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Lionel Eugene Sayers
Rev. Lionel Eugene Sayers, 94, Pastor Emeritus of Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, of 16 Constitution Avenue, Bradford, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, at his residence with his loving wife of 75 years by his side.
Born January 11, 1925, in Parnassus, he was a son of the late Russell Sayers, Sr and Martha (Musthaf) Sayers Moorehead.
Lionel attended Clarion Limestone High School. He enlisted into the United States Army Infantry and was Honorably discharged. Lionel’s career started as a lineman at Bell Telephone.
On October 15, 1943, in Frogtown, he married the love of his life, Alice Mae (Ferry) Sayers who survives.
In 1953, Lionel felt the calling to become a pastor and enrolled at Fredonia College. He completed the Conference Course Study under the Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB) and was ordained in 1960.
Rev. Sayers’ first pastoral assignment was to the Hartfield and Elms Flats EUB Churches followed by the Sugar Lake, Donation and Mount Pleasant EUB Churches. During this time he also served as Chaplain of the County Homes in Dewittville and Dunkirk and as a director of Jr. Camp at Findley Lake. In 1967, he was assigned to Pastor the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) in Lewis Run where he served for 11 years. He was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of United Methodist Churches, the Bradford Ministerial Association and volunteered at the outreach program for children.
In 1978 when Multiple Sclerosis limited his speech and ability to visit congregants, Rev. Sayers left church ministry but continued to minster through his infectious crooked smile while being the owner and operator of The Sharp Shop. Before MS limited his activities, Rev. Sayers loved to be in nature, whether it was walking in the woods, hunting or gardening. In his later years he continued his love of nature through Sunday drives, and feeding and watching the birds outside his window. He was also a lifetime member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department.
Surviving in addition to his wife Alice, are five daughters, Sherlyn Sue (Sam) Deeter, of Raleigh, NC; Marsha Kay Remington, of Harlingen, TX; Brenda Joy (Millard Gentner) Sayers, of West Valley, NY; Celia Ann (Tim) Brinker, of Henderson, NC; and Penny Lee (Mike) Carroll of Cary, NC; and one daughter-in-law Noreen Sayers, of Cooperstown, PA. He leaves behind a legacy of 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister- and brother-in-law, Lois and LeRoy Skinner of Bradford, and sister-in-law Lucille Sayers, of New Bethlehem, and many nieces and nephews as well as the many caregivers that helped to care for him over the past 16 years, including Cathy Kennedy who faithfully cared for him each morning.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Eugene Sayers; brother Russel Sayers, Jr.; step-father Earl Moorehead; brothers- and sisters-in law, Cynthia Sayers, Ralph and Iwilda Ferry, LeRoy and Hazel Ferry, and Harold, Irene, and Margaret Ferry; and nephews Jerry Ferry, Robert Ferry and Don Sayers.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, 1447 South Avenue, Lewis Run, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Ken Duffee, Pastor, and Rev. Roger Peterson officiating. The service will be followed by a lunch for family and friends. A private burial will held at Frogtown Cemetery in Clarion County.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
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