Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike

YORK NEW SALEM Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike, 77, entered into God's eternal care on Friday, April 4, 2014, at home. He was the loving husband of Wanda Lou (Mattern) Doverspike for 54 years. Born February 21, 1937, in Troutville, he was the son of the late Rev. C.R. and Mabel L. (Shaffer) Doverspike. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Asbury College, his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, both in Wilmore, Ky., and was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Central PA Conference in June 1966. His appointments included Oriole-Oval-Antes Fort Charge, Trevorton, Marathon-Fayetteville-Newtonville Churches in West Ohio Conference while attending seminary. He later served Trinity, Altoona, and First United Methodist, Greencastle. Leroy was then appointed the founding pastor to start the new Aldersgate United Methodist congregation, Mechanicsburg. Further appointments included Wellsboro United Methodist Church and Lohr's Memorial United Methodist Church, Hanover. During his years of ministry, he served in various ministries beyond the local church. He served on the Northumberland-Snyder County Migrant Ministry, the Red Cross Board of Directors, different offices in local Ministeriums, the Conference Council of Finance and Administration, and chaired the Conference Division on Loans under the Board of Global Ministries. He also served as President and 2nd Vice President of Hanover Area Council of Churches and was corresponding secretary of the Bethel Park Camp Meeting Association and Board of Directors from 1974 to 2014. After retiring in 1999, he worked for York Wallcoverings and in April 2004 he joined the staff of Bethany United Methodist Church, Red Lion, as Coordinator of Caring Ministries. Leroy was a long-time blood donor of the American Red Cross, having donated in excess of 20 gallons. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Michal Renee Buchanan and husband, Mark of York, K. Reed Doverspike of Upper Marboro, Md., and Tina Marie Colton and husband, William of Wellsboro; four grandchildren, Rachel and Rebekah Buchanan, and Noah and Abigail Colton; brother, Rev. Fred Doverspike and wife, Connie of Rochester Mills; and sisters, Arlene Voris of Punxsutawney, and Thelma Bence and husband, Dale of Schellsburg. He was preceded in death by his sister, Verla Shafer. A service to celebrate the life of Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 12 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, with the Rev. Ron Doverspike officiating. A time to share memories with the family and an opportunity to view will be on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wetzel Funeral Home and Crematory, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in New Canoe Creek Cemetery, Canoe Creek. Contributions may be made in Leroy's memory to Bethany United Methodist Church, 121 W. Broadway, Red Lion, PA 17356. To share memories of Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike and view a video tribute, please visit

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Published in Evening Sun on Apr. 6, 2014