(Monrovia, Liberia.)The Rev. Dr. James D. Karblee is dead. Rev. Karblee, the Vice President for Administration at the United Methodist University was serving as the Acting President prior to his death. According to his secretary, Jacob P. Young, Rev. Karblee reported to work on October 28, 2014 and went home at 3:00 pm without showing any sign of illness. “He suffered from hypertension and would intermittently complain about digestive problems,” Mr. Young said.
Family sources said Dr. Karblee was noticed to be very weak in the early hours of the morning and was not responsive to all the activities around him. “When we got him to the hospital he was declared dead,” one family member said. He died Wednesday morning, October 29, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.
The late Rev James D. Karblee joined the United Methodist University in 2004 after serving UMC Liberia as Director of Connectional Ministries, District Superintendent, Pastor, Chairperson of several boards including Connectional Ministries and Board of Ordained Ministry. The 71 year old clergyman was described by fellow clergy as a frank and forthright participant who did not bring personal feelings into the issues.
Bishop John Innis, in reflecting upon the shock of learning of Dr. Karblee’s death states, “Dr. Karblee was a great servant and a historian of our denomination who served with a heart of love and commitment. Such a man we have lost! We will all remember him for who he was to the Liberia Annual Conference and the United Methodist. University. We as Officers and Members of the Board of Directors will miss him dearly but will forever keep his good deeds at heart.”
Dr. Karblee’s remains have been entrusted to Stryker’s Funeral Parlor as per the directive of the UMC Liberia Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis following certification by authorities of the ELWA Hospital indicating that he did not died of the Ebola virus.
By E. Julu Swen