Earle Franklin Stirewalt (SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.)

SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The Reverend Earle Franklin Stirewalt, of St. Simons Island, died Saturday, December 1, 2007. A Baptist Minister, he was a graduate of Mercer University and Andover- Newton Theological Seminary. A Minister for over seventy years, he was Pastor at Baptist churches in Bonair, Newton (Massachusetts), Nahunta, Dublin, Lithonia, Madison, and Millen. At the end of his Pastorate, he served the Georgia Baptist Convention for eighteen years in the Evangelism and Missions Department, lastly as Secretary of Work with National Baptist. After retirement, he served as Interim Pastor for a number of churches in North Georgia. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Simons Island and was Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Lithonia, Georgia. A native of Georgia, Reverend Stirewalt lived on St. Simons Island for the last nine years. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty two years, Vivian Christine Stirewalt and a brother, Harvey Lee Stirewalt. He is survived by his son, David Earle Stirewalt (Anne Marie) of St. Simons Island; daughter, Rita S. Burge (Charles) of Greensboro and St. Simons Island; son, Richard Paul Stirewalt (Trinka) of Thomasville; sisters, Lucille S. Dickson and Sarah S. Mendenhall, both of North Augusta, South Carolina; four grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2007 at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 at the First Baptist Church on St. Simons Island with the Reverends William Henderson and Jim Martin officiating. Pallbearers will be Carrol Martin, Julian Flexer, Al Sawyer, Reverend Carl Milton, Reverend Barry Owens, and Ron Eulenfeld. Interment will follow the service at Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens on St. Simons Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the McAfee School of Christianity at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-December 3, 2007