Obit: Death of Bishop Emeritus Wilber L. Sites, Jr.

Bishop Emeritus Wilber L. Sites, Jr., passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2010. He was 84 years old.

Dr. Sites was elected bishop in 1977 and served for 12 years, retiring in 1989. Prior to that, he served in pastoral ministry at these United Brethren churches:

  • 1953-1954: Pen Mar (Cascade, Md.)
  • 1954-1956: Hopewell (Auburn, Ind.)
  • 1957-1961: Willshire and Zion (Willshire, Ohio)
  • 1961-1963: associate pastor of King Street (Chambersburg, Pa.)
  • 1963-1969: Mount Pleasant (Chambersburg, Pa.)
  • 1969-1977: Otterbein (Waynesboro, Pa.)

Dr. Sites graduated from Huntington University in 1958, and from the HU seminary in 1961 with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 1961. Huntington University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1978. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Ill.) in 1986.

During their retirement years, Dr. Sites and his wife, Mossie, did short-term mission work in Macau and at Jamaica Bible College. He and Mossie were married in 1946 and had three children.

Visitation: 6-8 pm Thursday, December 30, 2010
Funeral: 10 am Friday, December 31, 2010 (with visitation 1 hour before). Officiating: Dennis Sites (son, senior pastor of Jerusalem Chapel UB in Churchville, Va.), and Jason Bakker, associate pastor at Salem UB.

Visitation Location
Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home
50 S. Broad St.
Waynesboro, PA 17268

Phone: 717-762-2811

Funeral Location
Salem United Brethren Church
4349 Letterkenny Road
Chambersburg, PA 17201

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Jamaica Bible College, c/o Salem United Brethren Church.

Cards can be sent to Mossie Sites at:

2719 Fillmore Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17201

  • Tom and Karen Brodbeck
    Posted at 20:46h, 28 December

    Karen and I want to express our deepest sympathies to the entire Sites family. We had a great deal of respect for the Bishop’s leadership of the Central Conference and are grateful for his service to our church.

  • Arnie Blakely
    Posted at 17:20h, 29 December

    Many will speak of the impact this Saint of God has made to impact the Kingdom of our Lord.

    The song ” Thank You for Giving to the Lord” rings in my heart as I think of Bishop Sites.

    I accepted Christ at one of his revivals he held for us in Kingswood UB Church in Orlando back in the 70’s and a few years later in another revival he held at our church, I accepted the call into the ministry under his preaching.

    Marie and I extend our deepest sympathies to Mossie, Denny and the family. Our prayers are with you. It was an honor to know him.

  • Jeff Bowditch
    Posted at 18:36h, 29 December

    Bishop Sites was a great servant of God and he will be missed. My prayers go out to the Sites family and especially to Denny as he will be officiating at the funeral. I remember the times Bishop Sites visited our home while my Dad was pastoring — it was great just to be around him.

  • Owen Gordon
    Posted at 23:19h, 29 December

    His life speaks loudly of humility, devotion, deep spiritual maturity and generosity. He and his precious wife Mossie were a model of deep love, caring and sharing of how Christian couples aught to live. Thank God for your life of service Bishop Jamaica Bible College we are indeed profoundly grateful for your years of selfless service on our campus.
    Frances and I cherrish the wonderful memories!

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