In Memoriam

James Edward Rancjik

James Edward Rancjik: Born Nov. 18, 1949. Died Jan. 30, 2018. Ed was a supervisor of maintenance and environmental services for the Monongalia County Board of Education for 42 years and was an active member of the W.Va. School Facilities Association. He was an active and longtime member of the Westover United Methodist Church, where he served as Lay Leader for 30 years, sang in the church choir, and helped with Vacation Bible School. He was the 2007 West Virginia United Methodist “Man of the Year,” the highest honor bestowed by the state fellowship.

C Montgomery “Monty” Craig: Died Aug. 10, 2019. Monty enjoyed a long and storied career in several areas of broadcast media before fully retiring from his business, Craig Services, in 1999. Retirement gave him an opportunity to concentrate more on his involvement in church and Scouting. Monty was a member of Stout United Methodist Church and often attended Trinity Episcopal Church. He participated in many aspects of church life including United Methodist Men and Scouting, with which he had a life-long connection. He was the 2006 West Virginia United Methodist “Man of the Year,” the highest honor bestowed by the state fellowship.

Rev. Harold A. Langevin, Jr.

Rev. Harold Arthur Langevin Jr.: Born Nov. 2, 1954. Died Sept. 2, 2019. Harold earned a Music Education degree from Fairmont State College (now University) in 1977. After college he returned to Randolph County as band director at Tygart Valley High School until 1980. In 1986 he began a 25-year career with the state Department of Health and Human Resources, retiring in 2011. Over the years Harold was the choir director and Sunday School teacher at Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church and the director of choirs at Otterbein UMC. He was a Little League Baseball and Mighty Mites basketball coach, and an instructor of private trumpet and piano lessons. In 2006 he became a licensed United Methodist pastor. He had appointments in multiple districts and touched many lives. He was serving the Belington Circuit at the time of his illness. He was active in the community. He served as volunteer chaplain at Davis Medical Center in Elkins. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Helping Hand Clearing House. At the time of his death, Harold was the Prayer Advocate for the West Virginia United Methodist Men. In 2018 he received the Torch Award from the General Commission on United Methodist Men’s Office of Civic Youth-serving Agencies/Scouting.

Boyd Hastings

Boyd Hastings: Born June 26, 1925. Died Dec. 19, 2019. Boyd became a baptized member of the Spruce Street Methodist Church in 1937, where he remained a faithful member his entire life. A veteran of World War II, Boyd worked for 40 years at First National Bank. He was a long-time member of the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Odd Fellows.

Allan Wayne Wolfe

Allan Wayne Wolfe: Born Oct. 2, 1947. Died Aug. 21, 2017. Allan and his wife, Rose, were the former co-owners of the White Hall Book and Craft Store. He was an active member of the Eldora United Methodist Church, having served in many positions within the church. He also was active in the Gideons and Scouting. Allan was especially active with the United Methodist Men, having served at the local, state and national levels. He was the 2009 West Virginia United Methodist “Man of the Year,” the highest honor bestowed by the state fellowship.

I. Arnold Eddy, 79, of Westover. Born Aug. 26, 1932. Died Dec. 2, 2011. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Eddy was a State Farm insurance agent for 47 years. He was a longtime member of the Westover United Methodist Church and was the 2000 United Methodist “Man of the Year.” He was instrumental in establishing the golf tournament that provides a majority of the funding for the annual Scout camporee held in conjunction with the West Virginia Methodist Men’s Annual Gathering at WVU Jackson’s Mill each September. He also was a member of the Westover Rotary Club and the IOOF No. 10 in Morgantown. Eddy believed in the Lord and wanted to share this love with everyone he met, thus he concluded nearly every conversation with … “I’ll see you all in church on Sunday.”

Donald M. Patterson, 76, of Walker, WV. Born in 1941. Died March 20, 2017. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was retired from GE Plastics. He was a charter member of the Eastwood Fire Department, where he served as the first fire chief and was a member for 30 years. He was a member of the Vaught Chapel United Methodist Church, was president of the United Methodist Men’s Kanawha Charge, served on the Board of Directors for Crossroads United Methodist Camp, and helped with Boy Scout Troop 30 in Elizabeth.

James Paxton Roy, Jr.

James Paxton Roy Jr.: Born July 19, 1934. Died Sept. 21, 2019. Born in Morgantown, Jim moved to Nashville in the late 1970s from a position he held at West Virginia University. While teaching computer science at Nashville State Technical Institute, his faith led him to volunteer with The Upper Room prayer ministry. In 1993 he married Josephine Medlin and was hired as assistant to Betty Cloyd on the staff of The Upper Room’s prayer center. In 1998 he became director of the prayer ministry, a position in which he served until he retired in 2002. He was an active member of the Nashville Emmaus Community until he and Josephine moved to Foley, Alabama, in 2005. They were active members of St. Andrew by the Sea, a community church in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and the Servant Heart Emmaus Community in Citronelle for 14 years. They returned to Tennessee in April 2019.