Samuel Kramer


Samuel Kramer

Bishop Samuel Kramer, 76, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

He was one of nine children born to the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Troyer) Kramer: John, Mary, Clara, Daniel, Edna, Alvin, Carrie and Miriam.

He has served faithfully in the ministry of The Church of God at Jerusalem Acres, Cleveland, since his ordination on Oct. 4, 1963. He has pastored churches in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. He has also traveled around the world sharing the Gospel including trips to Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, India, Liberia, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. He also served as the Presiding Bishop/General Overseer of The Church of God at Jerusalem Acres from 1995 until his retirement on March 13, 2017. He spent his life serving God, his family, and the people of God placed under his care.

He was predeceased by three siblings: John, Mary, and Alvin, a brother-in-law, Christ Stolzfus; a sister-in-law, Fanny Kramer; and one grandson, Jeremy Ryan Craig.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Sara Mae (Overholt); four children: Carolyn, and husband, Danny Roberson, of Riceville; David, and wife, Alecia, and Michael, and wife, Rebecca, all of Cleveland; and Sammy Jr., and wife, Lezlie ,of Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren: Isaac Craig, Dawson and David Hall, Lauren, Lindsey and Elizabeth Kramer, Dillon Kramer; step-grandchildren: Jodell Hall, Jessica Mizell, Nelson Peters, Lauren and Madison Medley, Darin and Johnathan Tackett; step-great-grandchildren: Dawson Peters and Eden Mizell; one brother, Daniel, and wife, Anna, of Brazil; four sisters: Clara, and husband, Dan Coblentz, of Lovellville, Edna Stolzfus of Leesburg, Ohio, Carrie, and husband, Roman Miller, of Auburn, Ky., and Miriam, and husband, Mark Stolzfus of Franklin, Ky.; sister-in-law, Leona Kramer of Auburn, Ky.; brother-in-law, Richard and Anna Short of Sarasota, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home in Cleveland and the funeral will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. at The Church of God at Jerusalem Acres, 1826 Dalton Pike, S.E., Cleveland. Presiding Bishop Lavell Craig will be officiating. A private internment will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens on North Lee Highway in Cleveland.

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