Celebrating 60 Years in the Ministry

Stanley L.Stiver seminary 1947 St. Lukes New Orleans Stanley Stiver in 1990s
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On June 29, 2011, Rev. Stiver would have been 90 years old. To remember the day and in honor of his memory, here is one of the crosses from his collection.

Like many of his crosses, this one was a gift. He received the hair cross from Mrs. Edward Day of Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1955. The small cross is made of gold fasteners connected by woven human hair and is a type of jewelry popular in Victorian times. It could either be for ornamental use, to remember a loved one or to remember one who has died. Of the hundreds of forms of hair jewelry only a handful were shaped as a cross.

Hair Mourning Cross
Sign hung on side of County Wide Insurance Agency buiding, Claremont

Sign on side of County Wide Insurance Agency buiding in Claremont during week of May 16, 2011.

The Rev. Stanley L. Stiver died on Monday, May 16, 2011, surrounded by his family at Abernethy Laurel in Newton, NC. Services were held at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Friday, May 20th, 2011. The service was completed at St. Mark's cemetary. His request was that memorial contributions be given to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 550, Claremont, NC 28610, earmarked for the Radio Fund or Parish Hall Fund.

Comments/Tributes Jonna Mcgrath Rowe created a wonderful Facebook site: Pastor Stiver influenced my life.... Please be sure to take a look and add a memory or comment. There are also remembrances of Rev. Stiver at the Drum and Willis Reynolds website. Just locate the obituary and follow the links to the guest book.

This site was set up in 2007 to celebrate the ministry and life of Rev. Stiver on his 60th year in the ministry. Visitors are encouraged to post a story, an image or a memory at Contribute page or at Pastor Stiver influenced my life....