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V. Demby Edward Thomas


V. Demby, Edward Thomas, American bishop.


Thomas, V. Demby, Edward was born on February 13, 1869 in Wilmington. Son of Thomas and Mary F. Demby.


Student Howard High School Eddy Ander Private School, Wilmington, Institute of Colored Youth, Philadelphia, Centenary Bible Institute (now Morgan State College Maryland.), Lincoln U., private work in Latin, Greek and philosophy. Student Howard U., 1892-1893. Bachelor of Divinity, Wilberforce, 1893.

S.T.D., University of Chicago, 1894. Graduate Matthew’s Hall, Denver, Colorado, 1896. Special work in Hebrew and cognate langs., also in philosophy and psychology.

Doctor of Divinity, Paul Quinn Colonel Waco Texas 1919. Doctor of Letters, Selma U., 1925. Bachelor of Music, Oskaloosa College, 1925, Doctor of Laws, 1926.

Doctor of Laws, Wilberforce, 1929, Doctor of Humane Letters 1941.


Was a teacher in Delaware, Texas, British America and Tennessee. Principal and director of a correspondent school of theology, 1893-1894.

Vice principal Hoffman Hall. Nashville. Tennessee, 1899. Deacon, 1898, priest, 1899, Protestant Episcopal Church.

Rector St. Paul’s Church.


  • Other Work

    • Author: the Mission of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Province of the Southwest, 1938. Was editor of 3 church papers. Established Christ Church Parochial and Industrial School, Forrest City, Arkansas special fields of endeavors are youth movement, religious education and race relations.Also preaching and teaching missions. Retired, February 1, 1939. Served the Church of the Holy Cross, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1942-1943.Guest speaker Interracial and International Service, Detroit 1946.


Member Social Society, American Humane Association, Race Relation Committee, American Association for Advancement of Colored People, Southern Conference for Human Welfare, Church Union, Church History Society, American Academy Political and Social Science, Pi Gamma Mu, Sigma Pi Phi. Mason (32°).; Member I.B.P.O. Elks of the World. Formerly assistant to the late Bishop Thomas F. Gailor, Diocese of Tennessee, and the late Bishop James Matthew Maxon for Colored Work.


Married Pollie Alston-Sherrill, 1899 (died November 1, 1899). Married second, Antoinette Martina Ricks, September 17, 1902.

Thomas Demby

Mary F. Demby

Pollie Alston-Sherrill

Antoinette Martina Ricks