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John Teter, 1911-2001

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John Teter once said he was probably the oldest graduate of Ridgeley High School in West Virginia. After leaving school in the sixth grade, he felt a call to the Christian ministry and enrolled into the ninth grade at the age of 23. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

   John was ordained a deacon of the Methodist Church in 1943 and served 36 years as pastor at churches in Winchester, Alexandria, Warrenton, Portsmouth, Crewe, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Smithfield. Upon retiring in 1977, he served nine years as associate pastor in two churches and continued conducting funerals, weddings and baptisms when he was needed. He was recognized as pastor emeritus of Miles Memorial Church in Norfolk in 1992.

During his retirement in Norfolk, his wife, Jane, passed away in 1979. He stayed in their home keeping up with daily activities and maintaining his independence until 1993 when he moved to a retirement community in Virginia Beach. John was quite popular with all the friends he made in his new home. He never met a stranger and this helped him to adjust to his new environment. He was well liked and always enjoyed being around people.

   John was devoted to his family and was proud of his two daughters and their families. He especially enjoyed activities with his four grandchildren. When declining health kept him from attending church services, he would have his own worship service in his living room on Sunday mornings. John will always be remembered for his dedication to his family, friends, and the congregations he served during his ministry and his continued devotion to God.

— Mary Sue Teter Woods

 

 

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