Janie E. Harrington, 101, Methodist minister

April 06, 2005

The Rev. Janie Elizabeth Harrington, a retired United Methodist assistant pastor, died of heart failure March 29 at a nursing home in Charleston, W.Va. The former West Baltimore resident was 101.

Born Janie Elizabeth White in Lynchburg, Va., she taught elementary school before moving to Turners Station in 1935. She was church secretary at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church there and led Bible classes.

She earned a pastoral degree at Bennett College at Greensboro, N.C., and joined Ames Memorial United Methodist Church. She was ordained a deacon in 1958 and an elder in 1966.

She served as an assistant pastor at John Wesley United Methodist Church on West North Avenue into her 80s.

Services for Mrs. Harrington were held Saturday in Charleston.

Mrs. Harrington outlived three husbands: Emmit Dickenson, with whom she had two daughters; Charles Barnes; and Chester Harrington, who died in 1981 after 21 years of marriage.

Survivors include a daughter, Ida Dickenson Brady of Charleston; a sister, Courtney W. Stevenson of Dover, Del.; three grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren. Her other daughter, Mary Elizabeth Turner, died in 1966.

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