Rev. Dr. Solomon Codillo, Jr.
March 8, 1937 - June 15, 2014
In his 77 years, Pastor Sol lived a full life. He was born in the Philippines and against great odds, obtained higher education that ultimately led him from his remote mountain village to the iconic shores of New York. It was his personal faith in God, and his persistence and willingness to work hard that helped him overcome many challenges. He earned several educational degrees including a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a MA in Guidance and Counseling from Cebu, a Master of Divinity and Master of Systematic Theology degree in New York, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield. Sol led a successful career as head chaplain in the US Federal Bureau of Prisons, which began at a women's correctional facility in West Virginia then led to later assignments in Texas and ultimately to the Federal Medical Center in Springfield. Following over 20 years in the BOP, he was called to return to his earlier roots as church pastor and devotedly led the congregation at St. John's UCC Church in downtown Springfield for nearly 20 years. He served as past presidents of NARFE, Kiwanis and Rotary Club. Sol was an avid fisherman and gardener. Most importantly, Sol is remembered as a faithful and courageous servant of God and the community, and he was much respected and beloved. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosalina, his children, Don (Misty), Sharon (Seann) and George (Judith), and his four grandchildren, Gabrielle, Lillian, Nathaniel, and Mateo.
A church service celebrating the life of Pastor Sol will be held at St. John's UCC Church in Springfield, Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Downtown Kiwanis, St. John's Church or a
Published in the News-Leader from July 26 to July 27, 2014