Editor of the Star of Zion and General Officer of the AME Zion Church Passes
Mr. Michael Lisby, long time Editor of the Star of Zion, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died last night at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife of five years and five months, Addie Lisby , two sons, Michael Pace and Nigel Lisby and three grandchildren.

Mr. Lisby was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 26, 1949. He attended both Livingstone College and Wayne State University, receiving his B.A. degree in Journalism from Wayne State. He worked for both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News and was the Editor of the Star of Zion for twelve years.

Mr. Lisby’s dynamic leadership and commitment to excellence in his craft fostered a powerful legacy for both his work at the Star and his work in the local church. His leadership with the local church lay council and mentorship of young up and coming leaders enhanced the men’s ministry and outreach endeavors of the local church.

Homegoing Services will be held Monday, April 30, 2012, at Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church Charlotte, North Carolina 28213, the Reverend Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman, pastor. Family Visitation will be at 10 o’clock a.m. and the funeral service will begin at 11 o’clock a.m.

Reverend Thelma Gordon, pastor of Liberty Hill AME Zion Church, Lake Wylie, South Carolina will officiate and Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Presiding Prelate of the South Atlantic Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church will be the Eulogist. Long and Son Mortuary Service, 2312 Beattie Ford Road in Charlotte, North Carolina are the attending funeral directors.

According to a spokeperson for the family, a block of rooms has been reserved under the name LisbyAMEZ at the Hilton University Place Hotel, 8629 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262, telephone number 704-547-7444. The cost for these rooms is $79.00 per night plus tax and is good from April 24, 2012 through May 1, 2012.

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