By Helen Bessent Byrd (M.Div. ’07)
In early June, President Brian Blount shared the sad news of the death of Reverend Jonyrma Singleton of Shaker Heights, Ohio with the seminary community. Born on December 3,1948 in Savannah, Georgia, Jonyrma an alumna (M.Div. ’88), like me credited her life experiences at Boggs Academy, a now-closed Presbyterian boarding school in Georgia, for helping her parents to shape her academic and Christian education. Among the other institutions of higher education that she attended are Talladega College and Jacksonville State University.
Rev. Singleton transitioned into the church triumphant on June 10, 2016. Jonyrma was the mother of two girls and grandmother of six children. She served as campus minister and director of admissions at Barber-Scotia College as well as an associate pastor and interim pastor before arriving at in 1992 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, Ohio where she served as associate pastor until retirement in 2014. A former trustee of the seminary, she served as secretary and a member of the executive committee. Rev. Singleton received the Trailblazer Award from our BAA in 2015. We join in thanking God for the gift of her life and the ways she blessed the lives of those who experienced her teaching, preaching and healing.