Rev. Harold Witmer

Rev. Harold Witmer

Saturday, May 30th, 1936 - Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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Harold Leroy Witmer, age 82, went to be his Lord Jesus on Saturday, April 6, 2019 while at his home in Clarksville.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Clarksville with the Rev. Sam Hill officiating. He will be laid to rest with Army Honors at The Community Church Memorial Gardens following the service. Harold's family will begin receiving friends at 12 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church. Elders and Deacons of The Community Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Harold entered into this life on May 30, 1936 in York Co., Pennsylvania to the late Free Woodrow Wilson Witmer and Kathryn Davenport Witmer. As a young man Harold served in the US Army and had a lifelong passion for serving Jesus and founded The Christian Serviceman Center of Clarksville. Furthermore, he founded the Youth Challenge Center for Boys and Girls and worked with many other organizations including the Salvation Army where he served on the Board and also with the PGA where he served as a Senior Tour Chaplain. Additionally, Harold was one of the founding Elders of The Community Church and has been the current Pastor there for a number of years.
Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Faye Kreidler Witmer; children, Timothy (Lee Anne), Steven (Rebecca), and Melanie Witmer; and siblings, Richard Witmer, Donald Witmer, Joe Arnsberger, and Kathy Ross. He was also the grandfather to five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    435 Madison St.
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    435 Madison St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 09:46am
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With Love, Kathy, Joe, Donnie and Dick

Posted at 04:10pm
To our oldest and beloved brother Whip! We will always remember the laughter and love you shared with everyone you met. RIP until we meet again.
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Jim Savage

Posted at 10:50pm

It was with sadness thatI learned today of the passing of my friend of over 50 years and with gladness to know that he will be reaping the rewards of heaven for the stately Christian life that he shared with so many. I am sure that many in the Clarksville and it's larger community share memories of his Christian character and activities.
A few years ago I wrote an endorsement to the book about his life that had been in multiple editions/printings at that time. A shortened statement of the below slightly edited was included. I wish to thank his wife Faye and Brother Harold for making me feel a part of their family. We will all miss Brother Harold.

Growing up in Clarksville, Tennessee in the sixties provided an interesting life for me as a young boy. As a teenager life was good. I delivered the Nashville newspapers both morning and evening. As I finished my paper route on College Street, I occasionally stopped off at the Christian Servicemen’s Center. It was a good stop for me to get warm but mainly for the servicemen to do something better than hit the bars downtown.

While I initially met Brother Harold at the Center, I also met other strong Christians who supported the Center. I was fortunate when I first entered the Army to have Harold’s friend COL Cecil Hill to recommend me. Harold had worked for him at Ft Campbell when COL Hill was Chief of Staff and Harold was a driver for General Westmoreland (who would later become my commander in Vietnam). Little did I know that I would start a career in the military with the Center’s supporters giving me part of that push.

Later I became better acquainted with Brother Harold when he started worshiping at First Christian Church where he helped transform Dr Bill Corley, our minister who had just finished work as a college Dean. The church had many nice people, including my family. Then Brother Bill started preaching the Gospel and the church filled up including Sunday nights (even the rafters upstairs were often full which from what I remember had not been used for years). But, most what I remember about those meetings was the preaching and worship. We had great preaching and praying by men who boldly proclaimed God’s Word.

After Vietnam I entered law school in Memphis and my father got cancer. Brothers Bill and Harold often visited and prayed for Dad’s healing but the cancer got the better of him. Brother Bill lead his funeral services. My mother was teaching school and supporting by herself my five remaining brothers and sisters but after Dad's death my younger teenage brothers developed some problems during the early seventies. So for a while they were guests at the Christian Youth Challenge and the North Tennessee Bible Institute under the care of Brother Harold. That assistance was welcomed by my mother (whose funeral services 15 years ago was lead by Brothers Harold and Bill).

Through the years I have maintained contact with Brother Harold and his numerous ministries, including Christian Partners which always had exciting and different ministries, such as “Tiles for Jesus” that provided tons of free tiles for churches, orphanages, and Christian schools not only in the US but in other countries. On a television show that I hosted, I had the opportunity to feature Brother Harold’s ministry in the early 90s to his ancestral Poland where he met military men seeking religious freedom after the downfall of the communist curtain. He lead many missions to Russia where he was instrumental in starting its largest evangelical church which in turned started many new congregations.

His Christian witness held us spell bound as one who wanted to help others find salvation. He delivered the Word of God with great passion with many people responding when he preached the Word. Brother Bill, prior to his death, recommended that Brother Harold pastor The Community Church. There he preached and spoke with conviction about the greatest news on earth. One seldom knows what impact they may have on another person. I am happy that the contributions that Brother Harold not only provided to my family but also to me. His encouragement contributed to my military uniform and civil service career.

But my greatest gift from Brother Harold was his witness to me was that the Lord Jesus was my Savior.
LTC James "Jim" C. Savage III
Retired Judge Advocate and US Civil Service Attorney
54 Elm Street, Worcester MA 01609

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Paul and Myrna Moore

Posted at 08:23am
Our loss is definitely heaven's gain!

We arrived in Clarksville, and it wasn't long before we heard about Harold. "Oh, you've got to meet Harold Witmer! He can do that; he can get that; he is the one to talk to about that, etc." So, in God's timing we wound up meeting this truly kingdom minded and altruistic man.

As out turned out, we didn't need Harold's help, but we did need his friendship and his prayers. We also needed his example and his testimony. We needed to see his untiring devotion to the Lord and his passion for the lost - here and abroad. We needed to see what one person, given to God, can accomplish in His Name. AND we can't wait to see the beautiful crown Harold will lay at Jesus' feet!

Our loss truly is heaven's gain - and Harold's.


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