Rev. Mearl Everett Henley, 90, of Greenville, PA passed away at 1:55 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018 at The Heritage at St. Paul's in Greenville.
Born in Ernest, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1928 to the late Delaus Arthur and Grace Alta (Cramer) Henley,
Mearl graduated from Reynoldsville High School in 1947. He received his BS of Education from Edinboro University in 1959, a Bachelor and Master of Sacred Theology in 1962 and a Doctor of Divinity in 1977, all from Wesley Theological Seminary.
A retired United Methodist elder and a proclaimer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Mearl served the following churches: Harborcreek from 1962-66, Johnsonburg from 1966-70, Calvary UMC in Greenville from 1970-78, and North East from 1978-94, when he officially retired.
He moved back to Greenville in 1994. Mearl was a past member of the Greenville Rotary Club, North East Exchange Club and North East Kiwanis Club.
Mearl is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dee Ann (Spencer) Henley. They were married on September 10, 1949. Also surviving are two sons, the Rev. Dennis M. Henley and his wife Kristine, and Donald E. Henley and his wife Nancy, all of Grove City; one daughter, Joyce White and her husband, Ronald, of Jamestown, PA; three sisters, Oral Shobert of Vermilion, Ohio, Ruth C. Reiter of Sykesville, Pennsylvania and Alma G. Peisner of Rochester, Pennsylvania; one brother, Allen D. Henley of Rochester,PA; four grandchildren, the Rev. Sharon (Henley) Hamley and her husband Rev. Scott Hamley of New Florence, Pennsylvania, Carolyn (Henley) Welshonce and her husband, Thomas, of Wexford, Pennsylvania, Michael White and his wife, Meredith, of Jamestown, Pennsylvania and Allison (Henley) Wejuli and her husband, Sam, of Illinois and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Myrtle Necci and her husband Anthony; two brothers, Robert D. Henley and Clair F. Henley and two brothers-in-law, Don Reiter and Ronald Shobert.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 South Mercer Street, Greenville at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018, with Rev. Paul O. Mitchell, visitation pastor of the church, officiating.
One hour of visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the church on December 21.
Cremation will take place prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Suite 15, Erie, PA, 16505-4261 http://www.alz.org/
Arrangements are under the direction of: Osborne-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 73-75 Columbia Avenue, Greenville, PA 16125. Messages of sympathy, stories, and photos can be shared at: www.osborne-williams.com.