Rt. Reverend Dr. Bertram Nelson HERLONG
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HERLONG, The Rt. Reverend Dr. Bertram Nelson 10th Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee, passed away surrounded by the love of family and friends on Friday, October 21st, 2011. Bishop Herlong was born in Lake City, FL on October 16, 1934 to Ava and Benjamin Herlong. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1952 and received a B.A. in Literature and English in 1956 from the University of Florida. Upon the loss of his only brother, George William Herlong, a hurricane hunter, with the US Navy, he experienced a call to the ministry instead of entering the US Army at the end of his ROTC service. He attended the University of the South and earned a Bachelors of Divinity from the School of Theology. Bishop Herlong began his ministry in the Diocese of Florida as founding vicar of St. Jude's Church, Valparaiso, and Church of the Epiphany, Crestview. He later served as Canon Pastor of St. John's Cathedral, Jacksonville, and as founding Chaplain and Assistant Headmaster of Jacksonville Episcopal High School, which is now the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. During his service to the Diocese of Florida he continued his education over seven summers to earn his Masters of Sacred Theology in 1970 from St. Luke's Seminary, University of the South. Bishop Herlong served Trinity Parish, New York City, as associate rector and vicar of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel from 1972-1979. He served as a founding member of a hospice at the Beekman Downtown Hospital in Manhattan and founded St. Margaret's Housing Center for senior citizens. He further served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Board of Trade. Continuing his education he was awarded the Doctorate of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary in 1980. In 1979, he became eighth Dean and fifteenth Rector of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, Michigan. He successfully galvanized the community to revitalize downtown Detroit. Among his many efforts, he founded the Cathedral School, which provided early childhood through 8th grade education and established two senior citizen housing communities. He served as President of the Crossroads Board of Directors, a community service social welfare agency, as well as President of Community Case Management Services, Inc., a placement agency for released patients from Northville Hospital. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the Family Assistance Service Trust, the Orchestra Place Development Corporation Board of Directors, the University Cultural Center Association Board of Directors, and as a member of the Planning Committee of the Detroit Festival of the Arts. He received the Michigan Religious Leader Award from the Religious Heritage of America Foundation. He is the recipient of the Booker T. Washington Brotherhood Award, the Horace L. Sheffield Award for Community Service, the Spirit of the City of Detroit Award, and a Resolution of Gratitude from Wayne County and the Legislature of Michigan for outstanding service. He was also honored when the Board of Directors for the Cathedral School renamed it the Herlong Cathedral School. On January 10, 1993 he was elected tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee and was ordained and consecrated on June 26, 1993, in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Upon being called to Tennessee, Bishop Herlong recognized the Diocese had no new churches in thirteen years. Bishop Herlong instituted a plan of starting new congregations and supporting them through a generous group of Episcopalians called the "Bishop's Volunteers." As a result of his leadership, grounded in the historic faith and practice of the church, Tennessee became the fastest growing Diocese in the Episcopal Church. He named Christ Church in downtown Nashville as the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, providing the Diocese a home and boosting the Episcopal presence in the community. Continuing his focus on community service and outreach, he established a relationship with the Diocese of Ecuador enabling frequent medical and dental missions. He served on the Board of the Living Church and of St. Luke's Community House. He was also active in Leadership Nashville and the Nashville Rotary Club, among many other religious and community organizations. He was honored with Doctor of Divinity degrees from Nashota House Seminary and the University of the South. In all of his endeavors, he was recognized as a good steward, enabling and guiding others to successfully use their gifts in ministry to the community. Bishop Herlong was married for 54 years to the former Barbara Ann Vickers. He is entrusted to God's loving care by her, his two daughters, Angela and Michele; his six grandchildren Adam, Joshua, Rachael, Gray, Parker, and Hunter, and his four great grandchildren Cindel, Monet, Benjamin, and Shikamaru. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at St. George's Episcopal Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until to service time. Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at St. John's Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, TN. Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Community House, St. George's Episcopal Church or charity of one's choice.


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Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 24, 2011.
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October 30, 2011
Vickie, I left a message on the phone voicemail today, Oct. 30,2011. I just recieved the message from Fr. Jay Lambert, Leesburg, St. James on my voice mail --I got home last night from NC. I will be in touch. Love, Marg Herlong
October 26, 2011
Dear Vickie and family... I first met you when Bishop Herlong came down from Nashville to Tallahassee, FL to perform the wedding of my duaghter Stacey Watson to the now deceased Fr. Frank McRight. It was always special to see and hear him preach at our St. John's Episcopal Church. We share your loss and will miss him. In God's love!
Francis Watson
October 25, 2011
Dear,
Miss vickie and family Margaret Ann and I want to extend to you our warmest and deepest heart felt sympothy at the lost of Bishop Herlong. I worked many hours wiht him on the B&C form his first coming to Tennessee, His leadership has been inspiriing to me. I am sure that his work in this world has deffinently earned him a plac in heavean.

Richard & Margaret Ann Gipson, Christ Church Tracy City Tennessee.
Richard Gipson
October 25, 2011
Dear Vickie,
Just wanted you to know that Dean Herlong was the reason I came to and stayed at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. After being at a very close Church I never expected to find another. Thank you both for your welcoming loving ways.
Helen Trombley
Helen Trombley
October 24, 2011
Dear Vicki,

I wish you and your family great comfort. Bert has blessed many. His is a life to be remembered and celebrated. The first Sunday I attended the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in 1983, Bert took me by the arm, shook my hand, welcomed me, and introduced me to many who are still friends. He also helped me connect with GRI to advance my career.

Although my journey has taken me to Winter Park, FL, San Francisco, and Chicago, I have never forgotten the Advent gathering and your wonderful dinner that many of us shared at your home.

With Thanksgiving and Gratitude, Denny
Dennis (Denny) Kecso
October 24, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. I have fond memories of Bishop Herlong and will miss him.
Andrea Herlong Hale
October 24, 2011
My condolences to your family. - Callie Johnson
October 24, 2011
My heartfelt prayers are lifting up for your whole family as you mourn this tremendous loss. I have fond memories of Canon Herlong at St. John's Cathedral, being so warm and friendly to all, including the youngsters. Michele and I were in Sunday school together through the years you were with us. My mama, Julia, was right there at the gates to welcome her dear friend, Bert.
Monica Rady MacKenzie
October 24, 2011
It seems like yesterday that Bishop Herlong confirmed our daughter Hannah. What a privilege to know him and his sweet wife Vicki. He will be missed by so many. Our prayers are with his family, that they may find the peace that Bishop Herlong now has along side his Heavenly Father. The Grasman Family
October 24, 2011
Bert Herlong brought us back to the Episcopal Church. He will live on in our memories.

Jane and Don Adams
October 24, 2011
Being as I am also a native-born Floridian, our wonderful Bishop and I always shared our common heritage chant that "we Floridians must always stick together!" He had a good sense of humor and was an easy man with whom to talk. I, as many, will certainly miss him. God bless him and keep him in his lovely Heavenly home.
Dee Thompson
Christ Episcopal Cathedral communicant
October 24, 2011
Bert Herlong was priest I knew of from his lovely family relationships here in Jacksonville. I am so sorrow that he has passed away, but glad to learn of his glorious life well-lived.
Madge Bruner Hazen
October 24, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of Bishop Herlong's passing. He was such a wonderful man.
John Parkyn
October 24, 2011
Dear Vicki,
Arnold called me today to tell me about Bert's death. What was the cause of his death? I hope he did not suffer. I am deeply saddened. He was a good friend, and I will miss him very much. I have wonderful memories of those days at the Cathedral.
My love and condolences to you and the family.
Delavan
Delavan Baldwin
October 24, 2011
You all share in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Bishop Herlong was a faithful priest and an incredibly hard-working bishop. He will be missed.
Rev Susanna Metz
October 24, 2011
I am so sorry to hear this news. I am even more saddened by finding out how close you are to where I live and I did not know it. I get alerts when anything containing Hurricane Janet is published so I received an e-mail early this morning. Please accept my heartfelt condolences! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, my heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Sincerely,
Wynndy Herlong Sampson
Wynndy Sampson
October 24, 2011
Dearet family, Jack and I share your deepest loss. We loved him like a brother. It was so good to see him last year at Bob Park's memorial service in Jacksonville, Fl. He did a terrific job in getting Jacksonville Espicopal High School started in one year, even had books in the classroom on opening day. Our hearts go out to Vickie, his devoted wife, and his children Angela and Michele. He was a wonderful and devoted servant of God. Sally and Jack Higgins.....Jacksonville, FL
October 24, 2011
Jim and I remember well our days at Episcopal HS, being neighbors, playing bridge, and enjoying the company of your family. We were so young and just starting our journey in the Episcopal church and in our lives. Thank you so much for your friendship and guidance though our paths have not crossed for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jim & Pat DeArmond
Pat & Jim DeArmond
October 24, 2011
Dearest family, Cobb and I share your sorrow but rejoice in a life well-lived. While we cannot be with you personally, we will be with you in spirit and look forward to seeing you in Florida. You are being held in our prayers. Love, and deepest sympathy. Cobb and Jan
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