Vernie Stillings, 75, of Salina, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.
He was born Sept. 24, 1940, to Dora Belle Williams Stillings and Elzie Stillings Sr. in Douglas County, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna A. Stillings; children, Kimberly A. Furbeck (Sean) of Salina; Mylinda S. Agler (Creig) of Emporia; Randolph S. Stillings (Nancy) of Lansdale, Pa.; Dena K. Jilka (Lyle) of Salina; Bruce E. Cormack (Linda) of Sanger, Calif.; Lyan V. Smith (Ron) of Valley Falls; Bryan W. Cormack (Gena) of Orting, Wash.; Randy L. Cormack (Beth) of Salina; Edward C. Stillings of Orting, Wash.; siblings, Dale Stillings (Marina) of Cassville, Mo., Leon Stillings of Springfield, Mo., Janet Jones (Alan) of Oldfield, Mo.; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Elzie Stillings Jr, Vernis Stillings, MV (Blackie) Stillings; seven sisters, Donna Sue Blades, Bethene Mitchell, Mildred Stillings, Melverine Stillings Sears, Imogene Winters, Marie McDonald and Fern Dorman; grandchildren, Derek N. Stillings, Erin D. and Elysha D. Koelling.
Vernie served in the United States Marines from 1959 to 1961. He moved to Salina in 1962 in a 1949 Ford looking for work following his sister and brother that were already in Salina. He found work at the dehydrating plant east of town and at a service station.
Later, he drove a truck for Gooch’s Feed.
He worked for numerous contractors: buildings include Lake Wilson, nursing homes, churches, motels, and the first Tony’s Pizza. He also remodeled numerous businesses.
He went to work for Presley Builders as the superintendent for a number of years. In 1977 he set up the building trades program at Salina Vo-Tech, also teaching an adult night class.
While working for the school he drove a gas truck for Haynes Transport and Koch Industries.
When he left the school in 1996 he started his own business, Stillings Builders, and drove chartered buses for Salina Chartered Coach as well as Williams Insulation.
He was on numerous boards for the county which included the Building Advisory Board as well as serving on the board for the Homebuilders Association.
He quit driving trucks and went to work for Salina Highway Patrol in the maintenance department. In 2002 he left the Highway Patrol to supervise the addition to the First Southern Baptist Church with volunteers from all over the county which is now the main sanctuary.
He then supervised the addition at Camp Webster. At the time of his death he was supervising the building of Christ the Lord Community Church and a dining hall addition at Camp Webster.
His proudest moment was being saved in April of 1966. His love for the Lord’s Word was unending. He taught junior church for years at First Free Will Baptist Church. He also served on the mission board for First Free Will Baptist Church. He was a lay pastor that preached numerous revivals. He has taught adult Sunday school class at First Southern Baptist Church since joining the church in 1992.
His favorite saying was “I’m prayed up, packed up, and ready to go.” We were the ones that weren’t ready.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in First Southern Baptist Church, Salina, Kan., with the Revs. Greg Savage and Glenn Davis officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, Saline County, Kan.