Fillmer Hevener Jr.

Died: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017


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Fillmer Hevener Jr. of Farmville, Virginia, fell asleep in Jesus on Aug. 25, 2017. He was 84 years young.

Born in Churchville, VA to Fillmer Hevener Sr. and his wife, Estie (Harper), he dedicated his life at an early age to the service of God and man. He soon realized that he had the gift of teaching, and chose English to be his area of specialization.

In 1957, he and his wife Celia (Achenbach) boarded a boat for Uganda, where he taught and managed the farm at Bugema Adventist College. While in Africa their first child, Dennis, was born. Upon their return to America, Fill taught at Frostburg State College in Maryland. Their second child, Yolanda, was born in Frostburg. After a stint at La Sierra College in California, Fill was given the opportunity to teach at Longwood College, and the family gladly returned to Virginia. His favorite subject, The Bible as Literature, was always well-attended.

While teaching, working his farm, and raising his family, Fill found the time to complete an Ed.D in English Education from the University of Virginia. He served as District 3 Supervisor for Buckingham County, VA from 1984-1988, and was president of the Lower Francisco Fire Association for many years. He was a painter and an accomplished bluegrass mandolin, guitar and fiddle player.

Upon retirement from Longwood, he established and pastored Guthrie Memorial Chapel in Cumberland, VA. He also helped establish several churches and the Hevener School in Uganda. He wrote a Bible-based column for the Southside Messenger.

Fill was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Dorothy McGuire, and brother, Donald Ray Hevener.

He is survived by his beautiful sweetheart of 62 years, Celia, his beloved children and children-in-law, Dennis and Fe (Fernandez) Hevener of Auburn, GA and Yolanda (Hevener) and Frank Scheib of Burtonsville, MD, his precious grandchildren, Ross Hevener, Brittany Scheib, and Kelli Scheib, other dear relatives, and numerous brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

He looked forward to Jesus’ imminent return, when we will see him again.

A visitation is planned for Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 7:00PM - 8:00PM in Shorter Funeral Home.

A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please give a donation to the charity of your choice.

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Harrel A Parker Jr
   Posted Mon August 28, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. We have lost a true American and devout follower of our Lord. Mr. Hevener will be missed by all.

Anne Calhoun
   Posted Tue August 29, 2017
I am very sorry to hear of Dr. Hevener's passing. I was a student of his at Longwood back in the early 1970's and will always remember what a excellent teacher he was. He was such a gentle and kind person, and it shone through his work at college, as it must have during his ministry. My condolences to Mrs. Hevener and his family and friends.

Angie and Bill Frank
   Posted Tue August 29, 2017
We remember your kindnesses and welcome when we first came to
Farmville and deeply appreciate your tending our children when we went to professional meetings. You and your children were so entertaining, showing our children the farm life we didn't know. WE know you, your families and your church community will miss Phil greatly. God welcomes a good man.

With love,
Angie and Bill

June Silveira
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
Jorge and I send our sympathy to Dennis and the Fevener family. Our prayers are with you.

John A.Baker, III
   Posted Wed August 30, 2017
I was very sadden to learn of the passing of Pastor Fillmer Hevener. He will be missed as a pastor and friend. We all look forward in seeing him soon in the resurrection when Jesus returns. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17New International Version (NIV)
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Amen

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