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Roy Oren Creech, 1933-2003

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 Roy Oren Creech was a large man full of deep and outgoing faith. His relationship with Christ was the cornerstone of his life, and nothing stood between him and his faith in God. Roy’s love of God translated into an incredible love of people. His family will always remember that he would say, "It’s okay to dislike someone, but you still have to love them."

  Roy was a loving husband and was married to Mary Creech for 51 years. He was a father to six children, John, Matthew, Mark, Kristle, Tamara, and Sandra. He was a brother to six siblings, and his family was precious to him. He dearly loved each of his seven grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He knew the pain and heartache of losing a child, as his son Mark preceded him in death. He and Mary had built a retirement home in the woods, near Greenville, Virginia, on a piece of ground he called "Beulah Land."

  As a friend, "Dr. Roc," as he was affectionately known, loved and touched the lives of many people. He never met a stranger, and his outgoing, boisterous nature drew people to him. In a room full of people, he stood out, and yet he was always glad to see you one-on-one. He had a unique ability to make you feel special and important.

  Dr. Creech served the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 37 years. He served Philadelphia, Surry, Glenwood, Whitmell, Schoolfield, Memorial (Petersburg District), Christ in Staunton, and Calvary (Staunton District) churches. In his retirement, he had served Marvins, and he was currently serving Schoolfield in Danville for the second time. He was known for his love of missions, and especially for his work with the Volunteers In Mission program.

  His ministry was not just to his churches and his members, he was a minister to the community as a whole. There was no one to whom he would not offer spiritual comfort or physical aide. He was a regular visitor at the Augusta County Jail, a chaplain with the Staunton City Police Department, and helped to form the volunteer Chaplain service at Augusta Medical Center, where he had been honored in recent years with the title of "Chaplain Emeritus." He also was a chaplain with the fire and rescue services of Augusta County. It is not possible to know the number of people whose lives he has profoundly touched with the love and grace of God.

  In all, as it said in his obituary, "TO KNOW HIM WAS TO LOVE HIM!"

  Roy will be greatly missed by the Virginia Annual Conference, by his friends, and by his family. But today, Roy is dancing in heaven and singing (louder than anyone else!) "When the saints go marching in!" In Roy’s new Beulah Land, there is much rejoicing over the one who has finished his course and come at last to that promised land.

— Rev. B. Failes Jr. and Rev. James A. Harris



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