Father Daniel Willard Eckman Jr. Feb 28, 2015

billThe Rev. Daniel Willard Eckman Jr., son of Daniel Willard Eckman Sr. and Ada Viola Jones Eckman, entered into glory on February 28th, 2015.

Daniel was born in Baltimore in May of 1946, lived in Charm City, then moved to Catonsville, MD where he grew up. Danny, as he was known to friends and family, and baseball became synonymous. As a pitcher he once struck out Reggie Mr. October Jackson in a high school Summer League Baseball game. As a major league prospect he played in the 19th annual Hearst HS All Star Game at Yankee Stadium. But, baseball was not what God intended for his Ace." At The University of Maryland he met Barbara and fell in love. They were married May 28th 1970 and shared 44 years of love, laughter and service. At Maryland Dan also discerned a calling to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church. Under the guidance of retired Bishop of Maryland Rev. Charles E. Longest, his calling was affirmed and he enrolled at Virginia Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1971.

His 42 year ministry included serving as Associate Rector at St. John's Glyndon (Glyndon, MD), Rector at St. John's Mt. Washington (Baltimore, MD), St. Martins-In-the-Field (Severna Park, MD), Emmanuel Episcopal (Alexandria, VA), Vicar at St. Philips (Greenville, SC), and most recently as the Priest-in-Charge of The East Cooper Episcopal Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC).

In God's service Dan touched a countless number of lives through baptizing children, blessing marriages, mentoring seminarians, and serving the sick, the dying, and the lost. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Millicent Salmon, and is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children Joshua Eckman of Berea, KY, Lila Balentine (Carter) of Simpsonville, SC and Benjamin Eckman (Meredith) of Burke, VA; and his five grandchildren Jacob, Braeden, Bailey, Bethany and Isabel. Additionally he is survived by his step-mother Dolores Eckman and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law as well as nieces and nephews in the Reese, Eckman and Salmon families.

Father John Barry Kramer Nov 16, 2011

KramerFather John Barry Kramer of Green Mountain, NC died November 16, 2011 following a long illness. A graduate of Franklin Marshall College and the Episcopal Divinity School, Father Kramer began his ministry in several small parishes in Pennsylvania before moving to North Carolina to serve as the Missioner to the Deaf, where he traveled to six congregations around the Piedmont. More recently, Father Kramer served in Valle Crucis before helping to found new Episcopal churches in Burnsville and Sparta. He also served as Chaplain to the Hospices of Yancey and Mitchell Counties.

Father Kramer trained as a consultant at the Alban Institute in New York and used his talents to assist many area churches in transition and conflict resolution.

Father Kramer is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hackney of the home, sons: Allan Reiss of Hendersonville, NC and John Kramer; daughter, Christine Kramer; grandsons: Ryan and John Christian; sister Cherie Bartles, all of Pennsylvania.

Father Kramer was an avid golfer, who often drove his beloved mountains in all months of the year to find and enjoy as many courses as possible. He helped establish the Cranmer Cup, the annual golf tournament between American and British clergy golfers held alternately in the US and the UK. His humor and wicked one-putt will be much missed by his gallery.

Father William L. Murphy Apr 20, 2005

billThe Reverend William L. Murphy, 68, of 3704 Commodore Point Court, Midlothian, died Wednesday, April 20, 2005 while golfing, his passion and his pastime, on the Outer Banks.

He was on Hole No. 4, the prettiest hole of the course (because it overlooks the Sound). He was close to the bunker, but not in it and almost to the green.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Lynn; and sisters, Joan Erwin and Sylvia Carr. Father Murphy began his career as an elementary school teacher and principal in Lancaster, Ohio, where he was a member of St. John's Church.

He was working for the Ohio State Department of Education when he felt the call to the ministry at age 40. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and in 1983 became the priest at St. Francis Church in Rutherfordton, N.C., where he spent 15 very rewarding and happy years.

Since retiring in 1998 and moving to the Richmond, Virginia area, he found great joy and satisfaction in serving as supply clergy to many churches and as interim rector at Christ Ascension Church, Richmond, All Saints, South Hill, and St. John's, Chester. He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. His teddy bear hugs will be missed by many.