The Late Rev. Dr. James D. Karblee Eulogized as Astute Clergyman and Administrator
The Rev. Dr. James D. Karblee was buried on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in his home town Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The astute UMC Liberia clergyman’s remains were removed from the Samuel A. Stryker’s Funeral Service in Sinkor, Monrovia on Friday, November 14, 2014 and driven to Buchanan City in a convoy of several United Methodists who participated in the wake-keeping of the late educator, father, and clergyman.
Amidst public calls and warning for mass gathering, several United Methodists and non-United Methodists drove in mass to the port city of Buchanan to witness the home-going the Late Dr. Karblee. In his eulogy, the Rev. Dr. G. Solomon Gueh described
Rev. Karblee as a good family man, an outstanding teacher, and a remarkable man of God who contributed greatly to the history of UMC Liberia. Speaking on the theme, “Rev. Dr. James Dennis Karblee, Sr. The Man I Know,” Rev. Gueh said the late Dr. Karblee was very frank in his decision making process. “His straight forwardness impacted all of us on many of the church boards that we worked on,” he emphasized.
Also in his eulogy Rev. Dr. John G. Innis said Rev. Karblee was able to positively impact the
lives of hundreds of persons, United Methodists and non-United Methodists alike. “So, not only will his legacy be cherished by the people called United Methodists, but also it will be remembered by the countless others whose lives he so graciously touched,” Bishop Innis added. He further said UMC Liberia is deeply saddened by the great loss the Conference sustained. “The late Dr. Karblee will always be remembered for the many important positions he held in the Conference and the invaluable contributions he made to the Church and Nation while serving in those assignments,” the Bishop concluded.
Bishop John G. Innis’ eulogy was read on his behalf by the Rev. Samuel Quire, Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Bishop.
The 72 year old clergyman was widely praised by those who attended the funeral including authorities of the United Methodist University, the institution he served as Vice President for Administration and Acting President prior to his death. The late James D. Karblee among many positions served the United Methodist Church of Liberia as Dean of GST, District Superintendent, Principal, Chairman of several boards including Board of Ordained Ministry, and Pastor.
Though authorities of the ELWA Hospital issued a certificate indicating that he had not died of the Ebola virus, the ritual of hand washing and temperature taking was observed by the FUMC Buchanan and UMC Liberia authorities who organized and arranged the funeral activities.
Reported by E. Julu Swen.
Photo gallery below by Julu Swen