Sleasman, William Jacob

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Pastor William J. (Bill) Sleasman, 81, of Narrows, went to join his Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. He was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1927, and was the son of the late John William and Mattie Ruth Kimmel Sleasman. Bill was a graduate of Somerset High School and was ordained into the ministry at First Christian Church, Somerset, in 1949. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kentucky Christian College and a Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary. At the time of his death, he was serving as the minister of First Christian Church in Pearisburg. He served as minister of his home church in Somerset for nine years prior to retiring in July 1997. In addition, he served First Christian Church in Charlottesville, First Christian Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Portsmouth Christian Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was the minister of the New Castle group of Christian Churches from September 1953 to October 1962.
Bill served in various capacities for the Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship, serving two terms as president, one in 1965 and again from 1980 to 1982. He served on the continuation committee of the Southern Christian Convention and served a three-year term on the “Council of 50” of Kentucky Christian College. He served as a director of Fellowship of Associates of Medical Evangelism (FAME). He served as director of a mission titled, Health And Salvation To Every Nation, (HASTEN), of which Dr. Dennis Pruett is the President. He also served as North Carolina chairman of the Bicentennial Venture of Evangelism. At the time of his death, he was President of the Narrows Lions Club and a member of Lions International for over 50 years. He also served on the board of the Giles County Christian Service Mission, vice-president of the Giles County Religious Education “Bible Bus,” a former president of the Wolf Creek Ruritan Club, and a member of the Giles County Ministerial Association. Bill always left a wonderful impression with everyone he knew through his ministry and his friendship.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Della Virginia (Ginny) Conley Sleasman, of Narrows; a son, William Eugene Sleasman and wife, Deborah, of Chesapeake, Virginia; a daughter, Debra Sleasman Nauman and husband, Randy, of Mount Vernon, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Sandra Wood and Stacey Marshall, both of Ruckersville, Virginia; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, John Sleasman and wife, Alice, of Gainesville, Florida; a sister, Jean Will of Venice, Florida; several special nieces, nephews and cousins, and many special friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows with the Rev. David Tingler, the Rev. Dolan Baker and the Rev. Dennis Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Shrader Cemetery in the Wolf Creek community near Narrows. The family will receive friends at First Christian Church in Narrows Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider the Giles County Religious Education “Bible Bus” program, P.O. Box 441, Pearisburg, Va. 24134. Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows is serving the Sleasman family. Online condolences to the family can be sent to www.riffes.com.