WILLIAMSPORT - W. Marvin Freed went home to be with his glorious Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, July 29, 2012, at the Gatehouse Hospice Unit, in Williamsport.
Pastor Freed was born on May 15, 1927, in Walker, W.Va., to George E. and Myrtle Buckner Freed.
He had served for 47 years in pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church. He was licensed to preach in 1944 through his recommending church, Vaught Chapel, in Leachtown, W.Va. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1945 and served pastoral charges in Lockhart, Belleville, Big Tygart, Grafton, and Watson from 1946 to 1959, all in the West Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church.
Rev. Freed graduated with a B.A. degree from Fairmont State College in 1959. He would serve one more year at Cheat Lake, outside Morgantown, W.Va., in the WV Conference before moving to Maryland and the Baltimore Conference to attend Wesley Theological Seminary, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity/Master of Divinity Degree in 1963. There he pastored the Mount Nebo Charge.
In 1962, the conference boundaries would be redrawn and he would become a part of the Central Pennsylvania, now the Susquehanna, Conference of the United Methodist Church where he would remain until his retirement in 1992. During those years, he served, as an ordained elder, the pastoral charges of Ramey, Lemont, Axeman-Weaver, and Yeagertown/Rhodes Memorial. After retirement, he would serve one more year at Gaines, Pine Creek Valley Charge.
Rev. Freed had a heart for evangelism and biblical preaching, preaching for a number of revival and evangelistic services across the years. He was a diligent pastor, well-loved by each church he served. He also worked at a variety of other jobs to support his family including working in radio, a variety of department stores, and as a campus patrolman at the Pennsylvania State University.
He loved baseball and football, following the Pittsburgh Pirates in the summer and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Penn State Nittany Lions, and the West Virginia Mountaineers in the fall. In the past few years, he could be seen at local Williamsport Crosscutters games.
Pastor Freed loved his family. He is survived by: three sons, Larry (Sharon) Freed, of Williamsport, Wayne Freed, of Tipton, and Richard (Sharon) Freed, of Bowling Green, Ky.; and seven grandchildren, Brian (Janelle) Freed, of Dillsburg, Christy (Dave) Hall, of Williamsport, Shawn (Carrie Jo) Freed, of Syracuse, N.Y., Amy (Wade) Stubanas, of State College, Teresa (Mark) McCarty, of Albany, N.Y., Melissa Freed, of State College, and Adam Freed, of Bowling Green, Ky.
He particularly loved and took pride in his eight great-grandchildren: Colin McCarty, of Albany, N.Y., Joseph, Nathaniel, and Isaac Freed, of Dillsburg, Eva, Felicity, and Gabe Hall, of Williamsport, and Bella Freed, of Syracuse, N.Y. Rev. Freed also has two surviving sisters, Evelyn Stutler, from Ohio, and a twin sister, Marjorie States, living in Missouri.
Rev. Freed's memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Fillmore United Methodist Church, Bellefonte, with several pastors assisting in the service.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Also, friends and family may visit prior to the memorial service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All visitation will be at the Fillmore United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Meyers Cemetery, Bellefonte.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service Inc, Bellefonte. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneral home .com.