BURLINGTON - The Rev. John William Settlemyre, age 86, of 4656 Mount Vernon Church Road, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Jan. 11, 2013, at Alamance Regional Medical Center. He was a resident of Alamance County for 40 years. In 1972, he received and accepted a call to become the pastor of Union Ridge United Church of Christ, where he served for 18 years.
A native of Conover, he was born in 1926 to the late Floyd Anthony Settlemyre and Frances Moore Settlemyre Faw. He attended Catawba County schools and later graduated from Catawba College where he was President of his Senior Class. He then pursued his chosen profession.
He decided early in life to enter the Christian Ministry. After attending the Theology Seminary in Lancaster, Pa., he began his ministry at a 3-point charge in Guilford County. He then served Mount Hope UCC, First UCC in High Point and Union Ridge UCC, where he was honored as "pastor emeritus." During his ministerial career, he attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received his masters degree in counseling in the field of education. During his career in High Point, he was one of the organizers of the first kindergarten for handicapped and former Chairman of the Board. Rev. Settlemyre served as the Chairman of the Board during the organizational years of the United Church of Christ Retirement Homes Communities in N.C.
After his retirement in 1991, he served a number of churches on an interim basis, including Carolina Christian Church, Long Chapel and Concord Christian Church.
During retirement, he was an avid quail hunter, golfer and loved collecting and repairing crocks and working with antique clocks.
He was well-loved in the churches he served and was remembered by many in those congregations.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Pfaff Settlemyre, of the home; daughter, Betty Kim Settlemyre, of Burlington; brother, Terry Robert Settlemyre and wife, Sylvia and daughter Julie, of Hickory; sister-in-law Winifred "Bobbie" Queen, of Winston-Salem; and nieces Stacie Queen and husband Todd and Bronwynn Queen and husband Alex. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, James Anthony "Tony" Settlemyre and daughter, Terri Lynn Settlemyre.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Union Ridge Church by the Rev. Dan Ficklin, pastor, assisted by the Revs. Jim Rosser and Lloyd Spencer and Dr. Sam Scott. Interment will follow in Mount Hope United Church of Christ Cemetery in Guilford County. Rev. Settlemyre will remain at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory until being taken to the church to lie in repose one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at Lowe Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and again from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of the church prior to the service.
You may sign the online register book at www.lowefuneralhome.com