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Rev. John Earle Sayre

November 27, 1925 November 8, 2018
Rev. John Earle Sayre
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The Reverend John Earle Sayre, 92, of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Bridgewater Home.

He was born in Fishersville on November 27, 1925, a son of the late Jonas Earle and Nora (Miller) Sayre.

John was a minister in the Church of the Brethren and pastored congregations in Roanoke, Timberville, and Beaver Creek near Bridgewater. Following his retirement from full time ministry, he worked at Bridgewater College, continued as an interim minister for multiple congregations, and maintained a private counseling practice. John volunteered as the chaplain for the Rockingham County Jail for 32 years. He was a member of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren after retiring from full time ministry. He served his country as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was a graduate of Bridgewater College, Bethany Theological Seminary, and James Madison University. John was awarded the Citizen of the Year for his volunteer efforts by the State of Virginia Mental Health Association. He was active in the Bridgewater Ruritan Club .

On August 28, 1950 he was united in marriage to Gaynell (Wampler) Sayre who preceded him in death on February 24, 2015.

John is survived by his daughter, Barbara Sayre Trotter, of Charlottesville, VA; two sons Steven Earle Sayre and wife Marcia, of Charlottesville; Philip John Sayre, of Frederick, MD; three sisters, Bonnie Ankers, and Louise Vakil, both of Bridgewater, and Betty Rowe, of Waynesboro. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jessica Meyer & husband Matthew, Rebecca Sayre & husband Erfaan Mojgani, Laura Baker & husband Philip, Lindsay Lam & husband Ryan, Matthew Sayre, Sarah Trotter and Christopher Trotter; six great grandchildren, Claire Baker, Ian Baker, Esme Lam, Charlotte Meyer, Henry Meyer, and Nora Mojgani.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren in Bridgewater, VA with Rev. Jeffery Carr and Rev. Russ Barb officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The casket will be closed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Healthcare Foundation, 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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7:00 PM 11/16/2018 7:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 11/16/2018 9:00:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service - Bridgewater Location

208 South Main Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Johnson Funeral Service - Bridgewater Location
208 South Main Street Bridgewater 22812 VA
United States

memorial service




10:00 AM 11/17/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
Bridgewater Church of the Brethren

420 College View Drive
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Rev. Jeffery Carr and Rev. Russ Barb officiating. Burial will be private.

Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
420 College View Drive Bridgewater 22812 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bridgewater Health Care Foundation

302 N Second Street
Bridgewater, VA

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