Pastor Harold E. Feerrar Jr., of Quarryville, went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
In his lifetime as pastor, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, businessman, outdoorsman, athlete and friend, Harold touched the lives of hundreds of people in all walks of life. Harold led many people to the Lord in his 33 years as a pastor at Calvary Independent Church in Mechanics Grove, in southern Lancaster County.
Born August 25, 1927, in Williamsport, Harold was the son of Harold E. Feerrar Sr. and Bertha S. Feerrar (Shultz). He was married to Margaret Ann Feerrar (Fannin) for 62 years, and was father to Harold E. (Buddy) Feerrar III (Brenda), Gene Feerrar (Irene), Ted Feerrar (Lisa) and Dawn Taylor (Larry); 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Betty Jane Schwanbeck, of Adairsville, Ga., who was responsible for establishing Harold's Christian life as a young teen. He was predeceased by his sister Virginia Dalton, of Atlanta, Ga.
Harold left Williamsport High School to pursue his education at Taccoa Falls College in Georgia, and graduated from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He accepted a temporary pastoral assignment at a church in Mechanics Grove, which later became Calvary Independent Church. His six month assignment stretched into 33 years, and during his tenure, a Christian school was established there and the church also became well-known for its outdoor "open-air" Sunday evening services. An evangelistic mission trip to Uruguay took Harold and others by land and sea to deliver a van to missionaries, an adventurous highlight in his career.
A successful businessman for many decades, Harold established an automobile business at Nate's Auto in Quarryville, expanding that business to Routes 10 and 30 in Parkesburg; Christiana Sales in Christiana; and Dutch Pines Auto Sales and Motel at the corner of Routes 30 and 896. His most recent business venture was as owner of Centerville Self Storage.
Harold, known as "Hal" to fast-pitch softball players in Pennsylvania and beyond, enjoyed an extraordinarily long career as a powerful pitcher and fierce athletic competitor. He pitched competitively into his seventies, and forged an imposing and unforgettable figure on the mound. Hal was inducted into Lancaster's American Softball Association's Hall of Fame, and promoted the game of fast-pitch softball through his career and through generations of Feerrars. He also played basketball competitively until the young age of 85.
An avid outdoorsman, Harold hunted many types of game in several countries, and was an unusual purist of the sport. He tracked his game, often staying in the woods for days, and brought home trophy animals and the tales to go with them. He loved the outdoors and reveled in God's gifts in nature.
Harold lived a full, active and passionate life until his final day on earth. In all that is good in the lives that he touched, may the glory go to God.
Funeral services will be held from Calvary Monument Bible Church, 1660 Mine Road, Paradise, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at 4 p.m. A viewing will be held from 2:15 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. The family will also receive friends following the service at a reception at the church. Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made in Pastor Feerrar's memory to Home of Grace Addiction Recovery Program, P.O. Box 5009, Vancleave, MS, 39565. To send an online note of condolence, please visit our website at www.reynoldsfuneralhome.net.