On November 14, 2014, Charles Richard (Dick) Masters, 89, passed on at the Homewood Retirement Community in Williamsport, MD. Born in Smithsburg, MD on July 19, 1925, he was the son of Charles D. and Beulah (Kinsey) Masters.
Dick attended Smithsburg High School, enlisting in the US Navy after graduation in 1943. He attended Midshipmen’' School and was commissioned as Ensign, serving aboard ships in the South Pacific.
Following the war, Dick attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, receiving a BA degree. Feeling a call to the ministry and with support of his home congregation at Cavetown (MD) United Church of Christ, he enrolled in Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree and was later awarded a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained into the United Church of Christ in May, 1951 at his home church in Cavetown.
Dick met his wife, Anita (Mann) Masters while serving as a student pastor in her home church in Doylestown, PA during his senior year of seminary. They were married on September 8, 1951.
Dick’s first pastorate, where he spent 3 years, was in Woodcock Valley in central Pennsylvania. He then served as minister at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bellefonte, PA for the next 9 years. He moved to Hagerstown in 1964 to assume the pastorate of Church of the Holy Trinity United Church of Christ where he served for the next 26 years.
In 1985, Dick was presented with the Allan S. Meck Award from Lancaster Theological Seminary in recognition of distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry.
In addition to serving his local parish, he also participated in numerous leadership positions in the Church, including as member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Central Atlantic Conference and as president of the Catoctin Association of the United Church of Christ. In the community he served on the Board of Directors of Western Maryland Hospital Center, Turning Point, and the Washington County Mental Health Association. More recently, he served on the Board of Directors of Washington County Health Systems and was president of the Board of Directors of Walnut Street Community Health Center.
He retired from the active ministry in 1990 and was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus of the United Church of Christ. He continued to be active in the community following retirement, serving as a member of the Washington County Health System Board of Directors and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Walnut Street Community Health Center, and the Pastoral Care Department of Washington County Hospital.
Dick had been a member of the Halfway Lions Club since 1964. In 2007 he became a Melvin Jones Fellow and in 2009 became a Life Member of the Lions Club. He also enjoyed travel and stamp collecting.
He was preceded in death by his twin grandchildren Christian Andrew and Meredith Claire Masters. He is survived by his wife Anita at Homewood Retirement Center at Williamsport, two sons, Gordon Richard and wife Linda Kirkpatrick of Westminster, MD and Philip Allen and wife Rebecca of Hershey, PA; brother J. Terry Masters and wife Linda, Hagerstown, MD; grandson Benjamin Masters of Boston, MA; four step-grandchildren, and a niece and nephew.