. In addition the Bishop commissioned the rebirth of the diocesan newspaper which became The Episcopal Church Drums in order to tell the story of the Diocese to the wider Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion. In the United States Bishop Neufville served in various capacities including: visiting Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania under Bishop Allen L. Bartlett Jr. in 1992 and assisted in ecclesiastical engagements and speaking opportunities. On December 16 2007 Bishop Neufville retired as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia. He thereafter joined his colleagues of the CPWA under the leadership of the Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Justice O. Akrofi in the consecration of the Very Rev. Jonathan B. B. Hart his successor as the 12th Diocesan Bishop of Liberia in Maart 2008. Upon his retirement as Bishop of Liberia he was granted full license to function as the Bishop-In-Residence at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Sumter South Carolina. During his spare time Bishop began taking a Hebrew course on-line with future plans in mind to teach Hebrew at Cuttington University. The late Bishop Neufville was joined in holy matrimony with lovely Ms. Louise Himmiede Morais on Mei 14 1967 at the Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia Montserrado County Republic of Liberia which union was blessed with four children: Puode Ed-Louise Nmano Edwina Ade Grace and Edward Wea III. In the home-going of the late Rt. Rev. Dr. Bishop Edward Wea Neufville II the Episcopal Church of Liberia has lost a strong pillar the Family has lost a caring Father and a dependable source of support; his friends have lost a sincere and reliable comrade; the Republic of Liberia has lost a renowned Spiritual Leader and a distinguished Servant of God. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow of 43 years Ms. Louise Himmiede Morais; his children: Joseph Puode Nmano Ade and Pau Adelek and Edward and Bahia Neufville III; his grandchildren; Himmiede Oizamsi Caleb-Francis Weade-Louise Nadia Nadine and baby Edward IV; his siblings: Alberta Howard (David) Christian Elizabeth Dennis (George) Sarah Adolphus Mercy Smith (Stephen) and Edwin (Mei); his elderly aunt: Lou Johnson Urey; his in-laws: Joseph and Marie Garber Charles and Dwedor Ford and Pandora Morais; foster children: Henrique Dillion Jestina and Lami Mason and Ernest Freeman; nephew nieces cousins and a host of other relatives and friends in Liberia and abroad. On Thursday Januari 27 2011 a celebration of thanksgiving for the life and home-going of the late Rt. Rev. Dr. Bishop Edward Wea Neufville II will be held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston South Carolina United States of America. Thereafter his remains will be conveyed to Liberia where funeral rites will continue. On Friday Februari 4 2011 at 3 o’clock post meridian the Body of the Late Rt. Rev. Dr. Bishop Edward Wea Neufville II will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Parlors Sinkor Monrovia Montserrado County and taken to the Trinity Cathedral Broad Street Monrovia for wake keeping. On Saturday Februari 5 2011 at the hour of 10 o’clock ante meridian Funeral Rites over his remains will be said at the Trinity Cathedral. Interment follows thereafter at the Bromley Episcopal Mission Clay Ashland Montserrado County Republic of Liberia. As a mark of last respect and tribute to the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Wea Neufville II BA M.T.S. D.D. Septuagenarian former Dean of the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA); Diocesan Bishop Episcopal Church of Liberia; Suffragan Bishop Episcopal Church of Liberia; Visiting Assistant Bishop Episcopal Diocese Pennsylvania United States of America; Assistant Vicar St. Philip Episcopal Church Annapolis Maryland United States of America; Archdeacon Northern Archdeaconry; Lay Reader Trinity Cathedral; Assistant Bank Manager Harbel Branch Bank of Monrovia (Citibank); Instructor B. W. Harris Episcopal School; Adult Education Evening Classes and Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Administrator; Devout Christian; Dedicated Servant of God; Patriot Republic of Liberia it is hereby ordered and directed that on the Day of his Interment the National Ensign of the Republic of Liberia be flown at half-staff from all Public Buildings in Montserrado County from Eight o’clock ante meridian to four o’clock post meridian. BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT TOGA GAYEWEA McINTOSH (Ph.D) ACTING MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MONROVIA LIBERIA JANUARY 21 2011
LAMCO Reunion Online announce death  

THE LAMCO COMMUNITY with profound sorrow announces the home-going of two prominent members of our LAMCO FAMILY:

BISHOP EDWARD W. NEUFVILLE II. father grandfather brother uncle in-law mentor to many former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia sad event occurred on the early morning of Monday Januari 10 2011 at the Medical University of South Carolina Charleston SC. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Mrs. Louise Neufville; his four children Puode Neufville Nmano Edwina Neufville Ade Neufville-Adeleke and Edward Wea Neufville III among several other relatives and friends in the US Liberia and other parts of the world.

The Late Rt. Rev. and his family lived in Lamco Yekepa - Area B where in the  70's he was pastor of St. Martin on the Mt. Episcopal Church. He also taught the Bible at several Lamco Schools then moved to Monrovia took assignment as bishop succeeding Bishop George Brown through the late 80's & 90's and later during the civil war migrated between the US and Liberia.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday Januari 27 2011 at 3:00 pm The Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul 126 Coming Street Charleston SC 29403. Note: Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 2:30 pm at the same Cathedral.

Bishop Neufville will be missed by many! Our prayers go out to his family during their time of grief. Mei his soul rest in solace and may light perpetual shine  on him.

Mrs. Louise Neufville ~ 803-481-9092
Edward Wea Neufville III ~ 410-746-7824;

All Saints Episcopal Church Frederick, MD  

Episcopal Community News—

At the request of Sophie Bing we have been asked to pray for the Liberian Episcopal Community in the United States and the Diocese of Liberia mourning the death of the Rt. Rev. Edward W. Neufville retired Bishop of Liberia. During the early morning hours of Monday Jan. 10 Bishop Neufville died with his family at his side. We pray that his soul and souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Please keep Mother Neufville and the rest of the family in your prayers.

People to People Online Liberian Newspaper  

Retired Liberian Episcopal Bishop Edward W. Neufville is Dead

Report reaching the Peoples News desk confirms the death of the Rt. Rev. Edward W. Neufville II retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia. He was in his 74th year.

This sad event occurred on the early morning of Monday Januari 10 2011 at the Medical University of South Carolina Charleston South Carolina. His wife Mother Louise Neufville their four children were at his bedside. The bishop is survived by his wife Louise and children siblings relatives and friends in the USA Liberia and other parts of the world. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Bishop Neufville was a product of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) where he took his undergraduate degree and later his Bachelor's in Sacred Theology.

As a priest he served at the St. Martin on the Mountain in Yekepa Nimba County for several years. While in Yekepa he also oversaw for the construction of St. Valentine Episcopal Church in Sanniquellie the Nimba capital.

He was later appointed archdeacon of the church's Northern Archdeaconry serving Bong Lofa and Nimba Counties.

In the early1980s he was elected suffragan bishop and later bishop of the Liberian Episcopal Diocese. He served in this position until the end of 2007 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

It is not yet clear whether the remains of Bishop Neufville will be returned home for the funeral mass and burial. These arrangements will be announced later.

However a release from the South Carolina Diocese confirms that Funeral service over the remains of the late Rt. Rev. Edward W. Neufville II will be held on Thursday Januari 27th at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul 126 Coming Street Charleston SC 29403. Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 2:30 at the Cathedral.

Meanwhile Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart who succeeded Bishop Neufville upon Hart's election on Januari 19 2008 as 13th Episcopal bishop of Liberia has written a pastoral letter to all Episcopal Churches and clergy informing them of Bishop Neufville's passing.

In his pastoral letter Bishop Hart called on all Episcopalians to pray for the widow Mother Louise Morias Neufville children siblings and other members of the bereaved family. The Bishop letter concluded "Rest eternal grant unto him O Lord; and let light perpetual shine on him." Mei the soul of the late Rt. Rev. Edward W. Neufville II rest in perfect peace; and light perpetual shine on him. Amen.

The Neufville family may be contacted at 803-481-9092

Episcopal Relief & Development Received a donation  

A donation was received in the name of Bishop Edward W. Neufville II please see link below....

To: Bishop Edward Neufville II

From: Mark Shmueli and Elizabeth Quinn (friends of Edward III)

With this memorial Episcopal Relief & Development is able to save lives and build hope in communities to help heal a hurting world.

Eddie We are sorry for the loss of your dad. Mei his memory and all that he gave to you and the world serve as a comfort and a blessing. With Love Mark Elizabeth Rowan and Niall.

Our prayers are with you at this time.

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