In Memory of Mr. Roy DeBise

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Asylum, Refugee, Immigration, Death Announcements

From the Office of Bishop Grant J. Hagiya


In sadness, we share the news that Mr. Roy DeBise, spouse of Mr. Rolly Loomis, a former local pastor in the Desert Southwest Conference, died on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Mr. Roy DeBise was full of laughter and joy. He embraced everyone and he gave so much of his heart away that it finally was not able to sustain his mortal body. He is still cooking for Jesus and always will. Roy and his team prepared twenty thousand plus meals for the Inn of Southern Arizona, a ministry that cares for Asylum Seekers from all over the world. He worked with Iskashitaa Refugee Network that builds community with Refugees from many nations. Roy taught food Preservation workshops for Refugees and their supporters. Roy fed people from all walks of life encouraging folks to gather at the table to share a meal and be in fellowship together.


Mr. Rolly Loomis formerly serves as a local pastor in the Desert Southwest Conference. He began his service as a lay person assigned at First UMC in Tucson, AZ as the Ministries Associate in 2015. He continued in that work as a licensed local pastor in 2016. He then began serving as a lay person assigned working as the Director of Border Ministries at St. Francis in the Foothills UMC in 2020 and concluded that work in July 2022.


A Celebration of the Life will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 11:30 am at:
Saint Francis in the Foothills UMC
4625 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718

A meal will be provided after the service.


Memorial Contributions may be made to:
c/o Saint Francis in the Foothills
4625 E. River Road
Tucson AZ 85718


Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. Rolly Loomis
11285 N. Mt. Breeze Dr.
Oro Valley, AZ 85737


Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life of Mr. Roy DeBise, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.

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Author: Episcopal Office

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