At 96 years of age, the retired Rev.Virgil E. Maybray passed away on Nov. 4, 2015 in his apartment at the Waterford, in Juno Beach, Florida.
Born to John Charles Maybray and Helen Peterson Maybray, on Feb. 10, 1919, in East Liverpool, Ohio, he was a graduate of New Castle Senior High School and earned degrees at Taylor University (BA), Wesley Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Temple University (STM), and did post-graduate studies at Hartford Theological Seminary.
During his ministry, he served churches in Indiana, Massachusetts and Maryland. Having been ordained in the Baltimore Conference, he transferred to what is now the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he pastored the Chicora charge, Sharpsville First, Dubois First, Oil City Grace, and Irwin First churches.
After 30 years in local churches, Maybray went into mission promotion and development ministry, first as the Executive Secretary of the Evangelical Missions Council of “Good News,” and later as the founding Vice President of the Mission Society for United Methodists.
Preaching evangelistic services and conducting missions conferences took him to hundreds of cities and towns throughout the United States and also to Great Britain, Mexico, and Paraguay. Always ready to preach, he would let anyone know that he had a sermon in his pocket.
He married his college sweetheart, Marian Ruth Young, of Castlewood, Pa., on July 6, 1944. Together, they enjoyed raising four children: Jon, Bonnie, Mark and Tim. She died on May 10, 1989.
God found favor with him a second time and allowed him to marry Jane (Green) Rodgers, of Tequesta, Fla., on Jan. 2, 1993.
In addition to his wife, Jane, he is survived by three children: Jonathan, and wife Joy Maybray of Springville, N.Y.; Bonnie O’Neil, and husband Ray, of Fresno, Calif.; and Timothy and wife, Lisa, of Titusville; a daughter-in-law Melanie Maybray, of Drexel Hill; and three step-children: Clay Rodgers, of Jupiter, Fla.; Lisa Hockman, and husband, Mark of Prosperity, S.C.; Michelle Prendergast, and husband, Rob of Uniontown, Ohio. His progeny also include 33 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. All of these he prayed for by name every day.
In addition to his first wife, Marian, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Maybray, and granddaughter, Sarah Bronson.
Services were held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with the Rev. John Denmark presiding. A second service was scheduled at the Free Methodist Church in Titusville, with son Rev. Timothy Maybray officiating. There will be a visitation time one hour prior to both services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mission Society for United Methodists or Trinity United Methodist Church, Palm Beach, Fla.
During the seasons of his life, he enjoyed baseball, fishing, golfing, reading and traveling. He was an avid letter writer to family, supporters, bishops, and anyone to whom he wished to speak his mind. His signature was always, “He is Risen!”