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Van Edward Cash, 1920-1998

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  Van Edward Cash was born July 13, 1920, in a log cabin in Coffeytown, Amherst County, the oldest son in a family of nine children. His parents were John E. and Lucy Crawford Cash. Van volunteered for the Army in World War II, serving as a medic in Europe, suffering from exposure, pneumonia. Following a career as a barber, Van suffered from TB and stayed in the Veterans hospital over two years. During that time, Mary G. White visited him, they fell in love and were married on April 20, 1954. Van felt the call of God to ordained ministry, and was assigned to the Mt. Tabor Charge while attending Lynchburg College, and the summer program at Duke Divinity School. Van, Mary and now baby girl, Pamela Leah, went on to serve the Amherst Circuit, Cape Hatteras in the North Carolina Conference, Bellevue in the Lynchburg District, Capron in the Portsmouth District, Calvary in Richmond, West Fredericks Hills, Providence White, Lynchburg, and Chatham-Granbery Heights in the Danville District, retiring for health reasons in 1988.

  Following retirement, Van continued to serve on the North Amherst Charge at Wesleyan United Methodist Church, helping a fellow retired minister as much as possible. Van was a gracious, caring pastor, a good preacher, and served well in spite of declining health. The people loved Van where he served. Upon his death, Van returned to his native Amherst County, in Madison Heights, where he entered into eternal rest on October. 13, 1998. A service of celebration was held at Amelon United Methodist Church on October 17, 1998, with burial at Fort Hill Memorial Park, Lynchburg. The following clergy participated: Thomas G. Lee, Raymond Rowland, Henry E. Riley, Jr. and Samuel E. McGee. Survivors include his wife, Mary, daughter, Pamela Tinsley and her husband Charles, and two grandsons, Andrew and Matthew.

— Henry E. Riley, Jr., Raymond Rowland



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