Pastor says Pa. man a faithful member of church

April 11, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who died early Friday from injuries in an automobile accident was remembered by his pastor Sunday as a loyal worshipper.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, William F. Dean Jr., 42, was traveling west in a 1990 Buick Skylark on U.S. 30 one-half mile east of Pa. 234 in Adams County, Pa. Christopher B. Smith, 59, of McKnightstown, Pa., was driving a 1998 Honda Accord east on U.S. 30 when he crossed into the westbound lane and the vehicles collided head-on, police said.

Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane. Dean and Smith had to be pulled from the vehicles, police said.


Dean was transported to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Smith suffered severe injuries and was transported to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, police said.

A member of Lifegate Ministries in Waynesboro, Pa., Dean was a faithful attendee, according to the Rev. Daryl R. Lehman, the pastor at Lifegate who had known him for 13 years.

"Bill was very conscientious and had a profound faith in God and Jesus," Lehman said. "He was one you could count on to be there whenever there was a service or a worship practice. He was always willing to help. He was outgoing and sociable."

Dean often sought the counsel of fellow church members and was very teachable, Lehman said.

"He'd follow what you directed him to do," Lehman said.

"People (at church) are saying, 'We're going to miss Bill.' He was a very expressive worshipper, and he influenced the rest of the body," Lehman said. "We're celebrating his life and his faith."

Dean had a good relationship with his family, which included his parents, a brother and a nephew, Lehman said.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to contact state police in Gettysburg, Pa., at 717-334-8111.

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