William "Bill" Secrist
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MANSFIELD: William "Bill" Secrist, 81, of Mansfield, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his residence, spending his Resurrection Day with his Lord. He was born March 9, 1933 in Jamestown, OH, the son of Homer and Mary Ada (Miller) Secrist.
He was a minister for over 60 years in Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in Illinois, Missouri, Arizona and Ohio serving both as full time and as an interim pastor and most recently, Bill served as a Minister of Visitation for McElroy Road Church of Christ which was a wonderful way of ending his career in ministry ~ doing what he loved and wanted. His most important things in his life were his church, his family and his friends. He enjoyed puzzles and games, being outdoors, fishing and helping those in need.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years JoAnn Secrist; a son, Andy (Andrea) Secrist; a daughter, Sue Ellen Secrist; two grandchildren, Abby and Kenny Secrist; three brothers, David (Alberta) Secrist and Richard (Deloris) Secrist all of Springfield, OH and George Secrist of Georgia; a sister, Barbara (Norman) Wheeler of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Mahlon Secrist and a sister, Hazel Marsh.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the funeral home conducted by Jack Sumption of First Christian Church in Memphis, Missouri. Private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McElroy Road Church of Christ or Ashland Christian Church.
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Wappner Funeral Directors & Crematory
98 S Diamond St Mansfield, OH 44902
Published in the News Journal on Apr. 19, 2014