~~Stanley R. Hiers was born December 29, 1922, in Morven, GA, the firstborn son of Stanley and Alline Hiers. As the Great Depression ravaged South Georgia, his father, a pharmacist, and his mother, a teacher, always in search of employment, moved the family to Savannah, Tallahassee, and finally to Miami when Stan was a teenager.
As the Depression eased, Miami became the hometown Stan loved. His family attended a Methodist Church, but as a teenager, Stan was invited by a friend to attend Central Alliance Church. It was at “Central” that Stan committed his life to the Lord.
After graduating from Miami Jackson High, he secured a job with Sears. Shortly thereafter Pearl Harbor was bombarded, and the U.S. entered World War II. Stan attempted to enlist, but he could not pass the physical due to severely impaired vision in one eye sustained in an accident. He continued his employment at Sears and was transferred to Atlanta.
As the war continued, and the need for troops increased, Stan was shocked to receive a draft notice. The one who was denied entrance into the military was now drafted to do so. Stan was inducted into the U.S Army in February 1943 and served with the Tactical Air Command in the European Theatre. He was deployed to North Africa and part of the force that moved across N. Africa up into Italy, Austria, and France.
After the war, Stan received God’s call to ministry and enrolled in the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College). It was there that he met, and married his bride Hazel Mary Crounse on August 2, 1947.
Upon graduation Stan and Hazel moved to Miami where he served as Assistant Pastor in the home church he loved. They subsequently moved to and pastored churches in Salisbury, NC; Emma, NC; Reidsville, NC; Charlottesville, VA; Prattville, AL; Fort Plain, NY; and W. Pittston, PA.
Stan was known and loved for his dedicated ministry of prayer and personal contact with his church family. He was fervently committed to doing his part as Christian & Missionary Alliance pastor to the Great Commission. Several young men and women entered into missionary and pastoral ministries due to his influence. After 42 years of ministry in the C&MA, Stan and Hazel retired to Florida, the state he dearly loved.
Stan is predeceased by his wife Hazel, and is survived by three children, Judy (Bill) Bedford of St. Bonifacius, MN; Ron (Dawna) Hiers of Sarasota, FL; Dan (Sally) Hiers of New Wilmington, PA; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Great Commission Fund of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, P.O. Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.