Dec. 20, 1920 Charleston Kanawha County West Virginia, USA
Jun. 8, 2005 Fairlea Greenbrier County West Virginia, USA
Rev. Hissom was the son of Rev. Earl G. Hissom Sr. and Tressa Lena DODD.
The Rev. Hissom is survived by his three children, Earl G. Hissom III, Th.D., of Charleston, Judith Hall of Kentucky and Sharon Reed of Colliers, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, Eric and Phil Hissom of Florida, Yvonne Donlon of Charleston, Jeff LaChance of Delaware, Brad LaChance and Kye Fadeley of Texas, Kristy LaChance of North Carolina and Joya Fadeley of California; and four great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by two brothers and one sister of Charleston, Earnest, Albert and Roxie Hamer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; parents, Earl and Tressa Hissom; brother, Charles and George; and sisters, Mary Graham, Elizabeth Cash, Betty Atkins and Carol Ross.
Rev. Earl Jr. was a minister, evangelist and religious leader in West Virginia. He was converted and called to preach at age 17 in a tent meeting being conducted by his father, Earl G. Hissom Sr., located at the corner of Madison and Randolph Streets, the current location of Sav-A-Lot and Agsten Manor.
Before joining the Church of the Nazarene in 1945, the Rev. Hissom sold Bibles, held tent meetings, conducted revivals and preached whenever and wherever he could. He then pastored at Uneeda and Seth.
When the Seth church was organized into a Nazarene Church by District Superintendent Dr. Oney, he lost his pastorate. Dr. Oney said, “That's okay, son. Don't be upset. The Church of the Nazarene has lots of places for you to preach.” And they kept him busy the next 25 years, pasturing in Seth, New Martinsville, Glasgow, Weirton, Southeast Nazarene and Capitol View Nazarene in Charleston.
He also served as an evangelist. During the years that he pastored for the Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Hissom was able to report gains in all departments with all budgets paid. At every pastorate, he made notable capital improvements to church properties. He served on various boards and committees of the West Virginia District of the Church of the Nazarene.
The Rev. Hissom was instrumental in planting several Holiness churches, including Burnsville, Ohio, Paris, Pa., Handley, Hooverson Heights, Colliers Way, Capitol View (now known as South Hills Church of the Nazarene) and the Church of Emmanuel in Charleston, and Gap Mills.
The Rev. Hissom served as a mentor and encourager for many young, aspiring ministers, such as John Hancock, Harold Runyon, Carl Gray, James Withrow, Paul Nester, Tony Costello and many others. During a recent telephone call, Mrs. John Hancock expressed their deep appreciation for the tremendous amount of time the Rev. Hissom spent with them in their early Christian lives.
After his retirement from the Nazarene Church, the Rev. Hissom operated a Bible selling business, pastored the Hissom Holiness Tabernacle and the Church of Emmanuel, Charleston, and Harry Peyton Tabernacle, Hinton. He continued to hold revivals across the state of West Virginia, preach whenever and wherever he was called and frequently conducted radio broadcasts. He also worked as a fundraiser throughout the state for fire and police departments, emergency services and health clinics through RMJ Studios.
The Rev. Hissom was a renowned Bible scholar. His favorite pastime was studying the Bible, preparing sermons and discussing the scriptures. His hobbies were walking, hunting and watching old westerns on TV.