Along the Journey – A Man of God

Cornelius Sawyer died last Wednesday. He would have been 96 in June. He was honored and remembered by the church he served and where his son, Donald, is now pastor – St. Peters Holiness Church – on Tuesday of this week.

Reverend Sawyer is survived by his wife, Margaret, four sons, two daughters, twelve grandchildren, and other family members.

Long-time Wieucans will remember Cornelius Sawyer. Not only did he have a church to lead and shepherd, he also served as the custodian for the Activities Building at Wieuca. He was a friend and mentor to a young guy trying to figure out what God was up to in his life. He was a man to respect and to listen to. He had an infectious laugh and keen wit. He was wise and godly.

Two of his sons, Donald and Lamar, came to see me this week to tell me about their father’s death. We laughed, hugged and talked about old times. We played a lot of ball together. Lamar was tall and rangy. Donald was a shifty little left-hander who had the strangest shot you’ve ever seen.

Cornelius was good for our community. He had a dignity about him that always impressed me. The Power of One … I’m grateful for the privilege of knowing such a man .. a man who influenced my life in such a positive way.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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