Franklin Forbes “Bill” Gregory, 94, of Stephenson, VA, went home to be with His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at a local nursing home.
Mr. Gregory was born in 1915 in Altoona, Pa., the son of the late Charles E. and Teresa C. Gregory. He was assistant plant manager for National Fruit Products (White House) in Martinsburg, W.V., retiring in June, 1984 after 49 years of service. He was a member of Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church in Winchester, and a former member of Rosemont Grace Brethren Church in Martinsburg, where he had served as a deacon and trustee. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed playing softball and baseball on several local teams.
He married Nellie Robinson Morrison Gregory on February 21, 1981 in Duncansville, Pa.
He is survived by a daughter, Hazel Geukgeuzian and her husband, Vahe, of Stephens City, Va.; two sons, Don Gregory ,and his wife, Connie, of Winchester, Va., and John Edward Gregory, and his wife, Betty, of Columbia City, Ind.; a step-daughter, Judith Whitacre, and her husband, Larry, of Highview, W.W.; three step-sons, William Morrison, and his wife, Lee, of Clearbrook, Va., John Morrison and his wife, Darlene, of Stephenson, and Charles Morrison, of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; fourteen step great grandchildren; nine step great, great grandchildren, and a sister, Mary Lou Evans, of Barstow, Calif. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Morrison Gregory, who died on October 13, 1979, and also three brothers and one sister.
A Celebration of Life was held March 30, 2010, at Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Darrell Taylor officiating. Interment was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, W.V.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church, 1025 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, Va. 22602.
Martha McIntosh, 91, went to be with the Lord from her home on April 23, 2010, in Simi Valley, California after a short illness.
Martha Frances Blair was born on February 18, 1919, to L. D. and Julia Blair of Sutherlin, Virginia. She received her registered nurse degree in Spokane, Wash. in 1946 and married Robert W. McIntosh on June 14, 1947.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband in 1993. Together they owned and operated the Ball Memorial Chapel in Sunnyside, Wash., and McIntosh Funeral Home of Prosser, Wash. Martha also worked at the Sunnyside Memorial Hospital for many years.
She is survived by her four sons, John McIntosh of Simi Valley, Calif., David McIntosh of Santa Rosa, Calif., Don McIntosh of Woodinville, Wash., and Jerry McIntosh of Albany, Ore., two sisters, Billie McDaniels of Yakima, Wash., and Carol Lukkes of Selah, Wash., 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at the Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley, Calif., on May 1, and at the Grace Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Wash., on May 8.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Gideon’s International for the purchase of Bibles.
Pastor James B. Marshall of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Indiana, died Friday, May 7, 2010 at 12 noon at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake at the age of 90.
He was born on May 28, 1919 in Polk, Pa., to the late Mary (Boal) and Samuel Marshall. On July 7, 1949, in Dayton, Ohio, he was married to Margaret Louise Moore, who survives.
James was a member of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church, Leesburg, Ind., and was a minister and missionary for many years for the Grace Brethren Church. He was a WWII veteran serving from 1942-1946 with the U.S. Army. He resided in Milford, Ind., since 1993, and then moved to Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind. in 2001.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Louise Marshall (Winona Lake, Ind.); four sons: Michael (wife Lani) Marshall (Milford, Ind.); Peter (wife Sandra) Marshall (Minburn, Iowa); David (wife Michelle) Marshall (Winona Lake, Ind.); J. Andrew (wife Georgia) Marshall (Noblesville, Ind.); and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
A memorial service was held May 15, 2010, Grace Village Retirement Community, officiated by Chaplain Bob Divine and Pastor Andy Marshall. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Highland, Ohio.
Memorial donations in James’ name can be made to Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590.
Dadje Samuel died on Sunday, April 25, 2010 in the Cameroon. Dadje was married to Christine and had eight daughters, two sons, and several grandchildren. He was 47.
Dadje was a businessman, an evangelist, and a trainer of church planters. He cared deeply that people who were lost would have an opportunity to hear the Gospel. This passion moved him to invest his life in personal evangelism and in starting a movement of African church planters.
Dadje Samuel grew up in the Bassao area of southern Chad where he came to Christ as a young boy. His father rejected his faith and him. Forced to leave home, he climbed a nearby hill and there dedicated his life to God and asked God to be his Father.
At 16 he went to Nigeria to work as a mason. By 18, he was a foreman. Later he moved to Cameroon where he gained more training as a mason and then began his own business. Dadje was asked by the Chadian fellowship of churches to return to Chad to assist in the many church building projects. He moved to Moundou where he started a successful construction company. He took classes at the Bassao Bible Institute and invested much time in evangelism and church planting.
In 1998, at the Chateau in France, Dadje encountered the ACT Strategy of church planting. He came back to Chad and built his own “chateau” at Kou Bethanie and began the Summer School of Evangelism. Over the last 12 years hundreds of men were trained to minister either as evangelists/church-planters or as leaders in the new church plants.
Due to his apostolic vision there are Chadian missionaries working in four countries and with unreached people groups with over 400 new churches and Points of Light started. It was on an exploratory trip to develop church planting in a new country that Dadje became ill. He was hospitalized, but died a few days later.
A memorial fund has been established by GBIM to help with the immediate needs of the family and the funeral. Funds will also go to continue Dadje’s vision of evangelism and church planting. For more information, log onto gbim.org.
Willa Dean McGuire Sink, 73, of Roanoke, Va., the wife of Pastor Paul Sink of the Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church, died on Thursday, May 6, 2010.
She was born on July 6, 1936, to the late W. Hatcher McGuire Sr. and the late Bessie Amos McGuire. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Jackie N., Bobby, and Jimmy McGuire.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, the Rev. Paul W. Sink Sr.; son, Paul W. Sink Jr. and his wife, Reba, of Rocky Mount; grandson, Matthew P. Sink, of Roanoke; great-granddaughter, Kylee Ann Sink; and brother, W. Hatcher McGuire Jr. and his wife, Nellyce.
Willa was a faithful member and pianist for the Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church. She played keyboard for The Homeplace for the past 12 years and for L.O.A. at Loudon Avenue Christian Church for over 20 years. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her but we rejoice in the fact we know where she is as II Corinthians 5:6-8 reads, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”
Visitation was at Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church on May 10, 2010, with the funeral in the church Tuesday, May 11, 2010, with the Rev. I.W. Sloan and the Rev. Leonard Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park.
James “Jim” Lloyd Woolman, 58, of Arlington, Wash., died May 1, 2010 in his residence after a two-year battle with kidney cancer.
Woolman was born Feb. 3, 1952, in Spokane, Wash., to Lloyd and Elizabeth Woolman. On June 10, 1972, he married Janiece Widman, of Winona Lake, Ind., who survives.
The Woolman family moved to Winona Lake in 1956. Jim graduated from Warsaw Christian School in 1964, Warsaw Community High School in 1970, Grace College in 1974, and Summa Cum Laude from Northwest Baptist Seminary, Tacoma, Wash., in 1987.
In 1979, he began a Christian academy in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving to Washington in 1983 to train for the pastorate. He spent his life in the ministry and Christian education.
Also surviving are nine children: Heather (and spouse Richard) Mayer, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Joshua (and spouse Sarah) Woolman, Stanwood, Wash.; Adam, Daniel, Micah, Hope and Heidi Woolman, all of Marysville, Wash.; Caleb (and spouse Becky) Woolman, Mount Vernon, Wash.; Hannah Woolman, Lynnwood, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and a brother Gary (and spouse Becky Kent) Woolman, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents. His father, Lloyd Woolman, long-time coach, athletic director, and dean of men at Grace College, died in February, 2009, at age 84.
A memorial service was held at Allen Creek Community Church, Marysville, Washington.