UNION - John Douglas Beverly, 79, went home to be with his Lord Jan. 6, 2014, in Union. He was born Nov. 8, 1934, to Paul C. Beverly and Mary A. Phillips Beverly.
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He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1958, and served God his whole life. After graduating from Arizona Bible College, he worked as a missionary in the Bahamas; a pastor in Canaan; a school teacher near West Stephentown, N.Y., and also Bucksport. He enjoyed ministering to the residents of Seven Tree Manor and other nursing homes. He loved to teach anyone interested in learning about God's Word.
John Beverly was a quiet man who loved to make things of wood. He crafted boats, furniture, shelves, and toys. He loved reading books, chatting with friends, and especially teaching young children. He loved to tell stories, recite poetry, and sing songs.
John was husband to Ileen Beverly for 55 years, who predeceased him to heaven last year. He was father to Yvonne Grace Blake and husband, Randall, Phillip Chase Beverly and wife, Donna, and Jonathan Hugh Beverly and wife, Tracy. He was grandfather to Grace Godwin and husband, Matthew, Caleb Blake and wife, Kimberly, Benjamin Blake and wife, Jessi, Anna Raymond and husband, Christopher, Stephen Blake and wife, Lauren, Lydia Webber and husband, Donald, Micah Blake and wife, Grace, Abel Blake and wife, Jenny, and Landis Beverly. He was great-grandfather to Sawyer Godwin, Cora Blake, Audrey Blake, Carter and Mika Raymond, Malcolm Blake, Evelyn and Eliot Webber, and Gabriel and Alana. He was predeceased by his siblings, Roy Beverly and Eleanor Afflerbaugh; his son, Douglas Michael Beverly; and his great-granddaughter, Emma Ileen Blake.
John Beverly's desire in life was to know God. Philippians 3:8 "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord."
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at South Hope Community Church. Donations may be made to South Hope Community Church. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 10, 2014