Rev. William E. McTier, Jr., 81, of Nashville, Ga., died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at his home after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s Disease. A native of Columbus, Ga., Rev. McTier has served in his ministry in South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. His pastorates have included a four-church circuit, Leary, and churches in Savannah, Macon and Columbus, Associate Director and the Director of the South Georgia Conference Council on Ministries and District Superintendent. He has served on numerous conference boards, commissions and committees often in a leadership capacity. Rev. McTier held a B.A. and B.D. degree from Emory University in Atlanta and he characterizes his pastoral ministry as one built upon a meaningful worship experience in which the sermon proclaims the “Good News” and which is undergirded by strong educational and evangelistic ministries supported by a variety of programs and by relationships established by visitation. He was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church, 1951, and served in various positions and memberships in the Methodist Conference and served as District Superintendent Valdosta from 1995 until his retirement in 2001. Reverend McTier authored articles for the METHODIST STORY, THE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, THE UPPER ROOM, THE WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, THE CHURCH SCHOOL. He was honored to be placed recently on the Wall of Heroes at Methodist Children's Home in Macon. He enjoyed jogging/walking, sailing, fishing/hunting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Marian McTier of Nashville; children, Alan and Mary Ann McTier of Lawrenceville, GA, Scott and Laura McTier of Grayson, GA, Susan and Steve Crain of Jasper, GA; stepchildren, Alan and Jamie Roberts of Moore, SC., David and Debbie Roberts, Maria and Joe Crow all of Valdosta, Michael Roberts of Jennings, FL; five grandchildren, nine step grandchildren; his sister and brother in law, Susie and Jack Rowe of Cary, NC; sister in law, Dianne McTier of Dataw Island, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents, William E., Sr. and Susie Alsobrook McTier and his brother, Robert McTier.
Bill once said – especially at this time of year – we think of coming and going. No place, no assignment, no person is permanent. All are part of a dynamic. We all are part of a journey/pilgrimage. And, that is good. Coming and going is OK! The gospel is about transformation and change. New life comes; the old life goes. We die to sin; we are born to Christ. Our lives and worlds are not static, stale, the same unless we are dead. Let us stay in touch as we continue our journeys, for in our comings and goings, we will meet again.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Mitchell and Rev. V. L. Daughtery officiating. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com